AGF Announce Full Agenda for Green Events & Innovations Conference 

The Green Events and Innovations Conference (GEI), the foremost conference for sustainable events, reveals the full schedule for its 16th edition. Taking place on Tuesday 27th February at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London, GEI is organised by green-event pioneers A Greener Future (AGF) alongside the International Live Music Conference (ILMC).  
GEI16 will feature a packed programme of inspirational leaders and innovators in the global live music and events sector including the highly anticipated EarthPercent Hour, which will include a Keynote Conversation with Brian Eno, hosted by EarthPercent’s executive director, Cathy Runciman. Jarvis Cocker will take to the stage during this grand finale to present his "Biophobia".

Dale Vince (Ecotricity / Forest Green Rovers FC) hosts two sessions including Low Emission Festivals & Events, and ‘Avengers Assemble: Using Profile for Change’ with Sam Lee, Music Declares Emergency’s Fay Milton, and Louis VI following his keynote speech ‘Nature Ain’t A Luxury’.

The agenda tackles the structures on which the live sector depends including artist contract clauses hosted by Head of Sustainability for EMEA at Live Nation Patricia Yagüe (Live Nation) welcoming LIVE Green Chair Carol Scott (TAIT), Tom Schroeder (Wasserman Music) and Ross Patel (Whole Entertainment /Music Managers Forum) in ‘Contracts for Climate’. Sponsorship and Greenwashing are tackled by Luke Howell (Hope Solutions) sustainability advisor to Coldplay and Glastonbury Festival, Ella McWilliam (Full Fat),  and Ed Collins (InfluenceMap) in ‘Presenting Ecosystem Collapse - Sponsored by Oil and Gas

Continuing the theme of structures to tackle the climate crisis, The O2 will host the world's first carbon-removed gig, featuring The 1975 in partnership with AGF and carbon-removal experts CUR8. The results of this event will be discussed in ‘The World's First Carbon-Removed Gig’, hosted by John Langford (AEG) with Mark Stevenson (CUR8), Sam Booth (AEG Europe), and AGF’s Claire O'Neill.

The event also explores the current situation and adaptation in ‘Extreme Weather Events: Adapting to the New Climate’ highlighting the ever-increasing issue of extreme weather events brought about by climate change. Professor Richard Betts from the Met Office and University of Exeter will be joined by representatives of some of the events that were hit by extreme weather during the festival season of 2023, Yungblud and Massive Attack Tour Manager Jamal Chalabi (AGF/Backlash Productions), Alexandra von Samson (Safety & Security Consultant) and Cara Webster-Whiteside (Previse Events) to discuss the latest data on climate change, implications for insurance, and the future outlook for both our industry and the planet.

Continuing to look at global affairs impacting the live sector Ellie Kinney (The Conflict and Environment Observatory) will challenge the idea of the environment as a ‘silent victim of armed conflict in The Military Emissions Gap 

It’s not possible to consider green events without considering the stage. ‘Greening The Stage’, hosted by John Robb (Louder Than War) and joined by Carol Scott (TAIT), Pauline Bourdon (Team Love/Soliphilia), Zarya Vrabcheva (STUFISH Entertainment Architects).

The complete line up for the ‘Quick-Fire Innovation Round’, hosted by Abena Fairweather (Legacy Marketplace), includes ChefChain blockchain for food traceability, ReClaim Audio recycled speakers, FibreStrap biodegradable cable ties, Take The Jump innovative communication strategy to cut through behaviour change messages, and Fluctuations the transnational boat festival wandering European rivers, to mobilise on social, environmental, and citizenship topics.

AEME (Association of Event Management Educators) will return to GEI bringing together a panel of academics including Adrian Bossey (Falmouth University), Jane Lovell (Canterbury Christ Church University), Andrew Lansley (University of Gloucestershire), Dimitri Lera (Edge Hotel School - University of Essex) to discuss the demand for sustainability skills across the industry in 'Supporting sustainable employability skills for current and future generations of festival and events managers' 

Influencing Audiences Beyond the Festival’, explores the influence of green festivals towards audiences beyond the event, and is based on AGF research undertaken with award-winning UK festival Green Gathering. AGF’s Dr Teresa Moore and Green Gathering’s Em Weirdigan.

A series of unmissable presentations will be held including Sisyphean Or Herculean? The Task Ahead For Decarbonising Transport from Glenn Lyons (Mott McDonald/University of West England), ‘Chasing Waste Management Gremlins’ from Clive Philips (Greenbox Events Ltd) andCarbon Impact Of Festivals: AGF Annual Reportfrom Alex Fintoni (A Greener Future).

Throughout the day refreshments are provided including a 5* vegan lunch, with a special treat from Devils Kitchen and WILDFARMED. The day rounds up with the International AGF Awards 2024 sponsored by the incredible Sky Diamonds (who make “bling without the sting”, diamonds made from atmospheric carbon “mined from the sky”!) with 27 events, venues, and innovators from 12 countries as finalists. GEI delegates will raise a glass to the winners, followed by a final networking drinks reception with devilishly good vegan balls! Courtesy of Devils Kitchen. More info here.

View full event schedule here

GEI is kindly supported by Ecotricity, TAIT, Instagrid, KB Event and The O2.

More info and tickets here
More information at agreenerfuture.com / @agreenerfuture

Notes to Editors

Confirmed speakers:
Abena Fairweather (Legacy Marketplace), Adrian Bossey (Falmouth University), Alex Fintoni (A Greener Future), Alexandra von Samson (Safety & Security Consultant), Andrew Bishop (Reclaim Audio Ltd/ GreenWaves), Andrew Lansley (University of Gloucestershire), Andy Hibberd (Ecotricity / Grid Faeries), Andy Mead (Insagrid), Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), Brian Eno (Musician, Producer, Visual Artist and Activist), Cathy Runciman (EarthPercent), Cara Webster-Whiteside (Previse Events), Carol Scott (TAIT), Claire O'Neill (A Greener Future), Clive Philips (Greenbox Events Ltd), Craig Hardeman (Power Logistics), Dale Vince (Ecotricity/Forest Green Rovers FC), Damiem Taylor (Chef & Co-Founder of Chefchain), Dimitri Lera (Edge Hotel School - University of Essex), Ed Collins (InfluenceMap), Ella McWilliam (Full Fat), Ellie Kinney (The Conflict and Environment Observatory), Em Weirdigan (The Green Gathering Festival), Farah Ahmed (Julie’s Bicycle), Fay Milton (Musician & Co-Founder, Music Declares Emergency), Feimatta Conteh (Arts Council England), Glenn Lyons (Mott McDonald/ University of West England), Harry Jones (Team Love/Accessible Events Ltd), Jak Hill (Green Gathering), Jamal Chalabi (Backlash Productions/A Greener Future), Dr. Jane Lovell (Canterbury Christ Church University), Jarvis Cocker (Musician & Broadcaster), John Robb (Louder Than War), John Langford (AEG), Julia Davies (Patriotic Millionaires UK), Luke Howell (Hope Solutions), Louis IV (Nature Ain't A Luxury), Mark Stevenson (CUR8), Patricia Yagüe (Live Nation), Pauline Bourdon (Team Love/Soliphilia), Professor Richard Betts (Met Office/University of Exeter), Ross Patel (Whole Entertainment/Music Managers Forum), Sam Booth (AEG Europe), Sam Lee (Singing With Nightingales), Sangeeta Waldron (Serendipity PR & Media Ltd), Sigrid Svedberg (EVLR International AB / FibreStrap), Steve Muggeridge (Green gathering), Dr. Teresa Moore (A Greener Future), Tom Bailey (Take the Jump), Tom Schroeder (Wasserman Music), Tori Tsui (Climate Activist/Co-founder Bad Activist Collective), Zarya Vrabcheva (STUFISH Entertainment Architects).

About AGF
AGF is a not-for-profit company committed to helping events, festivals and venues around the world towards sustainability. AGF provides certification, education and training, consultancy, resources and green riders, facilitating the exchange and implementation of good ideas.  They share information about how environmentally efficient methods are currently being employed at events and how the impact on the environment can be limited at future events.  They offer independent assessment and verification of sustainability claims through the AGF Certification for festivals, venues, tours and events, Sustainability Diagnosis and detailed Carbon Footprinting. www.agreenerfuture.com

About ILMC
Attracting 1,500 of the world’s top live music professionals from over 40 countries annually, the International Live Music Conference has been the foremost meeting place for live music professionals worldwide for over 36 years. In addition to its main conference, ILMC also produces the ILMC Production Meeting (IPM), the Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI), Futures Forum, The Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S), Touring Entertainment LIVE (TEL), and the International Festival Forum (IFF). More info: https://36.ilmc.com


Mayors of the North Unite with Sector at NTIA Night Time Economy Summit to Call for Industry Wide VAT Cut in Spring Budget

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) successfully hosted its third Night Time Economy Summit at the iconic Freight Island in Manchester on 8th and 9th of February. The two day event featured over 200 speakers and brought together a diverse range of industry leaders, experts, and visionaries to explore and celebrate the significance of the Night Time Economy.

