11 Jul 2017

Leading music organisations come together for 53 Degrees North

What would you ask industry professionals from Spotify, Bandcamp and Drowned in Sound?

Prominent figures from the music industry are coming from all over the UK to take part in Hull’s first ever music industry conference 53 Degrees North.

The conference has been organised by The Warren Youth Project and Warren Records and has been delivered in partnership with Hull UK City Of Culture 2017.

The two-day event on Thur 3 and Fri 4 August, will see professionals including artists, technicians and producers discussing what it means to be part of the music industry in 2017, with the keynote speaker being Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Festival Republic, the conferences headline act.

Originally from Hull, he is now one of the most prominent festival organisers in the industry in the UK and abroad.

Benn will be in the hot seat at 53 Degrees North for a rare interview back in his home town.

Festival Republic are the organisers behind Latitude, Reading & Leeds Festivals, Download, Wireless, V Festival and overseas events including Benicassim, Electric Picnic and Lollapalooza Berlin Festival.

The event, at Hull Truck Theatre and The Albemarle Music Centre, will take place in the lead up to Humber Street Sesh – the UK’s biggest music festival for emerging talent, which this year is expected to draw crowds of around 40,000 on Hull Marina.

53 Degrees North will bring together panels from the music industry both locally and nationally.

Organisations taking part include – Spotify, Bandcamp, Drowned In Sound, The Orchard, Tunecore, Music Glue, PRS Foundation, PRS For Music, UK Music, Musicians Union, Sentric Music, Warren Records, HPSS, Off-Axis, Independent Venue Week, DMF Digital, Red Light Management, ICFilter. Futureproof PR, Brick London, AIM, AOO Studios, Prinitive Management, Kendall Calling, plus loads more.

The conference will discuss self-promotion, releasing, royalty extraction, artist branding, individuality, mental health and much more whilst also looking at the careers behind the artist through a dedicated to live production and touring area curated by HPSS.

This is an incredibly exciting year for Hull and its thriving music scene and we’ve been working hard to tell the world.

Stewart Baxter, Arts Development Officer, The Warren 

Conference director Stewart Baxter is the Arts Development Officer at The Warren and is also one of the most prominent figures in Hull’s thriving music scene playing in the band LIFE.

LIFE will headline the Humber Street Sesh on 5 August.

Stewart says, “This is an incredibly exciting year for Hull and its thriving music scene and we’ve been working hard to tell the world. 53 Degrees North will see some of the biggest names in the industry come to Hull to offer advice and support to DIY artists and creatives.”

“Hull has a rich history of underground DIY music, which has built a thriving community in our city, and now it’s time to create links with the rest of the world to empower our artists and music workers to look at how they can build and sustain careers on their own terms.”

The event will consist of engaging panels, speed-meets, one-to-one advice, networking, masterclasses, keynotes, live performances and more.

Sam Hunt, Executive Producer at Hull 2017, said: “Hull is blessed with a wealth of talent, not just in the artists you see on stage but also in the army of technicians, producers and designers working behind the scenes to make the shows happen.

Tickets are free and can be booked via Hull Box Office.


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