DHP Family

DHP Family celebrate record-breaking 2023

DHP Family welcomed more than 1.5 million people through its doors in 2023. Crowned National Festival Promoter of the Year at the UK Festival Awards 2023, DHP Family has a portfolio of venues, shows, tours, club nights and festivals across the UK.

“It’s been a great year across the board for us in 2023, it feels like the gloom of the early 2020s is becoming a distant memory now that we’ve moved past our final pandemic rescheduled shows and all areas of the business are trading very well,” said George Akins, managing director of DHP Family. “We’ve won awards across our industry-leading venues and diverse festival portfolio, and I’m very proud of what we have achieved this year, from sold-out events to record-beating club nights; exceptional funds raised for our charity partner Framework, and an expanded festival offering, which included for the first time, the four-day camping event Bearded Theory – a personal highlight of the year.”

Anton Lockwood, director of live, leads the team of promoters programming shows all over the UK. Lockwood said:  “2023 was a hell of a year! Cost of living crisis, and everything getting way more expensive in touring continue to be huge challenges for the industry as a whole, but I’m proud of the way our independent and flexible organisation at DHP is able to deal with everything that’s thrown at us, and deliver a stellar programme of tours and festivals.

“This year we really showed both that we build things that last, but we don’t rest on our laurels and are continually moving forward.”

2023 saw DHP Family put on more festivals than ever before – Beat The Streets in support of Framework; Foolhardy Folk Festival in collaboration with Beans on Toast; the newly crowned Metropolitan Festival of the Year Dot To Dot taking place on consecutive days in Bristol and Nottingham; the four-day camping festival Bearded Theory at Catton Park, Derbyshire; the long established Splendour in Nottingham and the returning MIRRORS in London.

Ben Ryles, festival booker, said: “It’s been a pleasure working across our festivals in what has been a really busy 2023. Highlights include programming our first Bearded Theory festival, bringing back MIRRORS, Dot To Dot continuing to go from strength to strength, and a third successive sold out Foolhardy Folk Festival. Winning Promoter of the Year at this year’s UK Festival Awards was obviously fantastic and having all of the team’s hard work recognised on a national level is brilliant.”

Anwyn Williams, DHP Family’s head of marketing, said: “The team has worked very hard to deliver all the successes we’ve had – from the incredible fundraising of Beat The Streets in January, to the hugely positive response to our first year at Bearded Theory, our second two-day Splendour Festival, the resurrection of MIRRORS in October and everything in between. We’re all really proud of the amazing events we’ve put on and everything we’ve achieved this year, and to be recognised with the Promoter of the Year Award was incredible.”

Looking forward to 2024, the outlook for the company is looking good, with strong sales for shows and festivals and a great reaction for Bearded Theory’s first announcement.

Lockwood continued: “Well I’ve got tours from two of my all time favourite artists to announce, but can’t tell you about those yet!! But most looking forward to seeing the achievements from everyone on our team, promoters, marketing, ticketing, production, accounts and beyond – our people have stepped up in 2023, and there’s more to come!”