BMC24 Programme TBA

THURSDAY 25th MAY 2023


There’s been a lot of talk about making dance music sustainable, but what has been achieved, and what do we still need to do?

In this panel we talk to Jonathan Scratchley whose Good Vibrations Society festival in the Ashdown Forest incorporates a range of talks, forest walks, and climate initiatives into its event; Nico de Transilvania, whose Forest Without Frontiers non-profit works to restore nature in Romania and the UK; and Ruben Planting from Eco-Friendly DeepGrooves vinyl pressing plant to explain what they are doing to achieve a sustainable future.

Moderator: Jane Dunford (Forests Without Frontiers)

Anna Johnson (Sustainability and Environment Officer, Involved Productions)

Jonathan Scratchley (Good Vibrations Society)

Nico de Transilvania (Forests Without Frontiers)

Ruben Planting (DeepGrooves)



11.30am: ALTERED STATES THROUGH MUSIC (in association with Elemental Resonance)

Tensuhi invites a panel of keynote speakers to discuss why music meditation maybe the cure for anxiety, how psychedelics and music go hand in hand and how music has the power to expand our consiousness….come and join us for this fascinating panel.

Guest speakers include; Paul Hartnoll from Orbital, Belinda Matwali meditation and human design guide and Carl Hayden Smith from The Museum of Consciousness (Oxford University) a platform for cultivating altered states of consciousness.

Moderator: Tracie Storey (Elemental Resonance)

Belinda Matwali (Meditation Guide)

Carl Hayden Smith (Museum of Consciousness)

Paul Hartnoll (Orbital)




Since the early days of pirate radio and Acid House, Fabio & Grooverider have been at the forefront of the UK dance music scene, and are widely regarded as the undisputed grand masters of Drum & Bass.

With over 6 decades of experience between them, the pair have been instrumental in shaping the culture of UK bass music, and remain as vital as ever in today’s global scene.

Moderator: Carl Loben (DJ MAG)

Fabio & Grooverider



1.30pm: CONNECTING DATA – UNLOCKING MONEY (in association with AFEM)

In this panel we explore the opportunities for electronic musicians (DJs, producers and artists) to unlock additional revenues and reach wider audiences thanks to the power of metadata.

Learn from industry experts about how together we can improve the distribution of royalties and connect key data for artists to future-proof the supply chain.

Moderator: Chloe Johnson (Verifi Media)

Ashley Howard (PRS for Music)

Charlie Phillips (PTR Strategic)

Connie Chow (FUGA)



2.30pm: KEYNOTE WITH DAVE CLARKE (in association with BIMM)

One of the first truly global heroes of Techno to hail from the UK, Dave Clarke has more than earned his reputation as the “Baron of Techno”, a moniker bestowed by the late, great radio DJ John Peel.

From his still-legendary 90s releases, through Punk-streaked Electro experiments and several groundbreaking albums, his music always pushes at the boundaries of what Techno is capable of. Meanwhile, his whirlwind DJ sets see him in constant demand the world over, incorporating dizzying turntable skills and precision techno intensity like no one else around.

A regular supporter of BMC since day one, it’s an honour to have Dave Clarke returning for our 10th anniversary event.

Moderator: James Kendall (BIMM)

Dave Clarke



Simon Dunmore, Label Founder, A&R, DJ, Promoter, Soul Boy, Journalist and International Dance Music Ambassador reflects on a 40-year career.

At the keynote interview he’ll be taking stock of the records he broke (not all of them House) and the influence he has had on many artists’ careers through his work at Cooltempo, AM:PM and his internationally renowned powerhouse imprint Defected.

This talk will examine his journey, sharing his philosophy on House Music, Disco and Soul — all life long.

Simon will be interviewed by his good friend and fellow DJ Paulette.

Moderator: DJ Paulette

Simon Dunmore (Label Founder)



4.30pm: HARM REDUCTION (in association with ACS)

In recent years the many health risks of a long-term career in electronic music have gained more attention, and in this session we’ll explore the range of ways in which artists, DJs and music lovers can take care of their physical and mental wellbeing.

Helmed by leading ear-protection organisation ACS, our panel of experts will discuss the best ways of ensuring our minds and bodies are properly looked after in a notoriously precarious environment.

Moderator: Jono Heale (ACS)

David Crooks (The Peace Project)

James Holdsworth (Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor / BMC / LNADJ)

Jeordie Shenton (Tonic Rider)

Katy Porter (The Loop)

Tristan Hunt (Music Industry ADHD Coach / Neurodiversity Advocate)

FRIDAY 26th MAY 2023

10.30am: UNLOCK THE VALUE OF RADIO (in association with WARM)

This panel is exploring and discussing the opportunities of radio from the perspective of a radio plugger, record label, management, artist and curator.

