With a love of vintage music, Professor Gramophone has been collecting & spinning vintage vinyl for over 3 years. Playing swing, Bigband and Jazz all on original 78 Vinyl and on antique windup gramophones (albeit with a 21st Century sound system) “The Professor” brings the 1920’s, 30’s & 40’s to life in the way they were meant to be heard.
Becky Bird has had sets alongside the likes of Sam Divine, Leftwing & Kody, Solardo, Max Chapman, Mihalis Safras, ANËK & Michael Bibi to name a few. Her groovy, energetic sets have seen her take controls of booths across London, Surrey & Essex causing established brands & events to take notice of her Techy sounds! She’s brought the vibes to respectable venues such as Ministry of Sound, EGG London, Great Suffolk Street Warehouse, Lightbox & festivals such as We Are FSTVL & Tea Party Festival.
Her latest move saw Becky land a residency with ELEMENT, the vibrant London house event, where her flavour has injected an extra level of groove to the mix and has seen some casual visitors become loyal fans
Becky Bird fully dominates the room when she gets behind the decks, her skill lies in carefully crafting and building up the energy she wants, leaving the room magnetised to her upbeat sound.
Chaired by Jane Whyatt (ECMF)
Geesje van Haran
Chaired by Jamie Bartlett (Author of The People Vs Tech & The Dark Net) with Caroline Orr, Carole Cadwalldr, Chi Onwurah and Tamsin Shaw
Chaired by Damian Tambini with Ravi Naik, Alvin Carpio, Chris Wylie, Chi Onwurah, Wendy Liu and Sarah Kendzior
Chameli loves singing and has a very high, sweet, young, versatile, unique voice. She sings a variety of different styles and plays the Piano and Ukulele. Chameli has a good ear for harmonies and is great at improvising. The singer/songwriter built her own home studio.
Nathan Evans diverse portfolio includes stage and screen work, a poetry collection and a performing role with the London Gay Symphony Orchestra. His comedy-drama Curtains was shortlisted for the Best Comedy in the Portobello Film Festival 2016. His short film Rock’n’Roll Suicide “the puppetry promo Bowie never made”, won the low-budget award at the the London Short Film Festival.
Phil is a contemporary singer/songwriter who has earned excellent reviews from the national press, with his thought provoking songwriting and energetic live performances drawing comparisons to Neil Finn, Glenn Tilbrook and Ben Folds.
During his live shows, he makes a real connection with the crowd, whether it's handing out dozens of egg shakers, or passing around his "doodle book" for the audience to draw in. Every now and then you'll catch him unplugging his guitar and shunning the stage to stand right in among the captivated audience.
He has recently signed a distribution deal with Discovery Records on the strength of his latest album "Thoughts & Observations".
WONDERLAND called her one of the most impressive artists of now, Grace has had ongoing support from BBC introducing, she is listed as one of ELLE’s most inspiring women and 4 times UK Beatboxing champion, Grace Savage is nothing short of impressive. So far this year Grace has been nominated for "Best Female Solo Act" and "Best Songwriter" at the Unsigned Music Awards.
Journalists are under threat both locally and globally from unprecedented rise in censorship, threats of physical violence and economic hardship with Gary Allison (Prisoners of Conscience) Andrew Fowler and Jen Stout chaired by Meirion Jones (investigations editor of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism)
In partnership with Bywire.
New technology dominates our lives - from the personal to the political. We all know about social media now, in one way or another, but what else is going to be impossible to ignore in the coming years? And how do we grab the opportunities they present?
E-sports is set to become bigger than football, Augmented/Virtual Reality is popping up everywhere, and we are told Crypto-currencies and Blockchain are set to change everything.
This panel will host speakers from the cutting edge of new technological development to discuss what these things are and how we can put control of them in the hands of the many
Josef Davies-Coates, Better Media ,Wendy Liu and Marijam Didžgalvytė and Joe Todd - chaired by Thomas Barlow, Bywire
Understanding of what blockchain and CryptoCurrency is - and how to plug into it
Understanding of how to maximise digital democracy
How to support Tech workers
Develop and share ideas for how to use new technologies in campaigning and organising
Lauri Love, Naomi Colvin, Mustafa Al-Bassam, Dr Richard Tynan, Birgitta Jonsdottir
Chaired by Chris Spannos, Digital Editor New Internationalist magazine
IN ASSOCIATION WITH NEW INTERNATIONALIST
Alex Hedley is a talented artist with a passion for the earnest melodies and intimacy of indie-folk music. Hailing from England, this charismatic singer and songwriter managed to combine stunning melodies with atmospheric textures and introspective lyrics, in order to create a catchy, yet earnest and edgy sound.
Alex recently released a brand new EP titled “This Life.” The project highlights Alex’s growth as a songwriter, marking his full transition towards becoming a solo act after some time spent as a former member of a band. Alex creates intimate and relatable songs that portray his vision, with elegant production aesthetics and genuine performances. He is poised to bring his music on tour throughout Europe and the UK, with new dates constantly being added to his calendar.
Socially conscious duo CeCe Hemmings and David Moriaty, that together form ‘Hemmingway’ hope to strike a chord in people's hearts, as well as shaking the foundations of the venue with their massive sound. Hemmingway uses elements from drum’n’bass, dubstep, punk, electro and pop to comment on topics such as immigration and domestic violence.
Oz Katerji (Freelance Journalist), Idrees Ahmad (Author, Journalist and Lecturer) and Sara Afshar (BAFTA-nominated director, journalist and filmmaker. Her last documentary, 'Syria's Disappeared: The Case Against Assad' won the British Journalism Award 2017) and Hassan Akkad (Syrian Refugee) chaired by Anita McNaught