Sound Advice

    Sound Advice are independent live music producers – finders, bookers, and even creators of the most exclusive entertainment.

    Hugh Phillimore founded Sound Advice in 1981, starting with booking bands for the Oxford & Cambridge Summer Balls. He fast became the go-to music provider for the parties of rockstars and princes, travelling the globe with an assortment of weird and wonderful musical talent.

    He persuaded Lionel Richie to do his first private show in 1999. Lionel now performs regularly for private events – and is brilliant every time. ‘The highest quality of live music is crucial to the success of any event – we have over 40 years’ experience in delivering exactly that.’ Hugh Phillimore




    Sound Advice delivers major artists, great party bands, comedians, DJs and every conceivable style of entertainment for private, corporate and public events. We have worked with all the biggest stars – the best newcomers and all the legends – and can source the best live performers available, through unrivalled connections in the entertainment business.

    Choosing and arranging entertainment can be a daunting and time-consuming experience. So, whether you’ve always dreamed of being serenaded by Elton John or are in need of a little creative advice, give the Sound Advice team a call on 0207 229 2219 to discuss the options for your next event.

    Our unique service includes the reassurance of on-the-night support from of the Sound Advice team. We are backstage aficionados and the best talent handlers, leaving you to enjoy an unforgettable show.


    Private Events

    From brand launches to charity galas, (royal) weddings, corporate award ceremonies and simply elegant parties, no brief is beyond us. Whether on a yacht, up a mountain or on a Thai beach, we can deliver the entertainment you want, exactly where you want it.

    With over 30 years of working with corporate and private clients from the UK and abroad, we can introduce you to the crème de la crème of caterers, beautiful florists, magical venues, pyrotechnicians and lion tamers to cover every angle of your event.



    Sound Advice booked and produced The Cornbury Music Festival from 2004 – 2022. Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, the 15,000 capacity, family-friendly festival featured some of the greatest names in music including Van Morrison, Paul Simon, Amy Winehouse, Tom Jones and Robert Plant. 

    We have also booked and produced major shows at Arundel Castle, The Tower of London and Warwick Castle.



    Production is a key element of every successful live performance. We can bring in a great production team for your event, or work together with yours, to deliver the best show possible.

    Whether it is tiered staging, extravagant lighting and phenomenal sound in a lavish production for thousands of guests, or an elegant, well-dressed, beautifully structured sound and light system for an intimate private party – we pride ourselves in always getting the level of production just right.

    ‘The highest quality of live music is crucial to the success of any event – we have 30 years’ experience in delivering exactly that.’

    Hugh Phillimore


    • Never Too Old

      It rarely stops here at Sound Advice HQ. If we’re not recovering from some massive international undertaking we’re deep in planning for our next mission. Like Rolling Stones we’re never too old to rock ‘n’ roll so it’s seemed totally appropriate that we were involved with a recent birthday bash. Obviously we’re enormously well-travelled – […]

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      Summer 2023

      If you’ve been concentrating at all in the last 40 years you must have worked out by now that here at Sound Advice Towers we’re pretty likely to be connected to all monumental moments in the music industry. Our friend Elton’s ‘farewell’ show at Glastonbury was a thing to behold – emotional, professional and just […]

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    • To The End Of The World

      Hello People – still hanging in there? Reassuring to know that we’re back at the celebration coalface doing what we’ve done for all these years – just spreading the love through the power of music ! As many of you would expect we go to the furthest reaches for our clients. Recently we found ourselves […]

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      Keep It Simple

      Here at Sound Advice HQ we like to keep things simple. We produce great shows with fantastic performers, and we like our clients to have a lovely time in stunning locations… It’s also important to us that the iconic company phone gets to go to said beautiful places. After all, he’s been calling in the […]

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    • Back In The Fast Lane

      One of the few positives from the nightmare we’ve all lived through must surely be that you’ve been spared the mindless missives, the showing off and the bragging from us here in the fast lane. Yup things have been unusually quiet. So it’s with some trepidation that I have to announce those days are now […]

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      Flawless In Philly

      As much as we like to brag about our achievements – aka selflessly bring a little showbiz sparkle to your otherwise rather pedestrian existence – even we get a bit teary with the magnitude of the talent we handle on behalf of our clients. Our much previewed Philadelphian experience was such a moment. The prestigious […]

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    • We’ll Always Have Florence

        As regular readers will know here at SA towers we’re not adverse to a teeny weeny bit of showing off ‘de temps en temps’ as we say in international circles.     Recovering from yet another triumphant Cornbury Festival with the particularly special Specials, all conquering popsters Keane and perennial silver surfers the Beach […]

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      It’s All That Matters

      As many of you know our life here at Sound Advice HQ is pretty much non-stop glamour and groove. Every now & then even we surprise ourselves with the dizziness of our daily adventures. We had to rush to the East Coast for a bit of a recce – can’t stop the old phone making […]

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    • Spring 2018 – We’re Still here

      We’ve always felt it’s the height of bad manners to wang on unless you’ve really got something to say, so we’ve been saving up a couple of gems for you to have a teeny weeny peek into our very showbiz world.   You may be tiring of our long and enduring love for the talent […]

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      Beautiful Beginnings & Fabulous Finales

      OH MY GOD it’s our 36th year here at the newly refreshed, and recently detoxed, Sound Advice Towers – how did that happen? Only yesterday I was a wildly optimistic young man with a mad love of all things music, and here I am, all these years later, still immersed in this extraordinary and ridiculous business – […]

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