MEET THE TEAM
LEAH HAMER, PRESENTER
Leah is a twenty one year old writer/presenter/promoter/hat-wearer/Van McCann obsessive, who’s face will be gracing your screens as the co-host of The Honey Box. After having her passion for music journalism ignited in the offices of Kerrang! magazine during a brief internship in 2015, Leah set up a local music blog, Sugarground.com, inspired by her love of the day-to-day goings on of the Stoke scene. Back in February, Leah was poached by Mr Lee Barber, and soon became REBEL’s self-proclaimed queen of indie, interviewing the likes of Wolf Alice, Shed Seven and Twin Atlantic. When she's not busy name dropping, Leah can normally be found interrogating bands on 6 Tows Radio's local music show, Garage Greenhouse, being a ditsy doorwoman at Rebel Bear Precinct gigs, or elbowing her way through to the front of a crowd.
BENEDICT MCMANUS, PRESENTER
Ben is certainly no stranger to music, or TV, for that matter. Ben's heart has always been deeply routed in the music of Stoke-on-Trent, picking up a huge following with his old band Friends Of Ken, not to mention the Hollyoaks appearance. His current band JubJub are a technologically experimental duo which are making waves in the area, while his position at Wavemaker keeps Ben on his toes trying to bridge the gap in digital skills, leading by example and giving young people the skills to succeed in tomorrow's world. Ben is also the host of the Music Awards of Staffordshire & Cheshire, making him the ideal candidate as presenter of the Honey Box.
PETER HERBERT, CO-PRODUCER
Peter has worked in the entertainment industry for over 30 years starting as a followspot operator on west-end musicals whilst at college and subsequently working in Repertory Theatre (library and Royal Exchange Manchester) and receiving houses such as the world renowned Derngate Theatre in Northampton. This was followed by a few years as production and project manager roles in the Theme Park Industry for the Tussauds Group in the UK and the Six-Flags Group in Europe. He then toured internationally for a number of years with various productions before settling back into his adopted city of Stoke on Trent where his team have established a number of brands with his company PH Production Services Ltd.
Peter is proud to be a part of the team delivering the Honey Box Live and looks forward to supporting and working with the vast amount of musical talent here in the Staffordshire area.
LEE BARBER, CO-PRODUCER
Starting out as the founder of Radical's Rising, 6 Towns Radio's former local music show, Lee quickly found himself immersed in a passion for all things local. After working on events such as Hippy Haze Festival and Lymelight Festival, Lee set up the Rebel Bear Precinct, a platform for event co-ordination. In 2016, Lee curated the inaugural Music Awards of Staffordshire & Cheshire, and is now the Managing Director of REBEL, a platform covering and promoting all forms of culture. Lee's idea of the Honey Box is to provide musicians of the area with a fresh platform to promote themselves on, whilst also delivering nights of entertainment that will make the good people of Staffordshire and Cheshire want to go and enjoy local, live music.
RUSSELL COPPOCK, TECHNICAL DIRECTOR
Working from a solid background in the IT industry as an IT Director and Manager Russell found a passion and quickly developed a high level of skill and expertise for video production. Now regularly providing video solutions for events and businesses alike he joins the HoneyBoxLive team as Technical Director, supporting and co-ordinating the large team that will be delivering the technical aspects.
He feels privileged to be part of this new and exciting project coming to Staffordshire.
CHRIS WILSON, OWNER, BOTTLECRAFT
Chris has always had a love of music, especially witnessing an electrical live performance. He has performed in bands himself, worked in music venues and also had a hand in studio recording. As with most musicians, Chris also fond of a good beer, and opening BottleCraft with two good friends was the realisation of a long held dream. Chris is delighted to be a part of Honey Box and hope to see it grow and develop.