Nathalie Candel

Hi there, my name is Nathalie. I am a UK-based freelance music business professional, specializing in tour management.

As a tour manager, I go above and beyond to make any tour a great experience for everyone. I have driven many miles on my clean driving licence. I have a knowledge of stage production, and I'm very experienced in managing merchandise. By having worked on both sides of a performance, I understand what everyone involved expects from each other. Please click on my projects below to find out more about my experience with each job.

My knowledge of the music industry is extensive. I have a BA in Musicology, an MA in Music Industry, and years of work experience in live music. I have completed an internship at a large venue, volunteered at many festivals, played in different bands, and I have attended SXSW four times.

Other experiences, and notable skills, include being fluent in English and Dutch, an ability to sell merchandise in German and French, an assertiveness that comes with my love for self-defence sport, knowing that a friendly approach can achieve far more than an aggressive one and, of course, the ability to change a broken guitar string in less than the length of a song.

What am I looking for? Tours and festivals who need a passionate but professional manager. Promoters and venues who need a pro-active representative to take care of their touring artists. Whether it is a one-off intimate event or months of hectic, fast-paced work, I am open to all enquiries.

Cover photo: Mary Epworth performing at The Orpheum in LA, by Nathalie Candel.

Info photo: Nathalie on tour in Paris, by Mary Epworth.

Dream Wife
Tour Manager & Backline Tech

May 2019 - present

Alice Jemima
Tour Manager

June 2019

The Great Escape
Backline Crew

May 2018 + 2019

Info coming soon.

Liverpool Everyman: Sweeney Todd
AV Technician Sound No. 2

April & May 2019

Dr John Cooper Clarke
Merchandiser

October 2016 & February 2019

During two short - October 2016 and February 2019 - tours in the United Kingdom, I worked as the touring merchandiser for Dr John Cooper Clarke. My duties included managing and transporting the official merchandise, liaising with the venues' technical teams about the production of the show, setting up a merchandise booth, and selling the stock before, during and after the shows. The tours included the Nantwich Words & Music Festival, Harpenden Public Halls, Canterbury Westgate Hall and the De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill-On-Sea.

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Welcome To Night Vale + Mal Blum EU Winter Tour
Assistant Tour Manager

January & February 2019

In January 2019 I embarked on my fourth tour with Welcome To Night Vale, after having done a two European tours and a North-American tour with them in the past. This time I worked the role of Assistant Tour Manager, with a main focus on merchandise. The shows on this tour took place in London, Manchester, Norwich, Bristol, Dublin, Utrecht, Cologne, Berlin, Prague and Warsaw.

On this tour I was in charge of the sales and administration of the merchandise. Tracking shipments, personally selling, recruiting local merchandise assistants, keeping track of stock and sales, and negotiating settlements with venues were all part of my day-to-day tasks.

Liverpool Everyman Rock'n'Roll Panto
AV Technician Sound No.2

Winter 2017 & 2018

As a Sound No. 2 AV Technician at the Liverpool Everyman Theatre, I directly assist the main sound engineer in a backstage role. I take care of all the microphones - the lavalier microphones as well as the wireless handhelds. I make sure they are clean and working properly for each show - when necessary, I carry out maintenance, repairs and cleaning. During the show, I carry out various cues to do with the microphones and sometimes other sound cues.

As part of the role I work closely together with stage management, the backline technician and the wardrobe team. In the 2017 winter season we did The Little Mermaid, and in 2018 we put on The Snow Queen.

BidoLito! Magazine
Project Manager & Event Support

September 2018 - present

As the Project Manager for BidoLito! Magazine, I manage and organise multiple events and projects that they organise or are partnering with. This includes Merseyrail Sound Station, Wax & Gears with British Cycling, 7even Store, Liverpool Sound City, and more. As part of the role, I am the Festival Manager for the new Future Yard Festival in Birkenhead happening in August 2019. More info on this event will be coming soon!

BidoLito! Magazine and I go way back – only a few weeks after moving to Liverpool, I started volunteering for them as a photographer for the magazine and online content. Soon I also got involved with their events and side projects, including Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, which is organised by some of the editors that run the magazine, and Welcome To The Dark Ages, which was a large project organised by the Justified Ancients of MuMu – formerly known as the KLF. Both of these projects can be found as separate tabs further down on this page!

