Applications now live for the 20th anniversary edition of Red Bull Music Academy taking place in Berlin

Official headphones at the pop-up Red Bull Music Academy Radio Station in San Francisco, CA, USA on March 4, 2015.

Red Bull Music Academy will return to its birthplace in Berlin for 2018, the 20th anniversary of the global festival and workshop series. Celebrating the opening of the application phase, RBMA announces a series of lectures and events this summer across London, Bristol and Glasgow for those wishing to apply to next year’s landmark Academy. A unique opportunity to hear from past alumni as well as some of the scenes finest artists, these UK dates are an essential insight into the workings of RBMA.

Launched in Berlin in 1998, the Academy has found a new host city with every installment, providing a month-long home to producers, vocalists, beatmakers, instrumentalists, and DJs from across the world. After two decades and fifteen countries including; Montreal, New York and Tokyo, Red Bull Music Academy will make its German homecoming for the first time since the 90s, offering what promises to be an inspiring and formative experience for those chosen to take part.

Encouraging UK applications to the Academy’s fast-approaching milestone (application forms can be downloaded from the Red Bull Music Academy website), a three-stop UK lecture tour across July and August is designed to give budding applicants a brief taste of what to expect if selected to attend the 2018 session in Berlin.

– 2010 Academy alumna Flava D has got more than a good foot in the door with the male-dominated grime and garage scene. She’ll be speaking in London about her experiences on Thursday 29th July.

– Long-time grime producer, DJ and Red Bull affiliate, Sir Spyro has been grafting for the last ten years, his hunger to succeed will no doubt be an inspiration for those looking to get ahead in their own career – he speaks in Bristol on Thursday 3rd August.

– Finally, Detroit techno producer, Grammy-nominated composer and RBMA Studio Team member Carl Craig will be in Glasgow on Sunday 13th August for a lecture series highlight.

Lectures lie at the heart of Red Bull Music Academy. Since Jeff Mills became the first artist to ever take a seat on the RBMA sofa there have been countless names who have followed. A cultural exchange of ideas and a chance to explore the minds of industry leaders, these UK lectures are an unmissable opportunity for both fans and prospective applicants alike.

Alongside the lectures a schedule of parties will run parallel. Watch out for past Red Bull Music Academy lecturer Martyn and 2007 Toronto Academy alumnus Cosmin TRG as they takeover over Phonox for the London fixture, rising bass don L U C Y and Sir Spyro at Bristol’s The Love Inn as well as the legendary Carl Craig and 2014 Tokyo participant Courtesy at Sub Club in Glasgow. Find full listings and ticket information below.



Date: Thursday July 20th
Lecturer: Flava D
Host: Kieran Yates
Venue: Red Bull Studios
Running Times: 18:00 – 21:00
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Date: Friday July 21st
Line-up: Martyn, Cosmin TRG, anu
Venue: Phonox
Running times: 22:00 – 04:00
Tickets available from Resident Advisor



Date: Thursday August 3rd
Lecturer: Sir Spyro
Host: Dan Hancox
Venue: The Love Inn
Running Times: 18:00 – 20:00
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Date: Thursday August 3rd
Line-up: Sir Spyro, Drippin, L U C Y, special guest: Faze Miyake
Venue: The Love Inn
Running Times: 21:00 – 03:00
Tickets available on the door. Free before 22.00, £3 thereafter.



Date: Sunday August 13th
Lecturer: Carl Craig
Host: Lauren Martin
Venue: Barras Art & Design Centre
Running Hours: 19.00 – 21.30
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Date: Sunday August 13th
Line-up: Carl Craig, Courtesy
Venue: Sub Club
Running hours 23:00 – 03:00
Tickets available from Event Cube / Resident Advisor.

2018 ACADEMY AND APPLICATIONS: Red Bull Music Academy 2018 will take place in Berlin, Germany from September 8 to October 12 2018. For an opportunity to be part of the Red Bull Music Academy, an application form can be downloaded from the Red Bull Music Academy website. Applications are invited from June 15, 2017 – September 4, 2017.

Each applicant must also submit a musical demo, no longer than 30 minutes. This can be uploaded at or mailed to us on a CD. The Red Bull Music Academy jury will announce the selected applicants in early 2018.

Damion Pell
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Loves long walks along the beach, holding hands and romantic 80's power ballads, partial to electronic music and likes to make the odd mix or two.