The Dark Horses Weapons

  • James Brennan

    Production Management

    Music Programming

    Stage Management

    James Brennan has worked in the industry for over 17 years. Offering a wide range of skills to the event industries; from Production Manager and Music Booker for the Secret Garden Party, Promoter and Production Manager to Rhythm and Blues Festival, Red Rooster, Manager to the band "Himalayas", managing large scale builds to both corporate and public events, as well as stage management to events at Hyde Park with over 250k in attendance. With high logistical skills, project management and scheduling, James has delivered a wide range of events from start to finish, carefully working with some of the top suppliers and organisations to deliver world class events. Programming music for a variety of events and festivals, James has booked some of the world's major artists, from Brian Wilson to Isaac Hayes, The Cat Empire to Fat Freddy's Drop, Public Enemy to Pendulum Live, Sly & The Family Stone to Alabama Shakes, Little Dragon to Orbital. His contacts within major booking agencies can help to ensure that your event gets the best acts available to it within your events budget and time scale.

  • Sy Holden

    Concept Stage Engineering & Design

    Event & Stage Build Management

    Expert Crew Management

    Sy Holden (Mad Dog Builds) is one of the most respected staging constructors in the UK – Offering concept, design and implementation of modular stage and structural installations for the events and music industries. Sy provides every aspect and service involved in the delivery of bespoke stage and structural installations. With projects ranging from standard stages for use in music, theatre and exhibition settings, to bespoke, impact stage designs and structures for independent event producers and corporate brands alike. Sy holds in-house, a full range of staging kit and equipment to hire, which coupled with his project management and onsite expertise, enables him to relieve the stress, pressure and time constraints burdened upon today’s event producer.

  • Maddie Harris

    Site Management

    Stage Management

    Decor and event/venue design

    Art Installations and Curation

    Maddie Harris has been working in the events industry for over 7 years. Her experience is broad and varied, offering skills such as large scale Site management and Stage management, Décor design and installation and set design. She currently works for a number of festivals, including The Secret Garden Party, Wilderness Festival and Shambala. Maddie has spent winters working in Australia for some of the country's largest and most successful festivals, including Big Day Out and Adelaide Fringe festival, as a member of the production team and managing the main stage for the opening night event. Pairing practical knowledge with creative ideas, Maddie ensures that each event, whatever its size, is delivered to the highest of standards with creativity where needed at its forefront. Her skills include managing large crews, booking and liaising with contractors and suppliers, managing a range of budgets, working to a tight schedule and delivering events on time, to budget and to an extremely high output.

  • J'me Howard

    Entertainment and Performance Curation

    Creative Production

    Stage Management

    Event Management


    J’me has being working across a broad aspect of events for the last 12 years. Ranging from bespoke theatrical curation of large scale shows and festivals to supplying performers and immersive experiences for major brands. An expert in bringing clients' ideas to life and in ways of delivering experiential environments to usually mundane settings. A purveyor of a broad range of arts and always on the hunt for exciting, fresh performances. He also has a beard... sometimes

  • Peter Tilling

    Technical Production Management

    Sound Engineering

    Projection / Video Engineering

    Peter has over 15 years experience in technical production. With his detailed knowledge of sound, lighting, video, rigging and stage management, he works with these departments to deliver excellent results for both promoters and artists. His experience also brings a great understanding of the risks and safeguards required to operate successfully in challenging environments such as festivals, tours, live TV and sporting events. A specialist in large scale projection arrays, Peter has also engineered the projection of images onto many UK landmarks, working on the cutting edge of what the technology can deliver.

  • Anna Golden

    Event Production

    Artist Liaison & Staffing

    Promoter & Tour Rep

    Anna has worked in Events and Production for over 11 years providing services to events agencies and production companies.Experienced in sourcing infrastructure and managing logistics for events ranging from high end corporate product launches to experiential activity on green field sites, she successfully meets the clients' needs within their required budgets. Anna works alongside the UK's largest promoters to represent and advance production for shows in arenas, concert halls, and clubs. She has run the Main Stage Artist Liaison team at V Festival and has provided boutique festivals with stage managers, artist liaison teams and drivers, for over 9 years. She has also worked with artists such as Eminem, Rhianna, Foo Fighters, Coldplay and other leading acts. A must have member of the team for any event.

  • Oliver Stroud

    Sponsorship and Brand Activation

    Event Marketing and Promotion

    Weddings and Private Parties

    Oliver has experience ranging across the event spectrum. As an experienced Production Manager, Oliver is used to taking projects from concept to delivery, and excels in arenas where excellent client-facing skills are essential. Working in both the corporate and private sector, Oliver is adept at brokering sponsorship deals for events as well as developing and delivering brand activations on site, for clients including industry leading agencies (RPM, Sledge) and high end brands (Belvedere, BMW). In addition to the various Production roles that Sponsorship and Brand Management create, Oliver is experienced in event Marketing and Promotion. Over the past 3 years, he has overseen the marketing departments on major UK festivals (Secret Garden Party, Glade), a skill supplemented by his degree in Communications. Having worked on a number of weddings and private parties for various 'A' list celebrities and private clients on numerous private estates, Oliver adept at controlling every element of the event, including DJ's, Live acts and additional entertainment. Add to the pot, solid experience in Site Management (Glastonbury late night arenas; all heavy plant tickets), Technical Production (Firefly Solar) and also stage management / artist liaison roles (Continental Drifts), and you get an all round event professional perfect to lead or bolster the team on any production.

  • Jon Ricketts

    Lighting Designer and Programmer

    Lighting and Rigging System Installation

    Crew and Team Management

    Technical Project Management

    Jon Ricketts has been working in the Lighting and Production industries for over 15 years. He has worked in many areas of the industry from Festivals and Touring, Bespoke Corporate and Private events, to Theatres large and small. From years of experience at the highest of levels, Jon has gained a wide knowledge of Lighting, Rigging and Stage/Set design. Over the years he has worked as Crew chief for a number of his clients, running all aspects of the job from organising the kit and crew to all logistical aspects needed to complete the show. In the past 6 years specifically, he has been using these skills in the festival circuit, working to organise and deliver world class events for his clients. He has a strong belief that every event, be it large or small, should be a bespoke design that fits with the client specifications.