August 27, 2013

Firstly, thank you taking the time to have a look at the new Purple Tour Management website! This website has been a long time coming, and it’s fantastic to see many months of patience now paying off with everything up and running. I’d like to give a big thank you to Andy at designsixtyfour for putting all my ideas into a website that I believe truly captures the essence of what Purple Tour Management is all about – professionalism, dedication, and doing the job right.

I suppose the basis of Purple Tour Management started over twenty years ago, I just didn’t realise it at the time. From a very early age I’ve had an interest in music, but from growing up in a small town in England I was never truly exposed to live music until my University years and moved to Birmingham in 2004. Although, it wasn’t until 2005 when working in London as a pastry chef that the craving desire to work in the music industry began to evolve. From being surrounded by endless music venues and having access to a constant supply of live music in London, I found myself wanting to discover more and more in the mind boggling world of music.

After returning to University in 2006 to complete my Degree I joined Kerrang Radio as a Roadie, and from this point on I knew that I wanted to start carving my future around music and take a complete career change. My first true experience of life on the road came in the form of Heaven’s Basement in 2009. After being given the opportunity to sell merchandise for the band one night I soon realised that this was my way into the industry; selling merchandise. With numerous successful tours with Heaven’s Basement around the UK I had managed to establish the area of the industry I wanted to pursue, Tour Management. Fusing together my love of music, travelling and great organisational skills, I knew I’d be able to make a success out of this career.

Now, following an inspirational six month trip travelling around Scandinavia in 2010 and working numerous ‘not so exciting’ day jobs to try and survive and juggle every touring opportunity sent my way, I’m now currently based in Sweden. It’s been a challenge getting to this stage to say the least, but I’m looking forward to the future and working with a range of fantastic bands / artists over the coming years.  I love my job, and I can’t imagine doing anything else other than touring.

I would like to thank all of the bands, Managers, Promoters and endless other people in the industry I’ve so far had the pleasure of working with, and I hope to continue the great working relationship we have created for many more years to come. For all of the bands I’ve so far not had the pleasure of working with yet, I’m looking forward to it!

// Cat Cooke