Back in the day, before Donald owned any nightclubs and became a live music promoter, he was a guitarist in two rock bands: First Priority and then The Crows. They were signed to two record and publishing companies MCA and EMI, and toured all over the UK, supporting the likes of The Clash, PIL and The Damned to name but a few.
Since the opening of the very first but short-lived Cathouse Rock Club in 1989 in Bathgate, Donald was heavily involved in numerous clubs, bars and restaurants. Glasgow’s Cathouse Rock Club opened on Brown Street, in 1990 before upsizing to Union Street shortly after. The Garage, Scotland’s biggest nightclub opened in 1994 on Sauchiehall Street. Both have hosted thousands of gigs from the likes of Prince, One Direction, FLC , Coldplay , Pretenders, QOTSA, EODM, Ocean Colour Scene and Anthrax and both still feature prominently in the global live music circuit.
As a recognised promoter with CPL and Triple G Music, Donald has been involved with hundreds of acts and some of the world’s biggest names including Oasis, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Black Stone Cherry, Rob Zombie and Rammstein.
Over the years Hold Fast Entertainment (formerly CPL) has won multiple awards from the Scottish Licence Trade News (SLTN) Awards and DRAM, winning an SLTN award each consecutive year from 2001-2005. In 2015, Donald was humbled to win the SLTN UK Industry Achievement Award in recognition for his services to the licence industry.
Always a loud and proud Macleod and never one to shy away from important issues that need addressed, especially with regards to licencing policy and the promotion of the night time economy, he was a columnist for The Mirror, The Sun, The Sunday Post and now The Herald Scotland, as well as passionately devoting an inordinate amount of his time and energy to charities and good causes.
For over 20 years, Donald proudly led Nordoff Robbins Scotland, helping to raise millions of pounds for the provision of music therapy in Scotland through high profile fundraising events such the Scottish Music Awards, NRS Scottish Sports Awards and Rock and Roll Golf Days. Nordoff Robbins nominated Donald for an MBE for services to music and charity, which he was awarded in 2020.