Almost a year to the day that Swindon concert venue MECA opened, new proprietors are stepping in to look at taking the performance hall to the next stage of its life as a music venue.
Justin Britchford and Andy Cotton bring a wealth of experience in management and events joining leaseholder Steve Causer.
Justin has been involved in several venues around Swindon for over 20 years.
Andy, of multi award winning event management company TAO Productions, has worked with everyone from Beyonce, Rod Stewart, JLS and Rhianna. Andy Cotton was also the driving force behind The Wiltshire Festival during the 1990s and more recently produced the JLS concert at Lydiard Park.
He said: “Having lived in Swindon for more than 14 years it’s nice to come back. Work with Justin and Steve at the MECA is a great extension of what TAO does. We are looking forward to putting on a programme that will suit all ages and demographic as Wiltshire is lacking a venue that suits everyone’s entertainment needs, whether it’s the Chuckle Brothers or Friendly Fires, a T-Rex cover band or the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.”
Justin commented: “I fell in love with the building years ago and jumped at the opportunity to help build on what has been done over the last year. I have great plans and ideas that are already moving forward that will see a new surge of activity at MECA. We have already been in touch with a lot of artists and will be hitting the New Year hard with announcements on acts coming in the next few weeks if not sooner.”
Steve welcomed the new partnership. “Having Justin and Andy on board will provide the opportunities and management that is now needed to build that next stage of this amazing building’s life.”