Kilimanjaro Live (UK)
Stuart is CEO of Kilimanjaro Live, one of the most successful and respected live music promotion companies in the UK. He has been a key player in the growth of UK live music over the last four decades. In 2016, he organised arena/stadium tours with artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Andrea Bocelli, Bastille, Hans Zimmer, Stereophonics, The 1975, Louis C.K. and BABYMETAL. In 2015, Kilimanjaro promoted Ed Sheeran’s record-breaking 3 shows at Wembley Stadium.
Stuart's career in music started off when he was social secretary and promoter at Leeds University in 1980. During this time he brought in an amazing array of bands including The Clash, Simple Minds and U2.
He quickly progressed and joined Midland Concert Promotions (MCP) in 1984, where he spent almost 15 years, rising to become director and partner. Whilst at MCP, Stuart promoted and worked with many incredible artists including Simply Red, Def Leppard, Guns N’ Roses, Metallica, U2, Simple Minds and AC/DC. MCP saw a gap in the market and Stuart played a role in the development of the creation of Monsters of Rock Festival at Donington Park.
MCP was sold in 1999 to SFX and then SFX to Clear Channel. 2005 was a pivotal moment in Stuart's career, as Live Nation was created with Galbraith as a key founding member of what was to become a promoting powerhouse. Galbraith as MD, created and led a team promoting tours in arenas and stadiums with many of the world’s biggest bands. The festival market was also part of the plan and Stuart was a critical part of the creation, development and launch of Download, Wireless and Hyde Park (Hard Rock) Calling. In addition, iconic events such as Live8 in 2005 and Live Earth in 2007, saw Stuart at the head of the organising team.
Stuart made it his mission to build Hyde Park as a music destination and highlights over the last few years in that venue include Bon Jovi, Simon & Garfunkel, REM, Queen, Shania Twain and the record-breaking run by Red Hot Chilli Peppers, who played to over a quarter of a million people.
At the start of 2008, Stuart decided it was time for the next chapter,and in partnership with Tim Leiweke at AEG Live formed Kilimanjaro Live, the company he runs to this day. Touring is at the heart of what Kili Live do and the calibre of artists they work with speak for itself – Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Metallica, Simply Red, Barry Gibb, Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Andrea Bocelli and many more.
Always with an eye to the future, Stuart and the Kili Live team place a huge emphasis on artist development. Since the creation of Kili Live, they have helped break many emerging acts who have become huge stars - Katy Perry, Ed Sheeran, Bastille and The 1975, to name a few. Festivals are also a significant part of what Kili Live does and they are involved in the likes of Sonisphere and Vans Warped in Europe.
2012 was a milestone for Stuart, as Kilimanjaro Live became an entirely independent company, following a management buy-out from parent company AEG Live. In that same year, the company promoted the first two comeback shows by The Rolling Stones at the O2 Arena, and closed 2012 with three Robbie Williams shows at the same venue. Not a bad start on going it alone…
Over the last couple of years the company has expanded into areas such as comedy – they have staged shows with the likes of Louis CK, Jerry Seinfeld and Kevin Hart, plus spoken word and sports, but music is still at the heart of what Stuart and Kilimanjaro Live does. In the last few years there has been an eclectic mix of shows from Andrea Bocelli, the Ed Sheeran sold-out UK Arena Tour, Donny & Marie Osmond, Nine Inch Nails, Peter Gabriel and Barry Gibb.
May 2014 saw a major investment deal with public German entertainment company, Deutsche Entertainment (DEAG), which promises to allow the company to grow even further whilst retaining their independent spirit.
In 2016, Kilimanjaro expanded by employing a new music promoter and a new comedy promoter, signed 5-year contracts for two London summer concert series; Kew the Music and Live at Chelsea and created a new classic rock festival, Stone Free, at the O2 Arena.
Away from work, Stuart is an extreme sports enthusiast and very keen cyclist who has pursued his passion all over the world (cycling, ski touring, climbing and mountaineering). And there’s a common thread between his work and hobby – stamina and unending determination, life’s a marathon, not a sprint.