Muse tour director and Cato Music founder Glen Rowe was appointed MD of Backstage Academy in October 2016.
Glen Rowe started out in music with the dream of being a legendary drummer like his idols Keith Moon & John Bonham. Alas, that was not to be… Although he’d been touring since 1991 with his own bands, his first proper job in the live business was selling t-shirts for the Manic Street Preachers in 1994. From there, he went on to become the Manics’ drum tech before graduating to their tour manager & for a host of bands – The Thrills, Ronnie Wood, Ginger Baker, Hard-Fi, The Kooks, Magic Numbers, Amy MacDonald, Gareth Gates, and so many more that have been lost to time. He has even production managed the Pope’s only UK show.
In recent years, his career focus has been two-fold: running his ever-expanding touring and production company CATO Music, recently acquired by Production Park, and being the Tour Director for one of the biggest rock bands on the planet, MUSE. He has just come to the end of the 19 month award-winning Drones tour which saw MUSE perform their high energy and technically advanced show to hundreds of thousands of fans across the world.
A passionate advocate for supporting young bands and educating future backstage talent, Glen set up the Cato Academy – the only Roadie School in the world – where he hopes to train up the headliners and their support crew for Glastonbury & Reading festivals for years yet to come.