Spotlight: David Byrne
— 28 May 2017, 19:34
Boxpark Croydon always has a bustling events calendar full of music, workshops and activities for people of all ages, because it's important for us to strive to do something for everyone, whatever their tastes may be. The man responsible for this constant stream of events is one Mr David Byrne who spends his days balancing the world of marketing and events and keeping Boxpark Croydon energised, engaged and relevant.
Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do.
I’m David Byrne, I’m the Events & Marketing Manager at Boxpark Croydon and previously Boxpark Shoreditch. It's my job to cultivate a variety of events for Croydon, as well as oversee all of our marketing material.
How did you first get involved with Boxpark?
The first time I applied for the Events & Marketing Manager role I actually didn’t get it! I was about 24 and got to the final interview stages but lost out in the final two. It was about a year or so later when I re-interviewed and finally got the job in October 2015.
I’d always wanted to get involved with Boxpark as I’d been working around Shoreditch since its inception and thought it was a great addition to the area, and I felt that I could bring something to the table, events & marketing-wise.
How did it feel to launch Boxpark Croydon alongside Eskimo Dance and NME?
It was very sick! Firstly, to launch the Boxpark concept in a whole new territory and, secondly, to do it with something that they said we were crazy to do; launching with a grime event in deep South London. But we pulled it off and it was a monumental way to mark Boxpark's arrival in Croydon, and it was a pleasure to work with Eskimo Dance, the UK’s largest grime promoters. It was also an honour to have the likes of Ghetts, Novelist, Section Boyz and JME grace the stage.
NME was a great fit on the Sunday as it opened Boxpark Croydon to families. This helped to showcase our diversity in what we provide in the first weekend. It let people know, from the get-go, that Boxpark Croydon is for everyone.
Which event that you've organised has been your biggest career highlight so far?
There are a few that stand out. Outside of Boxpark, NYE with Urban Nerds, at Building 6 in the O2, was special as was the first large scale event I was involved with. Then there was Swamp 81 vs Numbers (NYE 2011, again with Urban Nerds) at Hearne Street Car Park in Shoreditch.
With Boxpark, bringing Stormzy back to his hometown for his debut album launch show was pretty special. Since we knew we were coming to Croydon, we’d naturally earmarked him for a performance and so, to get Stormzy in on the day his history making album launched was even better.
Can you talk a little bit about what Croydon can expect from Boxpark over the summer?
Across the summer, and alongside our weekly programme, we’ve got some really exciting things lined up including a very well known DJ teaming up with an Orchestra for a live performance. There's a couple of 2,000 capacity shows as well and we'll be adding in a few more regulars, such as a comedy night and a live radio broadcast.
Will you be hitting up any festivals this year?
Of course! I've got Glastonbury and Ibiza next month (Ibiza counts as a festival right?!) and then I'll probably head to Field Day and LoveBox, as I live next door to Victoria Park. I’m sure there will be a few more in there across the summer too.
What was the last track you listened to?
Plottin by J Hus. The tracks from his new album are littering my playlists at the moment.