SMILEfest 2016 Conference Line-Up Announced

This year’s SMILEfest 2016 Music Media Conference will be held in Studio Solent (JM315) on Wednesday 16th March. Full line-up below…



Panel – Digital futures

What are the issues facing today’s musicians working in the digital domain?

Chair: James Hannam  


Angie Somerside (Marketing Director, Epic Records

Dannii Evans (artist manager and promoter – Jamie WoonEska and others)

Sarah Robertson (Head of Marketing at Colston Hall)

Sarah Howells (singer with Paper Aeroplanes)

Joel De’ath (Label Manager, Sony Records)


Panel – Punk rock so what?

This year is the 40th anniversary of UK punk. But what is the true legacy of punk and should anyone really care?

Chair: Johnny Hopkins


Pennie Smith (legendary photographer, with credits including Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Iggy Pop, The Sweet, The Clash, The Jam, The Slits, Siouxsie Sioux, Debbie Harry, U2, Morrissey, The Stone Roses, Primal Scream, Manic Street Preachers, Radiohead, Blur, Oasis, David Smith and The Strokes)

Glen Matlock (original bassist and songwriter with Sex Pistols (1975-77 and 1996 – 2008), Rich Kids, The Faces (2009-2011) and Glen Matlock and the Philistines)

Rachel Aggs (singer and guitarist with Shopping)

Nick Soulsby (author of I Found My Friends: the Oral History of Nirvana)

More tbc


Demo Surgery

Solent’s musicians and producers get their music critiqued by a wide ranging panel of music industries experts.

Chair: Chris Anderton


Neil Kulkarni (author of The Periodic Table of Hip Hop)

Matt Harvey (Paperhouse Music & Entertainment Management)

Neil Simpson (artist manager at ATC Management)

Sophie Harris (Time Out NY)



James McMahon (Kerrang! editor) in conversation with:

Will from Creeper & Davyd from Bury Tomorrow

Solent University teaching fellow James comes face to face with two Kerrang! bands from Southampton – only going to prove that this city still rocks



Electronic music pioneer Richard Barbieri (of Japan, Porcupine Tree and many others) – in interview with author and musician Anthony Reynolds



Richard Barbieri in performance

A rare chance to witness an electronic music genius in action