Brighton Music Conference Reveal First Panel Topics and A&R Sessions

The award-winning Brighton Music Conference (BMC), the UK’s leading electronic music and networking event reveal the first panel topics up for its 11th edition and the full A&R Sessions programme.

Taking place at the prestigious Brighton i360 complex and various venues around the city from 22nd to 24th May 2024, BMC will once again bring together Industry-leading professionals and present a programme of insightful talks, workshops and networking events including Keynote interviews with internationally renowned artists Erol Alkan, A Guy Called Gerald and Danielle Moore and Chris Todd from Crazy P.

Other sessions include two DJ Q&As featuring a host of top artists including DJ Paulette, Danny Byrd, Heidi, Justin Robertson,  Mr. C, Matt Jam Lamont, Syreeta and Smokin Jo and two all-star Producer Q&As with A Guy Called Gerald, Funk D'Void, Just Her, Particle, Saytek,  Seb Zito, Shadow Child, Steve Mac and Sally Rodgers from A Man Called Adam, plus a Label Q&A with Hospital Records and 20 years of Shogun.

The Association for Electronic Music will present two sessions on The DJ Touring Landscape and AI & Your Audience, Harm Reduction: Health, Hearing & Wellbeing will be discussed with ACS,  Beatport will present their Annual Report, Cavendish will host a conversation with Commercial Artists Writing For Sync, Data Transmission’s Grahame Farmer will deep dive into all things Social Media, Inflyte will explore the question ‘Is the Algorithm Truly Listening?’, the Label Radar session will share key strategies to make your demos resonate in What Labels Are Actually Looking For?, shesaid.so and NOWIE will tackle the topic of Working in Live, Point Blank will present a Track Breakdown of Frankie Knuckles ‘Your Love’ with Ski Oakenfull and AlphaTheta (Pioneer DJ) will be showcasing the OMNIS-DUO all-in-one DJ system and the WAVE-EIGHT DJ speaker.

If that wasn’t enough other topics being featured in this year's jam-packed programme include; A&R, DIY and Self Release, Management, Marketing, Neurodivergence, Podcasts, Radio's role in the electronic music landscape, Resident DJs, Ticketing, Vocals and much more. AIM, FUGA, Listen Up Therapy, NTIA, PRS, PPL, Skiddle and Steinberg will also be hosting sessions which will be announced soon.  BMC also supports the charity Last Night A DJ Saved My Life who present an update on their latest projects and how they use the power of music to change lives and save lives. View the BMC 2024 programme here

BMC are also excited to present the new and improved ‘A&R Sessions’ headed up by the prolific DJ and music producer Steve Mac will feature more labels than ever before giving more opportunities for immediate feedback with leading A&Rs in the electronic music industry. Taking place at The Tempest Inn on Brighton’s beachfront, just a short walk from the main BMC Hub the ‘A&R Sessions’ will provide a relaxed, friendly environment, where up and coming producers will have the opportunity to book one-to-one sessions with the labels of their choice.  Sessions will be booked on a first come first served basis. Limited spaces available, book your tickets now here.

Says Steve Mac:
“I am delighted to be involved with the new BMC A&R Sessions. I think this is a great opportunity for artists to get their music heard by the industry experts and potentially getting music signed. As a label owner myself and also now running an artists management company, we are always looking for the next generation of up and coming artists. We want to help and make their dreams come true.”

Hosted by AIM confirmed labels for A&R Sessions include; Axtone, Armada Music, Another Rhythm, Audio Rehab, Critical Music, Constant Circles, Cubism, CruCast, Data Transmission, Defected Records, FatCat Records, Freakin909, Helix Records, Hospital Records, Inflyte, Jalapeno Records, Jack Said What, Krafted, Mesh Records, Recovery Collective, Red Giant Recordings, Republica Records, RHYTHM CULT, R&S Records, Shogun Audio, Sleazy Deep, Sunflower Records, Toolroom Records, Trusted Rhythm Records.

The talent always exceeds expectations and past editions have seen tracks signed to labels including Armada, Axtone, Krafted and New State Music.

Axtone’s Edd Thomas said:
‘It was great to connect with aspiring producers. One of the most encouraging things was to see a much more diverse group of aspiring producers coming through, surely the fruits of some brilliant initiatives like shesaid.so.”