As a beacon of innovation, the summit offered a multifaceted experience across four stages, with insights from government officials across the UK and experts worldwide for unparalleled international cooperation and knowledge exchange.  The Main Stage featured a convergence of leaders from major cities, governance bodies, central government, and global night time economy experts, with Stage 2 presented by Defected Records exploring crucial aspects of the electronic music industry and current trends. Stage 3 was hosted by VibeLab and The Fair and Stage 4 focused on Advocacy, Accessibility, Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability. In addition, this year the NTIA invited academics from across Europe to present academic research on a range of subjects in the Workshop area.

Day One kicked off with the shesaid.so breakfast featuring a welcome address from Sacha Lord (NTE Advisor GMCA) the hugely inspiring Figen Murray (Martyns Law) and Nina Kehagia (shesaid.so), followed by a momentous occasion as the Mayors of the North and West Midlands, Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester, Tracy Brabin Mayor of East Yorkshire, Andy Street Mayor of West Midlands & Steve Rotherham Mayor of Liverpool City Region came together to discuss the pivotal role of the Night Time Economy in their regions. This unique collaboration highlighted the growing recognition of the sector's importance in driving economic growth, fostering creativity, and enhancing the overall quality of life.

During the discussion led by Andy Burnham, all the Metro Mayors got behind the campaign calling on the Government to reduce VAT. “This would save businesses and save jobs' comments Sacha Lord. “Since the campaign started, this is the first time we have had heavy weight politicians get behind us.”

The Under Secretary of State & Minister for Small Medium Enterprise businesses, Kevin Hollinrake through recorded video message addressed considerations and initiatives to enhance and develop the night time industries in the future in the “Darkest Before the Dawn” NTIA Manifesto alongside Philip Kolvin KC.  Author of ‘Darkest Before the Dawn’ Philip Kolvin KC said: “The night time economy is a key part of UK culture, and so should sit within the Department of Culture, Media and Sport, with a minister in charge of a national strategy to support the industry. This would be a small step for the government, but a giant leap for the industry, so we were thrilled to hear Andy Burnham and his fellow Metro Mayors from the North and West Midlands endorse our idea. We now call on all political parties to pledge this in their own manifestos.”

Other highlights included exclusive keynote interviews with Keith Reilly, the founder of Fabric, the incredible Gok Wan and discussions on Removing Barriers To Culture featuring Suzanne Bull MBE (Attitude is Everything), ‘Mental Health within the Music Industry’ and ‘The Move Towards Sustainability Within The Night Time Economy’. 

Global perspectives were shared by providing valuable insights into the latest initiatives shaping the Night Time Economy landscape with expert representatives from Japan, Europe, Australia, United States and Colombia, Michael Rodrigues NSW 24hr Commissioner, Tak Umezawa Tokyo NTE Association, Ariel Palitz Former NY NTE Advisor and Camilo Ospina Guzman President of Asobares Colombia and VibeLab brought together leading voices on the global approaches to Nightlife including Robbe Van Bogaert Human Power & Speaker, Luis Manuel Garcia Mispireta, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Richard Akingbehin Founder of Refuge Radio, Aoife McGuiness Neuroscientist, Multi Sensory Researcher, Professor Fiona Measham The Loop, Opposhain Ghosh, Andreina Seijas Kenneth Bailey and Anna Sclimm.

On Day Two, UK NTE Advisors Sacha Lord (NTE Advisor Manchester), Carly Heath (NTE Advisor Bristol) and Alex Claridge (NTE Advisor West Midlands) united to discuss the ‘Challenges and Solutions to UK Nightlife’ and UK Music CEO Tom Kiehl led the conversation on ‘A Manifesto of Music’ and how this year's General Election can make a difference to the Night Time Economy alongside Jeff Smith MP, Luke Fletcher MS (Plaid Cymru Wales), Councillor Richard Kilpatrick (Lib Dem) and Kate Lowes (Brighter Sounds).

Music education was also high on the agenda in the ‘Electronic Music And Education’ session with
Chris Hawkins (DJ & Broadcaster), Chris Goss (Director Hospital Records), Lisa Lashes (Lisa Lashes School of Music), Miles Shackleton (Toolroom Records) and Sunil Sharpe (DJ & Lecturer) discussing the drive to double electronic music lessons in every secondary education setting.

Other highlights included the Listen For Life Campaign with Specsavers and W.H.O session, DJ Paulette in conversation with Defected Records CEO Wez Saunders, Developing the Next Generation of Women Leaders in the Night Time Economy and discussions on Safeguarding, Inclusivity and gender equality in the private security Industry and exploring showtime highs and backstage lows with Tonic Rider. 

The Fair, one of the largest independent festival production agencies in the UK assembled some of the industry’s best minds to tackle the biggest challenges being faced across the sector right now – from rising costs to dealing with disasters and changing audience behaviours with a host of leading experts including;  Fran Martin (Head of Live FRUKT), Jay Taylor (Music Venues Trust), Lauren Down (MD End of the Road Festival), Mike Grieve (MD Subclub), Rory Palmer Rowe (Mustard Media), Phoebe Roberts (Attitude is Everything).

In addition, the summit saw the launch of the Electronic Music Report 2024, generously supported by Amazon, providing an in-depth analysis of the industry's latest successes and trends and the benchmark Night Time Economy Report 2024 was also unveiled, offering a comprehensive look at the current patterns and trends from 2023, providing invaluable insights into the future of the UK night time economy.

"The Night Time Economy Summit 2024 in Manchester was not just a gathering; it was a seismic shift in our industry's trajectory. With over 1600 delegates and 200 speakers from around the globe, it was a testament to the power of unity, inspiration, and purpose. We witnessed a community coming together with unparalleled engagement, contribution, and a shared vision for the future of nightlife. As I reflect on the event, one quote stands out: 'The conference where you kiss a cheek and hug rather than shaking hands.' It encapsulates the warmth, connectivity, and commitment to positive change that permeated every moment of this extraordinary summit." - Michael Kill, CEO of the Night Time Industries Association

The Night Time Economy Summit isn't just an event; it's a movement. A convergence of professionals, enthusiasts, and policymakers, it promises an unmatched platform for idea exchange, networking, and groundbreaking innovation.

Partners: VibeLab / Defected Records / We Are The Fair / Ticketmaster / NDML Insurance / Skiddle / Mustard Media / GigPig / Amazon Music
www.nighttimeeconomysummit.com

Contact:
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity
nikki@globalpublicity.co.uk


NTIA Presents The Second UK Electronic Music Industry Report

After the success of the first ever UK Electronic Music Industry Report, the NTIA presents ‘Electronic Beats, Economic Treats 2024’ in collaboration with Audience Strategies and supported by Amazon Music, highlighting the cultural vibrancy, economic significance, and evolving trends within the sector. 

The second annual report aims to fully understand the economic contribution and the cultural significance of the electronic music industry to the UK economy and presents a comprehensive overview of the electronic music scene, from the energy of the dance floor to the creativity within recording studios, celebrating the diverse talent propelling the industry. The report will also cover the sector's economic contributions, including recorded music, music publishing, and the vibrant live scene encompassing concerts, events, and festivals, plus new analysis into the perspectives of the audiences that make up the electronic music scene. 

This year's findings highlight the industry's significant contributions and the evolving trends shaping our national economy.

Key Highlights from the 2024 Report:

  • Digital Dominance: Electronic music's impressive rank as the second most popular genre on the UK's digital music platforms.
  • Festival Frontiers: The genre's lead with 30% of artists at UK festivals, surpassing other genres in popularity and presence.
  • Global Recognition: The UK's esteemed position as the third-largest host of electronic music festivals worldwide.
  • Artistic Influence: The overwhelming influence of electronic music on 73% of the top 30 global artists.
  • Fan Engagement: The daily listening habits of 80% of UK fans, underscore the genre's broad appeal and emotional impact.

Economic Contributions:
The report meticulously outlines electronic music's £2.5 billion impact on the UK, detailing the dynamics of nightclubs, festivals, concerts, and recorded music sectors. Despite a slight decrease, the industry shows resilience and growth in key areas.

Delving Deeper:
"Electronic Beats, Economic Treats 2024" goes beyond the numbers to explore the narratives, trends, and case studies that paint a comprehensive picture of the industry's influence and innovation.