We live in a world dominated by streaming, but research suggests that radio is still the biggest media for music consumption, and music discovery, globally.

Radio play a huge part in breaking an artist, establishing relationships with gatekeepers and curators, and building a fanbase. At this panel, you will learn all about how to work with radio, how to pitch music, what radios to target, and how you get paid.

Moderator: Nicolai Riise Madsen (WARM)

Damien Platt (Marketing Director, Glasgow Underground)

Freddie Tilbrook (Streaming Manager, Anjunadeep)

Scarlett Pares Landells (Head Of Communications, Defected)



11.30am: MENTAL HEALTH (in association with BIMM)

The electronic music industry can be an intense, challenging and rewarding place, but for many it can have a serious impact on mental health issues.

In this panel, we speak to Mark Wilkinson, whose book ‘Life Remixed’ looks at issues of mental health through the prism of dance music, alongside veteran DJ Danny Rampling who both brings his own experiences of mental health issues to the table and hypnotherapist & mental health expert Ellie Talebian who has consistently championed mental health in the industry since joining.

BMC Director, James Holdsworth who is also an Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) instructor will be sharing his knowledge alongside Carly Heath who will offer perspectives from her key role as Bristol’s Night Time Economy Advisor, and dance music mental health expert Jenny Cochrane will explain what her non-profit organisation Work is setting out to achieve.

Moderator: Martin Wright (BIMM)

Carly Heath (Bristol Council Nightlife Advisor)

Danny Rampling (DJ)

Ellie Talebian (DJ / Presenter)

James Holdsworth (Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Instructor / Director, BMC)

Jenni Cochrane (Getahead)

Jumping Jack Frost (DJ)

Mark Wilkinson (Life Remixed)



12.30pm: DJ Q&A

Acid house legend Normski leads this discussion from some of the most respected names in House, Techno and Breaks including Winner of Best Female DJ Drum & Bass Awards – Harriet Jaxxon, Techno legend Timo Maas, local hero Lizzie Curious, The Baron aka Dave Clarke and Bushwacka!

They’ll be ready to answer any questions you may have about the life of a pro DJ.

Moderator: Normski


Dave Clarke

Harriet Jaxxon

Lizzie Curious

Timo Maas




This panel will explore the vital role that music, movement and non traditional therapies play in healing and preventing burnout.

Today’s guest music industry professionals will enlighten us into how they have each adapted their careers from music executives and now specialise as wellness facilitators.

Our experts will be leading this discussion about why music and our furry friends play such an important part in the healing journey, and the positive effect these tools can have on the brain from a scientific perspective, and why they are encouraging others to join in on the fun!

Moderator: Jenni Cochrane (Getahead)

Aneka Johnson (Cuddle Club)

Emma Marshall (Movement Is Medicine)

Krystal Roxx (We Are Superfoxx)

Sandra Maniraguha (Life Coach)

Very Special Guest – Chubbs (Cuddle Club)



Come and spend an informative hour with us to explore the newest updates, music trends and products that the Beatport Group can provide to their users.

Get ready to gain valuable insights and knowledge about marketing strategies and promotional tools to stand out and succeed as an artist or music label.

Presented by Heiko Hoffmann (VP Global Artist Services, Beatport Group)



3.30pm: THE STATE OF INDEPENDENCE (in association with AIM)

This panel will be celebrating the importance of independent labels, distributors and creators in the origination of and growth of dance and electronic music scene, looking at the impact on how the scene has grown and developed, how independence has nurtured innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship and paved the way for the global success the sector increasingly enjoys.

Why is independence still important for our genre, where are the threats and opportunities and how is the independent sector evolving and pushing new boundaries?

What does ‘independence’ mean in 2023 and how does the community celebrate its successes and work together to maintain and drive success?

Moderator: Silvia Montello (CEO, AIM)

Chris Goss (CEO, Hospital Records)

Liz Northeast (FUGA)

Sarah Wilson (Tunecore)

Seamus Haji (Defected A&R Manager / Big Love)





This panel will delve into the positive awareness and much needed changes in our electronic music industry to build on accessibility for all disabilities.

These include aspects such as technology, studios, venues and festivals for producers, DJs and musicians as well as electronic music fans.

Meet some of the pioneering supporters and advocates of these developments.

Moderator: Yvette Chivers ( DJ MissChivers / The VIP Experience)

Grace Capaldi (Producer /Musician, Echotown Studio)

Jay Pocknell (Music Support Officer, RNIB)

Stephen Penny (Team Lead in Engineering, Soundwave/Native Instruments) 










Brighton i360

Lower Kings Road



We are proud to support

The Last Night a DJ Saved My Life Foundation,

our official charity partner.

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