UK: BBC Music Introducing Live will return to London’s Tobacco Dock from October 31 – November 2. Following three days of talks, panels, performances and masterclasses last year, the event once again hopes to be the definitive event for those considering a career in the music industry.
The forthcoming edition promises to host a rich and varied programme comprising panels, talks, ‘in conversation’ chats, debates, careers advice and 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 performances from established artists, showcase slots and surprise appearances across the three days.
In 2018, 15,000 young people attended the event, including students 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, as well as evening performances from Ben Howard and Deadmau5. 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.”