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More info on BMC here: https://www.brightonmusicconference.co.uk/

BMC Tickets
BMC Golden tickets - sold out
BMC Early Bird tickets limited availability - £135 + b/f from the BMC website: www.brightonmusicconference.co.uk

About Brighton Music Conference
The award-winning Brighton Music Conference (BMC) is the UK's leading electronic music conference & networking event, focusing on innovation, education & the key issues facing the electronic dance music sector.  BMC brings together Industry-leading delegates and speakers at over 60 talks, seminars and workshops, alongside networking events throughout the conference duration. It is attended by 1000s of experienced music industry professionals, the next generation of DJs, producers as well as electronic music enthusiasts. 

BMC was also awarded by the NTIA at the  Ambassadors of the Night Awards 2019 for their work and commitment to developing awareness and education of the UK Electronic Music Scene internationally within the NTE.

BMC also supports the charity Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.

Contact
For more info please contact Nikki | Global Publicity

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Brighton Music Conference Announce Second Wave of Names for 2024 Edition

The award-winning Brighton Music Conference (BMC), the UK’s leading electronic music and networking event drops the second wave of names for its 11th edition, adding over 80 speakers and artists to the event programme. 

Taking place at the Brighton i360 complex and various venues around the city from 22nd to 25th May 2024, BMC will once again bring together Industry-leading professionals and present a programme of insightful talks, workshops and networking events. 

Over 70 newly announced names for BMC 2024 programme;
Adam Carter (Exclusive Promo), A Guy Called Gerald, Alex Grey (Cavendish Music), Alexander Church (Configurations of Self), Alex Branson (ABC Music Podcast/Beatport), Amber Jolene (Defected/DVINE Sounds), Amy Jayne (1985 Music), Belinda Matwali, Ben Andrews (Cavendish Music), Bessi Massey, Bill Brewster (DJ History), Brandon Block, Caroline the DJ, Chris Goss (Hospital Records), Danny Byrd, Danielle Moore (Crazy P), Dave Pearce, Dave Philpot (Republic of Sync), DJ Paulette, Dominic Hughes (Shogun Audio), Dr. Janek Meyn (AIDAR), Dulcie Weaver, Duncan King (Skiddle), Ed Brew (Beatport), Ellie Talebian (DJ/Presenter), Evl Tom (Evil Nine), Faye Lawrence (Grape), Gareth Deakin (Sonorous), Gareth Mellor (FUGA), Harold Heath, Hannah Warnes (One House), Heiko Hoffmann (The Orchard), Helen Mubert (Mubert), Hilit Kolet (Faith/Rekids), Holly Sheppard (FUGA), Ian Baird (Brighton & Hove City Council), Irma de Wind, J-Felix (Tru-Thoughts), James Holdsworth (LNADJSML), James Wiltshire (Freemasons/F9), Jess Bays, Johnny Scratchley (Gentleman’s Dub Club), Jules Pinkney (Chelmsford City Racecourse), Keir Tyrer (K-Tee), Keturah Cummings (Forward Slash), Leon La Rosa (Select Radio), Leon Stephens (Beatport), Lola (Size), Marina Palacios (Beatport), Matt Jam Lamont, Matt Johnson (The Pool London), Michael Grierson (The House Poet), Michael Kill (CEO NTIA), Mickey Jukes (1BTN), Mikee Hollywood, Nikki McNeill (Global Publicity), Particle (Critical Music), Paul Hamill (Inflyte), Paul Wells (Elite Music Management), Pete Van Dongen (Shogun Audio), Richard Earnshaw, Queen B, Reece Evans (EVPRO), Robert Luis (Tru Thoughts), Roxy Roberts (Hear No Evil Management), Sarah Moxom (Phoenix Staffing Ltd), Shadow Child, Ski Oakenfull, Stanley Li (Point Blank), Steve Parry (SMP3 Promo), Terri-Siân Lugosi (Select Security & Stewarding), Tom Shea (Defected), Tammy Tinawi (Cavendish Music), Taz Mattar (Cavendish Music), Scott Diaz, Stuart Patterson (Faith), Wildblood & Queenie.

Last year the 10th anniversary edition welcomed a record number of attendees and as BMC moves into its next decade, the team are dedicated to creating a friendly and welcoming environment for professionals and enthusiasts in the electronic music industry to learn, network and create business opportunities. BMC is the perfect summer warm up event for industry professionals and music lovers alike.  

