Anna Prior (Metronomy)

Hailing from Yorkshire, Anna began her career playing drums in local function and original bands whilst simultaneously discovering her passion for DJing by spinning CDs and records in nightclubs and bars from the age of 18.

A move to London in 2008 was the turning point in Anna’s career when she was asked to drum for Dev Hynes’ (aka Blood Orange) Lightspeed Champion.
Now, as a drummer and full time member of globally successful band Metronomy,

Anna has toured the world with sticks in hand and to the beat of her own drum.

MJ (Hookworms / Suburban Home)

Matthew ‘MJ' Johnson is a record producer and musician based in Leeds. Predominantly known as the singer and keyboard player with Hookworms (Domino Records), Matthew has also produced a number of songs playlisted on BBC 6 Music for artists including Joanna Gruesome, Martha, Frankie and the Heartstrings, Tracey Thorn and Lusts. In 2014 he was named Record Producer of the Year by The Line of Best Fit, having won the Welsh Music Prize for his work producing the Joanna Gruesome album Weird Sister earlier that year, with the follow up Peanut Butter also scoring a nomination in 2015.

Hookworms album Pearl Mystic featured in album of the year lists compiled by Brooklyn Vegan, Loud & Quiet, The Wall St Journal and Drowned in Sound. Their second album The Hum went to no.1 in the Official Album Breakers chart and was an album of the year in NME, Loud and Quiet and Rough Trade. Critics have labelled third album Microshift an "Instant Classic" (Q Magazine), with both The Guardian and The Times awarding five star reviews. It scored the band their first top twenty album, entering the charts at no. 18 in February this year.

Hannah Peel

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Hannah Peel

The Northern Irish artist, singer and electronic composer and member of The Magnetic North, released her most recent album Mary Casio: Journey to Cassiopeia in 2017. A seven-movement odyssey composed for analogue synthesisers and full, traditional 29-piece colliery brass band. The journey continues Peel’s fascination with the brain and the explorative links between memory and music. Described by Mojo magazine as ‘celestial, mysterious and awe-inspiring’, it was also voted Observer Readers Album of the Year 2017, earning her the accolade of ‘A latter day Delia Derbyshire’.


Adrian Sinclair (Chapel FM)

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Adrian Sinclair

Adrian has worked in East Leeds for community arts company Heads Together Productions since 1998, currently as Director of Chapel FM—the first-ever arts centre in this part of the city and home to community radio station East Leeds FM. Working in this part of the city, it is obvious that there is an increasing disconnect between working class young people and the thriving local, live music scene that Leeds promotes. Chapel FM has made a real difference, providing opportunities for local young people in and out of school; supporting local bands to develop; and offering live opportunities for local musicians through East Leeds FM broadcasts. In the last 12 months, 1424 musicians have played live at Chapel FM and their live streams have reached a combined total of 280,000 views.


Lucy Wood (Latitude Festival)

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Lucy Wood

As well as coordinating ReBalance, a pioneering project aiming to get more women into recording studios, Lucy is the Music Talent Buyer for Latitude Festival, a 40,000 capacity music and arts festival in Suffolk, UK, renowned for its diverse programme appealing to devoted music-loving folks of all ages.

Prior to joining Festival Republic, Lucy worked at London live music promoters Eat Your Own Ears for 7 years programming and producing gigs, festivals, and other cross-arts cultural events. She has worked in the music industry for 15 years, with other roles including stints at Sonos Studios, Warp Records and 19 Entertainment.

She also recently completed a research project on audience engagement as part of an MSc in the Sociology of Culture at London School of Economics.


Sayang (Equaliser)

Sayang is a DJ and producer who is part of the Leeds based DJ collective, Equaliser. Sayang uses music to explore gender, race, queerness & culture. They use their role within Equaliser to further explore these issues, bring them to a bigger platform and showcase this artistry in a white cis-male dominated industry. Having started DJing in October 2017, Sayang is already a regular guest to KMAH radio, they’ve closed for the infamous Love Muscle party, supported Juliana Huxtable at Dalston Superstore and co-produced with Viers/LK. Upcoming gigs include playing Brudenell Groove and The Tower Festival 2018. They are a patron of Love Muscle and Houseplay. In addition to Equaliser, Sayang works with the QTIPOC group 'Our Space' and contributes to editorial platforms focusing on QTIPOC stories.

Mike Malak (Coda Music Agency)


Mike Malak

Mike Malak has been an agent at CODA Agency for the past 6 years, looking after acts from Jess Glynne to Desiigner, Billie Eilish, Yung Lean, Lil Uzi Vert, Kelis and more. Previously to this he ran his own agency and enjoyed stints at Warner Music and for Steve Aoki’s management as well as a long lasting relationship with the Black Eyed Peas.

