Well, what a week for Cricket and in particular, James Taylor.

His world has been utterly rocked by the discovery of the congenital heart condition arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy. He will this week undergo an operation to have a defibrillator fitted after complaining recently of light headedness and a high heart rate. The condition is so serious that this outstanding young International Cricketer’s career has been suddenly and most cruelly cut short.

As you know, we like to catch up with our artists every now and then – to see the business from their perspective and understand the highs and lows of working in an industry that demands the highest standards of entertainment. Fortunately, we also get to work with some of the very best acts in the UK (which certainly makes our job easier.)

I’d planned to spend a little time today looking at the England football match against the Netherlands that’s coming up tomorrow, as we prepare for Euro 2016 later in the year. I thought it would be a nice opportunity to look at how teams prepare; how you don’t necessarily use your best performers all at once; how a tournament represents a squad focused, long term approach etc.

Ratty tells us that there’s nothing quite like the above, and for one particular race, it seems to ring true. The Boat Race captures the attention of the whole country, and this usually niche sport becomes embedded in the nation’s conscience for one weekend a year (if you don’t count the Olympics, where we are always guaranteed a medal or two as the Aussies say, we’re good at the sitting down sports.)

When is one DJ better than two? When they go by the name of Late 78. After joining forces in 2013, David and Claudio have gone on to enjoy huge success all over the world. Mixing the best classic sounds with up and coming new styles, Late 78’s sound is a dynamic blend of Deep House and remixed, Pop, R&B, Soul and Disco.

The F1 season starts in a few days. It’s a sport that people seem to either love or hate (some would even baulk at calling it a sport), but either way, it got me thinking about what it says about how teams work together. Sometimes, it doesn’t matter how much money you throw at a problem, if the internals (or the public face) of a team are broken, cash doesn’t solve it.

At Simon Greenhill, we like performers that are a little different. Performers that don’t worry too much about convention, or craft their image too carefully. We like artists who are unashamedly individual, whose personalities ensure that clients want to work with them again and again.

Does your band sell out an arena? Very nice. Stadium? Impressive. When it comes to venues, we all have our pecking order. We all grade an act on where it performs, whether the venue is in or whether they fill it out. There are things, however, that one can’t measure. And one of those (dear boy) is class.

I noticed in the paper last week that today would have been Rick Mayall’s 58th birthday. It doesn’t seem like it was over eighteen months ago that he died, or that he was anywhere near old enough for that to happen.

Function bands, you could say, are ten a penny. But superb function bands, well, that’s another matter. At Simon Greenhill, we make sure we’ve done the hard work, so you don’t have to… please welcome, Grand Central.