Over 70 businesses and sponsors taking part including;
1BTN, ABC Music Podcast, ACS Custom, AFEM, AIM, Alpha Theta, Anjunadeep, Another Rhythm, Armada Music, Audio Rehab, Axtone, BBC Radio 1, Brighton & Hove City Council, Beatport, Capital Dance, Can you put me on the guestlist podcast, Cavendish Music, Constant Circles, Critical Music, Crucast, Cubism, Data Transmission, Defected Records, Downtown, Elite Music Management, Faith Fanzine, Fat Cat Records, Forward Slash, Freakin 909, FUGA, Global Publicity, Grape, Helix, HE.SHE.THEY, Hospital Records, Krafted, Inflyte, Inside the USB podcast, Jack Said What, Jalapeno Record, Kiss FM,  Label Radar, Listen Up Therapy, LNADJSML, Mesh, Ninja Tune, NTIA, One House, Out Yer Box, Pioneer, Phoenix Staffing Ltd, R&S Records, Recovery World Collective, Red Giant Records, Republic of Music, Republic of Sync, Rhythm Cult, Salsa.me, Select Radio, Select Security & Stewarding, shesaid.so, Shogun Audio, Skiddle, Sleazy D, Soma Records, Sunflower Records, Steinberg, Sync Vault, Toolroom Records, The Orchard, Tru-Thoughts, Trusted Rhythm Records, You Know My Voice Podcast.

Pod parties and networking events will be announced soon.
View all the confirmed speakers and artists here: https://www.brightonmusicconference.co.uk/bmc24_speakers/

BMC Tickets
BMC Golden tickets - Sold Out
BMC Early Bird tickets limited availability - £135 + b/f from the BMC website: www.brightonmusicconference.co.uk

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About Brighton Music Conference
The award-winning Brighton Music Conference (BMC) is the UK's leading electronic music conference & networking event, focusing on innovation, education & the key issues facing the electronic dance music sector.  BMC brings together Industry-leading delegates and speakers at over 60 talks, seminars and workshops, alongside networking events throughout the conference duration. It is attended by 1000s of experienced music industry professionals, the next generation of DJs, producers as well as electronic music enthusiasts. 

BMC was also awarded by the NTIA at the  Ambassadors of the Night Awards 2019 for their work and commitment to developing awareness and education of the UK Electronic Music Scene internationally within the NTE.

BMC also supports the charity Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.


2024 Summer Festival Line Ups Reveal Immediate Benefits of Showcasing at ESNS

Just six weeks after showcasing at ESNS, emerging artists have secured more than 100 spots on the line-ups of the best summer festivals across the continent, taking full advantage of the benefits of the ESNS Exchange programme.

With already 111 confirmed shows by 65 acts from 23 countries, playing at 45 festivals in 23 European countries - excluding their home country, new talents are making their mark on the European festival summer. The ESNS Exchange results also show a balanced gender distribution of artist bookings based on the Keychange standard, with a 50/50 gender split.

Thanks to the ESNS Exchange programme, promising European talents such as Catt (de), Chalk (ie), Fat Dog (uk-en), UTO (fr), CMAT (ie), YĪN YĪN (nl), English Teacher (uk-en), and more have been booked to play multiple shows at festivals outside their home country this summer, creating opportunities for emerging talent to perform at major European festivals such as Best Kept Secret (nl), Eurockéennes de Belfort (fr), Haldern Pop Festival (de), Mad Cool Festival (es), Pohoda (sk), Pukkelpop (be), Rock Werchter (be), Roskilde Festival (dk), Sziget (hu), and Ypsigrock Festival (it).

The immediate results are expected to be just the tip of the iceberg, with many European festivals announcing their line-ups in the coming months. Follow the live results of this year’s ESNS Exchange acts at esns-exchange.eu with the full charts available at ESNS Radar at radar.esns.nl/bookings-artist-chart 

Stamp of quality
Entering the 21st year of ESNS Exchange, 280 new European acts showcased their talents to around 40,000 enthusiastic music fans and professionals this January at ESNS24, automatically enrolling them in the European Talent Exchange programme. The ESNS 2024 line-up traditionally books acts from across the continent, offering a broad and proportionate programme. This means that artists from countries somewhat under-represented in the European music industry are also included. 

