Music First Ltd is a forward thinking entertainment company.
Trading as The Gig Cartel they are partners in the one of the largest
independent national tour promoters in the UK. Managing Director Barney Vernon
has worked with artists such as Maximo Park, The Arctic Monkeys, Richard
Hawley, Sophie Ellis Bextor, The Darkness, Billy Bragg, Adam Ant, Wilko Johnson
and Imelda May to name a few. He managed the careers of local band and indie
popsters Little Man Tate and has played a part in the development of many
breaking bands. Crossing genres the company has promoted shows and developed a
career for USA based Grammy nominated blues guitarist Joe Bonamassa starting at
The Boardwalk in Sheffield & Borderline in London, culminating 8 years
later at The Royal Albert Hall in London and a full UK Arena tour including
Manchester MEN Arena.
In 2014 Barney launched record label Axehouse Music. Blues /
Rock guitarist Joanne Shaw Taylor was the first artist signed to the company.
Her debut album ‘The Dirty Truth’ was released in Sept to world wide critical
acclaim. The sell out ’Dirty Truth’ tour was promoted by The Gig Cartel and
climaxed at the prestigious London’s O2 Shepherds Bush Empire.