Orbit Live – a new community forum for music + creative industries

Launched last September as a sister project to East London’s creative space The Halley, Orbit is a collaborative platform that explores underground music culture and community building. Started as a roundtable discussion, now Orbit manifests into Orbit Live – a day-long conference style event on September 22nd 2023, hosting audience-led forums, workshops, and discussions, plus hands on advice and access (The Orbit Fund.) The one-dayer focuses on learning from each other, and will take place at The Halley. Collectives, artists and industry figures involved will include Vanessa Maria, Pxssy Palace, Charlie Dark, Eastern Margins, Black Obsidian Soundsystem, Martha, E.O.T.T., Mina, Mantra, Warm Street, AEI and more. With tickets from just £5, this is an accessible and valuable event to be a part of.

Orbit Live’s programme will cover important cultural challenges facing our society including sustainability, diversity, inclusivity and more. Also flipping the traditional conference format on its head, Orbit Live is curated by its attendees leading on questions and themes. The day’s structure will be flat, focussed on discussion and skill sharing, a safe and open environment for learning.

Forums: Orbit Live’s three forums will be a Promoters’ Huddle, Utilising Your Cultural Capital and Balance Beyond the Booth – each featuring experts and innovators from these areas as key to the discussions. Promoters’ Huddle, an open discussion on the current state of club culture & nightlife industries, sees Vanessa Maria welcoming input from Nadine, founder of Pxssy Palace, Matt Wickings of Corsica Studios & Carpet Shop Peckham, and Charles of Unbound Events – each respected in their areas. 

The Cultural Capital talk, hosted by Karen Nyame KG with a focus on growing from a grassroots organisation into a sustainable platform, welcomes Thristian, Director of Global Roots, David Zhou, founder of Eastern Margins and Ade of Black Obsidian Soundsystem as part of this important talk. Another vital conversation to be had is Balance Beyond the Booth, looking at how we can live in a balanced way in an overwhelming industry – with Martha, founder of Tempo chairing, and Run Dem Crew’s Charlie Dark, Morgan of e.o.t.t. and Mantra of Rupture.

Orbit Live’s workshops will cover everything from funding opps, brand collaborations, culture, wellbeing, power, profile and more. These will all be held down by organisations and individuals at the top of their game in their fields – Mina, Warm Street, Sister Midnight, Eastern Margins, Emma Warren and Tempo. Full details on those involved below.

“Orbit Live is about building a forum that’s flat, equalised, and breaks away from the old barriers of

panel vs audience that we see within traditional conference formats. The Orbit Live forum will offer real opportunity for grassroots collectives, aspiring industry experts and beyond to explore how they can move forward. We have built this space inspired by and for the people on the ground actually shaping today’s culture.” – Callum Wright – Project & Partnership Manager, Orbit & The Halley


The Orbit Fund is a new grants & mentorship scheme from The Halley and AEI Ventures to back up to 10 emerging communities across 2024, helping them toward their business goals and platform growth.

Successful applicants will receive condition-free, non-repayable grants, as well as access to The Halley community and support from the Halley’s team.

Full information on how to apply for the Orbit Fund will be revealed at our Orbit Live event this September 22nd at The Halley Space

Long-term, Orbit will act as a resource bank for those with interest in these topics and aims to bring together varied groups to understand different perspectives. As well as recurring in person events, Orbit will record and repurpose the discussions to create an online educational platform. These first discussions are the launch of a long-term project that aims to educate and inspire.

Sign up now : orbitpresents.co.uk – Tickets £5 – £10

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