Before You Dive In:
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Crucial findings from the report include:

  • 2nd: Electronic music’s rank amongst genres in the UK on digital music services, including YouTube and Shazam.
  • 30% of artists at UK festivals are electronic artists, leading other genres! (Next is Rock at 22% and pop at 21%).
  • 3rd in the world for the festivals containing electronic music. The UK hosts 300, featuring around 19,500 artists.
  • 73% of the top 30 global artists are significantly influenced by electronic music.
  • 80% of UK electronic music fans listen to the genre daily, including 75% of those aged 45 and over.
  • 80% experience emotional and mental health benefits at electronic music events.
  • 79% of women and 87% of men believe the electronic music scene promotes diversity and inclusivity.
  • 70% of respondents view dance / electronic events as centres of creativity and innovation.

Economic analysis:

  • £2.5 billion is the total measurable impact of electronic music on the UK, across recorded music, nightclubs, festivals, and concerts, experiencing a 6% decrease from the previous year. Driven by:
  • -4%: The number of GB nightclubs decreased 4% from 882 in 2022 to 875 in 2023. A net loss of 31.
  • 90.0m visits were made to nightclubs for electronic music, indicating a 9% decline.
  • £1,457.3m was contributed by nightclubs to the economy, a 14% decrease.
  • £210.6m was generated from recorded music, an increase of 16%.
  • £567.8m was the economic contribution from festivals, up 9%.
  • £285.5m came from other live electronic music events, reflecting a 5% increase.

Beyond the numbers, the ‘Electronic Beats, Economic Treats 2024’ report dives into the narratives that defined 2023, uncovers emerging trends for 2024, and celebrates the sector's influencers through insightful case studies.

Michael Kill, NTIA CEO Says:
This report invites you to embark on a journey through the pulsating heart of the UK electronic music scene. From the pioneers who laid the groundwork to the emerging talents shaping its future, each note, each beat, is a testament to the enduring cultural value of electronic music in the United Kingdom. As we navigate the vibrant landscape of sound and culture, let us celebrate the resilience,  talent and sense of community that define this extraordinary musical movement.”

“What truly sets the UK electronic music scene apart is its sense of community. Beyond the pulsating beats and infectious melodies lies a collective spirit that unites individuals from diverse backgrounds. This community transcends borders, bringing together people who share a passion for the transformative power of electronic music. It is a space where differences are celebrated, and the universal language of beats and rhythms creates a sense of belonging that knows no bounds.”

David Boyle Audience Strategies:
“Electronic music might seem like just another genre (or worse!). But this research shows it is SO MUCH more. It is a thriving community, a sizeable economic contributor, and a hotbed of creativity and innovation. Electronic music is story of resilience, diversity, and richness that rivals any other cultural force. It energises spirits, unites diverse communities, and pushes creative boundaries. Its impact permeates boardrooms and pop charts, movie studios and fashion houses, high streets and homes. But the report shows it is also an industry at a crossroads, facing immense challenges … yet, fortunately, equipped with the ingenuity and passion to innovate.”

Maria May, Head of Electronic Music/Senior Agent CAA:
“Electronic music continues to be a driving force globally, and the UK has played a pivotal role in its development. The report explores the economic and cultural impact of electronic music, highlighting its contributions to job creation, tourism, and community well-being.”

“It also sheds light on the challenges faced by the industry, providing insights for future growth. As we continue to champion electronic music's potential, this report serves as a powerful tool for collaboration, innovation, and advocacy.  In order to continue to grow we need to support each other and the culture of dance music. .Together, let us propel electronic music to new heights in the UK and beyond.”

Sacha Lord is the Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester and co-creator of the Parklife festival and The Warehouse Project:
As an ardent advocate for the electronic music genre, I am compelled to delve into the profound impact it has had on the cultural landscape of the United Kingdom. Electronic music is not merely a collection of beats and melodies; it is an immersive journey that transcends boundaries, weaving itself into the fabric of our society and leaving an indelible mark on the lives of countless individuals.”

“Electronic music is not just a genre; it is a cultural phenomenon that has woven itself into the very fabric of the UK's music scene. Warehouse Project and Parklife festival, as torchbearers of this sonic revolution, exemplify the genre's ability to captivate, inspire, and unite. As we celebrate the undeniable success of these events, let us also recognise the enduring value of electronic music in shaping the collective narrative of our society.”

Carly Heath is the Night Time Economy Advisor for Bristol
Dancing as a community is a joyful human tradition, as old as time. Anyone who regularly seeks the skin-tingling sensation of dancing in front of a sound system will understand the value of electronic music to their lives. Nothing matches those moments of bodies in motion, palms and arms in the air, repetitive beats moving dancing feet."

“Dance spaces are community places. They are a unique feature as ‘beacons of joy’ on our high streets. Clubs are a unifying public place to explore identity, connect through culture, and reset bodies and minds at the end of a stressful week.  Dance spaces deserve celebration for their significant contribution to British Culture, yet the financial support and public funding for our culture is woefully inadequate. I’m hopeful that future generations will recognise club culture as a British cultural institution. The government should better support the scenes of today to create the legendary artists of the future.”

Wez Saunders, CEO & Co-Owner, Defected Records:
Electronic music holds significant importance in the UK, serving as a cultural, economic, and social pillar. It has been instrumental in shaping the UK's nightlife and music scene, contributing significantly to the economy through festivals, clubs, and music sales. Electronic music has fostered community and identity among fans, promoting inclusivity and innovation. Its global appeal has also enhanced the UK's international reputation as a leader in music production and live events, making it a key player in the worldwide music industry.”

“This comprehensive report, spearheaded by Michael Kill and the NTIA and crafted by David Boyle of Audience Strategies, delves into the significant economic and cultural footprint of the UK's electronic music industry. It assesses the genre's impact on the national economy, community well-being, and cultural landscape, exploring its popularity from grassroots venues to global stages. The document identifies challenges, proposing strategies for sector support, providing further understanding of the sector to the Government aiming to illuminate the industry's value, advocate for educational and infrastructural development, and foster a more inclusive and supported electronic music community.”

 

While the primary aim is to highlight the electronic music industry's value, underline its importance, and pinpoint both the challenges it faces and the opportunities it offers, the report also highlights the need for funding mechanisms for artists and DJs and bolster support for grassroots venues and promoters, the role of education in securing the industry's future, the effects of gentrification, licensing, and zoning on the sector and the unique role of electronic music nightclubs in cultivating community, inclusivity, and tolerance.

Electronic music continues to electrify the UK's cultural and economic landscape, albeit with nuanced shifts in its trajectory over the last year.  The genre's increasing popularity, as evidenced by its leading presence in festival line-ups and its substantial share of the UK singles revenue, speaks to its enduring appeal and its role in enriching the UK's cultural landscape. The shift towards smaller, more intimate festival experiences and the notable increase in festival attendance highlights a community seeking meaningful connections through music. Furthermore, the global influence of UK electronic music, illustrated by artists like Calvin Harris commanding significant international airplay, reinforces the UK's influential position on the world stage.

However, the industry faces challenges, marked by a 6% decrease in its total measurable economic impact, now calculated to be £2.5 billion. Since the start of the pandemic, 396 nightclubs, or 32%, have been lost. In the last year alone, we lost 31 nightclubs (4%), and nightclub visits for electronic music saw a 9% decrease, reflecting broader trends affecting nightlife and social spaces which underscores the pressing need for strategic interventions to preserve and promote these vital cultural arenas.

Despite these hurdles, the report reveals a resilient and vibrant community, with 97 million nights out enjoyed based on electronic music over the last 12 months. The engagement with electronic music also extends beyond mere listening, profoundly impacting social connections, community building, and individual well-being. The fan survey highlights the genre's role as a vital catalyst for inclusivity and mental health benefits, with 80% of respondents experiencing emotional and mental health improvements through dance and electronic music events. These gatherings are not just entertainment venues but community hubs, where 75% of attendees feel a sense of belonging, underscoring the genre's ability to foster strong social bonds and ability to promote wellbeing and enhance community cohesion.  The genre's events are celebrated for promoting diversity, inclusivity and serving as hubs for creativity and community building. Notably, 98% of clubbers feel safe in club environments, indicating the significance of these spaces beyond mere entertainment.

In conclusion, while facing economic contractions and challenges in maintaining physical spaces for music, the UK's electronic music scene continues to thrive culturally, fostering a strong sense of community and innovation. Electronic music continues to be a pivotal force in the UK, shaping not only the economy but also the cultural and social fabric of the nation. 

Addressing the challenges facing the sector requires a multifaceted approach, including easing regulatory pressures, enhancing financial support mechanisms, and championing the UK as a prime destination for electronic music. Encouraging community engagement, bolstering electronic music education, and tackling issues of gentrification and redevelopment are crucial steps towards sustaining the industry's growth and vibrancy. The path forward for electronic music in the UK is not without obstacles, but with concerted effort and strategic support, its future remains as promising and impactful as ever.

