Apr 16, 2014
First Brighton Music Conference A Resounding Success

From Miami Music Week to SXSW, MIDEM and IMS, there are plenty of international music conferences out there. But despite being an integral part of the scene over the past 30 years, the UK hasn’t held a conference dedicated to EDM–until now. The first annual Brighton Music Conference took place over the weekend of April 11, and proved that such an event has been a long time coming.

The brainchild of various influential figures in the UK dance music scene, including DJs Dave Clarke and John 00 Fleming (both pictured above), the conference was a chance for an enormous range of industry figures to discuss what makes the scene tick. Various DJs including Jono Grant (Above & Beyond), Dave Seaman, Eats Everything and Lisa Lashes took part in various talks alongside some major industry players from the likes of Beatport, DJ Mag, Resident Advisor and our very own CEO Ari Evans (pictured below).

From L-R: Carl Loben, Editor, DJ Mag - Martin Carvell, MD, DJ Mag - Terry Weerasinghe, Vice President of Music Services, Beatport - Ryan Keeling, Editor, Resident Advisor - Ari Evans, CEO, LessThan3 - Jono Grant, Above & Beyond/Anjunabeats

Meanwhile, the exhibition hall played host to a wide array of tech products, with Roland revealing their new Aira range for the first time in public, alongside floor-shattering demonstrations from the likes of Funktion One, and even an array of pyrotechnics–which unfortunately weren’t demonstrated in the hall itself. Then, as day turned to night, things moved more underground, with Brighton’s thriving club scene hosting a variety of events.

It may be the first year for a totally new event, but the Brighton Music Conference has already made its mark. Plans are already afoot for next year’s event, and 2015 should see the BMC become a major player on the EDM calendar.

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