Nathan was brought up in Liverpool, son of Thelma Pickles, and step-son the poet Roger NcGough. He attended Quarry Bank Secondary School and featured in early line-ups of the Pale Fountains and the Royal Family & the Poor, before moving to Manchester and managing various artists, including, most infamously, the Happy Mondays. He steered them through several albums, feeding off the acid house revolution to create the Madchester wave of 1989 and 1990. It was a stormy ride, involving a lot of drugs, riotous good times, and the eventual meltdown of the Mondays and the bankruptcy of Factory Records. McGough now works in music and movies - with a hand in the release of numerous films and a role at Red Light Management. One of his acts, White Lies, play Sound City on Sunday 28th May.