BBC Homepage World Service Education
BBC Homepagelow graphics version | feedback | help
BBC News Online
 You are in: UK: Scotland
Front Page 
Northern Ireland 
UK Politics 
Talking Point 
In Depth 

Wednesday, 12 July, 2000, 12:22 GMT 13:22 UK
Clumpas has success down to a T
T In The Park
T In The Park is a highlight on the music calendar
Stuart Clumpas is one of the most successful figures in the British music industry.

He and colleague Geoff Ellis are the main men at DF Concerts, the company behind the increasingly popular annual T in the Park music festivals in Scotland.

Mr Clumpas, 41, also owns King Tut's Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow and has shares in the radio station Beat 106, which has just been bought by Capital Radio for 33m.

The former Dundee University graduate runs his business from his home in a remote part of Stirlingshire, far from the madding crowds who flock to the annual T in the Park festival now held in Perth and Kinross.

He began his career by booking student union gigs from a rented backroom in Dundee before cutting his teeth in the music industry at King Tut's which became a stamping ground for new talent.

Stuart Clumpas
Stuart Clumpas: Began by booking student gigs
The list of acts who have played there over the past decade reads like a Who's Who of the big names in British rock and pop.

Blur, Radiohead, The Verve and Beck have all performed and the venue gained a new level of fame when Alan McGee swooped to sign an unknown supporting band from Manchester called Oasis.

However, Mr Clumpas is best known for his role as the driving force behind T in the Park.

Last weekend saw the seventh annual musical feast at Balado with chart toppers Moby, Travis, Macy Gray and the Fun Lovin' Criminals among headline acts.

The event has grown steadily since the first festival at Strathclyde Park, when 17,000 people went along, to become the highlight of the Scottish music calendar and a key date for UK music fans.

Mr Clumpas' talent for spotting big returns from small ventures paid off yet again and ironically just hours after it was revealed that robbers had stripped him of thousands of pounds.

His shares in Beat 106 were expected to reap considerable dividends after Capital Radio announced it had bought the radio station.

Search BBC News Online

Advanced search options
Launch console
See also:

12 Jul 00 | Scotland
Armed gang rob rock promoter
Internet links:

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external internet sites

Links to more Scotland stories are at the foot of the page.

E-mail this story to a friend

Links to more Scotland stories