Keynote Q&A w/ Phil Taggart

1.45pm - 2.15pm
Leeds College of Music Venue

Phil Taggart is one of the youngest faces tearing up the night time on BBC Radio 1. His Sunday 10pm show has cult status amongst night time radio listeners taking in some incredible Bedtime Mixes from the likes of Radiohead, Tame Impala, The 1975 etc...

Phil has also been given the keys to the underground of Radio 1 as each week he fronts the Specialist Chart (Mon 9pm) which is a 60 minute digest of the best of all Radio 1 after hours has to offer.

Phil also fronts up all the new music on Vevo from DSCVR to 'Lift' to 'Ones to Watch' to writing and producing his own content for the company in his own show DSCVR New Videos. Along with this Phil has his own show on Channel 4, 'Best Before' which is on it's way back for another series later on in the year.

Phil also runs a Record Label - Hometown Records as well as a hugely successful and usually sold out monthly club night is London called Slacker.

What do Biffy Clyro, Run the Jewels, Charli XCX, and George Ezra all have in common? Well, aside from selling a truckload of records, and defying all the gloomy predictions about the music industry, they’ve all given up their hard earned wisdom to contribute to the one-stop-shop for everything you’ll ever need to break into the frightening world of being a professional musician - Phil Taggart’s The Slacker Guide to the Music Industry. 

With contributions from some of the most successful names in the business, and the behind the scenes label bosses, managers, promoters, and marketers who made it happen, BBC Radio 1 DJ Phil Taggart has shared his considerable expertise within the business to give even the most basic beginner a road map that will hopefully lead to success.

Phil will be in conversation with Emily Pilbeam (BBC Music Introducing)

Artists View

10.45am - 11.30am
Leeds College of Music Venue

At last years Unconference, we asked people from inspirational organisations in the city to talk about what they did in their roles and how they worked with artists and musicians.

This year, we want to reverse that and ask musicians and artists to stand up and talk about:

  • what they’ve achieved

  • how they got where they are

  • how they’ve been supported locally and nationally

  • how other artists and music organisations can get support

Breaking Live: In Conversation with Matt Bowman (The Pigeon Detectives) & Adele Slater (Coda Agency)

12.00pm - 1.00pm
Leeds College of Music Venue

Making an impact live, and building a following is a crucial early step in building your audience. How can new artists navigate the best ways to … a fanbase, when can you take advantages to start playing across the UK and how can you start working with booking agents.

PRS Foundation presents: Guide to Talent Development Opportunities

2.30pm - 3.30pm
Leeds College of Music Venue

PRS Foundation supports the creation and performance of outstanding new music, offering support at all career levels from our partnership on Festival Republic’s ReBalance through to the Momentum Music Fund which offers up to £15,000. 

And talent development organisations throughout Yorkshire and across the UK are finding ways to support artists and offer opportunities to support their careers, develop their music and get funding to support recording, touring, marketing and more.
With so many opportunities now available, how do artists know which are the best opportunities for them? When is the right time to apply? And how can other stakeholders in the artist – labels, managers, promoters - support applications?
The panel is presented by PRS Foundation, the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development across all genres, and features artists who’ve benefited from support from artist development programs, plus expert advisors and representatives from the broader music industry.

Come Play With Me Selection Panel


4.00pm - 5.00pm
Leeds College of Music Venue

An open playback for the selection of two artists to feature on an upcoming release on the Come Play With Me label. A selection of tracks that have been submitted through an open submission throughout March will be played back to an audience, with discussion from an expert panel.

Last year saw Talkboy & Dialect selected, and their latest release “Wasting Time” & “In My Zone” have recently been release online and through shops on 7” gaining acclaim from the The 405 and many more!

For more information on the label, see

Getting your Music Released & Making an Impact! with Association of Independent Music (AIM)

12.00pm - 13.00pm
The Wardrobe Venue

This panel looks at the best way artists and record labels can look to release their music - with so many new ways for artists to get their music online, what are the roles for the traditional record label, what organisations and platforms should artists be collaborating with and what opportunities are there for artists & labels to promote their music through streaming services and other online platforms

Music Trade Bodies - support for Musicians, Songwriters, Labels and more

2.30pm - 3.30pm
The Wardrobe Venue

When looking for support there are a lot different organisations trying to support musicians, artists songwriters and music businesses including record labels, publishers and more.

Often this sea of letters is hard to pick up, but this panel sees organisations talk about what they stand fo, what they do and how should musicians, songwriters, artists and labels in the region get involved with their activity and the benefits can they give.