Meet the team
Staycation Live has been a family affair from the beginning, and we think it goes from strength to strength because of our team. The festival was started by Mark and Sam in 2010 with Tom joining in 2011 after the three of them ran club nights and live gigs in Guildford and Godalming for years. The rest of the Staycation Live team has built up over time and the event wouldn’t be the same without them!
Sam moved to Bristol at 18 and when he returned to Surrey a decade later he missed the music scene there, so when he and Mark met in 2008, along with brother, Tom, they started putting on parties in Godalming and Guildford. Staycation Live was the inevitable next step when they decided they wanted to liven things up in Godalming! Sam DJs from time to time, particularly enjoying a set at the Star on Church Street, and occasionally makes music that would annoy your neighbours.
Mark’s interest in events came from putting on beach parties with a couple of mates in the late 90s in his native North Cornwall. He moved to Surrey shortly after and met co-founder Sam in 2008 and through a mutual love of DJing they decided to put on events and club nights in local venues along with with Sam’s brother Tom. Mark, along with Claire, books the acts for Staycation Live.
Tom has been throwing parties since his days at Uni, coming from a project management background he takes care of a lot of the logistics and event management activities. He has DJ’d at some of the biggest clubs in London and played at numerous festivals & parties over the years most notably opening the Rabbit Hole Stage at Glastonbury. When not running around after his kids he runs a successful construction company and tinkers with old cars.
Rob is a keen drummer and has been working in the music industry since 2012, with bands as diverse as Dreadzone and The Staves, as a technician or in stage management. When he’s not doing music, he’s painting people’s houses. He can’t wait to get back to stage managing the Loki Dread stage this year in memory of his best friend Loki.
Claire has been involved in live music for years and performed at Staycation Live in 2011. She joined the team in 2013 as artist liaison, and is now also helping Mark booking artists for the festival. In her spare time she’s a keen festival-goer and a Scout and Guide leader in the local community.
Cleo joined the team in 2014 and has been invaluable ever since. Now she looks after all the staff at the festival… whether they’re serving drinks on the bars and taking collections at the gates, Cleo’s there to point them in the right direction.