Saturday 5 March 2016
11:30 – 12:30
Balmoral Suite, 2nd Floor
The Dragon’s Den sessions offer an intimate audience with industry leaders on-hand to impart their expertise. This year, it’s the turn of German live music pioneer Ossy Hoppe. Born into a famous circus family and having paved the way for hard rock in Germany over the last four decades, expect 60 minutes of touring tales and deep insight.
Please note that these mentoring sessions have a strict capacity, and seats are issued on a first-come, first-served basis, so it’s advisable to arrive early.
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About Ossy Hoppe:
Ossy Hoppe, founder and Managing Director of Wizard Promotions has been in the business for over 40 years. He is regarded as having paved the way for hard rock in Germany and has worked for years in management as well as in the events on innumerable worldwide tours.
Ossy Hoppe was born as the fourth child of a famous circus family and at the tender age of 5 he was the youngest elephant trainer in the world in his parent‘s circus, Circus Busch and Circus Hagenbeck! According to Hoppe: “There‘s only one difference between the rock business and the circus: The animals in the circus aren‘t as dangerous!“.
Over the years Hoppe has worked in different business areas with artists such as Aerosmith, Bee Gees, Bon Jovi, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, U2, Kiss, Sting, Five Finger Death Punch, Jamie Cullum, Garth Brooks, Guns N ́ Roses, Adele, Lady Gaga, Shakira, Scorpions, Rolling Stones, Deep Purple, Scorpions, Fleetwood Mac, just to name a few.
Since 2012, his son Oliver has worked with him and the company ́s portfolio includes international top stars as well as young talent heading for the top.
In 2014 and 2015 Wizard promoted the six biggest single open air concerts in German music history at the Formula 1 track Hockenheimring by the rock band “Böhse Onkelz” with more than 550,000 people attending.