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April 2014

Cato Music launches ‘roadie academy’, new office to open in LA

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Tour production company Cato Music has launched a school for aspiring roadies and announced the opening of its first US office in Los Angeles.

Based in Wandsworth, the Cato Academy will provide courses in tour management, production management and training for backline technicians.

Five free scholarships per year will be awarded to those who can’t afford the course fees. The course was written five years ago and has been so far run out of a music school in Guildford.


Headed up by Cato managing director Glen Rowe (pictured), the exec wants to encourage more females to get involved. Course content is based on his experience of working in the industry.

“I think women are naturally good at calming bands down. There’s less ego, less testosterone. We’re also hoping to train the next generation of freight agents and we don’t know many female freight agents,” he explained.

“This is an industry course. It’s work-experience-based and supported by industry sponsors, giving students a way to get the best services from our partners.

“It’s taught by the kind of people I love to be around. We are not teachers, we are road crew and proud of it. I want to give something back, and shape the next generation of hero roadies.”

Sponsors are MM Band Services, Shure Distribution, Sound Moves UK, KB Events, William Morris entertainment and Appointment Group.

In July, the company’s LA office will open. A new music event Cato Festival has also been announced, it will celebrate new music and take place in Wandsworth within the next two years branded as the St George’s Day Fete.

Cato Music work with the likes of Muse, Queen, Rhianna, Mumford & Sons, Take That, Robbie Williams, Kylie, Bastille, Haim and many more through tour management, tour production and their private rehearsal space.

5 More great music venues across Europe

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Le Bataclan, Paris

The Bataclan is a “salle de spectacle” at 50 boulevard Voltaire in the 11th arrondissement of Paris. It was built in 1864 by the architect Charles Duval. Its name refers to Ba-Ta-Clan, an operetta by Offenbach. The Bataclan is known today for a very eclectic programme of events, including rock and pop concerts, “spectacles”, stand-up comedy, discos and cafe-theatre.


Babylon, Istanbul

Babylon is a multi-purpose performance center that offers a rich programme with different viewpoints over decades with an intercultural aspect to music lovers. Bringing together sounds from all over the world is an aim for Babylon and from the beginning Babylon has been hosting both local and foreign musicians and bands.


Roundhouse, London

The Roundhouse was built in 1846 as a turntable engine shed (or roundhouse) for the London and Birmingham Railway, and was known as the Great Circular Engine House, or the Luggage Engine House. This large circular structure has hosted various promotions, such as the launch of the underground paper International Times in 1966, The Doors’ only UK appearance in 1968, and the Greasy Truckers Party in 1972.


Melkweg, Amsterdam

The Melkweg (English translation: “Milky Way”) is a popular music venue and cultural center in Amsterdam, Netherlands. It is located on the Lijnbaansgracht, near the Leidseplein, a prime nightlife center of Amsterdam. It is housed in a former dairy and is divided into a number of spaces of varying sizes.


Uebel & Gefährlich, Hamburg

Situated in St Pauli – the notorious red light area to the north of Hamburg – this converted World War 2 bunker makes for a uniquely European venue and is famed as the spot where The Beatles ‘rite of passage’ gigs occurred.

Check out our brand new Mini Bus!

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Here’s a sneak peak of our brand new Mini Bus!

The new Mercedes Sprinter is the first and only mini bus in its class to offer the smooth running characteristics and ride comfort of a first class passenger car. We’ve fully upgraded the interior, kept room at the back for storage and added privacy glass.