 

The report was commissioned by the NTIA and written by David Boyle of Audience Strategies, an agency that uses data to help artists and brands to understand their audiences and trends.

Contact:
Nikki McNeill | Publicist for NTIA
Email: press@ntia.co.uk

About the Night Time Industries Association (NTIA):
The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is a leading advocacy group dedicated to promoting and enhancing the nighttime economy. NTIA represents a wide range of nighttime businesses, from bars and clubs to cultural venues, and works to create a vibrant, safe, and inclusive nighttime environment.

About Audience Strategies:
Audience Strategies have 20+ years of experience helping the world’s leading entertainment and luxury brands, including EMI Music, HarperCollins Publishers, BBC, MasterClass and Harrods. They help brands use a deep understanding of their audiences to drive growth. They have written / supported reports including the annual IMS Business Report, this annual NTIA UK Electronic Music Report and the annual Trapital Report. They also co-wrote PROMPT, practical guides to ChatGPT.


ESNS to Focus on Italy in 2025 and Super Early Bird Delegate Passes

ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), the key exchange for emerging European music, in collaboration with Italia Music Export, proudly announces Italy as the Focus Country for 2025. Every year, ESNS highlights the best-emerging acts from a European country, showcasing the diversity of musical talent across Europe. Applications for the upcoming edition—for all European artists—will open on May 1 via ESNS.nl.

Starting today, a limited amount of Delegate Passes for ESNS 2025 are available at a Super Early Bird rate. Join ESNS25 as a delegate and meet with tastemakers from the European music industry. Delegate Passes include access to ESNS Conference and ESNS festivals Eurosonic and Noorderslag with fast-lane access, networking lounges and hospitality options, and the ESNS Delegates Database and ESNS Analytics.  ESNS 2025 will take place from January 15 - 18, 2025 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Focus on Italy
ESNS has proven essential in kickstarting the international careers of European artists and has grown to be the key event where music fans and industry delegates tune in to hear it first. Focus on Italy showcases the latest music acts from Italy on the ESNS stage and puts them in front of an audience of industry professionals, media and music lovers.

Nur Al Habash from Italia Music Export comments: “After many years of work to strengthen Italian music abroad we're ready to take the lead at ESNS with a wave of incredible musicians and valuable music professionals. The last few years have seen an impressive economic and cultural growth for the Italian music industry, and we feel 2025 is the right moment to cast a light on our scene to further connect it to the world. There is still so much potential to grow and we can't wait to take center stage at Eurosonic.”

ESNS Head of Programme Robert Meijerink is proud to have Italy on board as the focus country for the 39th edition of ESNS: “We are delighted to welcome Italy as the Focus Country of ESNS 2025. Italy has a remarkably rich history in various genres and currently has a very strong domestic market with more and more focus on export. We look forward to showcasing the best up-and-coming artists from Italy and Focus on the ever-growing and interesting live music scene including an impressive amount of venues and festivals.”

In the past, Italian artists like Joycut, Lorenzo Senni, Meduza, Sans Soucis, and The Bloody Beetroots played at ESNS. In 2024, artists such as Colombre, Daniela Pes, Elasi, Laura Masotto, Leatherette, Marta del Grandi, Parbleu, and Psyché played Eurosonic.

Focus on Italy at ESNS25 will be supported by Italia Music Export, Emilia Romagna Music Commission, Ater Fondazione, Regione Puglia - Puglia Sounds, national European Broadcasting Union partner RAI Radio2, European Talent Exchange partner festivals Apolide Festival, Home Festival, Linecheck Music Meeting & Festival, Sudwave Festival & Conference, and Ypsigrock Festival, and ESNS.

Applications to showcase at the upcoming edition—for all European artists—will open on May 1 via ESNS.nl

Join ESNS25 as a delegate in January 2025 and meet with tastemakers from the European music industry, including representatives from companies like Spotify, Universal Music, Google/YouTube, Live Nation, UTA, See Tickets, MIDiA Research, Pollstar, IQ, and over a hundred European festivals and live music venues.

A limited amount of Delegate Passes for ESNS25 are now available at a Super Early Bird rate at ESNS.nl.
Purchase a Delegate Pass

ESNS Delegate Passes include:
-Access to ESNS Conference and ESNS festivals Eurosonic and Noorderslag with fast-lane access.
-Access to networking lounges and hospitality options.
-Access to the ESNS Delegates Database to network with other delegates in advance.
-Access to ESNS Analytics, where you can find up-to-date data on artists who performed at previous editions.

About ESNS
ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) is a non-profit organisation and independent platform dedicated to promoting and discovering new European and Dutch music. Founded in 1986, ESNS annually hosts the annual four-day showcase festival and music conference across venues in Groningen, the Netherlands. Uncover the most enthralling emerging European (Eurosonic) and Dutch (Noorderslag) acts ranging from mainstream pop to progressive finds during the festival, which sets the stage for leading European festivals. Expand your knowledge of industry-leading topics and innovation during the conference, geared at trailblazing the music industry towards a sustainable future.

ESNS has proven track record in breaking new European acts into live music scenes throughout Europe and beyond. Launched in 1986, the showcase festival has an impressive history and proven track record of kickstarting the international careers of artists like Altin Gün, Alina Pash, Arlo Parks, Baby Volcano, Deki Alem, Dua Lipa, Fontaines D.C., girl in red, Hania Rani, The Haunted Youth, July Jones, Meduza, Priya Ragu, Pongo, Queralt Lahoz, Sigrid, Tramhaus, Trupa Trupa, and Wet Leg.

Contact
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity
nikki@globalpublicity.co.uk

 

 


Brian Eno & Jarvis Cocker Keynote Announced for GEI16

The artist and musician Brian Eno returns to GEI for the third time in 2024. Having previously headlined the event alongside inspirational Norwegian popstar Aurora and multi-Grammy-Award-winning artist and multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier, he will this year share the stage with charismatic Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker

GEI16 will feature EarthPercent Hour, which will include a Keynote Conversation with Brian Eno, hosted by EarthPercent’s executive director, Cathy Runciman. Jarvis will later take to the stage during this grand finale, to present his "Biophobia". 

GEI is the foremost conference for live sector sustainability. It is organised by green-event pioneers A Greener Future (AGF) alongside the International Live Music Conference (ILMC).

‘Unleashing the power of music in service of the planet’
EarthPercent is GEI’s official charity partner

We are over the moon that Brian Eno and Jarvis Cocker will bring such a special experience to the GEI delegates this year. GEI, since its inception, has been about uniting the live community and beyond to make a better world for all of us. This is why we love the work of our charity partner EarthPercent and can’t wait to experience and share what we have in store next month.Claire O’Neill, CEO, A Greener Future

Brian Eno - musician, producer, visual artist and activist first came to international prominence in the early seventies as a founding member of British band, Roxy Music, followed by a series of solo albums and collaborations.

His work as producer includes albums with Talking Heads, Devo, U2, Laurie Anderson, James, Jane Siberry and Coldplay, while his long list of collaborations include recordings with David Bowie, Jon Hassell, Harold Budd, David Byrne, Grace Jones, his brother, Roger, on ‘Mixing Colours’ and recently with Fred Again…. Brian's latest album, ‘FOREVERANDEVERNOMORE’  was released to international acclaim in October 2022.

Eno’s visual experiments with light and video continue to parallel his musical career, with exhibitions and installations all over the globe. He has exhibited extensively, as far afield as St. Petersburg’s Marble Palace, Ritan Park in Beijing, Arcos de Lapa in Rio de Janeiro and the sails of the Sydney Opera House. He is a founding member of the Long Now Foundation, a trustee of Client Earth and patron of Videre est Credere. In April 2021, he launched EarthPercent, which raises money from the music industry for some of the most impactful environmental charities working on the climate emergency. In 2023, Brian was honoured with the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement by the Venice Biennale Musica.

Jarvis Cocker is a world-renowned musician and broadcaster from the north of England who formed the band Pulp while at school in 1978, going on to become one of the most successful British groups of the 1990s. He presented the BBC6 Music programme Jarvis Cocker’s Sunday Service, as well as the ongoing, award-winning BBC Radio 4 documentary series Wireless Nights. He also has not one but two honorary doctorates and his lyrics have been published by Faber and Jonathan Cape.

GEI16 takes place on Tuesday, 27 February 2024 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel London. Expect the most cutting-edge discussions, engaging talks, and solutions for a greener event sector.  A jam-packed programme will delve into the challenges of delivering green global events, from music to sports, with discussion topics such as transport, energy, food, equality, inclusivity & climate justice, contracts and sponsorship, set design & materials usage for circularity, and much more.

