‘New lease of life’ for promoter Joolz

Promoter Joolz Vernon
Promoter Joolz Vernon
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Promoter Joolz Vernon is back on the city’s music scene after recovering from a serious injury.

But the promoter hasn’t just slipped into his old role of putting on gigs, he’s now co-running a record label with former Little Man Tate frontman Jon Windle.

But it was only last autumn that Vernon’s life was under threat. Vernon was preparing for a show at Holmfirth Picturedrome when he suffered a freak fall.

The fall - from the Victorian picture house’s second story - left him in a coma. It was touch-and-go at one point whether he’d survive let alone thrive.

The road to full recovery is a long one but he’s on it now, encouraged by receiving hundreds of get well wishes from musicians and mates, which reduced him to tears when read out to him in his hospital bed.

And although he’s taking things slowly at the moment, Joolz is pleased that he can get back to doing his favourite thing – putting on gigs and working on the label.

“I feel like I’ve been given a new lease of life,” he says. “I was in a bit of a bad place before the accident but I’m just glad to be alive now. I just love music and especially the live variety so I’m thankful that I can still be involved.

The Jon and Joolz combination is called Entertainment Sheffield – ents1 – and they are promising a series of shows at venues including the City Hall and Sheffield University when the students return for the next semester after the summer break.

However, the first fruit of this dynamic duo’s labour takes place tomorrow (Friday) at Plug on Matilda Street, when it hosts the Soundclash v Tiny Teeth Records night. The event features five bands: The Retrospectives, Monoking, The Monday Club, The Revolvers and The Barristers, and all for a fiver.

The duo’s next event will be Gig Tripper at the O2 Academy, featuring The Stoops, Common Ground, The Outfits and Jake Sharpe, on June 27.

The pair of them are also keen on giving up-and-coming musicians a bit of a hand, getting them going on the live circuit and offering any advice they can give. For information email Joolz@musicfirstinfo.