HOTA, Home of the Arts, recently announced the addition of a respected industry legend to its team.
Graham Ashton (Asho), is joining the HOTA crew to ramp up the venue’s live music programming through his company, Footstomp Music.
Working in the music industry for over 25 years for independent and major record labels, Asho’s stellar career has seen him work with hundreds of artists including Mumford & Sons, Amy Shark, Robbie Williams, Powderfinger, The Living End, Paul Kelly and the Go-Betweeners, to name a few.
He’s also been an essential presence on the judging panel of our own Gold Coast Music Awards for several years.
Asho has now been taken on as HOTA’s contemporary music booker with the mission to elevate its prominence as a leading music venue with its world-class outdoor stage and theatre.
“HOTA has the opportunity to make the Gold Coast the heart of live music in Australia. Working with a world-class venue in my home town is an incredible and exciting challenge,” said Asho.
Footstomp Music was established in 2010, managing big-name artists like Busby Marou, and has facilitated bookings for Brisbane’s number one venue, The Triffid, since it opened in 2014.
HOTA’s Executive Producer Moira Hay said that Asho will be a great addition to the Home of the Arts team.
“Bringing someone so connected to the music scene into the team is a real coup for us,” she said.
“The success of our live music program to date has shown us that the Gold Coast has a huge appetite for live music.”
In 2018, HOTA presented sell out concerts in their new purpose-built $37.5 million open-air venue by superstar Tim Minchin and music icon, Neil Finn; a residency by legendary avant-garde artist, Laurie Anderson; a night with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra; a pop opera by superstars, Il Divo; and an unforgettable dance party with Ministry of Sound: Orchestrated.
With Asho’s help, HOTA will continue to make its mark on the Gold Coast’s arts and culture scene with their live music programming for 2019 and beyond.
For more information, visit hota.com.au.
IMAGE: Neil Finn (c) Danny Santangelo