Riotsquad Publicity was founded in 2007 by three of the UK’s leading alternate music publicists, Julie Allison, Siân Williams and Kerstan Mackness. Combining 40 years of experience across many music business disciplines (radio presenting, journalism, sales and marketing, DJ’s, publicists, tour producers, positions at major labels and management of smaller ones) they worked together and individually, to provide wide ranging campaigns for a diverse range of projects. Its sister management company, Riot Management, launched the careers of some of today’s biggest names including GoGo Penguin, Portico Quartet and Neil Cowley Trio. In 2017 Kerstan Mackness left Riotsquad to focus on his talents in management, launching his management, production and consultancy agency, Funky Fly Music.
Today, Sian and Julie continue to provide print, online and broadcast publicity campaigns for album releases, gigs, tours and festivals across many musical genres from jazz to folk, experimental to world and all those in-between.
Riotsquad Publicity have handled promotional campaigns for some of the world’s most remarkable artists including Bellowhead, Jerry Dammers & The Spatial AKA Orchestra, GoGo Penguin, Icebreaker, Mehliana, Anoushka Shankar, Seun Kuti, John Paul Jones and Supersilent, Seth Lakeman, Portico Quartet, Zara MacFarlane, Brad Mehldau, John Harle & Marc Almond, Anthony Joseph, Meshell Ndegeocello, Angie Stone, George Benson, Loose Tubes, Vinicus Cantuaria, Robert Glasper, Neil Cowley Trio, Mavis Staples, Pat Metheny, Wayne Shorter, Led Bib, Allen Toussaint, Sons of Kemet, Mariza, Ben E King, Empirical, Eliza Carthy, Get The Blessing, Spiro, Tigran, Matthew Halsall, The Gondwana Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Soul Rebels Brass Band, Jah Wobble, Nubya Garcia, Tenderlonious, Jules Buckley, Sandra Bernhard, Shake Stew, Tin Men and the Telephone and many, many more.
Riotsquad was honored to represent London’s Ronnie Scott’s for seven years from 2011 and, in addition to other fesitvals and ‘seasons’, including those for the Barbican, the Southbank and La Linea, has worked with the Roundhouse on their ‘In the Round’ series of events since its inauguration in 2016.