We’ve all been to countless parties, but how many truly stick in your memory, years later? How many do you wish you could relive or revisit each year? Marble LDN and Marble Private are well known for making the impossible possible: tailor made events personalised right down to the last guitar pick.
It counts amongst its 25 strong team, 3 Old Stoics who are instrumental to its success. Spotting a niche in the events market came easily to this lot, albeit through different routes.
Via the exotic climes of the Middle East and the slightly more gothic demeanour of Edinburgh, Darren Haskell-Thomas (Grenville 04), Robbie Parry (Grenville 05) and Will Kenyon (Chandos 04) assembled Marble LDN and Marble Private with Teddy Watt and Emily-Rose Gibbs. An integrated events agency, bringing together event production, planning, design, sound, tech & AV, music curation, artist booking and project management to offer clients a comprehensive spectrum of services. With projects from the likes of Nike, Glastonbury, Boden, Deliciously Ella, Soho House and the Founders Forum (the premier community for global entrepreneurs, CEOs, and investors in digital, media and technology) and a bustling schedule of private parties and weddings too, the team solidified the brand into two distinct companies: Marble LDN and Marble Private. But the road to Marble wasn’t quite that direct, both Darren and Robbie headed up their own event agencies before founding Marble.
Following in the footsteps of the family business, Robbie found his way into the events industry through carpentry. Not just satisfied with organising events, honing his skills in the family workshop in Edinburgh, Robbie paved his way into the events world by building unique one-off pieces of furniture. Making his way to the bright lights of London with the mobile bar hire business in tow, Robbie joined forces with other like-minded entrepreneurs to found Bassline Productions, Noisily Music Festival and London Christmas Trees, and at 23, was the Director of 3 different event companies.
Noisily Festival was a challenging business proposition, trying to crack a market that’s arguably more saturated than the events industry. Beginning as a festival between friends, every twenty-something’s dream of curating your own headliners, Noisily quickly gathered momentum and grew from 400 attendees in 2012 to an expected 5,000 in 2019. It also holds the accolade as one of the most sustainable festivals, a core part of the Marble LDN ethos, no plastic water bottles are sold on site and 99.6% of waste was diverted from landfill and recycled where possible. Closely intertwined with Marble LDN, Noisily is a fantastic, vibrant example of the team’s event design, music and production capabilities.
Bassline Productions undertook projects with sound, tech and AV requirements primarily in the night club and festival circuits, but more and more frequently overlapped with Broadbean Events on their projects, crossing paths with fellow Old Stoic, Darren Haskell-Thomas. Darren got his first taste of event management whilst at university, frequently running music nights to get some experience under his belt. From there the Middle East beckoned where he took a franchise of a UK stretch tent company. Sadly, this small patch of desert was not enough and he ventured back to London with Middle Eastern contacts in hand.
The co-founders of Broadbean events, Darren, Teddy and Will, noticed a gap in the market through their collective event experience and formed an events production agency to offer their clients a more personalised service without the enormous price tag. However, after frequently using Robbie’s production services and Emily-Rose Gibb’s event planning expertise, it didn’t take long for the team to see this collective working could be taken one step further and they could provide their clients with a comprehensive and more cost effective all in one service. Marble LDN was born.
From designing and building London’s first sustainable coffee shop, Percol Coffee, to providing the production for the London Marathon and bespoke event design for the SS19 Boden press launch, the team have virtually seen it all.
At Marble Private, the outrageous and unbelievable requests are commonplace from their clients, but that’s what the team believe make the most memorable events. One of the most extravagant events the team produced was a wedding in an airfield: the inside of a Boeing 747 aeroplane was converted into a magical woodland forest for the evening do. Closely following that, was a private party that transported Club 55, the client’s favourite club in St Tropez, to a garden in Kent. This involved building a marquee on top of a lake, filled with sand, rosé, air hostesses, lifeguards and a dynamic live band. The guests danced on tables and looked out onto a projection of the famous French harbour, another one of the many successful Marble private parties!