Into The Great Wide Open
Runner

August & September 2017 & 2018

As a runner for Into The Great Wide Open - which takes place on the island of Vlieland at the top of the Netherlands - I was stationed on the main land to drive artists from Schiphol airport to the ferry terminal, and to run errands for the production team.

Her's
Tour Manager

August 2018

As a substitute tour manager for Her's, I managed the transportation, logistics and merchandise for a few of their touring shows.

Wilderness Festival
Event Control & Campsite Coordinator

August 2016-2018

The Event Control team closely monitors anything and everything that happens at Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire. We work in a control room next to security management, first aid management, and volunteer management. All incidents and announcement are reported to our Event Control radio channel - our team logs everything and acts upon anything that requires action. A few examples are medical incidents, security issues, involvement with the police, and missing children.

Sharkmuffin
Tour Manager

July 2018

As a substitute tour manager for Sharkmuffin from Brooklyn, I managed the transportation, logistics and merchandise for a few of their touring shows, including Port Eliot Festival in Cornwall.

Deershed Festival
Senior Production Runner

July 2018

Info coming soon.

Lovebox & Citadel Festival
Merchandise Supervisor & Promoter Support

July 2017 & 2018

During Lovebox and Citadel Festival, both organised by MAMA Festivals in London's Victoria Park, I supervised the sales of band merchandise. This included Foals' merchandise and Frank Ocean's custom screen printed t-shirts that were made on site.

Serviced Apartment Summit Europe
AV Manager & Event Support

July 2017 & 2018

Info coming soon.

Liverpool International Business Festival
Event Liaison Officer

April-July 2018

Info coming soon.

Welcome To Night Vale + Erin McKeown EU Fall Tour
Assistant Tour Manager

September & October 2017

In September I embarked on my third tour with Welcome To Night Vale, after having done a European and a North-American tour with them in the past. This time I worked the role of Assistant Tour Manager, with a main focus on merchandise. The shows on this tour took place in Helsinki, Stockholm, Berlin, Cologne, Leuven, Amsterdam, Glasgow, Dublin, Manchester, Nottingham, London, Cardiff and Bristol.

On this tour I was in charge of the sales and administration of the merchandise. Tracking shipments, personally selling, recruiting local merchandise assistants, keeping track of stock and sales, and negotiating settlements with venues were all part of my day-to-day tasks. The only real stressful moment was when two boxes of a larger delivery were not present at the venue, even though the theatre had signed for the total boxes of the shipment. After many phone calls I tracked down the depot where they were left, and managed to pick them up in time for our take-off to the next city.

Welcome To The Dark Ages
Project Manager

July & August 2017

After a self-imposed 23-year moratorium, the Justified Ancients Of MuMu (also known as the KLF or the Timelords) returned with a three day 'situation' in Liverpool: Welcome To The Dark Ages. The event focused on the book release of their novel '2023', and started with a midnight book signing at News From Nowhere. The BBC and Channel 4 were present to broadcast the event.

During the situation, all 400 ticket-holders were 'volunteers' and were given tasks, such as singing in a choir, carrying coffins, and collecting ragwort. The volunteers were directed by Daisy Campbell, daughter of Ken Campbell, and the three days were emcee'd by Oliver Stenton. The first part of day one consisted of the distribution of volunteer tasks; the second part was a public hearing of 'Why did the KLF burn a million quid'. The second day all volunteers were assigned a page of the novel and were sent out into the world to interpret their page and to come back with a group presentation of their chapter.

The third day was the big reveal of The Justified Ancients Of MuMu's next business step. During a performance at the Florrie, which included a guest-appearance by Jarvis Cocker, Rupert and Claire Callendar of the Green Funeral Company announced that Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond were entering the funeral business with them. Together, they are offering the service of MuMufication. Anyone can sign up to have a small portion of their cremated ashes fired in a 'Brick of Mu'. All bricks will be laid to rest on 'The People's Pyramid' during a yearly 'Toxteth Day Of The Dead'. After the announcement, the 400 volunteers joined the Toxteth Day Of The Dead procession to the Invisible Wind Factory, where the Justified Ancients Of MuMu burned two coffins in a wooden pyramid.