ESNS Exchange, co-funded by the European Union's Creative Europe programme, facilitates the booking of European acts at festivals outside their home countries and works with the EBU, Yourope export offices and local media to generate significant media exposure for these artists. In this way, ESNS Exchange aims to boost the international careers of European artists. 

For many music professionals, a successful show at ESNS serves as a stamp of quality. Festivals and export offices participating in ESNS Exchange praise the programme for creating opportunities for European acts across Europe as well as on the global level:

Helen Sildna, Founder of Shiftworks Company and Tallinn Music Week: “ESNS Exchange is an important building-block of TMW’s music programme, offering an opportunity to book the most exciting talent that Europe has on offer in a given year. ESNS programme choices provide a high-quality guarantee that is valued by promoters, also reflecting the wide geographical diversity of the EU and giving a spotlight to artists that otherwise might not end up on bookers' radars. The combination of high-standard pre-selection and a support mechanism, helping to cover part of the costs - is a smart incentive to make sure fresh European talent has more opportunities to break borders and enhance their international careers. We hope the programme can continue - it’s a smart tool for both the artist and the bookers.”

Márk Bóna, booker at Sziget festival: “It's very nice that when we start to make a deal [with an artist], we can see them live [at Eurosonic] or meet with their agent and maybe they have more bands they can propose, so [being part of ESNS Exchange] helps a lot.”

Corinne Sadki, President of EMEE - European Music Exporters Exchange President, Director of European Affairs and international development at Centre National de la Musique: “The [ESNS] Exchange programme is, for each European export initiative member of EMEE (and beyond), a key tool to boost the discoverability of European emerging artists in prescriber festivals all around the world. The financial incentive system is crucial to multiply European emerging artists' live presence and is really a huge help in our daily work at EMEE in supporting the international development of European artists, opening new global live opportunities for artists.”

Franz Hergovich, Project Leader MICA – Music Austria: “ESNS Exchange, the European Talent Exchange, is highly important for Austrian acts because it combines visibility towards a lot of the main international multipliers with capacity building actions in a clever way, thereby producing a real chance for a step further in musician’s careers.”

Andraž Kajzer, Artistic Director and Festival Manager at MENT Ljubljana: “Making circulation of new European artists on festivals easier. That's what it is all about. ESNS Exchange is an important pillar for new talent supporting our cause and making it viable.”

More than two decades of supporting talented artists
To date, ESNS Exchange, together with the amazing support of partners, export offices, Yourope and the EBU, has supported 2,159 European artists hailing from 37 countries, enabling them to perform at an impressive tally of 5,336 shows across 192 partner festivals in 44 countries.

ESNS Exchange stood at the base of numerous successful careers such as Editors, Blood Red Shoes, The XX, Iceage, Anna Calvi, Katzenjammer, AURORA, Kae Tempest, Phoenix, Shame, Buraka Som Sistema, Fontaines D.C., Sigrid, Flohio, Marina Satti & Fonés, Altin Gün, Priya Ragu, The Haunted Youth, Deki Alem, Tramhaus, Alyona Alyona, Go_A, Uche Yara and many more.

The full charts, including a line-up archive of over 130 Exchange partner festivals counting ESNS Exchange alumni and the rest of the bookings, are available at ESNS Radar at radar.esns.nl/bookings-artist-chart 

Applications for the 2025 edition—for all European artists—will open on May 1st via ESNS.nl.

More information, contact & downloads
Contact ESNS Exchange | press@esns.nl
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Michael Kiwanuka, 2manydjs and electronic Sunday Sunday stage join Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Underworld and more at Mallorca Live Festival 2024

  • British-Ugandan Michael Kiwanuka’s neo-soul will headline Friday, June 14, alongside Underworld.
  • Belgian duo 2manydjs – Soulwax’s DJ guise – join the lineup to bring their rock attitude to the dance floor on June 14.
  • On Saturday, June 15, the well-known ‘Sunday Sunday’ party will host the stage where Jayda G, John Talabot, Palms Trax, Young Marco, Yu Su, Sunday Sunday DJs, Toni Aparisi and Lourdes Lourdes will perform.
  • The Majorcan event reinforces its electronic music lineup by confirming Acid Arab, Coco María, Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa and Jamz Supernova.

