What lies ahead for the music industry?

At a time when the music industry has been rocked by the loss of some of its biggest names – David Bowie, Motorhead frontman Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister and Eagles guitarist Glenn Frey –  Solent has been taking a closer look at the future of the live music industry.

Welcoming an impressive panel of industry professionals, the University hosted ‘Live & Kicking’, a conference exploring some of the issues surrounding live music.

Now in its third year the annual conference – organised by Johnny Hopkins, Senior Lecturer in Popular Music and Media Industries – provides a platform for a series of lively debates on the latest hot topics in the field of live music.

This year staff and students got to hear from and discuss issues with guests including: Mel Archer, Production and event manager (Bestival, Glastonbury); Mark Ward  runs (Moondust Events) and band member of Solar Wolf; Marcus O’Dair, music journalist (Guardian, Pitchford), academic and author; Roxy Robinson, gig promoter, festivals consultant (Kendall Calling, Beacons Festival), academic and author and band member of Grasscut; and Sophie Williams, music PR and band manager of The Charlatans.

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