Mike founded KID Talks 3 years ago and the program focuses on panels, advice sessions and workshops for young people aiming to get into the industry. Having worked in most parts of the industry from management to PR, booking agency, graphics/web design, promotion, Mike has a strong understanding for what it takes to bring all these pieces together.


Natasha Arciniega (HA! Music)

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Natasha Arciniega

Natasha has over twelve years experience in creative content production within the music industry. Now leading the team as Creative Director, you will also find her out on shoots, directing and filming content. In her early career, she produced music videos for the likes of Funeral for a Friend and Fightstar, both reaching the number one position on the MTV video charts. Not only has she gained over 200 million YouTube views and won awards (Cannes Corporates Silver Award - Short Film category), her skills also transcend the corporate landscape, having worked with clients such as BMW, MINI, Vodafone and McKinsey  - producing content for large-scale events and directing on-site filming to produce event highlight films. She is used to directing large crews and also across DIY projects. Having worked with Hannah Trigwell in the early stages of her career directing and filming consistent content for YouTube. 

Natasha continues to be heavily involved within the music industry as a member of the music managers forum and managing formidable female fronted alt - rock band, The Elephant Trees. Her career as an artist manager is embedded in grassroots music and artist development in the early stages - building loyal fanbases and helping craft a sustainable music career are at the heart of her management style.  Natasha first worked with Hannah Trigwell and took her from busker to YouTube sensation.This partnership saw them collaborating with Boyce Avenue, where she learnt how to manage an artist across growing social media platforms. Her artists have toured UK & Europe and her greatest highlight was seeing Martha Phillips of The Elephant Trees support Boyce Avenue at The London Royal Albert Hall in November 2017. 


Tarek Musa (Songwriter/Producer/Mixer and Lead Singer in Spring King)

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Tarek Musa

Tarek Musa has worked with some of the UK’s most exciting new artists including The Big Moon, Gengahr and Bad Breeding. 

Having graduated from the Liverpool Institute of Recording Arts (LIPA), picking up the coveted Sennheiser Studio Excellence Award (2011) along the way, he returned to his roots in Manchester and refocused on recording, mixing and writing music. Tarek also received an MPG Award (2017) in the category ‘self-produced artist’ for his work on the Spring King debut album ‘Tell Me If You Like To’.

Most notably Tarek is writer, producer and frontman/drummer for Spring King. His songs have received extensive air-play from BBC Radio One ‘BBC Introducing List’, BBC 6Music (A-List), Amazing Radio (No.1 in the Amazing charts) and XFM (Evening Playlist). They have also been playlisted on Australia’s Triple J. Spring King have had releases through Transgressive, Rough Trade NYC, Mom & Pop with a whole host of glowing reviews from the likes of NME, The Line Of Best Fit, Fake DIY, NPR (Austin top 100), Stereogum and Brooklyn Vegan. Tarek has also landed a whole host of recent synchs including; ‘Who Are You?’ on FIFA 17, Orphan Black, T-Mobile US, Skullcandy and Guitar Hero.

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Diane Wagg (Music Manager's Forum)

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Diane Wagg

Owner of Deluxxe Management and Ideal Music Productions and Chairman of the Music Manager’s Forum (MMF UK), Diane’s career spans A & R, Artist, Producer and Studio management.  She’s managed the international careers of numerous artists signing them to Major and Independent labels and run self-releasing artist businesses.  An assessor for music business degrees and regular panellist on artist management and development, she sits on the Music Industry Advisory Panel at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance, is a guest lecturer at Abbey Road Institute and is a member of the Musicians Health Advisory Board at Help Musicians UK.

Her roster has included Brit/Ivor nominated No 1 Triple Platinum Album act, Scouting for Girls, who regularly hit the Top 10, Beth Orton, Republica, Mike Scott (The Waterboys), Rialto, Touriste, Lockdown Project and Sunhouse.  Emerging artists include Cortney Dixon, Diives and Pandora Drive.

Earlier in her career, Diane was Director of record producer Tony Visconti’s (David Bowie, T.Rex, The Boomtown Rats) group of companies for five years. She managed Visconti’s Good Earth Recording Studios in London (clients included Duran Duran, George Michael, U2, the Sisters of Mercy, Altered Images and the Stranglers) and travelled internationally between his companies.

Diane started out in A & R at EMI Records before moving into artist management where she worked with Philip Lynott and Thin Lizzy - she has never recovered!


