From The Fields has announced that Mike Walsh will be joining the company as development director of its UK portfolio.

“Mike joins us at a very exciting time for the development of From The Fields,” said Ben Robinson, company director at From the Fields. “Mike’s commitment to the music scene is second to none and his incredible aptitude for discovering new music and developing brands will be well served in his new role.”

A Mercury Prize judge for the past three years, Walsh has been a respected figure in the music industry for more than two decades. His reputation for breaking emerging talent has seen him promote some of the world’s biggest artists from their first releases, and he has staged concerts for the likes of Florence and The Machine, Noel Gallagher and Mumford and Sons.

Walsh said: “I am delighted to say that I will be taking up my new position as development director at From The Fields on March 16. I have been a friend and admirer of Andy Smith and Ben Robinson since they started the company 15 years ago.

“They are, with their brilliant team of Emma Zillmann (programming director), Will Orchard (marketing director) and Dean Shakespeare (head of touring), amongst the most creative, entrepreneurial and principled people I know.

“We will be re-imagining the Off The Record new music conference, working on the further development of the already hugely successful Kendal Calling and Bluedot festivals, as well as progressing some exciting new ideas.”

The Manchester-based promoter – founded by Smith and Robinson – is the team behind the award-winning Bluedot (Best Medium Festival, UKFA 2019) and Kendal Calling, which celebrates 15 years this July. The 2020 line-ups for From the Fields’ flagship events include headline performances from Bjork, Stereophonics, Supergrass, Groove Armada and Foals, alongside cultural headliners Tim Peake, Adam Buxton and Cosmos creator Ann Druyan. From The Fields’ portfolio also includes music shows Inner City Electronic and Off The Record, plus Arts Council-supported citywide cultural events Arts By The Sea and Festival of the Sky.