Jack Needham

Freelance Music, Culture and Tech Journalist

Manchester, United Kingdom
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About me

London-based music and culture freelance journalist The Guardian | i-D | Dazed | Narrative.ly | RBMA | Bandcamp | Wired UK/Japan | FACT | Mixmag | The Vinyl Factory | Ransom Note Sound Engineer and DJ - High Fashion Technique Former festival programmer and booking agent Jneedham303@gmail.com

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  • Events
  • Marketing PR
  • Music
  • Journalism
  • Sound Design
  • Audio Engineering
  • Creative Event
  • Festival
  • Live Event
  • Venue Management
  • Promotion
  • Event Experiential Campaign Direction
  • Music Journalism
  • Content
  • Blog Content
  • Writing

Companies I’ve worked with

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    • Festival Republic

      Festival Republic

      • Music
    • WIRED magazine

      WIRED magazine

      • Publishing
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      Full Fat PR

      Work history


      Freelance Journalist


      Mar 2014
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • From 2014 I've been a freelance culture, music, tech and human interest journalist that since September 2016 has become my full-time occupation. I spend my life writing about all that I find interesting, from Manchester's obsession with Jamaican sound system culture to music in the USSR. Yes, I mostly write about music, but I also delve into how noise pollution makes fish bad parents and the rise of the human cyborgs for Wired UK, and the story behind Britain's most brutal ball game for Narrative.ly. I'm a copywriter for major labels too, avoiding words like 'ethereal' and making artist Facebook bios glisten. You can find me on your phone as Dojo's nightlife editor or hear me ramble on your airwaves as a bi-weekly host on Netil Radio.


      Assistant Talent Buyer

      Festival Republic

      Feb 2016 - Sep 2016
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • I helped book bands and DJs, negotiating artist contracts, planning announcements and managing things behind the scenes for Reading & Leeds Festival and Latitude Festival.


      Booking Agent

      Spun Out

      Aug 2015 - Feb 2016
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • Planned global music tours, negotiated artist booking fees, helped develop sustainable careers, managed artist social media and fixed everything when an artist inevitably missed their flight home. Roster: Daniel Avery, Hot Chip, Andrew Weatherall, Ivan Smagghe, The Rapture, Optimo & more


      Account Executive

      Full Fat PR

      Mar 2014 - Aug 2015
      • London, United Kingdom
      • Full Time
      • Managed the global PR campaigns, print and online, for brands such as Russian Standard Vodka and 808 Whisky and festivals such as Parklife, Hideout, Sonisphere, Stanton Calling, Fresh Island and more.


      Promotions Manager & Booking Assistant

      Joshua Brooks

      Feb 2011 - Mar 2014
      • Manchester, United Kingdom
      • Freelance
      • We made Manchester dance five nights a week, bringing Duke Dumont, Disclosure, Kerri Chandler and more grade A talent to our snug basement. We even won an award for it courtesy of the Manchester Evening News, twice.



      BSc First Class Honours in Multimedia Technology

      The University of Salford

      Sep 2010 - Apr 2013
      • Manchester, United Kingdom