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’.


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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Bhavesh Patel (PRS Foundation)

PRS Foundation, Programme Manager

PRS Foundation is the UK's leading charitable funder of new music and talent development. Since 2000 PRS Foundation has given more than £29.5 million to over 6,300 new music initiatives by awarding grants and leading partnership programmes that support music sector development. Widely respected as an adventurous and proactive funding body, PRS Foundation supports an exceptional range of new music activity – from composer residencies and commissions to a network of talent development partners and showcases in the UK and overseas. www.prsfoundation.com | @PRSFoundation

Davy Wales (PPL)

Performer Development Specialist, PPL

Davy works for PPL, the music licensing company that collect and distribute royalties for performers and record companies when their music is played in public.  He provides direct support for high airplay emerging artists to ensure they maximise their income from UK and international airplay.  Davy also has a background as a guitarist and has played in various grunge / post-hardcore bands.