About DHP Family

Dedicated to live music

Since the opening of our flagship venue Rock City 40 years ago, DHP Family has grown to become a leading name in the live music industry with a deserved reputation for our innovative and creative approach to music production and promotion.

After 10 years of fast expansion, we’ve established ourselves as the biggest independent promoter in the UK, earning a credible reputation within the live industry and winning Music Week’s ‘National Promoter of the Year’ in 2019 and Live UK’s ‘National Concert Promoter of the Year’ multiple times.

We pride ourselves on our big company capabilities but with the same focus on the original ethics that got us here. We deliver an unrivalled experience in promotion, managing all aspects of major indoor and outdoor festivals, national tours and standalone shows across the UK.

DHP Family is constantly expanding, and following the opening of our London office in 2013, we added a brand new London venue, Olso, to our accomplished roster. This was shortly followed by the purchase and renovation of iconic venue The Garage in Islington in 2016 and the launch of The Grace in 2019. Our venue portfolio also includes Rock City, Rescue Rooms, The Bodega and Stealth in Nottingham and Thekla in Bristol, and is a key part of the business. Our venues are unique, fully equipped and offer customers and artists the best experience possible.

Above all, we’re dedicated to live music. Whether it’s fresh and exciting new talent playing their first show at a 50 cap venue, or a national tour for an established stadium star, we always provide an epic live experience for live music lovers, because we love what we do.

DHP Family

Meet The Family

Get to know just a few of the 470-strong staff we have at DHP Family!

George Akins

George Akins

Managing Director

I have been Managing Director of DHP since 1994. I’ve substantial experience operating, managing and opening venues and expertise in the booking, promotion and production of live music events including major festivals. During my time the business has collected a number of awards in relation to venues and promotions.

Anton Lockwood

Anton Lockwood

Director of Live

I’m a huge fan of live music. For sure I listen to albums, watch videos, sit on the train with my mp3 player on and all the rest of it. But nothing in the world beats the feeling of a talented artist, on top of their game giving their all for a an appreciative audience – which is why I’ve been a promoter for over 20 years, so I can help make that happen.

Julie Tippins

Head of Compliance

I joined DHP in 2010 as Operations Manager, overseeing its venues and its supporting operational functions. I moved to Head of Compliance in 2013 and now am responsible for many legal aspects of the business – including health and safety, licensing and planning matters. I am a member of IOSH and the CIM and play an active role in the licensing discussions within the city.

Dave McDerment

Group Finance Director

I started working for the DHP Family at 19 after coming to Nottingham to study Civil Engineering at the University of Nottingham, but ended up on a completely different track. After stints working as a General Manager at our various Nottingham venues I took (and passed!) 15 exams to become a Chartered Management Accountant, and am now the Head of Finance of both DHP and Bildurn.

Bart Easter

Venues Managing Director

I joined DHP in November of 2008 with a vision to re-establish Rock City as one of the country’s leading nightclubs. After a management re-structure at Rock City we were able develop new revenue streams and increase efficiency to deliver a record profit in 2010 of £1.7m. I am also responsible for overseeing operations at DHP’s venues across Nottingham, London and Bristol and our soon to come venue in Birmingham.

Sean Akins


I am a non-executive director of DHP. I have been Managing Director of Bildurn, the sister company to DHP, since 1996 and have wide experience in various property, gaming and leisure businesses that the enterprise has engaged in. I established the Bildurn business in 2000 as vehicle to position the group’s legacy property holdings and to fashion a leading development, management and investment company.

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