About Us


Ground Control are award winning live music and outdoor event production specialists.

We plan, manage and produce some of the UK’s most talked about festivals and concerts.

We are expert in all aspects of production and site management and in creating exceptionally safe, customer friendly events within a robust, tried and tested delivery framework.

Services we offer:

  • Event Management
  • Production
  • Site Management
    and Design
  • Stage Management
  • Licensing Consultation
  • Local Authority Liaison
  • Health & Safety
  • Event Logistics


Ground Control is proud to work with some of the few festivals in the UK to hold 'Attitude is Everything' Awards. Attitude is Everything is a charity working with the live music industry to deliver better services to Deaf and disabled customers.

The Parklife Weekender
2015 - Silver Award
2014 - Bronze Award
2013 - Bronze Award

Kendal Calling
2015 - Silver Award
2014 - Silver Award
2013 - Bronze Award

Festival Number 6
2015 - Silver Award
2014 - Bronze Award
2013 - Bronze Award

Live at Jodrell Bank
2013 - Bronze Award

Who we are

  • Jon Drape

    Managing Director

    Ground Control is led by Managing Director Jon Drape. Jon has 25 years experience in the live entertainment industry, from touring with bands in the Madchester era and production managing the legendary venue The Haçienda, to taking a key lead role in the delivery of the Liverpool 2008's Capital of Culture Opening Ceremonies. More recently, Jon has been instrumental in the the inception and development of some of the UK's most talked about and well loved festivals, including Parklife, Live From Jodrell Bank and Festival Number 6. He is regularly seen on panels at festival and event industry conferences and is rightly considered as a leader in the field.

  • Ground Control team

    The Ground Control team are an experienced, able and agile squad expert in the delivery of large, outdoor music events and all that they entail - site, production, staffing, logistics, finance and overall management. Ground Control have a network of trusted freelancers who we use, when required, to build a project teams alongside our own, core full-time staff.


We're always looking for great freelancers to join our network. Click here to submit your details to us.

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