Two days of networking opportunities, talks, discussion panels and advice from more than 30 of the country’s leading industry professionals.

Keynote Speaker: Melvin Benn

Managing Director of Festival Republic

Melvin Benn is the Managing Director of Festival Republic, the leading UK event promoter behind Latitude, Reading & Leeds Festivals, Download, Wireless, V Festival and overseas events including Benicassim, Electric Picnic and Lollapalooza Berlin Festival.
With vast experience of staging the best in entertainment events, Benn was a director of Glastonbury Festival for over a decade, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Wembley Stadium for five years from 2011 and currently Chairman of the Advisory Board at Wembley Stadium. Benn sits as a representative on the Concert Promoters Association (CPA), was influential in writing the Guide to Health and Safety at Outdoor Events (‘the Pop Code’) and makes regular presentations to the Emergency Planning College, the police and other bodies.
Born in Hull, East Yorkshire, Benn had a ten year background of producing political and campaigning festivals throughout the UK before creating The Festival Office Ltd in 1989, working alongside Vince Power to create festivals for the Mean Fiddler Music Group. In 1996 Benn took The Festival Office to be part of the Mean Fiddler Music Group, becoming Managing Director. In 1999 he became CEO of the Group, taking Mean Fiddler and its associated companies into a PLC structure and making Mean Fiddler the first publicly quoted music company on the UK Stock Exchange.

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Leading Industry Professionals

Ellie Moore

Ellie Moore

Creative Programme Officer at Help Musicians UK

Emma Wilkinson

Emma Wilkinson

Counsellor at the Warren Youth Project in Hull

Eugenie Johnson

Eugenie Johnson

Staff writer for DIY Magazine, freelance writer for The Skinny, Loud & Quiet and Drowned in Sound

Dean Shakespeare

Dean Shakespeare

Under The Influence

Mark Page

Mark Page

DJ & local music promoter. Humber Street Sesh

Mark Richardson

Mark Richardson

Co-founder and Trustee of Music Support

Stewart Baxter

Stewart Baxter

The Warren / Three Minute Heroes

Bacary Bax

Bacary Bax

Bud Sugar/Social media and PR entrepreneur.

Lucinda Livingstone

Lucinda Livingstone

Kamikaze Girls

Pat Pretorius

Pat Pretorius

AOO Records/The Talks

Mez Green

Mez Green

Lead singer of Hull’s most successful DIY band LIFE

Emmy Buckingham

Emmy Buckingham

International and Membership Manager at the Association of Independent Music (AIM)

Vanessa Reed

Vanessa Reed

PRS Foundation. 2016 winner in the h.Club100 awards for the most influential and innovative people in the UK’s creative industries

Tom Greatorex

Tom Greatorex

Helps run the independent record label Birthday Records and the electronic label With Bells Records

Sybil Bell

Sybil Bell

Founder & CEO at I Like The Sound Of That Ltd and Founder of Independent Venue Week

Steve Cobby

Steve Cobby

British producer musician, composer, and DJ, based in Kingston upon Hull

Scott Cohen

Scott Cohen

Co-founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard

Sam Taylor

Sam Taylor

Heads up the UK office of TuneCore

Rianne Thompson

Rianne Thompson

Hosts her own show on Amazing Radio

Rachel White

Rachel White

Consultant for brands such as Music 4 Good, BBC3, 3Mobile, Boxfresh and The Ultimate Seminar

Patrick Cloherty

Patrick Cloherty

Sentric Music since 2012 within the synchronisation department

Oliver Morris

Oliver Morris

Trustee of both Creative & Cultural Skills and the Centre for Performance Research

Nicola Wright

Nicola Wright

Red Light Management. Day to Day Manager for Franz Ferdinand, The Vaccines and Temples.

Nadine Shah

Nadine Shah

Songwriter and musician from the north east of England

Miz De Shannon

Miz De Shannon

Director at indie label Come Play With Me

Melvin Benn

Melvin Benn

Managing Director of Festival Republic

Matt Wanstall

Matt Wanstall

Musicians Union

Joe Talbot

Joe Talbot

Lead singer of Bristol based DIY band IDLES

Joe Porn

Joe Porn

Global Sales Director, Music Glue

Jen Hingley

Jen Hingley

Musician (False Advertising), band manager and graphic designer based in Manchester

Jeff Thompson

Jeff Thompson

Co-founder, Un-Convention / Off Axis

James Scroggs

James Scroggs

Chair of mental health charity CALM/HoopMusic

Frank Wilkes

Frank Wilkes

Founder of DMF Digital & Skills Academy Manager for The National Skills Academy

Fiona McGugan

Fiona McGugan

Music Managers Forum UK/Featured Artists Coalition

Emma Zillmann

Emma Zillmann

Joined the From The Fields team in January 2015/Lead booker on Bluedot

Drew Lam

Drew Lam

Artist & Manager Services team at Spotify UK

Dom Smith

Dom Smith

Runs online and print music magazine Soundsphere and works as part of the Disabled Entrepreneurs and Creative Condition

Dom Gourley

Dom Gourley

Writer, promoter and DJ for Drowned In Sound

Daniel Jones

Daniel Jones

Membership department at PRS for Music

Dan Smith

Dan Smith

National radio plugger, press & TV guy spanning across all genres.

Claire Southwick

Claire Southwick

Primitive Management. Shortlisted for the ‘Breakthrough Manager Of The Year Award 2016

Chris Hornby

Chris Hornby

Owner & Managing Director of SILVERDOOR AGENCY LTD. Set up Artrocker Magazine.

Andy Smith

Andy Smith

Kendal Calling/Co-founder of From the Fields

Aly Gilliani

Aly Gilliani

As well as working for Bandcamp, Aly is the founder and A&R / manager of London-based independent label First Word Records