As the project manager of the event, I managed the three days from start to finish on BidoLito!'s behalf. They promoted and budget-managed the event and booked the venues. I liaised with all people involved; the artists, the crew, the venues, the production companies. I recruited and instructed staff to work as ushers and run the box office. I managed all infrastructure, props, hospitality riders, transport, and artist liaison.

“Nathalie Candel does not take no shit.” - Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond

“[Nathalie] seriously enabled some crazy shit to happen. Unflappable.” - Rupert Callendar of the Green Funeral Company

Secret Solstice
Production Management Support

June 2016 & 2017

Secret Solstice is a four-day music festival in Reykjavik that celebrates the summer solstice in Iceland. With 24 hours of sunlight, it gives a unique festival experience to its audience. As Production Management Support Staff, I directly assisted the Production Manager of the festival for nine days before and during the 2016 edition in June.

Every day was different, and tasks varied from advancing shows with artists, to helping the contracted PA company with setting up venues, to driving artists around for the Logistics team. My personal highlights included: driving Kerri Chandler to a secret lagoon out of Reykjavik for a hot pool party; assisting the Radiohead crew with the change-over and load out of the show, and helping out with wardrobe for Die Antwoord.

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Let's Eat Grandma
Tour Manager

September 2015 - January 2016

On a casual basis, I take care of tour management for the experimental pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma. They are a young band that have recently signed to Transgressive Records. When I work with them on a show, I take care of: advancing with promoters and festivals; making travel arrangements; driving; acting as stage crew; taking care of settlements, and everything else.

“Working with Nathalie is a pleasure; she's dependable, friendly, hard working and goes to great lengths to make gigging a more calm and enjoyable experience for everyone.” - Jenny Hollingworth and Rosa Walton of Let’s Eat Grandma.

I have recently worked with LEG on their support-slot for Kiran Leonard at the Prince Albert in Brighton, and for their performance at Festival No.6 in Wales, including a session and interview with BBC Radio 6 Music.

Photo: Let's Eat Grandma, by Francesca Allen.

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Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia
Volunteer Coordinator

July 2015 - present

I was offered the role of Volunteer Coordinator for 2015's Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, after volunteering as a steward in 2013, and providing support at artist hospitality in 2014. The event is the UK’s largest celebration of psychedelic sub-culture, and previous performing artists have included Goat, Fuzz, Spiritualized, Allah-Lahs, Suuns, Factory Floor, Moon Duo, Hookworms, and Anton Newcombe.

“Nathalie has developed into a key member of our festival team. Her dedication, hard work, knowledge and passion for the industry is exceptional. As our volunteer co-ordinator, Nathalie helps the wheels of the festival turn - it would almost definitely grind to halt without her sterling input. I would wholeheartedly recommend Nathalie for work within the industry; just so long as it is not at the same time of year as our festival!” - Craig G Pennington, Director of Liverpool Psychfest.

My responsibilities in this role included: recruiting voluntary staff through social media, universities and colleges; producing information packs; organising volunteer rotas and schedules; delegating tasks according to volunteers' strengths and experience; supervising the team during the festival, and overseeing the artists' Green Room - also staffed by volunteers. The role was a diverse, challenging and fun one, and gave me the opportunity to work with a great team of enthusiastic volunteers on all aspects of the festival.

Following my previous performance at the Liverpool International Festival of Psychedelia, I am thrilled to be invited back to take part in this years festival!

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Welcome To Night Vale US Spring Tour
Assistant Tour Manager

March - May 2015

After having worked with Welcome To Night Vale on their European Fall Tour in 2014, I joined them on their 2015 Spring Tour in the United States of America. WTNV is a podcast - a fake news radio show for the fictional town of Night Vale - written by Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor. For the touring live show, the podcast was translated onto a stage, with audience participation and live music. During the US tour, the music was provided by Disparition, Dessa and Mary Epworth. We finished 46 shows in 58 days, across 35 states! My personal favourites were the shows at The Orpheum in L.A., The Fillmore in Detroit, The Fox Theatre in Oakland, and The Neptune in Seattle.

