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By: Tina Hart, First Posted on Music Weekly, November 8, 2012

Festival Republic has hired former promotions director for MAMA Group Jon McIldowie, who will replace Neil Pengelly as the music booker for Reading & Leeds Festivals.

McIldowie, who joins the London-based team on a full-time basis, has worked across festivals including Lovebox and Wilderness, as well as co-founding The Great Escape festival and convention.

McIldowie said: “After 12 incredible years with MAMA it’s time for a new challenge. I’ve grown up with Reading & Leeds and look forward to joining the team at Festival Republic to play a part in the next chapter of one of the world’s most important live music events.”

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