Simon Rix (Kaiser Chiefs)


Simon Rix

Simon has been in Kaiser Chiefs since they began in 2003. Before that he was involved in the Leeds Music Scene working in various bars and venues in the city as well as playing in other local bands. Since 2003 as well as Kaiser Chiefs. Simon has released a few records by other musicians via his label Chewing Gum records and performed as a tour musician with a few other bands. Simon works with Amnesty international on various projects as part of his role as an ambassador. He also supports and talks a lot about Leeds United.

Lucy Heyman

Lucy Heyman is a multi-disciplinary vocal coach, researcher and performance anxiety specialist.  She coaches on an individual basis, holds workshops for groups and delivers bespoke training programmes to support and enhance the mental, physical and vocal health of the clients she works with.

Through her own academic research at the Royal College of Music she has examined the health and wellbeing experiences of artists, and combines this scientific approach with 15 years of industry experience to ensure her clients are fully equipped for the challenges they face in their careers.

In June 2018 Lucy will launch Elevate, an organisation providing research, training and resources to support artists with their mental and physical health needs, all informed by scientific research.  For more information, please follow Elevate on twitter @elevatemusicldn.

Lucy is listed in the 2018 Alt Music Power List by SheSaid.So.

Abbie McCarthy (BBC Radio 1)

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Abbie McCarthy

Abbie McCarthy is the go-to-girl for the best new music recommendations. Abbie currently presents BBC Music Introducing in Kent, a radio show that is greatly respected amongst members of the industry and music fans alike for its top music curation. Abbie has discovered and championed a vast array of great acts and is very popular with listeners because of her warm, fun presentational style and infectious sense of humour.

Abbie first took to the radio controls whilst she was studying at Warwick University, presenting and producing three shows every single week. Her hard work and tremendous talent were recognised at the 2012 Student Radio Awards where she won the accolade of Best Newcomer. 

You’ll now hear Abbie regularly covering shows on BBC Radio 1, most recently depping for Huw Stephens in the evenings, Phil Taggart on The Specialist Chart and Matt Edmondson at the weekends. 

Abbie has also reported from a variety of festivals, bringing all the highlights and excitement to the audience at home. As well as this, she has flown the BBC Introducing flag internationally, presenting a series of special shows on SXSWfm, ahead of the legendary music festival in Austin, Texas.

Abbie can also be heard from time to time covering the British Council’s weekly new music show The Selector, which is broadcast across 40 countries to a listenership of around 3 million people. 

Abbie is a brilliant and entertaining compere, having hosted stages at BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend, Glastonbury and The Great Escape.

Abbie is the mastermind behind Good Karma Club, a club night championing the hottest new bands around. Previous alumni include The Amazons, Pale Waves and Tom Grennan. The inaugural Good Karma Club tour kicks off in April 2018. 

Abbie is one of the best and most heralded tastemakers in the UK and is a true force to be reckoned with!


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Emily Pilbeam (BBC Music Introducing)

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Emily Pilbeam

I'm Emily Pilbeam and I work as a freelance Team Assistant for BBC Music Introducing, Radio 1 & 1XTRA. I have presented Tom Robinson's BBC Introducing Mixtape on BBC 6 Music. I present my own specialist, new music show on Leeds Student Radio. I also previously wrote for various music publications including; Raw Meat (a new online music website), Upset, MOSH: Hit The Floor and Drowned In Sound


Sally Anne Gross (University of Westminster)

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Sally Anne Gross

Sally Anne Gross has been working in the music industry for nearly 3 decades now, as an artist manager, record label director and head of business affairs. She is the program director of the MA Music Business Management at the University of Westminster. Sally was the lead researcher on ‘Can Music Make You Sick’ the largest ever research project into mental health issues in the music industry that was funded by the charity Help Musicians UK and published in November 2017.


Leanne Buchan (Leeds City Council)


Leanne Buchan

Leanne works for the Leeds City Council Culture and Sport team, alongside running her own freelance cultural consultancy. She led the development of the Leeds Culture Strategy and the associated Delivery Plan for the city pioneering a co-produced, open-sourced approach. She is also the Leeds 2023 team lead for Marketing, Communications & Artistic Projects.

Having worked on major cultural programmes for projects including Tour de France Grand Départ 2014, Rugby World Cup 2015, and Unfold celebrating the Leeds visual art scene and welcoming British Art Show 8 to the city in 2015, her professional interests explore how culture can be used as a catalyst for change, engagement, and investment. Her experience takes in everything from strategic cultural development and managing European peer-learning projects to commissioning artists and events, and marketing and promotions for cultural programmes.


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