As the Assistant Tour Manager, I was the right-hand woman to the main Tour Manager; I was in charge of one of two vehicles, and I managed everything to do with merchandise, all the way from ordering stock and selling it, to managing administration and completing a settlement with each venue.

“For two tours on two different continents, Nathalie managed everything from merchandise sales, to settlements, to driving, to advancing shows, to managing actors and musicians. When she said she was taking care of something, it was always taken care of. I never had to worry about these things not happening. This kind of trust and reliability is the best quality of a tour manager. Plus, she's fun to be around, so even better.” - Jeffrey Cranor, Welcome To Night Vale.

Below is an incredible stop motion video of all the theatres we visited during the tour.

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Welcome To Night Vale EU Fall Tour
Tour Manager

October - November 2014

During the European Fall Tour 2014 of Welcome To Night Vale with support from Mary Epworth, the show’s tour manager fell ill. I stepped in as the substitute tour manager, with 12 shows to go. It was an amazing experience, as the live show of the Welcome To Night Vale podcast sold out nearly every venue, where dedicated fans attended in cosplay. My leg of the tour consisted of venues in Stockholm, Oslo, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Paris, Hamburg, Amsterdam, Cologne, Munich, Berlin, and ended with two shows at Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London.

When I joined the tour, I picked up on advancing with promoters, venues and the booking agent; carried out the travel itineraries; was in charge of driving one of the two vehicles; received merchandise shipments, sold the stock during shows, and carried out the merchandise administration; made sure venue security was up to date with the artist’s needs; arranged after-show signings, and did everything to make the show run effortlessly for everyone involved.

“For two tours on two different continents, Nathalie managed everything from merchandise sales, to settlements, to driving, to advancing shows, to managing actors and musicians. When she said she was taking care of something, it was always taken care of. I never had to worry about these things not happening. This kind of trust and reliability is the best quality of a tour manager. Plus, she's fun to be around, so even better.” - Jeffrey Cranor, Welcome To Night Vale.

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Harvest Sun, EVOL, Mellowtone, VMS Live
Promoter Representative

October 2014 - present

More info coming soon.

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Bruis Festival
Media Coordinator

September 2013 & 2014

During the 2013 and the 2014 edition of Bruis Festival, I worked as their Media Coordinator and VIP-Stage Director. The free festival takes place annually in one of the biggest parks of Maastricht in The Netherlands. To help maintain the free event, the festival also had a VIP-section for sponsors, with intimate music sessions by artists from the line-up and a space for radio and television stations to do interviews. It was my job to contact the artists to request an acoustic session and create a time schedule for the VIP-stage, and also to request interviews based on the media's wishes and availability.

During the festival I had to maintain good communication with artists, media, and the festival production team; take care of stage management of the VIP-stage; escort artists to be at their interviews on time, and made sure the audience were informed about the acoustic sessions. The 2013 line-up for Bruis Festival Maastricht saw The Black Angels, Miles Kane, La Pegatina, and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis. The 2014 line-up included Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires, Bombay Bicycle Club, Asgeir, and Gabriel Rios.

“There's only one word that comes to my mind when I think of my work with Nathalie: focus. Absolute 100% dedication and focus. She is also very straightforward, honest, and makes you feel at home with her perfect sense of humour. Highly recommended!” - Tim Op Het Broek, Official Host for Bruis Festival and DJ at Radio L1.

Photo by Katja Primozic.

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Ragstock Indoor Festival
Booker & Production Manager

March 2013

The Ragweek is a week of charity events organized by students in the city of Utrecht, The Netherlands. In 2013, it also included an indoor charity festival at the EKKO venue on 5th March. A team of eight students organized the event, and I took on the role of Booker and Production Manager. My job was to select and book artists; to create a suitable time schedule for the event and sound checks; to arrange a backline; to take care of hospitality, and to provide stage management.

American party blues artist Andy Frasco headlined the festival, with support from Riverdistrict, Bodypolitics, and DJs The Stress, Badly Drawn Boys, and Lucy RAFF. It was a heartwarming experience to organize such a fun event for charity, where we tried to save on costs as much as we could; we even cooked dinner for all the artists and crew ourselves. We made €1141.10 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation!

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For enquiries, please send an email to nathalie.candel@gmail.com.

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