Ed Bicknell


Ed Bicknell

Development Agent

Ed Bicknell is one of a group of top British managers/agents who have enjoyed remarkable and continued success throughout their careers representing some of the world's biggest artists.

Ed’s involvement with music began at Hull university where he spent two years running the mainstream Union entertainments promoting , among others, the Moody Blues, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Muddy Waters Blues Band, John Lee Hooker, Pink Floyd, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, John Mayall’s Blues Breakers, Family, Free, Champion Jack Dupree, Ralph McTell, Michael Chapman, plus numerous other folk and jazz artists.

After moving to London in July 1969 he continued as an agent working with manager/agency owner John Sherry and Miles Copeland, Barrie Marshall and at NEMS up to 1977.

Artists he represented for the UK and Europe include Wishbone Ash, Jose Feliciano, Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, the Ramones, Talking Heads, Richie Havens, War, Sly and the Family Stone.

Ed is perhaps best known as the long-time manager of DIRE STRAITS, 1977 to 2001. The band enjoyed mega success world-wide selling in excess of 150 million albums .

The last two Dire Straits’ World Tours (1985/6 and 1991/2) sold a combined 10.7 million tickets. The Brothers In Arms album has registered 35 million physical sales to date and is one of the biggest selling albums of all time.

Dire Straits were not the only artists to benefit from Ed’s guidance. Other management clients include Gerry Rafferty (1977 – 1984), Mark Knopfler’s solo projects and film scores (1977 -2001), Bryan Ferry (1986 -1991), Scott Walker (1983 -1988), and Paul Brady (1980- 1992).

After stepping down from management in 2001, Ed took a break and was head-hunted in 2008 to set up and run the William Morris Agency ( now Endeavour) in London covering the World ex USA.

Over the years Ed has been the recipient of some of the UK’s most prestigious music awards:
• The ILMC Manager Of The Year Award ( 1992)
• The Music Week Manager Of The Year ( 1996)
• The MMF: The Peter Grant Lifetime Achievement Award (1998)