Renowned rock promoter John Foley has joined TEG MJR Eire and MPI Artists, and will spearhead domestic and international tours, as well as build the talent roster as a booking agent.
TEG MJR Eire is an Irish live event promotion company that launched in November through a collaboration between TEG MJR and MPI Artists. The company is owned by global integrated live entertainment, ticketing and technology business TEG, which promotes over 2,000 acts including Sia, 50 Cent and Rita Ora.
Foley, who will be based in the company’s Dublin office, has 22 years of experience in the music industry after beginning his career in 1999. He formed Toxic Promotions, which worked to promote punk and ska acts such as Stiff Little Fingers, Misfits, The Damned and The Beat.
Julian O’Brien, director of TEG MJR Eire, said: “We are very excited to have John on board. He’s joining our team as one of the best known, most respected promoters in the country, and at a very exciting time for TEG MJR Eire as we expand our business.”
Foley has booked a number of acts while working with Dermot Doran of Eamonn Doran’s venue and Fun Lovin’ Criminals’ Huey Morgan for The Voodoo Lounge, as well enticing Bez, Shaun Ryder and Shane MacGowan to his Transmission DJ nights. Foley was also key in Irish singer-songwriter Hozier’s earlier career.
He said: “I am very excited to be joining the team at TEG MJR Eire. I look forward to getting back to work with TEG, one of the world’s most innovative and rapidly expanding global entertainment companies.”
Working with Denis Desmond’s MCD Productions as a booker for the Academy Dublin, which opened in late 2007, Foley promoted shows for Slayer, Anthrax, The Cult and Megadeth.
Martin Nolan, director of TEG MJR Eire and MPI Artists, added: “We are delighted that John Foley has joined the MPI Artists and the TEG MJR Eire team. John has built a huge wealth of experience and we look forward to working with him as the country opens up again.”