Harvey Goldsmith began his career as a promoter in 1966 and by the end of the '60s had created such events as the Crystal Palace Garden Parties and the 14 hour Technicolor Dream. A decade later the concerts had moved to the largest Stadiums - establishing Wembley Stadium as a major destination for the top artists of the world and helping London to become the Number One City for popular concerts. Harvey is a great corporate speaker and wonderful after dinner speaker.
As Harvey's career expanded so did the diversity of his projects. He promoted the first major global TV event, the Concerts for Kampuchea in 1978 featuring such artists as Paul McCartney, Queen and The Who. Set at Hammersmith Odeon, the event raised over $2 million from worldwide sales. In 1985 the pipe-dream of Live Aid was turned into a £140 million fundraising venture within ten weeks by Harvey Goldsmith and Bob Geldof, Uniting the World with Music as never before. Live Aid was the first ever "Global Juke Box"; two simultaneous concerts, one at Wembley Stadium and one at JFK in Philadelphia, with over 60 countries carrying 17 hours of television live.
Harvey has been instrumental in developing popular music as a successful means of fundraising. Following the success of Live Aid came various concerts in aid of Human Rights, including the worldwide Amnesty Tour, and it was because of Harvey Goldsmith Entertainments' expertise in staging charity events that this company was brought in as Executive Producers of the 1990 performance of "The Wall" in Berlin.
In recent years Harvey has explored the world of Opera. Luciano Pavarotti appeared for the first time in 1986 at Wembley Arena and agreed as part of his 30th Anniversary Celebrations in 1991 to perform a free concert in Hyde Park. This concert was a huge success (capacity 125,000) and drew attention to the many opportunities that London has in its great parks; Pavarotti himself returned in the '90s to perform again in the UK, at the Leeds Castle in Kent in 1993, and Manchester in 1997.
The 1992 Tribute to Freddie Mercury to increase Aids awareness was a major TV, as well as live, success. Also in this year Harvey became chairman of the first National Music Day, which was instigated to promote the importance of music for everybody. 1,500 musical events - both professional and amateur took place all over the UK.
In 1994 under the auspices of HRH The Prince of Wales and President Havel of the Czech Republic Harvey was appointed Executive Producer of The Prague Heritage Fund Gala Classical Concert. This concert featured Sir Georg Solti and artists Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, Murray Perahia and Gabriela Benackova and has been televised worldwide.
The name Harvey Goldsmith has become synonymous with The Prince's Trust. Created by HRH The Prince of Wales to help the underprivileged youth of the UK it is famous for The Prince's Trust Rock Galas which started in 1986 and has included such luminaries as Eric Clapton, Elton John, Tina Turner and Phil Collins.
The annual concert helps to focus upon the trust's achievements, and Harvey has always been the driving force behind this event. In 1993 Harvey was made Vice Chairman of the Prince's Trust Management Board.
June 1996 saw the first Rock event to be staged at London's greatest outdoor treasure, Hyde Park, since 1976. The star studded MasterCard Masters of Music Concert for the Prince's Trust (capacity 150,000) starred Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, Alanis Morrisette and featured the live premiere of The Who's Quadrophenia with an all star cast.
Shows promoted in 1996 included the phenomenally successful Lord of the Dance starring Michael Flatley, commencing with a world tour in October followed by a tour of the USA. This year Cirque du Soleil gained its largest audience capacity to date and was the most successful run of any show at the Royal Albert Hall.
On 15th September 1997, with Sir George Martin, Harvey Goldsmith Entertainments presented The Music for Monserrat Concert at The Royal Albert Hall. Artists included Arrow, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Mark Knopfler, Sir Paul McCartney, Sting and The Young Persons Concert Foundation Orchestra.
In 1997 Harvey also promoted the Boyzone tour, Cirque du Soleil, Sheryl Crow, Paul Weller, Pavarotti and a New Year's Eve event at Alexandra Palace.
The beginning of 1999 saw the return of Cirque du Soleil's Alegria to the Royal Albert Hall. In February Harvey once again promoted Sheryl Crow at Wembley Arena, and in May Bruce Springsteen and the original E Street Band played 5 sell-out UK shows including 3 at Earl's Court. In June 1999 Harvey produced London Mardi Gras, an open air Festival held at Finsbury Park.
In October 1999 Harvey produced for Cisco Systems Net Aid at Wembley Stadium featuring Robbie Williams, David Bowie, Catatonia, Bryan Adams, The Eurthymics, The Stereophonics, Bush, The Corrs and George Michael. This show was a catalyst to encourage the public to log on to the UNDP's Internet Site, which dealt with issues of "Extreme Poverty". To date over 60 million people have logged on to the site.
In November 1999 Harvey became the CEO of Artiste Management Productions Limited (AMP). In December 1999 this firm launched a new Irish Dance show called "Dancing On Dangerous Ground" starring Jean Butler and Colin Dunne.
During his 35 year career in the Music Business Harvey has been associated with nearly every major artist in the world. He is Europe's leading major event producer and is one of the few promoters who is able to work with Classical as well as Rock and Pop.
The year 2000 saw the return of such major talents as The Who, Pete Townshend's solo "Lifehouse" project, Jools Holland & his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra, and Sting. The year 2001 brought more of these fantastic performers, and - once again - some of the Greatest Productions on Earth!
2005 was possibly the biggest show on earth with 10 Live 8 concerts running on the same day across the whole planet with dozens of top acts in each country. Madonna, Colplay, Paul McCartney, Elton John, Pete Doherty, Dido, U2, Scissor Sisters, The Who, Pink Floyd (reunited), Dido, The Stereophonics, UB40, Ms Dynamite, REM, Robbie Williams, and that was only part of the Hyde Park event!
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