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.com/introducing
Whatever your stage in your career, you can discover your next step at BBC Music Introducing LIVE 2019. As well as a rich and varied programme of panels, ‘in conversation’ chats, debates, advice and more from top industry names; attendees are invited to get involved with a range of practical opportunities including Songwriting Masterclasses, Industry Networking Sessions, and direct input A&R Feedback Sessions. BBC Music Introducing LIVE is the ultimate one-stop-shop for anyone looking for a career in the music industry, or those wanting to take their knowledge to the next level.
A whole host of major artists, BBC DJs and producers, keynote speakers, top names from record labels, brands and streaming services will gather to offer hands on, practical sessions and insider knowledge and guidance to help the next generation of artists find their inspiration. Official Partners for 2019 include Spotify, the world’s most popular music streaming subscription service, who will take up residence in The Discovery Theatre. Other official partners include Marshall, Yamaha and AIM, and other 2019 partners Shure, CD Baby and ACM.
BBC Music Introducing supports unsigned, undiscovered and under the radar music across the UK. Introducing LIVE is supported by the UK’s biggest music bodies including the BPI, Performing Rights Society and Association of Independent Music and will provide multiple platforms for new musicians to showcase their talent in front of peers and industry experts alike. With even more opportunities to play in 2019, details with how to get involved will be released soon. Attendees can also expect surprise 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, BBC Radio 2, BBC Radio 1Xtra, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 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.com/introducing
Early Bird Day Tickets from £10 + booking fee
Early Bird 3-Day Tickets from £25 + booking fee