About Goc O'Callaghan
I have found it my life calling to produce awe-inspiring events and experiences. With a passion for the events and music industry, and an ambition to create memories for millions of people, I feel most satisfied watching the pleasure on the faces of those attending the event produced, being totally consumed by a deep-seated love for the music, and then again, when listening to the stories told for years afterwards. It is my aim to be a strong female role model within the music and events industry and to build a gender diverse team in traditionally male dominated roles. These desires have prompted me to be the founder and director of the award-winning independent UK music festival, ArcTanGent.
After being welcomed as a member of the Association of Independent Festivals, I began attending membership meetings and progressed to sitting on the Strategic Board to now holding the position of Vice Chair. My role has been heavily involved in the conceptualisation and implementation of high impact campaigns addressing issues including the dangers of legal highs and getting ‘drastic on plastic’ as well as driving forward the development of the AIF.
Most recently I have launched Ubiqu Live after spotting a gap in the market for a combined music management and consultancy company. Offering a range of services from band management through to strategic planning, Ubiqu Live works with a number of bands in a management capacity as well as offering workshops nurturing the next generation of budding music business minds. Regularly working with BIMM University, I deliver career hubs and lecture to Music Business and Event Management students. Inspiring and nurturing the next generation of music and event industry is something I am passionate about. Consequently, I have taken on a BIMM student as an intern for ArcTanGent for the past two years and she will be graduating with a First Class Honours degree this Summer.
Ubiqu Live will be launching a series of remote gigs that echo the sentiment of Sigur Rós “Heima”, one of which will be in a derelict building on the Isle of Skye. ‘The Remote Series’ are in full development and attracting sponsorship from one of the world’s leading sound and lighting companies.
My passion for festivals is now an
obsession; I have a new festival in the early stage of event concept design and
I’m working on my PhD thesis entitled ‘Event Concept Design for Memory
Creation: The Power of Participation’ which focuses heavily on festivals.