BBC MUSIC INTRODUCING LIVE IS BACK
BBC Music Introducing LIVE is back, returning to London’s Tobacco Dock on 31 October – 2 November 2019. Following an inspiring three days of talks, panels, performances, masterclasses and more last year, the event returns for 2019. Early Bird tickets go on sale on Thursday 11 April via www.bbc.co.uk/introducing
BBC Music Introducing LIVE is the ultimate one-stop-shop for anyone looking for a career in the music industry, or those wanting to expand current knowledge or get into granular details, with a rich and varied programme comprising panels, talks, ‘in conversation’ chats, debates, careers advice and much more from leading names in the world of music. BBC DJs and producers, as well as artists and top names from brands, record labels and streaming services will gather to offer careers guidance, insider knowledge and invaluable advice, along with behind the scenes insights for taking those next steps in music.
BBC Music Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music across the UK. At Introducing LIVE, new musicians will have the chance to showcase their talent in front of peers and industry experts alike, with pop up stages, open mic and new music showcases at the event. Attendees can also expect pop-up performances from top talent, showcase slots and surprise appearances across the three days.
In 2018, 15,000 young people attended the event, including the brightest young minds from over 50 colleges and Universities across the UK. Over 250 emerging and established artists participated in three days of activity, with thousands more artists attending seeking opportunities. More than 700 speakers from the music industry took part in over 130 hours of talks, panels and masterclasses, including Adele’s manager Jonathan Dickins, Kano, Jax Jones, Nile Rodgers, and Zoe Ball with Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis. BBC DJs including Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and DJ Target were in attendance, and there were secret surprise performances from the likes of Clean Bandit, Tom Grennan and Declan McKenna and huge live music events each evening, with Ben Howard and Deadmau5 taking to the stage to perform. Over 20 hours of shows were broadcast live from the studio during the event across BBC Radio 1, Radio 2, 1Xtra and 6 Music.
James Stirling, Head of BBC Music & BBC Music Introducing said, “It was amazing to see the UK music industry come together to support the inaugural BBC Music Introducing LIVE event. BBC Music is dedicated to developing the next generation of artists and music industry professionals around the UK and this event is a true inspiration for all who participate.”
Tom Grennan said, “Last year I played at BBC Music Introducing LIVE and it was incredible, I wish it had been around for me to absorb before I started on my own musical path. It was fantastic to see so many new musicians and people wanting to get into the music industry mixing with people from radio and labels, all giving first class advice and a clearer picture of how to either get yourself heard or a firm foot in the door. Get yourself down to this event to give you the head start that you need.”
Huw Stephens commented, “BBC Introducing LIVE is such a wonderful event. Not only does it provide practical information, but it brings creative newcomers and professionals together to talk about their futures. Last year at Tobacco Dock something really special happened, and after a decade of BBC Introducing it felt like the start of a new chapter. The experts on the panel, the partnerships & the eager musicians made it a really memorable event.”
Abbie McCarthy, Presenter BBC Music Introducing, Kent said, “BBC Music Introducing LIVE was so much fun last year! It’s a great opportunity to meet listeners, aspiring musicians and people from all across the industry – plus I heard a lot of awesome brand new music in the demo listening sessions. Bring on 2019!”
Martin Mills, Beggars Group added, “The event had a great buzz to it, and is very valuable to young people looking at a career in music.”
BBC Music Introducing LIVE is the ultimate event for young people looking to start their career in the music industry. Hosted by BBC Music and supported by the UK music industry, more information can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/introducing