The biggest and most important musical event in the Balearic Islands, Mallorca Live Festival, will return to Calvià on June 13, 14 and 15 with another quality and eclectic lineup.  Michael Kiwanuka and 2manydjs will join the seventh edition of the festival, which has also confirmed the well-known Sunday Sunday party as stage hosts where Jayda G, John Talabot, Palms Trax, Young Marco, Yu Su, Sunday Sunday djs, Toni Aparisi and Lourdes Lourdes will perform. The Mallorcan event has also reinforced its commitment to the best current electronic music and has confirmed the presence of international artists Acid Arab, Coco María, Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa and Jamz Supernova.

The latest additions join an exciting lineup that already includes; Pet Shop Boys, Blondie, Underworld, Aitana, Arde Bogotá, Belle & Sebastian, Dani Fernández, Jeff Rosenstock, Lori Meyers, Love of Lesbian and Sleaford Mods, amongst many others, which were presented for the first time in Germany at the Balearic Islands’ stand at ITB Berlin 2024, the world's largest travel trade fair.

During the presentation on behalf of the Government of the Balearic Islands, the General Director of Culture, Ricarda M. Vicens Schluhe, highlighted the culture, tradition, sustainability, and heritage that the island of Mallorca has which are fully present in the advertising campaign carried out by Mallorca Live Festival to announce this year’s lineup. The very special video campaign celebrates the island's identity, showcasing people who know very well how to live and enjoy Mallorca and who have made Mallorca what it is now. In short, they are the true 'influencers' who highlight the Mediterranean style so well known throughout the world and each one represents a unique aspect of the island (gastronomy, local products, the countryside, the sea, services, etc.).  Watch the video here: MLF24 First lineup announcement video

Without a doubt, Mallorca Live Festival has become a great promoter of the cultural sector, an ambassador for the Balearic Islands and a promoter of the Mallorca brand and festival tourism, consolidating its headquarters in Calvià. Given the growth of the international nature of the event, Mallorca Live Festival already has outstanding recognition at the European level within the festival circuit.

It established itself in 2023 as one of the essential European festivals with its sixth edition, which brought together a total of 65,000 attendees over three days of live music to remember with Black Eyed Peas, The Chemical Brothers, The Kooks, Vetusta Morla, Quevedo, Bomba Estéreo, Bad Gyal, Moderat and Viva Suecia, amongst many other national and international artists and bands.

Tickets
Limited numbers of three-day passes available (€119+management fees), two-day passes (€99+fees) and day tickets (Thursday and Friday €63+fees, Saturday €69+fees) are available through the website www.mallorcalivefestival.com and the festival’s official ticketing platform,  See Tickets.

Travel and Accommodation Packages
To improve the travel and accommodation offer for all those attending from the Peninsula and other countries, the festival is once again launching this year special packages that include accommodation and a 3-day pass for the festival from €280 and the option of adding flight to the package.

All the information about the different special packages is available through Logitravel’s website in order to find the experience that best suits your needs.

Michael Kiwanuka, neo-soul star
Su último trabajo, KIWANUKA (2019), is one of “the greatest albums of the decade” according to  The Guardian and it reaped Michael Kiwanuka the distinguished Mercury Prize in 2020, his fourth and fifth BRIT nominations and his first Grammy Award nomination for Best Rock Album. Now his fourth album is on the way and Mallorca Live Festival will get a preview on June 14, as the British musician headlines Friday alongside Underworld.   

2manydjs, rock at the club
Since 1995, brothers David and Stephen Dewaele have consistently pushed the boundaries of music into new and innovative territory by diversifying into many different guises. But they are known worldwide as the band Soulwax and their DJ guise, 2manydjs, with which they’ll bring the festival to its feet on Friday, June 14 bringing their unique rock and roll attitude to club culture. 

Sunday Sunday and a commitment to the best electronic music
The renowned Sunday Sunday party, one of the most popular in Mexico City, comes to Mallorca Live Festival to bring its relaxed atmosphere and eclectic musical proposal. The party will host a stage featuring some of the most exciting names in dance music from around the world: Grammy-nominated Canadian DJ and producer Jayda G; one of the great exponents of electronic and national house, the renowned Barcelona DJ John Talabot; Berlin-based producer Palms Trax; the eclectic sound of Dutch artist Young Marco; the very personal sound of the Chinese sound artist Yu Su; Sunday Sunday DJs; the key figure of the Madrid night scene, Toni Aparisi; and Majorcan DJ Lourdes Lourdes.

