A former Weymouth musician who embarked on a career in the global music business rubbing shoulders with the stars has won a prestigious industry award.

Phil McDonnell received the ‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for outstanding contribution to the music industry at an annual event run by the Total Production Industry (TPi).

The awards pay tribute to the achievements of those working behind the scenes in the world of live touring.

Phil grew up in Weymouth and was part of the local band scene until the early 1970s. He left to go on the road with Fleetwood Mac and went on to become the tour manager for them and several other top bands including Yes, Rory Gallagher, Van Morrison, The Kinks, The Grateful Dead, Clannad and many others.

During this period he learnt about sound engineering and production management.

In 1994 he came off the road to set up Horizon Entertainment Cargo Ltd, shipping bands’ equipment around the world. Once again he worked with an impressive list of artists including the Rolling Stones, ZZ Top, Blondie, Whitney Houston and many more.

In 2016 he started his own tour bus company carrying top artists and crew all over Europe and beyond.

In 2018 he expanded his Horizons franchise to include premium band equipment storage. His reputation attracted bands such as Genesis, The Script, Noel Gallagher, and Mike and the Mechanics amongst others.

Sadly, due to ill health Phil, who is based in London but still has relatives in Weymouth, was unable to attend the event, and his daughter, Natalie, collected the award on his behalf. Thankfully he is making a speedy recovery and back home with his very proud family.

Phil maintains his links with the local music scene and has been involved with the reunion gigs held annually in Weymouth.