Jay Taylor was born in Withington, Manchester, the son of a bass player and a showgirl. He has been variously… In-house promoter at Manchester’s Night & Day Café, the Ruby Lounge and Manchester235 Casino. He has been a radio presenter, studio producer, illustrator (notably at Deadline Magazine alongside Jamie Hewlett et al), a music journalist, shoe model, and was Mister February in the inaugural Beards of Manchester calendar.

He was the guitarist in John Robb’s Gold Blade combo, partner in the wonderful folly that was Manchester’s first urban beach project and tour manager for the sensational Ren Harvieu. He’s also worked for SJM Concerts, PRS Foundation, Sound City Festival, the Musician’s Union and In the City Festival among others.

Jay is currently carving up his time between being the Music Venue Trust English Regional Coordinator for the Music Venues Alliance and lecturing at BIMM Manchester. Jay is a member of the Greater Manchester Nighttime Economy Taskforce and Manchester Music City steering group.