Ian Mcmanus set up the Red Dreams charity in honour of his son Kyle, who sadly passed away in 2007. Inspired by his son’s love of music, film and all things creative; Red Dreams works with singers, bands, filmmakers, sound engineers, the list goes on. “We have a very basic ethos of ‘Confidence through Creativity’; however this is underpinned by a number of values including dedication, respect, focus, determination and support.”
The work of the charity quickly culminated in the creation of a festival, ‘Pitch Invasion’. From 1500 attendees in 2008 to 9000 last year, Pitch Invasion has lived up to its tagline: ‘The little festival that roared!’
Ian was subsequently approached by Hartlepool United and Pitch Invasion has been promoted to stadium proportions. This year’s festival is being held on 12th and 13th May featuring fifty acts across two stages. The main stage will see performances from bands such as General Fiasco, who have previously opened for Snow Patrol, The Hype Theory and Howaysis. The main stage line-up has been designed to have a wide appeal and family friendly atmosphere. Lovers of dance, dubstep and electronic music are catered for at the Marquee stage; acts performing include Lost State of Dance, Lennox and Rossi Noise.
The festival has gone from strength to strength and Ian credits the knowledge he gained while studying the MMBE course as being a catalyst. “MMBE made me evaluate the festival in terms of the return on investment. It made me develop my understanding of the structure of the industry.
Not only that, but it gave me leads into the industry, who to talk to and how to talk to them, it lifts the veil of mystery. This has given us a springboard to make Pitch Invasion more commercial, this year is the first time we’ve got signed bands. Using what I gained from the MMBE has helped to give us a good foundation and reputation.”
Pitch Invasion is being held at Hartlepool Stadium on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th May. Weekend tickets cost just £3 for under 16’s, £5 for adults and £12 for a family pass.
We would like to wish Ian, Red Dreams and Pitch Invasion continued success!