The Mallorcan event further reinforces its commitment to bringing the best current electronic music with Franco-Algerian collective Acid Arab, the Mexican DJ and selector Coco María, the celebration of love, house and techno from the United States by Eris Drew b2b Octo Octa and one of the UK's leading new generation names, Jamz Supernova.

2024 sponsors
Mallorca Live Festival has the support of Estrella Damm as main sponsor, Innside by Melià, Endesa (sustainable sponsor), Air Europa, Trasmed, Caixabank, Logitravel, Goldcar and See Tickets as official ticketing platform. Radio 3, Radio Mallorca Cadena SER, Mondosonoro and Jenesaispop are the official media of the festival.

In addition, Mallorca Live Festival has the support of institutions such as the Government of the Balearic Islands - Conselleria de Turisme, Cultura i Esports through the Agència d'Estratègia Turística de les Illes Balears (AETIB) and the Institut d'Estudis Baleàrics ( IEB), with the support of the Consell de Mallorca through the Fundació Mallorca Turisme (FMT) and the Department of Culture and Heritage, and the Calvià City Council.

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


Green Events & Innovations Conference 16 A Sell Out Success

The Green Events & Innovations Conference (GEI), the foremost conference for sustainable events, welcomed 400 delegates to the Royal Lancaster London for the event’s 16th edition on 27th February.

AGF CEO Claire O'Neill and Director Teresa Moore started the day's proceedings by highlighting that we’re reaching critical mass structurally and culturally in which we must change the way our sector operates and that using our platform for communication has never been more important in a year of pivotal elections worldwide. This was followed by a packed agenda of inspirational innovators from the global live music, sports, and event sector, tackling critical sustainability topics with speakers who brought their knowledge, insight, and passion to the panels and conversations.

The first session of the day covered Extreme Weather Events, exploring the current situation with a presentation from climate scientist Professor Richard Betts from the Met Office and University of Exeter, who said, “We are seeing spring coming earlier and summers are hotter and winter is later and wetter, so thinking about the timing of events in the future should be taken into consideration,” with Safety & Security Consultant Alexandra von Samson adding, “We have to adapt to the situation as it's not going to go away.”

The Sponsored by Oil and Gas session tackled sponsorship and greenwashing with Luke Howell (Hope Solutions) sustainability advisor to Coldplay and Glastonbury Festival stating that “Oil and gas companies are aware that the music industry has been struggling and are seeking to take advantage.”

The World’s First Carbon-Removed Gig - The 1975 @ at The O2 Arena with AEG’s John Langford and Sam Booth looked at AGF and carbon-removal experts CUR8’s pilot event - a game-changing step on the path to helping the global live events industry reach genuine net-zero. AEG’s Sam Booth stated that “there is a need to convince artists and bands to come on this journey with us and get on board with it and to open up conversations that wouldn’t normally be had.”

Popstars, sports personalities, and music industry moguls were in the spotlight in Bridging The Gap, Proud To Pay More with Julia Davies (Patriotic Millionaires UK) explaining how the event and entertainment industry is in a prime position to make a difference and stand up for a better future for us all.

The Quick-Fire Innovation Round saw unique and innovative sustainability ideas presented, including: 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.
Continuing to look at global affairs impacting the live sector Ellie Kinney (The Conflict and Environment Observatory) challenged the idea of the environment as a ‘silent victim of armed conflict in ‘The Military Emissions Gap’ stating that ‘If the world’s militaries were a country it would have the fourth highest carbon footprint' and in ‘Influencing Audiences Beyond the Festival’, Dr Teresa Moore and Green Gathering’s Em Weirdigan explored the influence of green festivals towards audiences beyond the event discussing research undertaken by The Green Gathering in association with A Greener Future with Em Weirdigan highlighting “40% people are there because they believe in our ethos and feel they’ve found something meaningful with us’.