Speakers include artists Louis VI, Sam Lee, Fay Milton (MDE), Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets / AIE), John Robb, sustainability pioneers and experts including Dale Vince (Ecotricity), Tori Tsui (Activist), Glenn Lyons (UWE), Richard Betts (Met Office), Teresa Moore (A Greener Future), Abena Fairweather (Legacy Events), Luke Howell (Hope Solutions), Andy Mead (Instagrid), Farah Ahmed (Julie’s Bicycle), Ellie Kinney (Conflict and Environment Observatory) and Mark Stevenson (CUR8 / The Futurenauts), plus key industry figures such as Sam Booth (AEG Europe), Patricia Yagüe (Live Nation), Zarya Vrabcheva (Stufish), Ross Patel (MMU), and Carol Scott (TAIT).

The event includes ample networking opportunities plus coffee breaks; a five-star, plant-based lunch; a champagne toast at the International AGF Awards; and a complimentary evening drinks reception with snacks all included in the price.

More info and tickets here.
More information at agreenerfuture.com / @agreenerfuture

Full agenda to be announced in the coming weeks. GEI is kindly supported by Ecotricity, TAIT, Instagrid, KB Event and The O2. 

About AGF
AGF is a not-for-profit company committed to helping events, festivals, and venues around  the world adopt environmentally efficient practices. AGF provides certification, education, and training, consultancy, resources, and green riders, facilitating the exchange of good ideas. They share information about how environmentally efficient methods are currently being employed at events and how the impact on the environment can be limited at future events. They offer independent assessment and verification of events’ sustainability claims through the AGF Awards for festivals, venues, tours, and events. www.agreenerfuture.com

About ILMC
Attracting 2,000 of the world’s top live music professionals from over 40 countries annually, the International Live Music Conference has been the foremost meeting place for live music professionals worldwide for over 30 years. In addition to its main conference, ILMC also produces the Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI), Futures Forum, The Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S), Touring Entertainment LIVE, and the International Festival Forum (IFF). Full information about the conference including schedule, events and partners is at https://36.ilmc.com/

EarthPercent
EarthPercent is the music industry’s climate foundation, co-founded by Brian Eno, whose mission is to unleash the power of music in service of the planet. By including the Earth as a stakeholder, EarthPercent creates simple ways for anyone in music to support the most impactful organisations tackling the climate and nature crises, to supercharge the innovation needed to propel the sector to true zero emissions and beyond, and to support artists to be advocates for our planet. EarthPercent is a registered charity in England and Wales (1188391) and a 501c3 non-profit foundation in the U.S (EIN: 86-3830611). earthpercent.org


AGF Announce Speakers and Panels for Green Events & Innovations Conference

The 16th Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI16), the leading conference for sustainability in the events sector, announces the latest speakers and panels for its forthcoming edition on 27 February 2024 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. 

Speakers confirmed include; Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), Dale Vince (Ecotricity/Forest Green Rovers), Louis VI (artist/ filmmaker), Tori Tsui (climate activist/co-founder Bad Activist Collective), Sam Lee (Mercury Music Prize nominee), Farah Ahmed (Julie’s Bicycle), John Robb (Louder than War/The Membranes), Luke Howell (Hope Solutions), Sam Booth (AEG Europe), and Sangeeta Waldron (Author / Serendipity PR).

GEI is a partnership between not-for-profit sustainability specialists A Greener Future (AGF) and the International Live Music Conference (ILMC), the world’s leading platform for the live music industry. GEI brings together inspirational speakers from the live sector from all across the globe, with compelling discussions and cutting-edge solutions for a greener live sector. A jam-packed programme will delve into the challenges of delivering green global events with discussion topics featuring transport, energy, food, equality, inclusivity & climate justice, and set design & materials usage for circularity, and more. Delegates are treated to a 5* vegan lunch, the International AGF Awards and networking drinks reception as well as a very special keynote experience to be revealed later this week.

The forthcoming edition of GEI will present the results of two exclusive research projects. The first, Accessibility and Sustainability at Festivals, will feature a unique partnership between AGF, Attitude is Everything, and Julie’s Bicycle. Farah Ahmed (Julie’s Bicycle) and Dr Teresa Moore (AGF) will introduce a toolkit that explores how disabled people’s access to music and live events can be environmentally sustainable. This will be followed by a discussion featuring Mystery Jets singer and Attitude is Everything patron Blaine Harrison, Feimatta Conteh (Arts Council England), Harry Jones (Accessible Events Ltd), and is chaired by Tori Tsui.

The second session, Influencing Audiences Beyond the Festival, focuses on the influence of green festivals and is based on AGF research undertaken with award-winning UK festival Green Gathering. AGF’s Dr Teresa Moore and Green Gathering’s Em Weirdigan will discuss the findings of the research and how green festivals can positively influence audience attitudes and behaviours beyond the event itself.

Following on from the success of the AEME (Association of Event Management Educators) panel at last year’s GEI, we have once again invited the association to bring together a panel of academics to discuss the demand for sustainability skills across the industry in 'Supporting sustainable employability skills for current and future generations of festival and events managers', as research has identified a big skills gap with a shortage of trained sustainability practitioners and leaders across industries.

In “Presenting Ecosystem Collapse - Sponsored by Oil and Gas, Sangeeta Waldron (Serendipity PR) welcomes Luke Howell (Hope Solutions, fellow of IEMA, chartered environmentalist, and strategic sustainability lead for Coldplay and Glastonbury Festival) to discuss with Ed Collins (InfluenceMap) the thorny issue of sponsorship and sustainability; and Carol Scott (TAIT) and chair of LIVE Green welcomes a panel of industry experts including Ross Patel (Whole Entertainment, Music Manager Forum) exploring how green clauses can become an integral part of standard industry contracts, and ways of doing business in the next step beyond Green Riders in “Contracts for Climate

In the week before GEI, The O2 will host the world's first carbon-removed gig, featuring The 1975 in partnership with AGF and carbon-removal experts CUR8. The results of this event will be discussed in “The World's First Carbon-Removed Gig”, which features Sam Booth (AEG Europe), Mark Stevenson (CUR8), and AGF’s Claire O'Neill.

Elsewhere in an agenda bursting with climate-busting, planet-saving sessions, acclaimed rapper, musician, nature filmmaker/presenter, zoologist, and activist Louis VI will deliver an impassioned speech in Nature Ain't A Luxury; Louis VI will be joined by folksinger, activist, and Mercury Music prize nominee Sam Lee to explore the links between music, biodiversity and politics; and “Extreme Weather Events: Adapting to the New Climate” will highlight the ever-increasing issue of extreme weather events brought about by climate change and will feature the representatives of some of the events that were hit by extreme weather during the festival season of 2023, Yungblud and Massive Attack Tour Manager Jamal Chalabi (AGF / Backlash Productions), alongside Professor Richard Betts (Met Office, University of Exeter). 

Returning for 2024 is the ever-popular Quick-Fire Innovation Round, hosted by Abena Fairweather (Legacy Marketplace), which brings the latest ideas and technologies driving sustainability in unique ways. Innovations include everything from blockchain for food traceability, recycled speakers, to biodegradable cable ties and much more.

And then, after a full day of entertaining, informative, and inspiring conversations, the International AGF Awards 2024 will conclude proceedings, with 27 events, venues, and innovators from 12 countries already announced as finalists. GEI delegates will raise a glass to the winners, followed by a final networking drinks reception. More info here.

View full list of announced speakers here

Even more sessions are to be announced in the coming week. GEI is kindly supported by Ecotricity, TAIT, Instagrid, and KB Event. 

More info and tickets here.
More information at agreenerfuture.com / @agreenerfuture


Notes to Editors:

Contact:
Nikki McNeill | Nikki@globalpublicity.co.uk

About AGF
AGF is a not-for-profit company committed to helping events, festivals and venues around  the world towards sustainability. AGF provide certification, education and  training, consultancy, resources and green riders, facilitating the exchange and implementation of good ideas.  They share information about how environmentally efficient methods are currently being employed at events and how the impact on the environment can be limited at future events.  They offer independent assessment and verification of sustainability claims through the AGF Certification for festivals, venues, tours and events, Sustainability Diagnosis and detailed Carbon Footprinting. www.agreenerfuture.com

About ILMC
Attracting 1,500 of the world’s top live music professionals from over 40 countries annually, the International Live Music Conference has been the foremost meeting place for live music professionals worldwide for over 36 years. In addition to its main conference, ILMC also produces the ILMC Production Meeting (IPM), the Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI), Futures Forum, The Event Safety & Security Summit (E3S), Touring Entertainment LIVE (TEL), and the International Festival Forum (IFF). More info: https://36.ilmc.com


Finalists Revealed for the 2024 International AGF Awards

AGF (A Greener Future) reveals 27 events, venues and innovators from 12 countries as finalists in the International AGF Awards 2024. Awards are given across 9 important sustainability categories, including power, water, food and travel, and the top accolade of the International Greener Festival Award 2024.  The ceremony will be held on 27th February during the Green Events & Innovations Conference at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London.

