Stephen Barnes

Digital Marketing & E-Commerce Module Leader

Stephen has been active in the music and entertainment industry in various guises for nearly 30 years. Starting out as the frontman and songwriter with 90s band Thousand Yard Stare (Polydor Records 1991-1993), he moved into the business side of the industry as part of Revolution Promotions (Oasis, Muse, Fatboy Slim, Underworld, Fabric Label), before starting his own company, Upshot Promotions, in 2006. Over the years, Stephen has had his hand in most aspects of the industry – from being a musician, live promoter, DJ, radio broadcaster and documentary maker, to the realms of marketing, licensing, artist management, content creation, web and social media – working with various clients including BBC Radio, Universal Music, Warner Bros, UEL, Document Productions, Amplify Music Investments and Bristol Council.

These days, Stephen works on behalf of various labels (PIAS, Heavenly, Secretly Canadian) while managing and developing up-and-coming artists from the Bristol area, such as Oliver Wilde, The Jacques and Alex Lipinski. He’s also Artistic Director for a new pan-European four-year arts project called Future DiverCities, which aims to create new relationships and commercial opportunities with nine European partners. Oh… and he’s just got the old band back together for live dates and recording sessions!

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