Brighton has quickly established themselves as one of the go-to places to listen to the very best of electronic music so it’s no surprise that the industry has rallied behind them once again to host the Brighton Music Conference this May. Across four days from the 25th to 27th of May, the seaside town will transform into the perfect place to network and of course, listen to sets from our very favourite artists. The UK conference is returning for its 9th year and has plenty of surprises in store.
First and foremost BMC is a networking event. It will allow you to meet some of the top industry professionals from artists, promoters, label owners, distributors, publishers, and more. If you’re new to the UK electronic music scene it is a great way to meet everyone who’s anyone. And if you’re an industry veteran, well, it’s like a school reunion with all your favourite people ready to exchange knowledge on the industry.
The conference is backed by a variety of heavyweight sponsors from British Airways, Beatport, BIMM Institute, Inflyte, Yamaha, and more music industry companies.
Brighton Music Conference (BMC), the UK’s foremost electronic music and networking event announces the second wave of names for its 9th edition, including event speakers, artists performing and exclusive networking parties. New names announced include; Andrew Blackett (Fabric), ANOTR, Charlie Tee, Chords, Colin Dale, Connie Chow (Fuga), Critical Music, Danny Rampling, Judge Jules, Mighty Mouse, Mr C, Prok & Fitch, Sam Divine, Seamus Haji, Ski Oakenfull, Spinnin Records, Stanton Warriors.
We can expect over 50 talks, seminars & workshops held across four theatre rooms. There will be moderators and panellists from some of the top professionals, fireside chats, presentations and more. Alongside the networking events, there will also be a specialised exhibition hall showcasing the industry’s best kit, suppliers & service providers. You will be sure to gain further insight to a variety of topics spearheading the industry. To give you a taste of what’s to come, last year’s programme had a keynote chat with DJ mags editor, and panels discussing women in dance music, avoiding burnout, publishing in lockdown, generating revenue from digital sales, and neighbouring rights, performing live and marketing your brand. Something for everyone! You will gain further insight to take you from producing – to publishing – to performing.
The packed program of over 50 panels and workshops will cover the key topics relevant to the industry such as;
- Marketing case study with Hexagon,
- How social media can help grow you and your brand,
- How to work with influencers,
- DJ Mixes on Streaming Services,
- The New Creative Economy,
- Royalty streams available to electronic music creators,
- How successful indie labels are built and run,
- The future of workplace wellbeing in the hybrid world,
- Gender representation in Record labels,
- Mental Health,
- The Metaverse,
- Songwriting negotiations,
- Music Management, Festivals and much more.
There will also be workshops and masterclasses to deep dive into many topics including; Music Production, Djing, A&R, Remixing, Track Deconstructions and Social Media Analytics.
It wouldn’t be an electronic music conference if it didn’t offer a range of parties in the evening either. Work hard, play harder. Taking us into some of the best Brighton venues, there will be a range of parties to choose from each night. Your ticket will provide free entry to some events and others are invite only. Wherever you end up will have a killer lineup and a dance floor with those born to party.
Throughout the weekend a whole host of parties will be sprinkled throughout. Hosted at the i360 observation tower, Thursday night will see Lady of the House will present house grooves by Sam Divine and later joined by techno legend, Dubfire. Friday night at the pod will have Stanton Warriors throwing the party and the closing party on Saturday will give us another taste of Dubfire. This unreal music is just the after parties as well. More fantastic music can be listened to across the networking events which are hosted every day. More artists will be featured including Charlie Tee, Carly Wilford, Just Her, Sentric, and DJ Ty. There will even be two networking breakfasts to real kick start the day right.
Speakers and artists confirmed include; (In alphabetical order):
Abi White, Abla El-Sharnouby, Aidan Doherty, Alex Mills, Andrew Blackett, ANOTR, Ash Howard, Badger, Bryan Chambers, Bushwacka!, Carl Loben, Carly Wilford, Charlie Tee, Clara Suess, Chris Goss, Colin Dale, Connie Chow, Chords, Critical, Damien Fell, Danny Rampling, Dean Marsh, DJ Rae, Dom Howard (aka Ruckspin), Dylan Pasqua, Dubfire, East End Dubs, Ellie Talebian, Gareth Deakin, Gareth Mellor, Giles Smith, Greg Marshall, Greg Wilson, Hannah Helbert, James Lightfoot, James Priestly, James Wiltshire (Freemasons), Jay Forster, JFB (DMC World Champion), Jim Gash, Joanna Gregory, Johnny Hudson, Jonathan Scratchley, Jono Heale, Judge Jules, Just Her, Kasra, Kier Tyrer, Kitty Bartlett, Laila McKenzie, Laura Leon, Leftwing : Kody, Made By Pete, Megan Sayer, Michael Kill, Mighty Mouse, Mr C, Nick Baxter, Nick Sadler, Nikki McNeill, NOLAN, Paula Van Der Waerden, Paul Hamill, Peter Van Dongen, Prok | Fitch, Queen B, Rhys Bainham, Ridney, Sam Divine, Sarah Beaumont, Sarah Main, Scott Diaz, Seamus Haji, Shino Parker, Ski Oakenfull, SOLAH, Steven Braines, Tammy Tinawi, TJ Campbell, Tom Simpson, Tony Allen, Trevor Fung, Tristan Hunt, Vasja Veber, Wayne Dickson, Zara Kershaw
Speakers and representatives confirmed from industry-leading companies including; (In alphabetical order):
Absolute, AFEM, ACS Custom, Audio Mango, BBC Radio 1, Beatport, BIMM, Cavendish Music, Critical Music, Crosstown Rebels, Cubase, Decadance FM, Defected, DJ, Fanbytes, Fuga, Future Music, Gaydio, Glitterbox, Global Publicity, Good Vibrations Society, He.She.They, Hexagon, Hospital Records, istreem, Labelworx, Lady of the House, Loopmasters, Mambo Ibiza, Meoko, NTIA, Patreon, Percolate, PRS, RCRDSHP, Remixology, RAM Records, Secretsundaze, Sentric Music, shesaid.so, Shogun Audio, Spinnin Records, Streinberg, The Arch, The Weird and the Wonderful, TikTok, Trickstar, Undertone Industry Services, Ultra Records, Viberate, Warm Up Festival, WaterBear.
Tickets range from £55.00 for students and go up to £137.50 which gives you two-day access to all four theatres. Grab your tickets while they hot as now the full program is released.
Words by Gabrielle Runzer