July 2015 • Our beginnings – 40 years ago on the 5th July 1975.
March 2015 • After 24 years Britannia Row bids a fond farewell to it’s premises in Wandsworth – home of Britannia Row Productions until 2012 and then Britannia Row Productions Training, which has now re-launched itself in Twickenham alongside the core business.
October 2014 • Bryan Grant celebrates 35 years at Britannia Row Productions!
Nelson Mandela dies on 5th December
November 2012 • Britannia Row Productions Training launches for the first time giving students direct exposure to the very latest professional audio equipment, procedures and techniques being used in the real world.
August 2012 • Britannia Row Productions were part of both winning consortiums supplying both the Opening and Closing Ceremonies of both the Olympic and Paralympic Games and 18 sound systems and personnel for three of the largest indoor sporting venues.
July 2012 • Mike Lowe celebrates 25 years with Britannia Row Productions
June 2012 • After our first 16 years at Britannia Row Islington London, followed by 21 years at Osiers Road, Wandsworth SW18, we move to our extensively re-renovated new head quarters at 104 the Green, Twickenham, Middlesex.
The world population reaches 7 billion inhabitants according to the United Nations
5 years ago
Barack Obama is elected president of the USA
October 2009 • Bryan Grant celebrates 30 years with Britannia Row Productions
June 2009 •
80,000 fans attend the Oasis gig at Slane Castle
Apple launches the iPhone
December 2007 •December 2007 • Led Zeppelin’s first concert since the death of their drummer John Bonham in 1980. To date, it has been their last. With Jason Bonham playing drums, Zeppelin headed up a heavy-weight bill to pay tribute to the legendary record company executive, Armet Ertegun and to raise money for his Charitable Foundation.
July 2007 •12 Stadium Concerts held in South Africa, U.S.A., Brazil, China, Australia, U.K., Germany and Italy to raise ecological awareness. The U.K. concert was held at Wembley Stadium with 23 bands and artists on the bill, including Genesis, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Metallica, The Foo Fighters and Madonna.
10 YEARS AGO
Live 8 Line-upAnnie Lennox, Bob Geldof, Coldplay, Richard Ashcroft, Dido, Youssou N’Dour, Elton John, Pete Doherty, Joss Stone, Keane, The Killers, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Ms. Dynamite, Paul McCartney, Pink Floyd, Razorlight, REM, Robbie Williams, Scissor Sisters, Snoop Dogg, Snow Patrol, Sting, Travis, U2, UB40, Velvet Revolver, The Who.
Mark Zuckerberg founds the social networking service Facebook
June 2002Two amazing concerts at Buckingham Palace – Proms at the Palace and Party at the Palace
Apple launches the iPod
Fears of computers glitches due to the change of date (Y2K “Millennium Bug”)
Fears of computers glitches due to the change of date (Y2K “Millennium Bug”
20 YEARS AGO
Summer 1995 • VE Day and VJ Day Celebrations.These two huge events entailed covering large parts of central London with audio and running the live sound production and broadcast feeds.
Quentin Tarantino directs the film Pulp Fiction
We started our long relationship working for Robbie rehearsing for a warm-up show in Woking on 27th September 1994. This was followed by UK and European tours in October and November of the same year.
South African Parliament repeals Apartheid
July 1991 • Dire Straits began their last tour in Dublin. The last concert on the tour was in Zaragoza, Spain in October 1992. Between these dates Dire Staits had played 300 shows to 7.1m people.
25 YEARS AGO
June 1990 •We returned yet again to Knebworth House in Hertfordshire, England for this massive and special concert celebrating recipients of the annual Nordoff Robbins Silver Clef Award. The line-up included Pink Floyd, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Dire Straits, Cliff Richard & The Shadows, Tears for Fears, Robert Plant (with guest Jimmy Page), Status Quo, Phil Collins, Genesis.
1990 •We began a run of providing the sound for the main stage at The Glastonbury Festival.
17 April - 1 May •
17 April - 1 May • The Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Sammy Davis tour taking in Sweden, Norway, Finland, France, Holland, Germany, Austria, Eire and a one week run at London’s Royal Albert Hall between 17th and 22nd April. ‘This tour came in an era for two genres of music that BRP was proud to have worked on. From the late 70’s until the early ‘90’s we worked and toured with many legendary jazz giants and crooners. As well as Frank, Liza and Sammy, others included Ella Fitzgerald, Nelson Riddle, Jerry Lewis, Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé, Peggy Lee, Tony Bennett, Nina Simone and Miles Davis..
February 1989 •
Our first show with Simply Red was in Dublin in 1989.
July 1987 •Mike Lowe joins Britannia Row Productions in 1987.
30 YEARS AGO
From the mid 80′s until around the mid 90′s we toured with major R&B / soul artists at their peak such as Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Anita Baker, and George Benson. These artists had many massive hits in this decade and did several European arena tours, often in-the-round and often with full orchestras.
Robbie Williams and Bryan Grant, who joined the company in 1979, buy out Britannia Row Productions from Pink Floyd. Mike Lowe joined in 1987 and Robbie Williams went on to become one of the worlds leading Production Managers to his retirement in 2013.
35 YEARS AGO
Sony Introduces the Walkman
October 1979Bryan Grant joins Britannia Row Productions
John Paul II Becomes Pope
Star Wars movie released
1976 – QUEEN HYDE PARK SHOW
September 1976 • Queen Hyde Park One of our earliest Hyde Park Shows for Queen attracted a crowd of 150,000 people – thought to have been one of the largest London concert audiences ever.
40 YEARS AGO
Our first gig 1975 - Britannia Row Productions provide sound for a crowd of 100,000 at Knebworth Park.