The agenda also tackled the structures on which the live sector depends including artist contract clauses with a session hosted by Head of Sustainability for EMEA at Live Nation Patricia Yagüe (Live Nation) with LIVE Green Chair Carol Scott (TAIT), Tom Schroeder (Wasserman Music) and Ross Patel (Whole Entertainment /Music Managers Forum) in ‘Contracts for Climate’. In this essential discussion, Ross Patel said “Artists with significant leverage are starting to use their power to drive their own sustainable goals” with Tom Schroeder adding “What we need is not just Billie Eilish doing her thing, we need it to be accepted as part of the ecosystem and not to be the exception but the rule” and that “more efficient touring and scaled-down production, lead to a less carbon footprint and more income so everyone wins.’
This year’s research sessions included the launch of new toolkit ‘No Climate Action Without Us. How to include disabled people in live event sustainability’. A joint project with Attitude is Everything A Greener Future and Julie’s Bicycle with Farah Ahmed (Julie’s Bicycle) and Dr Teresa Moore (A Greener Future) presenting followed by a panel with Blaine Harrison (Mystery Jets), Tori Tsui (Climate Activist) and Harry Jones (Forwards Festival) hosted by Feimatta Conteh (Arts Council England). Three case studies from Forwards Festival, Green Man, and Shambala were also examined. In this powerful and thought-provoking session, Blaine Harrison said “Feeling connected to nature makes us feel more incentivised to fight to protect it”

It’s not possible to consider green events without considering the stage. ‘Greening The Stage’, hosted by John Robb (Louder Than War) with Carol Scott (TAIT), Pauline Bourdon (Team Love/Soliphilia) and Zarya Vrabcheva (STUFISH Entertainment Architects) discussed what they have in our toolbox today to design stages that mitigate the use of virgin materials, reduce emissions, and start working to the circular economy. Carol Scott stated “Solving the key fundamental problems is having more lead time. The biggest problem is the lack of decision-making at the front end”.
After a delicious climate-loving plant-based lunch including sliders courtesy of Devil’s Kitchen, Dale Vince (Ecotricity / Forest Green Rovers FC) took centre stage hosting two sessions, First ‘Low Emission Festivals & Events’ highlighted that still more than 85% of festival energy in the UK was coming from generators and this needs to move to grid, battery, hybrid and other fuel mixes in the near future. Andy Hibberd (Ecotricity / Grid Faeries) highlighted “Without data you can’t make informed choices”. Second was ‘Avengers Assemble: Using Profile for Change’ with Sam Lee, Music Declares Emergency’s Fay Milton, and Louis V, in which Vince highlighted “this is the most important year of our lifetimes” in terms of elections, and called for the industry to get behind the #JustVote24 campaign.

AEME (Association of Event Management Educators) returned to GEI bringing 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 and Rapper, multi-instrumentalist and activist Louis VI joined GEI for the first time to give an inspiring keynote speech ‘Nature Ain’t A Luxury’ where asked the question “Why aren't we defending the music of nature like we are defending our creative expression and songwriter splits?”

A series of thought provoking presentations also took place during the day 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) and ‘Carbon Impact Of Festivals: AGF Annual Report’ from Alex Fintoni (A Greener Future).
The highly anticipated ‘EarthPercent Hour’, was the finale of the day's programme and featured a Keynote conversation with Brian Eno, hosted by EarthPercent’s executive director, Cathy Runciman with Brian, followed by Jarvis Cocker taking to the stage to present his "Biophobia", which was both thought-provoking and entertaining and a huge treat for attendees.

The day rounded up with the International AGF Awards 2024 sponsored by the incredible SkyDiamond with 27 events, venues, and innovators from 12 countries as finalists with the The top accolade - the International Greener Festival Award 2024 - going to Belgium’s Paradise City, who also scooped the Greener Catering Award. Louis VI also gave an interactive performance engaging the crowd in

Said Dale Vince Founder of SkyDiamond: “Sky diamonds are made from the sky. It’s 21st century alchemy. We don’t have to give up the things we enjoy we just need to do them differently, and that’s what GEI and AGF is all about so this was a natural alignment, and well deserved by the winners.”
Full list of 2024 International AGF Award winners:
International Greener Festival Award - Paradise City, BE
Greener Transport Award - Rosendal Garden Party, SE
Circular Event Award - I Land Sound, EE
Community Action Award - Sonidos Líquidos, ES
Greener Catering Award - Paradise City, BE
Pied Piper Award - ØyaFestivalen, NO
Greener Power Award - Green Gathering, UK
Water & Sanitation Award - Boom, PT
Greener Innovations Award - 6 Degrees by Team Love & re:right design, UK

GEI was kindly supported by Ecotricity, TAIT, Instagrid, KB Event and The O2.
More information at agreenerfuture.com / @agreenerfuture
Notes to Editors

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


Brighton Music Conference Announce First Fifty Speakers And Artists

The award-winning Brighton Music Conference (BMC), the UK’s leading electronic music and networking event is excited to announce the first 50 Speakers for its 11th edition.  Taking place at the prestigious Brighton i360 complex and various venues around the city from 22nd to 24th May 2024, BMC will once again bring together Industry-leading professionals and present a programme of insightful talks, workshops and networking events. 