Finalists are selected from all AGF certified Greener Events, Greener Festivals and Greener Arenas over the last year, with top scores across key sustainability criteria. Applicants undergo a detailed assessment, site visits, and analysis by AGF auditors. To be eligible to enter the awards it is necessary to apply for certification and provide evidence such as fuel or electricity and water usage, waste transfer notes, transport measurements, material traceability, and survey data and undergo a site visit from AGF Assessors. Additionally, green innovations from festivals and events have been selected and are judged by an independent jury.

AGF CEO Claire O’Neill said: “We’re very excited to be bringing the International AGF Awards back to GEI in February. It’s always great fun, and an honour to be able to highlight and celebrate organisations and individuals who are doing everything they can to make positive changes in the world. Huge congrats to all of the nominees!”

And the Finalists are:

INTERNATIONAL GREENER FESTIVAL AWARD
Boom Festival (PT)
Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)
Green Gathering (UK)
Øyafestivalen (NO)

Paradise City Festival (BE)

We Love Green (FR)

GREENER TRANSPORT AWARD

Das Fest  (DE)

Godiva Festival (UK)

Jardín de las Delicias (ES)

NorthSide (DK)

Øyafestivalen (NO)

Paradise City Festival (BE)

Rosendal Garden Party (SE)

We Love Green (FR)

CIRCULAR EVENT AWARD

(for reduced waste & resourcefulness)

Boom Festival (PT)

Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)

Green Gathering (UK)

I Land Sound (EE)

Love Saves the Day (UK)

Øyafestivalen (NO)

Northside (DK)

Paradise City Festival (BE)

COMMUNITY ACTION AWARD

American Express presents BST Hyde Park (UK)

Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)

Forwards (UK)

Green Gathering (UK)

I Land Sound (EE)

Robin Hood Annual Benefit (US)

Øyafestivalen (NO)

Sonidos Líquidos: Malvasía Weekend Festival (ES)

GREENER CATERING AWARD

Boom Festival (PT)

Green Gathering (UK)

I Land Sound (EE)

NorthSide (DK)

Øyafestivalen (NO)

Paradise City Festival (BE)

Valley Fest (UK)

We Love Green (FR)

PIED PIPER AWARD

(for Greener Communication)

Boom Festival (PT)

Forwards (UK)

Green Gathering (UK)

Green Man (UK)

Greenbelt Festival (UK)

I Land Sound (EE)

Øyafestivalen (NO)

Sonidos Líquidos: Malvasía Weekend Festival (ES)

GREENER POWER AWARD

Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)

Camp Quirky (UK)

Das Fest (DE)

Green Gathering (UK)

NorthSide (DK)

Øyafestivalen (NO)

Paradise City Festival (BE)

We Love Green (FR)

WATER AND SANITATION AWARD

American Express presents BST Hyde Park (UK)

Boom Festival (PT)

Cabaret Vert (FR)

Cambridge Folk Festival (UK)

Green Gathering (UK)

Green Man (UK)

Paradise City Festival (BE)

We Love Green (FR)

GREENER INNOVATIONS AWARD

First Biofuel powered event in Argentina@ BNP  (AR)

Restoration and Regeneration @ Cabaret Vert (FR)

6 Degrees by Team Love & re:right design (UK)

Bespoke baler and compactor@ Green Man, in collaboration with Waste Baling Machines  (UK)

ChefChain @ Into The Great Wide Open (NL)

The 1975 Carbon Removed Gigs - The O2 (UK)

AONB and Dark skies project@ We Out Here (UK)

The International AGF Award ceremony is accessible and takes place during GEI, organised by AGF in partnership with the ILMC (International Live Music Conference). Limited tickets are available here Green Events & Innovations Conference.


Notes to Editors

About AGF

AGF is a not-for-profit company and founders of the world's first sustainability standards for festivals and events. Committed to helping events, festivals and venues around the world to be greener, AGF provides certification, education and training, consultancy, resources and green riders, and facilitating the exchange of good ideas.  They share information about how environmentally efficient methods are currently being employed at events and how the impact on the environment can be limited at future events.  They offer independent assessment and verification of events and venues sustainability claims through the AGF certification for festivals, venues, tours and events. https://www.agreenerfuture.com

Category descriptions

International Greener Festival Award
The highest scoring festival worldwide in the Greener Festival certification assessments. 

Greener Transport Award
One of the biggest impacts of many temporary events. Audience, production, crew and artists with our transport sector still staggeringly carbon heavy, who’s reducing their carbon footprint, facilitating green travel, and still delivering the party.

Circular Event Award
This one goes to the event that has demonstrated a firm grasp of the need to close the loop on their resources flow. Every item that comes into the event or venue ultimately has a plan above disposal. Preventing waste, reusing, recycling and demonstrating the full traceability of all materials coming in and out of the event.

Community Action Award
A strong connection with the local community and sense of community within the event or venue is celebrated here. This award recognises those demonstrating outstanding social inclusion, action for unity and acceptance between people, and positive projects that provide benefit to others beyond the event itself.

Greener Catering Award
Food is such a significant issue for sustainability for its ethical and environmental impacts both globally and locally. By consciously crafting our consumption choices and what we support with our bellies, we can make some huge strides toward a more sustainable relationship between one another and our planet.

Pied Piper Award (Greener Communications)
Who has the silver tongue and skips along like the pied piper, luring unsuspecting victims to a greener way?! This award goes to the event that has had an excellent communication and PR plan which has resulted in significant cultural or behavioural changes for the greener good within and beyond their event!

Greener Power Award
Event power is a hot topic in the realm of sustainability, and costs, and is also a hotbed for innovation. This award goes to the event that has successfully maximised their energy efficiency and adopted a power source that has the lowest impact on the environment by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution.

Water & Sanitation Award
The winner of this award has shown clear environmental consideration in their water usage and sanitation provisions, by reducing water usage and waste, minimising production and poo mileage, eliminating unnecessary chemicals and separating liquid waste streams to allow natural biological processes to harness valuable nutrients and conserve water.

Greener Innovation Award
This goes to the outstanding innovation, initiative or invention that has been a game changer in the green event space, that has disrupted business as usual or has given a new solution to help turn something problematic into something good. This award can go to either an event, venue, individual or supplier that has stood out the most in the last 12 months. 


European Talent in the Spotlight at Successful Edition of ESNS

The 38th edition of ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag), the key exchange for emerging European music, concluded last night (Saturday, January 20) with a phenomenal edition of Noorderslag at the Oosterpoort in Groningen, the Netherlands. ESNS reflects on a successful event where 280 new European acts showcased their talents to around 40,000 enthusiastic music fans and professionals worldwide. ESNS25 is scheduled to take place from January 15 to 18, 2025.

Groningen took centre stage for ESNS from Wednesday evening (January 17), hosting four days of events. Wandering between the dozens of stages scattered across the city, a passionate audience of music lovers and professionals sought out new talent, where the most memorable moments happened by chance: entering a venue and discovering the act of the night, striking up a conversation at the bar that turns out to be a great business connection, or putting a random suggestion from the ESNS playlist on repeat. Dozens of other new artists were ready to be discovered simultaneously.

Talent Reaps the Benefits of Showcasing at ESNS
Frans Vreeke, interim director of ESNS, expressed satisfaction with the success of the 38th edition:
"Once again, Groningen was the music capital of Europe and beyond. Thanks to the dedication and quality of artists, visitors, delegates, and our staff, we had a wonderful week with an amazing atmosphere. ESNS continues to play an indispensable role for the Dutch and European music community, especially for Dutch talent. Eurosonic, Noorderslag, and the conference once again showcased the strength and diversity of European pop culture. We look forward to the year ahead where we will undoubtedly see many acts that have proven themselves at ESNS on the stages of European summer festivals."

Head of Programme Robert Meijerink is enthusiastic about how the broad and diverse program was received: "ESNS is the curator for emerging talent on their way to becoming the headliners of the future. The quality of acts from all over Europe is outstanding, with notable performances by artists such as Bulgarian Cartrader (Bulgaria), Fat Dog (England), freekind. (Slovenia), MARO (Portugal), Tramhaus (the Netherlands), YĪN YĪN (the Netherlands), yunè pinku (Ireland), and Zaho de Sagazan (France) resonating well with our audience of music lovers, professionals, and music media. Dutch acts like Elephant, néomi, ROLROLROL, Sarah Julia, and The Vices are gaining traction in the European music sector."

