Kai Harris started promoting in 1997, a classic case of ‘the only guy in the band that could be bothered to book shows’! Early packed shows with questionable health and safety in his local pub eventually turned into a job booking for The Joiners in Southampton. He then spent almost a decade freelancing as Advance Promotions and launched (the much missed) Takedown Festival. Jump to present day and Kai is a concert promoter for The MJR Group, promoting events nationally and managing bookings for a number of hugely respected venues – Engine Rooms in Southampton, Sub 89 in Reading and Dingwalls in London.
“I’m really excited to be involved with the HMAs. As a lifelong fan of heavy music I have always found awards to be contrived, corporate and more about who you know than what you do; somewhat the antithesis of a musical movement that is founded in individuality, independence and honesty. This is a chance to set that straight.”