GENERATION DIY: Meet The Young Birmingham Promoters Ushering In A New Era For Nightlife

Gabby Killick (Manchester) Birmingham-raised stand up comedian Gabby Killick (24) has been organising and plugging her own gigs since 2014. She is currently touring her critically-acclaimed one woman show, Girlfriend From Hell.

Meet the new wave of young promoters under the age of 25, pushing events culture forward around the UK.

Introducing Generation DIY: the new wave of independent promoters under the age of 25 who are ushering in a new era for nightlife.

In a new, five-part series of short films, ticketing and event technology platform Eventbrite, which supported hundreds of thousands of event creators in 2017, travelled up and down the UK in search of the disruptors, pioneers and creators putting on extraordinary events in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Glasgow and Manchester.

Events culture is changing. Today’s generation of promoters operate amongst fewer spaces within a tougher legislative climate. They’re multi-disciplinary creatives. They’re carving out safer, more inclusive spaces for their peers. The activists are putting the politics back into partying, using events to bring about social change. And they’re doing it all whilst marching to the beat of their own drum.

Generation DIY is a celebration of the intrepid, young event creators that are tearing up the rulebook. It’s a celebration of the pervasive industrious spirit that Eventbrite helps enable amongst today’s independent promoters.

Watch the Birmingham short film now

MEET THE RISING STARS OF BIRMINGHAM
Aliyah Hasinah 

Poet, curator, podcaster and producer whose events focus on ensuring that people of all backgrounds, particularly those underrepresented by the Birmingham’s art centres and institutions, have the space to express themselves

Dan Brown 

One of the driving forces behind queer Birmingham: a lead curator for Birmingham Pride, he has been promoter for the city’s Nightingale Club since 2012, and is founder of their community-minded, flagship night Glittershit.

The ethos behind my nights are for them to be fun and inclusive. We take our music very seriously in Brum which is great, but sometimes you just need to let go and dance to Abba and I really feel like the upcoming promoters are doing that!”

Namiwa Jazz 

A songwriter, poet and activist whose Namiwa Change Formation supports women of colour in the West Midlands.

To us DIY means a lot more than just DO IT YOURSELF! At NCF Brum DIY is a way of life.We make everything in house, building and producing projects from the ground up with our community backing us all they way! At Namiwa Change Formation we pride ourselves on unapologetic expression of self through art.”

Sum Cellar

One of Birmingham’s leading club nights, run by George Hadley and Brad Price which has been mixing up the speaker-shaking sounds of garage, bass, grime and house since 2015. 

Zeddie Lawal 

A member of Beatfreeks, a collective using creativity to empower people to challenge themselves and the world they find themselves in. From hosting packed out monthly open poetry mic nights to helping organisations running youth communication campaigns to grow their audiences, Beatfreeks fuel conversations and concepts that help inspire people to challenge the ways of the world.

Gabby Killick

Birmingham-raised stand up comedian Gabby Killick (24) has been organising and plugging her own gigs since 2014. She is currently touring her critically-acclaimed one woman show, Girlfriend From Hell.

TO FIND OUT MORE & WATCH THE OTHER SHORT FILMS VISIT: www.eventbrite.co.uk/blog/academy/generation-diy/