The impact of ESNS continues even after the event: "We see that acts immediately reap the benefits of their showcase at ESNS. From the data we receive through ESNS Radar and Analytics, we see the fanbases of acts growing. And through ESNS Exchange, the exchange platform for European talent, the first ESNS acts have already been booked for major festivals."

Discovering New Talent at ESNS
Acts from forty European countries took the spotlight during Eurosonic from Wednesday to Friday, providing a platform for the most promising acts from the rich and diverse European pop culture.

For many music professionals, a successful show at ESNS serves as a stamp of quality. Festivals participating in ESNS Exchange, the exchange programme for European talent, have revealed their highlights from ESNS. It's noteworthy that acts from less traditional music countries are also well represented. In addition to the previously mentioned acts, these are the first artists that music fans should keep an eye on this summer: English Teacher (uk-eng), Klawo (pl), LEILA (ch), Loverman (be), Prisma (dk), and Zamilska (pl).

ESNS and Music Export Poland are excited about the Focus on Poland program, with the country being represented by twelve new acts. They were put on the map of the international music industry by two complete packed business mixers, creating attention to the participating artists, thriving Polish scene and its music sector. At the music conference various current and music-related topics from Poland were discussed by speakers and delegates.

Noorderslag, the festival on Saturday focusing on Dutch talent, successfully expanded this year with an afternoon program. Over fifty Dutch acts showcased their talents, including performances by Elmer, Froukje, Kay Slice, Ploegendienst, YĪN YĪN, and Zoë Livay.

Several awards were presented at ESNS24. The Music Moves Europe Awards were awarded to Zaho de Sagazan (fr, Grand Jury Award & MME Public Choice Award Winner), Bulgarian Cartrader (bg), freekind. (si), Giift (dk), Ralphie Choo (es), and yunè pinku (ie). The Popprijs was awarded to Joost Klein.

International Music Industry Presence at ESNS
The international music industry was well-represented in Groningen, with over 4,000 music professionals from Europe plus delegations from countries such as Canada, India, and Mexico.

With over 500 speakers participating in the music conference, diverse and important topics were addressed, including the widely covered report from 'Taskforce GO!' on misconduct in the music industry. Various sessions explored the impact of climate change on the music industry. ESNS and Soundcharts proudly announced EMERGE, a groundbreaking AI project for the European music industry connecting European music with sync professionals. ESNS also presented the report 'The State of European Music' for 2023.

ESNS 2025 Focuses on Italy
ESNS, in collaboration with Italia Music Lab, proudly announces that Italy is the focus country for 2025. Every year, ESNS highlights the best emerging acts from a European country, showcasing the diversity of musical talent across Europe. Applications for the upcoming edition—for all European artists—will open on May 1 via ESNS.nl

About ESNS
ESNS (Eurosonic Noorderslag) is a non-profit organisation and independent platform dedicated to promoting and discovering new European and Dutch music.

Founded in 1986, ESNS annually hosts the annual four-day showcase festival and music conference across venues in Groningen, the Netherlands. Uncover the most enthralling emerging European (Eurosonic) and Dutch (Noorderslag) acts ranging from mainstream pop to progressive finds during the festival, which sets the stage for leading European festivals. Expand your knowledge of industry-leading topics and innovation during the conference, geared at trailblazing the music industry towards a sustainable future.

ESNS has proven essential in breaking new European acts into live music scenes throughout Europe and beyond. Launched in 1986, the showcase festival has an impressive history and proven track record of kickstarting the international careers of artists like Altin Gün, Alina Pash, Arlo Parks, Baby Volcano, Deki Alem, Dua Lipa, Fontaines D.C., girl in red, Hania Rani, The Haunted Youth, July Jones, Meduza, Priya Ragu, Pongo, Queralt Lahoz, Sigrid, Tramhaus, Trupa Trupa, and Wet Leg.

ESNS 2025 will take place from January 15 - 18, 2025 in Groningen, the Netherlands.

Contact:

 


Winners of the European Festival Awards 2023

Congratulations to all the winners to their 2023 European Festival Awards. For this year, festivals from over 30 countries participated and 300,000 votes have been cast by the public. This resulted in 111 shortlisted nominees in 12 different categories, not counting the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Now, without further ado, here are all winners in the 13 categories of the European Festival Awards 2023:

The Take a Stand Award
Presented by: Take a Stand
Sziget Festival, HU

Line-Up of the Year
Presented by: IQ Magazine
Glastonbury, GB

The Event Safety Award
Presented by: YES Group
OpenAir St.Gallen, CH

Agent of the Year
Tom Schroeder – Wasserman Music

Best Small Festival
Maifeld Derby, DE

Newcomer of the Year
Presented by: ESNS
Balming Tiger, KR

The Brand Activation Award
Heroes & Hype Festivals & Unilever Axe, DE

Best Medium-Sized Festival
Pohoda Festival, SK

The Green Operations Award
Presented by: GO Group
Boom Festival, PT

Best Major Festival
Presented by: See Tickets
Hurricane Festival, DE

The Award for Excellence and Passion
Eric van Eerdenburg, NL

Promoter of the Year
Alter Art, PL

The Lifetime Achievement Award
Ruud Berends, NL

YOUROPE - The European Festival Association
The European Festival Awards Team would like to extend a huge thank you to all of those who participated in and attended the European Festival Awards 2023. Special thanks to their presenting Partner See Tickets, their sponsors EPS and 3F, their media partner IQ Magazine and all of the European Festival Awards partners including all supporters and members of the jury.

See you next year for the Awards 14th edition

Notes to Editors:

For all enquiries, please contact nikki@globalpublicity.co.uk


Night Time Industries Association Unveils Star-Studded Lineup for Night Time Economy Summit 2024

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) is proud to announce the full lineup of panellists and speakers for the highly anticipated Night Time Economy Summit 2024, set to take place on the 8th and 9th of February at the iconic Freight Island in Manchester.

This year's summit promises to be one of the most ambitious events yet, bringing together a diverse range of industry leaders, experts, and visionaries to explore and celebrate the significance of the Night Time Economy. Speakers include; Aitch B, Afrodeutsche, Andy Burnham, Bev Craig, Carly Heath, Danny Howard, Gok Wan, Philip Kolvin KC, Gary Powell, Jeff Smith MP, Jeremy Pritchard, John Robb, Kate Nicholls, Katouche,  Keith Reilly, Kevin Hollinrake, Lapsley, Lewis G. Burton, Lisa Mafia, Maria May, Mirik Milan, Natalie Stewart aka Floacist, Ollie Ryder, Sam Divine, Sacha Lord, Ras Kwame, Rowetta, Wez Saunders, Sam Divine, Sarah Story, Suzanne Bull MBE, Yewande Adeniran, Yousef.

The summit will feature a momentous occasion as the Mayors of the North and West Midlands, Andy Burnham Mayor of Greater Manchester, Tracy Brabin Mayor of East Yorkshire, Andy Street Mayor of West Midlands & Steve Rotherham Mayor of Liverpool City Region come together to discuss the pivotal role of the Night Time Economy in their regions. This unique collaboration highlights the growing recognition of the sector's importance in driving economic growth, fostering creativity, and enhancing the overall quality of life.

Global perspectives will be shared by expert representatives from Japan, Europe, Australia, United States and Colombia, Michael Rodrigues NSW 24hr Commissioner, Tak Umezawa Tokyo NTE Association, Ariel Palitz Former NY NTE Advisor and Camilo Ospina Guzman President of Asobares Colombia,  providing valuable insights into the latest global initiatives shaping the Night Time Economy landscape. The summit will also hear Keynotes from the Under Secretary of State & Minister for Small Medium Enterprise businesses, Kevin Hollinrake, and Philip Kolvin KC, who will shed light on the “Darkest Before the Dawn” NTIA Manifesto, addressing considerations and initiatives which will enhance and develop the night time industries in the future.

Attendees can immerse themselves in two days of expert discussions on the electronic music industry, courtesy of DEFECTED Records, covering topics from artist development and publishing to public relations and A&R. The Fair, a leading curator of over 100 independent events per year, will assemble some of the industry's best minds to tackle the challenges of modern-day events and festival curation.

With the International Stage hosted by VibeLab, bringing some of the leading voices together from across Europe and Globe speaking about the some of the global approaches to Nightlife including Robbe Van Bogaert Human Power & Speaker, Luis Manuel Garcia Mispireta, Associate Professor of Ethnomusicology, Richard Akingbehin Founder of Refuge Radio, Aoife McGuiness Neuroscientist, Multi Sensory Researcher, Professor Fiona Measham The Loop, Opposhain Ghosh, Andreina Seijas Kenneth Bailey & Anna Sclimm plus many more..

