Meet the speaker: Harry Gorringe

Harry has been working in the music and entertainment industry for as long as he can remember, with experience managing artists, festivals and even the growth of New Zealand’s first vinyl pressing plant since 1987.

He’s worked at Rhythm and Vines, one of New Zealand’s largest festivals as Staff Coordinator & Senior Host (Artist Liaison Department), as well as delivering artist logistics services for multiple New Zealand festivals.

Joining Blerter in 2020 has allowed him to bring together his diverse experience and concentrate it on helping to improve event delivery and rebound after COVID-19.

  • How long have you worked in the events industry and what keeps you interested in it?

    10 years or so now – I love how no two days are the same. I need constant stimulation and I really get it!

  • Best (and worst?) moments working in the events industry?

    I can’t think of a single best moment, there have been dozens! Worst would come with fatalities at events I was working at – nothing to do with the organiser being negligent, but deeply sad times that I wish on nobody. 

  • What was the last event on which you worked?

    Baseline Festival – Dunedin NZ

  • From your experience, what’s the best way to utilise tech at an event?

    I think every event has their own spin on it. For me, it’s the use of artist logistics software and touring software. “PLEASE CHECK ABOSS” has become my go-to answer for pretty much everything tour related in recent years.

  • We all learn from our mistakes! What was the biggest lesson you learned from a mistake since being in the industry?

    I think being too big for your boots and overlooking details is the killer. With so many things going on, event organisers can’t afford to be complacent.

  • What are you most looking forward to at Event Tech Live?

    Just learning from everyone else – so may tales to be heard from all corners of the world.

  • What do events, such as ETL, mean to you?

    As above, a valuable source of information. The events industry can be pretty insular so it’s nice to hear from people outside our traditional network.

  • What can our delegates expect to take away from your session at ETL?

    Great question! I’m not sure yet, but I’ll keep it thrilling, promise.

  • Which one piece of tech couldn’t you live without?

    Portable printer. I have one that fits into a small pelican case and it’s got me through many a moment.

  • Most pointless tech you have purchased? 

    I bought an Ipad solely for use as a second screen for my laptop. Complete pain, do not recommend! 

Join Harry for his session: Events CAN look normal again and here’s how at
ETL US & Canada on June 8th on The Main Stage – Book your ticket here