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About Garston Entertainment

History

Founded by Dave Cullen in 1978, Garston Entertainments quickly became established as a busy and successful club land entertainment agency which also managed several well known North West artistes including Charley Boy, The Everglades, The Point, The Black Candleweeds, Passport to Pimlico, Elvis Clayton and many others

The success of the agency was founded on the strong principles of providing a friendly, honest and professional approach combined with an efficient, reliable administration service and a professional standby let down service. These attributes resulted in clients returning time and time again to book with the agency

Present

Based in North West England, Garston Entertainments has developed into one of the UK`s leading entertainment agencies and provides live entertainment to approximately 8000 events a year throughout the UK & Internationally

With an impressive exclusive artiste roster and now providing quality entertainment to a range of clients including Major Leisure & Cruise Companies, Weddings, Hotels, Corporate Events, Live Music venues, Garston Entertainments still upholds its founding principles and retains an excellent reputation for professional service and quality artistes  

Whatever your event, Garston Entertainments will always offer the best advice in planning your event, offer the most suitable recommendations and source the most competitive price in order to assist in making it a success

With a highly experienced, knowledgeable and dedicated team ready to assist with your enquiry, why not let us take the stress out of your entertainment search!

 

Meet The Team

Neil Cullen
Neil Cullen
Managing Director

Neil joined the family company in 1990 and worked alongside his father, agency founder Dave Cullen for the next 10 years learning all aspects of the industry. In 2000, after Dave retired and Neil was ready to take over the company. Highly regarded and respected within the entertainment industry for his expertise and knowledge along with his honest and personable approach, Neil is ambitious, hard-working and dedicated to the continual development and success of the business  

Since taking over the business in 2000, with the industry rapidly changing, Neil has implemented and overseen major changes to the company direction which have resulted in significant expansion and growth of the company establishing Garston Entertainments as one of the leading entertainment agencies in the UK. Neil also oversees and manages a strong core of top quality artistes and talent who are exclusive to Garston. These artistes perform nationally and internationally at thousands of events per year through Garston with the company providing a diverse range of quality live entertainment to major national and international companies and brands in the Leisure, Retail and Holiday Industry

Neil has also been integral in developing the online business working closely with the website designer and team to establish the company with a significant presence online. Since 2010, Garston Entertainments has grown to become one of the leading online entertainment booking agencies booking thousands of quality artistes to venues, private parties, weddings, corporate events and more nationally and internationally. Whilst busy managing the company, Neil still enjoys being involved on the busy day to day booking of artistes for venues and clients.

Nicola Loyden
Nicola Loyden
Company Director

Nicola joined the company in 2003 as an Administration Assistant and quickly established herself as an integral member of the team. Her previous managerial background in the retail industry helped Nicola to be innovative and implement new ideas to develop the company further. With a friendly, warm, honest personality and dedicated professional approach to her role, Nicola`s passion, commitment and enthusiasm for the company to grow has been one of the driving forces behind where the company is today. Nicola is a director of the company and an experienced and knowledgeable booking agent popular with clients, artistes and venues and she works alongside her partner, Neil Cullen helping to manage the busy day to day direction and focus of the company

Maurice Day
Maurice Day
Bookings, Website & Database Manager

Maurice joined the bookings team in June 2015 as an Entertainment Co-ordinator and has very quickly adapted to the role, so much so, that he was recently rewarded for his hard work and dedication with a promotion to become our new Bookings, Website & Database Manager. Maurice has an extensive background gained as a professional artiste having performed nationally and internationally as part of the well-known comedy duo `Harris & Day` and brings excellent skills, industry knowledge and experience to Garston gained over 20 years working as a performer. A cool head with a great sense of humour, Maurice heads up our booking and website department and is responsible for looking after a number of our key clients whilst also working with our stable of managed artistes developing new shows

Darren Harris
Darren Harris
Entertainment Co-ordinator

Darren joined Garston in August 2015 as an Entertainment Co-ordinator. Darren is the other half of comedy duo `Harris & Day` and like Maurice has an extensive background, knowledge and experience of the industry gained as a professional artiste having performed nationally and internationally as part of the well-known comedy duo `Harris & Day`. A keen and enthusiastic member of the team with a great sense of humour, Darren has very quickly established himself as a valuable member of our booking team, adapting and learning the role very quickly and is very much looking forward to developing further in his career with us

Dave Knight
Dave Knight
Entertainment Co-ordinator

Dave graduated from Keele University in 2005 with a degree in Sociology and Applied Social Sciences. He worked in engineering recruitment as a head hunter and search & selection agent before making the transition into entertainment. Dave worked for TED UK for 7 years moving from production cast into a team leader role and has been entertainments manager at two of First Choice’s 5 star Holiday Villages. Dave joins the company in November 2015, is ambitious and driven and is looking to become an integral part of the business and its` continued development

Jo Day
Jo Day
Website & New Talent Co-ordinator

Jo Day joined the company in September 2015 and is responsible for maintaining the content on our website and also sourcing and reviewing new talent. Jo has a keen eye for detail and an excellent ear when it comes to reviewing artistes so that we maintain our high standards of artistes that are featured on the website. An enthusiastic and keen member of the team, Jo is working hard updating existing artistes profiles and is also playing an integral role in the continued expansion and development of our website

Sarah Hibbs
Sarah Hibbs
Accounts & Website Assistant

Sarah joined the company in July 2016 and has made a great impact since joining. Sarah has a first degree in Dance/Musical Theatre and has spent the last 3 years abroad working in the Entertainments Team for First Choice Holidays. Sarah has a multi-faceted role within the company with part of her role Accounts based providing full support to our book keeper Jackie Lavelle. The other part of Sarah`s role is updating content on our Website and assessing new talent, assisting our Website Manager Jo Day. Within the space of just a few months, Sarah has quickly settled in and adapted to the role and made great progress, learning quickly, developing new and improved procedures utilizing her excellent skills and knowledge to the role. Sarah will also begin training in January 2017 as an Entertainment Co-ordinator

Alice Houlden
Alice Houlden
Administration Assistant

Alice joined Garston Entertainments in October 2014 as an Administration Assistant and previously had graduated from The University of Huddersfield in 2011 with a BMUS (Hons) in Music. Alice comes from a strong musical background performed in Choirs, developing as a soloist and is also an accomplish flautist. Prior to her role at Garston, Alice worked as a Concert and Events manager for The University of Huddersfield and brings a wealth of knowledge to the role. Alice has quickly settled into the team utilizing her skills and eye for detail to help ensure that the essential and important administration of the office runs smoothly. Without doubt, Alice is an asset to the team at Garston Entertainment and we look forward to her role developing in the future

Jackie Lavelle
Jackie Lavelle
Book Keeper

Jackie is a highly experienced and qualified, professional book keeper who joined the company in June 2016 and manages our busy Accounts Department. Jackie has made a fantastic, positive impact since joining the company developing, implementing and streamlining new systems and procedures to ensure that our Accounts department runs professionally, smoothly and efficiently. We are delighted to have Jackie on board as valued member of the Garston Team

10 Reasons to book your Live Entertainment with Garston

For professional help and advice on booking the best live entertainment for your event, party, venue or wedding, please contact one of our Entertainment Co-ordinators on 0845 071 0988