The Industry Takeover All Dayer brings together everything you need to get ahead in the music and creative industries, opening the floor to vitally important, forward-thinking debate and discussion.
Last October we partnered with the freshest youth platforms and some of the key players in the music industry for the biggest Industry Takeover All Dayer yet. We had experts from XL Recordings, Complex UK, GRM Daily, Reprezent FM, That’s Nang, Universal Music Group, Girls I Rate, UK Music, Musician’s Union, Intellectual Property Office, CMU: DIY and loads more.
Our A&R Surgery was sold-out before the day began! These feedback booths allowed emerging artists to talk directly to highly respected A&R Managers and hear their demo. On the day we had representatives from Island Records, XL Recordings, Method Music and Polydor Records.
GRM Daily hosted our Meet The Platform packed-out workshop to discover what it's like to run the UK’s biggest youth entertainment website. While Mikill Pane chaired, XL Recording's Caroline SM, Polydor's Elle SM & Social Media Manager Saquib B (They all work with GRM) revealed the day-to-day, and the skills needed, to succeed in the new digital media landscape.
Girls I Rate stepped up to curate a vital debate on women's opportunities and experience within the music industry. Who Runs The World? Girls!' The Women Behind UK Music also gave a platform to speak to inspirational women from across the UK’s music industry. GIR founder, and songwriter, Carla Marie Williams (Beyonce, The Saturdays) opened up the conversation with common challenges and highlighted triumphs of women who work behind the scenes. The panel was chaired by BBC News’ Colleen Harris and included Method Records’ Jamila Scott, Leila Singh from Eskimo Dance. Melody Kane, Paigey Cakey and BASCA’s CEO Vick Bain who all added valuable advice in this empowering conversation.
Our showcases throughout the day gave space to some of the finest talent from around the UK. From Snowy to Elf Kid and Paigey Cakey to The Compozers; if there's one thing to take away from our all-dayers, is that we know how to put on a great show!
We partnered with one of the leading youth lifestyle platforms, Complex UK, to deliver Grime: Debate The Future Of Urban Culture. Journalist, Hyperfrank, chaired and curated this vital debate on the conditions that grime needs to maintain its current momentum. Panelists included Joseph ‘JP’ Patterson, senior editor of Complex UK, and emerging artist Big Zuu and 'grime scene saviour' Chip. Golden-age DVD veteran turned Video Director Risky Roadz, Label Manager of No Hats No Hoods Magic and Eskimo Dance's co-founder Cheeky took their seat to discuss the past, present, and future of the UK's biggest cultural export. Listen to the full discussion here.
Decoded; our keynote discussion debated politics, prejudice and the glass ceiling faced by urban music artists. We explored solutions including music as a catalyst for change and the role of artists and creatives as community leaders. Chaired by Urban Development board member Lord Adebowale CBE (Cross Bench Peer/CEO, Turning Point) and included prominent speakers; including Ayishat Akanbi, Boya Dee (Channel 4/ Artist), Ayesha Hazarika MBE (Senior Adviser / Strategy And Communications, BPI), Mikill Pane (Artist) and Keith Harris OBE (Chair, UK Music Diversity Taskforce)