Exclusive interviews will take centre stage, featuring Keith Reilly, the founder of Fabric, and the incredible Gok Wan, Plus a Surprise Special Guest on Stage 2 Day 2 with Wez Saunders CEO of Defected Records, who will share his remarkable journey from fashion icon to electronic music DJ.

Adding to the excitement, the summit will witness the launch of the Electronic Music Report 2024, generously supported by Amazon, providing an in-depth analysis of the industry's latest successes and trends. Additionally, the benchmark Night Time Economy Report 2024 will be unveiled, offering a comprehensive look at the current patterns and trends from 2023, providing invaluable insights into the future of the UK night time economy. We will also be hosting a New Workshop Stage which will deliver key Academic Papers from Researchers and Academics from across the world, plus consumer marketing insights and the development of AI within the Night Time Economy.

With over 200 speakers and support from key industry players such as the DEFECTED, Home Office, NACTSO, Mustard Media, Department of Business and Industry, The Fair, Skiddle, Ticketmaster, Toolroom, Hospital Records, VibeLab, UKH, BBPA, Pioneer, ATC, Beatport, TikTok, Institute of Hospitality, Japan NTE Association, Institute of Licensing, Gig Pig, NDML, AGF, Listen for Life,           The Loop, Earth Percent, MVT, Featured Artist Coalition, UK Music, Morning Advertiser, DJ Magazine, UKCMA, Asbares, Showsec, Carbon Literacy, SIA, Drinkstrust, PRS Foundation, Arts Council, Help Musicians, Attitude is Everything, shesaid.so and many more, this year's Night Time Economy Summit promises to be a phenomenal and groundbreaking event. Don't miss the opportunity to be part of the conversation that will shape the future of the Night Time Economy.

NTES 2024 Speakers (A-Z)
Aitch B - Abel Reynolds - Adrian Perret - Afrodeutsche - Ali Turnham - Amber Davis - Amelie Maurice Jones - Andrea Baptiste - Andy Burnham - Andy Frank - Andy Raeside - Anna Sclimm - Anjali Prahsar Savoie - Ariel Palitz - Arts Council - Atheer Al Salim - Bev Craig - Ben Newby - Camilo Ospina Guzman - Carly Heath - Caroline Clift - Cathy Runciman - Charlotte Maynard - Ch.Insp Jonathon Waterfield - Chris Goss - Chris Hawkins - Chris Lee - Chris Simpson - Christina Vale Pires - Claire O’Neill - Cristina Vale Pires - Dan Davies - Danny Claire - Danny Howard - Dean Acreman - Deborah Hewitt - Dims Netherlands - Doc Martin - Dr Adam Behr - Dr Mathew Flynn - Duncan King - Ed Gillett - Eimer Deane - Ella McWilliams - Ellen Beth Abdi - Emma Mcklarkin - Finlay Johnson - Fraser Swift - George De St Mars - Georgia Green - Gerry Parker - Gok Wan - Grace Flynn - Graeme Park - Griff Harding - Guy Jones - Harriet Grace - Helen Valente - Help Musicians - Holy Lester - Hope Nolan - Ise Murphy - Ian Graham - Ian Haworth - Jason Dolman - Jeff Smith MP - Jen Mackley - Jenn Nemo Smith - Jeremy Pritchard - Joe Frankland - Jody Clark - Jorge Meehan - Jordan Ford - Julie Tippins - Kamila Rymajdo - Karl Klub Verboten - Katouche - Kate Nicholls - Kate Osler - Katy Porter - Keith Reilly - Keith Reilly Robert Shepherd - Kenneth Bailey - Kevin Holinrake - Kira Ashwin - Kitty Amor - Koos Zwaan - Lapsley - Latoya Reisner - Lauren Down - Lawrence Barton - Leo Charalambides - Lindsay McIntyre - Lisa Baskott - Lisa Lashes - Lisa Mafia - Lyle Bignon - Lucy St John - Luke Fletcher MS - Maia Jessica Barker - Manu Naykene - Maria May - Mark Burtonwood - Mark Lawrence - Mark Logan - Martin Nicastro - Mary Jane - Megan Townsend - Megan Wallace - Michael Kill - Michael Rodrigues - Michelle Russell - Mike Grieve - Mike Kill - Mike Linell - Miles Shackleton - Mirik Milan - Moe Choucair - Natalie Lea - Natalie Stewart - Natalia Szczepanczyk - Natasha Rymajdo - Nick Morgan - Nina Kehegia - Ojay Mcdonald - Olha Udivenko - Ollie Gardiner - Ollie Ryder - Oposhona Ghosh - Pat Plummer - Patrycja Rozbicka - Pauline McNeill MSP - Phillipa Clifford Jones - Philip Kolvin KC - Phoebe Roberts - PRS Foundation - Prof. Alice O’Grady - Prof. Ewa Mazierska - Prof. Fiona Measham - Prof. Koos Zwaan - Prof.Sam Parsley - Ricky Oscroft - Rob Adamson - Robert Richardson - Robbie Ashdown - Rory Palmer Rowe - Rowetta - Royal Society of Arts - Sacha Lord - Sati Rai - Sarah Clover - Sarah Crane - Sarah Moxom - Sarah Slater - Sarah Story - Seanie T - Serg Bienati - Silvana Kill - Silvia Montello - Salma Repa - Sophia Wardman - Steve Rotherham - Steven Braines - Steve Rowles - Sunil Sharpe - Suzanne Bull MBE - Sylvia Oates - Tak Umezawa - Tamsin Embleton - The Library Project - The Royal Society - The Society for Research in Higher Education - Tom Devine - Tom Kiehl - Tony Hogan - Tony Rigg - Tracy Brabin - Vick Bain - Wez Saunders - Will Stevens - Yuri Dokter - Yewande Adeniran

A Multifaceted Experience Across Four Riveting Stages:

Main Stage: A convergence of leaders from major cities, governance bodies, central government, and global night time economy experts. Topics include urban safety, cultural enrichment, economic sustainability, and technology's role in enhancing the nocturnal experience.

Stage 2: Hosted by Defected Records, it will explore crucial aspects of the electronic music industry, including management strategies, the role of agents, trends in publishing, effective promotional techniques, and the evolving landscape of record labels.

Stage 3: Partnering with VibeLab, day 1 on Stage 3 will highlight innovations in safety, ergonomics, communication, data management, and advocacy, fostering a safer and more efficient global nightlife experience. On day 2, the stage will be hosted by We are the Fair, delving into the challenges faced by independent festivals, exploring solutions, sharing best practices, and advocating for policies that support their sustainability within the Night Time Economy.

Stage 4: Focused on Advocacy, Accessibility, Diversity, Inclusion, and Sustainability. It will explore strategies for making the night time economy universally accessible, championing diversity and inclusion, and promoting sustainability.

As a beacon of innovation, the summit will feature insights from government officials across the UK, including the esteemed partnership of Greater Manchester Combined Authority. Our global network will serve as a bridge, connecting experts worldwide for unparalleled international cooperation and knowledge exchange.

Michael Kill, the dynamic CEO of the Night Time Industries Association, exclaims, “With the unveiling of the complete roster of speakers and panelists for the summit, the Night Time Economy Summit 2024 stands as the pinnacle of worldwide cooperation, bringing together intellects from diverse realms within the nighttime landscape. Manchester is poised to transform into the focal point of a groundbreaking interchange of ideas poised to mould the trajectory of our industry's future.” 

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester:
“We are delighted that the NTIA’s Night-Time Economy Summit will be coming to Greater Manchester in February 2024. We look forward to building on the success of this year's event in London, and recognising the hard work and amazing representation that the trade association delivered throughout the pandemic for the hospitality and night time economy sector across the UK.”

Sacha Lord Night Time Economy Adviser, Co-founder The Warehouse Project/ Parklife:
“Throughout the Covid period, the NTIA became the biggest voice for nightlife across the UK, so much so, it was an honour when I was invited to become Chair. I’m delighted they have decided to uproot and choose Greater Manchester for the next Summit, in 2024. It will be the biggest to date, in a city region where it has been said, tables were made for dancing on.”

Partners: VibeLab / Defected Records / We Are The Fair / Ticketmaster / NDML Insurance / Skiddle / Mustard Media / GigPig / Mustard Media / Amazon

The Night Time Economy Summit 2024 isn't just an event; it's a movement. A convergence of professionals, enthusiasts, and policymakers, it promises an unmatched platform for idea exchange, networking, and groundbreaking innovation. Join us in Manchester at Escape from Freight Island for an experience that transcends boundaries.

*Full Schedule of Panels and Speakers Available from 18.00pm Monday 15th January 2024

For media inquiries or tickets please visit the following website: www.nighttimeeconomysummit.com

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Contact
Nikki McNeill | Global Publicity
nikki@globalpublicity.co.uk