The Rookery – Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog – by Joey Swindelld


Me and my friend; Robert Nugent have started a music collective because we love music but we don’t think current popular music is “punching you in the face” as much as it should be doing! Our Collective is called The Rookery and its main aim is to get musicians and other creative’s in the same place doing what they do to create something amazing.


We have held events in Bolton and we have grown after every event. We are now launching in Newcastle on the 25th of Feb with our Newcastle Launch Party. After this we want to keep growing The Rookery so we can start making some serious waves in music and get music back in peoples faces.


We have got this far because we both truly want to make music happen, however if we want to grow it we HAVE to learn more about growing business.


To do this we are going to need as much help as we can get….


I currently am on an Entrepreneurial Business Management degree at Northumbria University and Rob does maths at Leeds. Recently we decided to bring Rob up to Newcastle to meet with my coaches and help us set out a year plan to grow the collective so it could potentially support us in the future. We want to learn as much as we can to help us take advantage of all the opportunity’s we possibly can do……


Coincidentally that week Paul Lancaster came in to my university and did a session with us on his event Newcastle Start Up Week and explained the itinerary I knew that I had to get Rob to come up for it. Paul is putting on a weeklong event all about aiding and pulling together entrepreneurs to help them start or grow their business.


The way Paul talked about his business it completely hit a cord with me, he sounded like he was talking from the same place that Rob and I were talking from for The Rookery. He 100% seemed like he was doing this to support people in our position and help entrepreneurial activity in the North East. This attitude of wanting to help other people do what they want to I whole heartily respect.


Rob and I are going to come to this event and learn as much as we can so we can move forward with our collective. I would seriously recommended any young people who want to do something they are passionate about but don’t exact know how to do it, to come to this event. Our world needs young people who are passionate about thing to make what they want to happen, happen. Events like this will help us do what we want to do!

Paul is also very well connected in the UK and especially across the north east so I feel the start-up week is a great way to network with people with similar interests, Paul himself and the partners at the event.


Hopefully see you there!
Joey Swindells

Co-Founder of The Rookery