Brighton Music Conference announces 180 artists and speakers, including David Morales, Ulta Music, Defected, Irvine Welsh, and more…

Brighton Music Conference (BMC) has announced 180 plus speakers from across the music, nightlife, tech and digital industries will appear at the 2019 event at British Airways i360 beachfront centre on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th April 2019; with the full programme of this year’s taking place from Wednesday 24th to Saturday 27th April at venues across the city.

The UK’s foremost electronic music conference will feature speakers from record labels Defected, Ultra Music, Glasgow Underground, R&S Records and Toolroom, joined by artists David Morales (keynote talk), Friction, Danny Rampling, Huxley, Sam Divine, Low Steppa, Marshall Jefferson, Storm, Tom Middleton, Brandon Block, Jubilee, Kevin McKay, Rebekah, Leftwing & Kody, Carl Finlow, and author, playwright and musician Irvine Welsh returning for a second year.

The conference will also be joined by key figures from AFEM, Beatport, BIMM, DJ Growth Lab, Focusrite Novation, Help Musicians UK, Loopmasters, Pioneer DJ, PRS for Music, Scan Pro Audio, Sharp Stream, Skiddle, and Horus Music (panel sponsor). Charity partners include Audio Active, Help Musicians UK, and Last Night A DJ Saved My Life. Conference partners include new headline sponsor Scan Pro Audio, Association for Electronic Music (AFEM), Beatport, Data Transmission, DJ Mag, Focusrite Novation, Horus Music, Loopmasters, Native Instruments, Pioneer DJ, Plug In Boutique, PRS for Music, Sharp Stream, Skiddle, and Ultra Music plus contributors British Airways i360, Defected Records, DJ Growth Lab, Hideout, Hospital Records, MonoKrome Music, Patterns, Rubadub Records & Music Technology, R&S Records, Shogun Audio, Tempest Inn, The Arch, Toolroom Academy, Ultra Music, Wunderland, Women In Dance Music Collective.

Following its most successful year in 2018, Brighton Music Conference will be taking over the British Airways i360 venue on Brighton’s beachfront for the first time, utilising the whole of the centre’s facilities, with exclusive networking parties being held 450 feet above the city in the i360 Pod observation tower.

The beachfront complex will play host to two Pro Conference theatres, the Academy theatre, Focusrite Novation workshop theatre hosting demonstrations and talks, Toolroom Academy, Pioneer DJ networking hub, and a specialised exhibition/tech and services zone. BMC19 will also host 20 evening and networking events (full details to be released soon).

With over 60 panels and talks, and 180 speakers, BMC19 will feature in-depth discussions and debates on the biggest issues facing the electronic and wider music industry including The Big Debate ‘Is Greed Killing The Dancefloor?’ PRS for Music on ‘Developing Your Music Career and Understanding Royalty Streams’ (Academy), and “Getting Paid When DJs Play Your Music” (Professional); ‘The Power/Relevance & Influence Of The Smart Speaker For The Future Of Digital Audio Broadcasting’ presented by Sharp Stream; AFEM on ‘Touring Tips And Pitfalls’ and ‘Tech Watch’ and Horus Music hosting ‘Making Money Abroad’ plus panels including ‘Marketing & Social strategies in 2019’.

BMC’s sixth edition also features the specialised exhibition hall including the DJ and music tech scene’s leading suppliers, technology companies and service providers (further information to be announced).

“2019 is BMC’s sixth edition and it felt like the right time to move to a location like the British Airways i360. The tower itself is a great centrepiece, but we’re able to utilise the whole venue, which is incredible, and means we can further develop the conference programme, technology showcases, and networking areas. The event schedule has grown again and we’re attracting world-class names and brands to come and talk here, as well as the industry pros, students and enthusiasts looking to break into the business. Brighton has really embraced what we do, and it’s an exciting time for us and the city.” – BMC founder, Billy Mauseth

This year’s sponsors, Scan Pro Audio, are the UK’s leading audio PC manufacturer and digital music production specialists. Scan’s Tom Francis is enthusiastic about the brand partnership:

“The quality of BMC’s lineup is unparalleled and features many of our existing customers. BMC is a perfect match for us as the conference attendees really appreciate demoing the latest DAW PC’s and studio kit that we bring to the show, especially Audeze, the world’s finest studio headphones.” – Tom Francis (Scan Pro Audio)

About Brighton Music Conference:
Brighton Music Conference focuses on innovation, education and the key issues facing the electronic and dance music sector. Attended by thousands of experienced music industry professionals and the next generation of DJs/producers, BMC enables attendees to form new business partnerships, showcase products and expand existing network, and is the UK’s annual opportunity for the industry to meet face to face, share knowledge, and build new opportunities.

BMC19 brings together Industry-leading delegates and speakers at over 60 talks, seminars and workshops, alongside networking events throughout the conference duration. BMC Professional connects music with business, bringing together thought leaders through a series of panels to discuss the future sustainable growth of the electronic music industry, targeted networking events and access to an evening schedule of events and parties across Brighton. BMC Academy is about plugging in the next generation and fostering new talent via a series of master classes, panels and talks.

Both tickets give access to the two-day exhibition featuring tech showcases, panels and interviews.


About the author

Director and DJ, Ian French (Naif) is passionate about every genre of music from Breakbeat, to Drum & Bass, to Techno and Progressive House. If he was to describe his preferred style of music he would probably describe it simply as electronic music. Besides his love for music and DJing his other passions are fine cuisine, wine, and travel.

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