Annie Mac recently announced details of the AMP LONDON Conference Days, held from 12 noon to 5pm at Moth Club in Hackney on Friday 29 March for ‘The Industry’ day and Saturday 30 March for ‘The Next Generation’ day. Encompassing debate and discussion around the future and evolution of today’s music artists and industry, the event aims to provide a hub for all those engaged and interested in music, inspire conversations about how the landscape of the business is changing, and highlight what’s going on behind the scenes that will shape the future.
Annie Mac: “The AMP Conference Days are a really exciting development within our AMP brand. After spending the last 15 years curating music both recorded and live, to be able to curate discussions has been so fascinating. I wanted to create discussions that I really wanted to hear, involving voices that I really want to hear from. The themes are all subjects I was personally keen to explore, and we have meticulously chosen people in the industry who we think will bring a unique perspective to those discussions. I love that the conference will take place at Moth Club, which is essentially an old working man’s club, with big booths and a bar. It makes for a more informal, fun atmosphere.”
FIRST SPEAKERS FOR THE AMP LONDON CONFERENCE DAYS ANNOUNCED:
Alex Boateng - President of Urban Division, Island Records
Ben Homewood – Senior Staff Writer, Music Week
Charlotte Gunn - Editor, NME
Ed Blow & Jack Caldwell - General Manager & Head of Digital, Dirty Hit
Glynn Fussell & Amy Zing - Founders, Sink The Pink
Jasmine Srih - Music Programmer, Boiler Room
Laura Snapes – Deputy Music Editor, The Guardian
Mark Strippel - Head of Content Commissioning & Talent, BBC 1Xtra & Asian Network
Olivia Nunn - Co-managing Director, Island Records
Parris Oh - Senior Urban Artist Manager, RCA Records
Posty - Founder, GRM Daily
The first conference day on Friday 29 March will be dedicated to current discussions within ‘The Industry’, in partnership with Music Week. Each conversation will be introduced by Annie, who will explain why she feels it’s important to highlight. The topics addressed by panellists on the day will include:
‘Where Are All The Female Bosses?’ (in association with Smirnoff Equalising Music)
‘Where Are We Now? How Black British Artists Reclaimed The Charts’ (in association with GRM Daily)
Cancelling Artists: Should the Music Industry Play Judge & Jury?’
The second conference day on Saturday 30 March will focus on inspiring ‘The Next Generation’. All panels will be moderated and led by Annie herself. The topics addressed by panellists on the day will include:
‘Bossing the Algorithm: Harnessing Social Media For Your Career with Dirty Hit’
‘Managing Your Future: The Managers that Changed the Game’
‘How will the Female Voice Impact Rap Music in 2019?’
‘Self-Made Story: In Conversation with Annie Mac and Sink The Pink’
Accompanying the two daytime conferences are four days of live shows curated by Annie Mac. From 27 March to 30 March, AMP London will take over the UK's capital with a line-up of over 40 live music acts playing across 14 different venues.
Showcasing a broad range of upcoming and established artists and bands, across multiple genres (from dancehall to punk), the brand will encompass a series of underplay shows with acts playing in venues far smaller than their usual tour stops. Artists featuring on these shows include: Sam Fender, Mahalia, Theophilus London, Amyl & The Sniffers, Rina Sawayama, Chip and Puma Blue alongside Jimothy Lacoste, Koffee, Kojey Radical and Annie Mac herself.
The brand also boasts the (already sold out) Printworks rave, in addition to a take-over at Oval Space and a closing party at The Hackney Empire (proceeds from which will be donated to London based charity, Art Against Knives).