The event-ful staff interview: Richard Joy

Richard Joy Richard Joy is managing director at Fullcircle, London’s elite event, production and talent agency. With over 20 years of event experience to his name, Richard has worked across a wealth of corporate bookings, private events and main stream productions as well as lending his hand to personal artist management. Richard is not one for name dropping so we’ll do it on his behalf – he’s worked on the Brits, various Party in the Parks and the Smash Hits Awards. His TV credits include Top of the Pops, Smile, CD:UK, Popworld, T4 and MTV.

We’ve racked his brain to find out what makes him tick when it comes to the world of events.

What’s the definition of a great event? I always think that a great event transports you to a place of wonder and astonishment. You want to be taken away from the humdrum and witness the extraordinary – when that happens, you know it’s a great event.

The best event you’ve ever been to? I totally love cabaret/variety/cirque. La Reve in Vegas was unreal. In London last year, LIMBO at the Wonderground was a really great show

Who would appear in the top 5 of your dream guest list? Jeff Leach, John Bonham, Zak Starkey, Bettie Page and british icon, Joanna Lumley.

Favourite Venue? I love the Hippodrome…. it’s a decadent mix of high rollers in the casino and an intimate cabaret venue in the Matcham Room. If you go, don’t forget the 3rd floor has a smoking terrace which opens up onto the skyline of Leicester Square. You can hookah pipey away until the late hours with spectacular views.

The most exciting act to emerge this year? I love our new all-female DJ and instrumental act Beats Boutique. They are a great fusion of stylish females mixed with high end skills on sax, violin, electric percussion and DJ decks.

Are you doing any festivals this year?  We have a lot of our artists working the festivals across the UK and further afield but we are hands on with the L’Eroica Festival in Bakewell. We are organising, selling, running logistics of the infrastructure and programming/delivering the show stages for the whole three days. We have been selling the pitches/plots since November of last year so it is a huge time investment as anyone knows. It’s a two week build with circa 8000 per day in attendance – and a wonderful festival.

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