BBC Music Introducing LIVE will be back later this year, so put the date in the diary and get your tickets early.
If you’re an aspiring artist then no doubt you’re familiar with BBC Music Introducing, the platform that supports unsigned talent and helped uncover Adele, Florence + The Machine, London Grammar and The 1975.
Well the good people at BBC Music Introducing also put on a three-day roadshow in London every year, and if you’re newish to the industry it’s worth checking out. It’s called BBC Music Introducing LIVE and this year it will take place at London’s Tobacco Dock from 31 October to 2 November.
The event gives emerging artists the chance to make industry connections, brush up on creative skills and get feedback on their music. Think of it as a one-stop-shop for anyone looking to make a career in the music business.
Last year’s turnout
Last year more than 15,000 people attended with 700 speakers taking part in talks, panels and masterclasses. Among those who shared their know-how were: Jonathan Dickins (Adele’s manager), Jax Jones, Nile Rodgers and Glastonbury Festival’s Emily Eavis (pictured above chatting to Zoe Ball).
BBC DJs Annie Mac, Huw Stephens, Steve Lamacq and DJ Target also attended (and were handed armfuls of music demos from singers and bands looking to win airplay).
Tom Grennan, who performed at last year’s event, says: “I wish it [BBC Music Introducing LIVE] 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.”
Colleges and universities across the UK will also be well-represented at the event, so if you’re considering studying music or music production, it’s a good opportunity to do some research.
Abbie McCarthy, Presenter BBC Music Introducing Kent, says: “BBC Music Introducing LIVE was so much fun last year! It’s a great opportunity to meet listeners, aspiring musicians and people from across the industry – plus I heard a lot of awesome new music in the demo listening sessions. Bring on 2019!”
Get your tickets
Early bird tickets go on sale this Thursday (11 April). Day tickets start at £10. Three-day tickets start at £25. Booking fees apply. Get tickets at www.bbc.co.uk/introducing.
To read what Emily Eavis had to say at last year’s BBC Music Introducing LIVE CLICK HERE