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
Creative Programme Officer at Help Musicians UK
Counsellor at the Warren Youth Project in Hull
Staff writer for DIY Magazine, freelance writer for The Skinny, Loud & Quiet and Drowned in Sound
Under The Influence
DJ & local music promoter. Humber Street Sesh
Co-founder and Trustee of Music Support
The Warren / Three Minute Heroes
Bud Sugar/Social media and PR entrepreneur.
AOO Records/The Talks
Lead singer of Hull’s most successful DIY band LIFE
International and Membership Manager at the Association of Independent Music (AIM)
PRS Foundation. 2016 winner in the h.Club100 awards for the most influential and innovative people in the UK’s creative industries
Helps run the independent record label Birthday Records and the electronic label With Bells Records
Founder & CEO at I Like The Sound Of That Ltd and Founder of Independent Venue Week
British producer musician, composer, and DJ, based in Kingston upon Hull
Co-founder of digital distribution pioneer The Orchard
Heads up the UK office of TuneCore
Hosts her own show on Amazing Radio
Consultant for brands such as Music 4 Good, BBC3, 3Mobile, Boxfresh and The Ultimate Seminar
Sentric Music since 2012 within the synchronisation department
Trustee of both Creative & Cultural Skills and the Centre for Performance Research
Red Light Management. Day to Day Manager for Franz Ferdinand, The Vaccines and Temples.
Songwriter and musician from the north east of England
Director at indie label Come Play With Me
Managing Director of Festival Republic
Lead singer of Bristol based DIY band IDLES
Global Sales Director, Music Glue
Musician (False Advertising), band manager and graphic designer based in Manchester
Co-founder, Un-Convention / Off Axis
Chair of mental health charity CALM/HoopMusic
Founder of DMF Digital & Skills Academy Manager for The National Skills Academy
Music Managers Forum UK/Featured Artists Coalition
Joined the From The Fields team in January 2015/Lead booker on Bluedot
Artist & Manager Services team at Spotify UK
Runs online and print music magazine Soundsphere and works as part of the Disabled Entrepreneurs and Creative Condition
Writer, promoter and DJ for Drowned In Sound
Membership department at PRS for Music
National radio plugger, press & TV guy spanning across all genres.
Primitive Management. Shortlisted for the ‘Breakthrough Manager Of The Year Award 2016
Owner & Managing Director of SILVERDOOR AGENCY LTD. Set up Artrocker Magazine.
Kendal Calling/Co-founder of From the Fields
As well as working for Bandcamp, Aly is the founder and A&R / manager of London-based independent label First Word Records