Bowie, Maurice White, Prince, Leonard Cohen, George Michael, Rick Parfit – perhaps one of the saddest musical endings to a year, ever. A LOT happened in 2016; while personalised merchandise made the Top Retail Trends 2016, days of the one-size-fits-all and Fruit Of The Loom sweatshirts were put well and truly put out of site. Pep Merch pulled in a healthy roster of tours and festivals to warrant this ‘Best Of Pep’ 2016.
1. Il Volo
We kicked off summer 2016 by taking Il Volo merchandise around Europe, going through Madrid, Brussels, Luxemburg, Paris, London, Moscow St Petersburg and Frankfurt, finishing off the final leg of the tour in Vienna. The fans were amazing, and we saw some very happy faces in the VIP Meet n Great session, also a few tears.
2. Paul McCartney
In June we joined The Macca One on One 2016 European Tour. Paul MacCartney spent 6 weeks doing the rounds in Stadiums around Europe including an amazing show in the Atletico Madrid Vicente Calderon football stadium. Only 40 items of merchandise to choose from on that tour, cheers Macca!
3. Barcelona Beach Festival
Our biggest one day event and largest production line was the 40,000 strong electronic music event Barcelona Beach Festival; 24 hours featuring the biggest EDM artists from around the world including David Guetta, Armin Van Buuren and Hardwell. Non stop dance music on the beach, cant complain about that one, we’ll need some suntan cream this year.
4. Neox Rocks Festival
A two day indie-pop festival in the outskirts of Madrid gave us a some fun on a very sunny September weekend in a very dusty arena. Hanging out with the crazy Izal fans was an experience.
5. LA Festival
Another indie festival this time in Murcia, a big «saludo» to the guys in Sidonie. This time we got to hang out with the local Mayor, what a nice guy.
6. Laura Pausini
We produced the VIP merchandise for Laura’s European Simili Tour, in collaboration with our friends over the pond in West Hollywood, OMG VIP. We’ll be working very closely with them again this year.
6. The Chemical Brothers
Hey girl, hey boy, superstar DJs, here we go! In October Pep Merch went back out on the road with the Chemical Brothers. Kicking off in Barcelona through Madrid, Bilbao and back over to the West coast in Santiago Compostela. A mad week clocking up nearly 3000 kilometers in 5 days. It’s been a while since we’ve done that, excellent preparation for the year to come.
7. Crystal Fighters
One of the highlights and most fun tours of the year was with the Crystal Fighters. Sold out shows in Lisbon, La Coruña, San Sebastian, Barcelona, Granada, Valencia and a bang off end of tour show in The Barclaycard Center in Madrid, balloons and confetti overload. Our new found friends certainly know how to pull a crowd AND a party. Big shout out to Bas, Graham, Gilbert, Louise, Ellie and Bing. See you all soon.
All this and helping out Arcade Fire in their Barcelona Razzmatazz show and producing some product for the Leyendas del Rock Festival this summer rounded off an interesting and productive year.
Bring on 2017.