Boardmasters events business Vision Nine secures £5m

UK firm has been responsible for some of the country's biggest events and worked with likes of Microsoft and Coca-Cola

British events firm Vision Nine has received £5m in funding from creative industry investors Ingenious to develop new festivals, tours and shows.

The company has previously been responsible for surf, skate and music festival Boardmasters and snow sport based The Freeze Festival, as well as working with such prestigious clients as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, Vans, EE and Adidas.

Vision Nine, which aims to create and curate events that have cultural, social and lifestyle value, will use the investment to accelerate the development of new events in the sports, arts and music markets and for international expansion.

This will be overseen by former founders of entertainment company MAMA Group, Adam Driscoll and Philip Murphy, in collaboration with Vision Nine founders and brothers Julian and Andrew Topham. Ingenious’s Paul Bedford will join the company’s board as finance director.

Between them, the team have worked on major UK festivals such as Lovebox, Global Gathering, Creamfields, Rewind, SW4, The Great Escape and Love Supreme.

Vision Nine’s Topham commented: “Creativity is key in today’s live entertainment sector and Vision Nine has proven adept at curating events that connect with an audience’s passions.

“Alongside our existing events we are developing new entertainment brands with significant opportunity for growth. We are aiming to launch two new ventures shortly that we believe will be groundbreaking formats.”

Ingenious’ Bedford added: “Vision Nine represents a very exciting opportunity for investors – a great brand and an impressive team with massive potential. We are delighted to add our proven experience of structuring, promoting and managing investment opportunities across the entertainment industry.”

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