First 50 Speakers and artists (A-Z):
Alex P, A Man Called Adam, Barry Ashworth (Dub Pistols), Cam Fyall (Ninja Tune), Carly Wilford, Crazy P, Daniel Curpen (Anjunadeep), Ellie Scougal (Inside the USB podcast), Erol Alkan, Fay Barton (Mizbee), Flava D, Friction, Funk'D'Void, Hannah Warnes (One House), Heidi, Helena Gagern (Salsa), Hilit Kolet (Faith/Rekids), Ifeoluwa, Jay Forster (BBC Radio 1), JFB (3 x DMC World Champion), Judge Jules, Just Her, Justin Robertson, Katherine Ellis, Katie Knight (Can you put me on the guestlist podcast), Kelli-Leigh (You Know My Voice Podcast), Kitty Amor, Krafty Kuts, Lizzie Curious, Miss.C (Chloe Sinclair) Mr C, Naomi Bressani (Republic of Music), Nastia (NECHTO), Pola & Bryson, Rowetta (Happy Mondays), Sarah Monument, Seamus Haji (Defected), Seb Zito, Scott Garcia (Kiss FM), Shadow Child, Shannon Herber (Soma), Silvia Montello (CEO AIM) Shyam P (Saved), Smokin Jo, Steve Mac, Stuart Knight (Toolroom Records), Stanton Warriors, Syreeta (HE.SHE.THEY), Tom Shea (Defected), ZOFIA (Capital Dance).

Last year the 10th anniversary edition welcomed a record number of attendees and as BMC moves into its next decade, the team are dedicated to creating a friendly and welcoming environment for professionals and enthusiasts in the electronic music industry to learn, network and create business opportunities.

BMC is also proud to present the new ‘BMC A&R Sessions’ for its 2024 edition which is sponsored by AIM (Association of Independent Music). Headed up by the prolific DJ and music producer Steve Mac the ‘A&R Sessions’ will provide a relaxed, friendly environment, where up and coming producers will have opportunity to book one-to-one sessions with the labels and industry professionals of their choice, giving that golden opportunity for immediate feedback with leading A&Rs and advice on their careers from industry professionals. Labels and businesses confirmed: AIM, Another Rhythm, Armada Music, Audio Rehab, Axtone, Constant Circles, Critical Music, Crucast, Cubism, Data Transmission, Defected Records, Fat Cat Records, Freakin 909, Helix, Hospital Records, Inflyte, Jack Said What, Jalapeno Records, Krafted, Label Radar, Mesh, Out Yer Box, R&S Records, Recovery World Collective, Red Giant Records, Rhythm Cult, Shogun Audio, Sleazy D, Sound Flower Records, Toolroom Records, Trusted Rhythm Records.

The ‘A&R Sessions’ will take place at The Tempest Inn on Brighton’s beachfront, just a short walk from the main BMC Hub at the prestigious Brighton i360 complex. Sessions will be booked on a first come first served basis. Limited spaces available, book your tickets now here.

BMC is the perfect summer warm up event for industry professionals and music lovers alike.

BMC - Where Beats Means Business
More info on BMC here: https://www.brightonmusicconference.co.uk

About Brighton Music Conference
The award-winning Brighton Music Conference (BMC) is the UK's leading electronic music conference & networking event, focusing on innovation, education & the key issues facing the electronic dance music sector.  BMC brings together Industry-leading delegates and speakers at over 60 talks, seminars and workshops, alongside networking events throughout the conference duration. It is attended by 1000s of experienced music industry professionals, the next generation of DJs, producers as well as electronic music enthusiasts. 

BMC was also awarded by the NTIA at the  Ambassadors of the Night Awards 2019 for their work and commitment to developing awareness and education of the UK Electronic Music Scene internationally within the NTE.

BMC also supports the charity Last Night A DJ Saved My Life.


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:
For a comparative perspective, take a moment to download and review "Electronic Beats, Economic Treats 2023."
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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
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