SMILEfest 2017: Annie Nightingale, ‘Turning up to a gig when it’s raining.. that’s what makes the culture.’

post on: April 19, 2017

Annie Nightingale is best known as Britain’s first female DJ on Radio 1 and is now the station’s longest serving broadcaster.

Lucy Wood (Latitude Festival)

post on: April 10, 2017

Lucy Wood is the music booker for Latitude Festival, a 35,000 capacity arts and music festival in Suffolk. She has worked with Eat Your Own Ear, Field Day, Warp Records and 19 Entertainment.

SMILEfest 2017 Getting in and getting on: Building a sustainable music career

post on: April 10, 2017

Recap of SMILEfest 2017 second panel Getting in and getting on: Building a sustainable music career with Jen Long (Dice, NME, Radio 1), Jon Davies (Shazam), Flora Ward (Youth Music) and Lucy Wood (Latitude Festival).

SMILEfest 2017: Speech Debelle, ‘I prefer to be overwhelmed by my own black magic.’

post on: April 10, 2017

Speech Debelle is a rapper from South London whose debut album “Speech Therapy” (2009) won her the Mercury Music Prize beating albums by artists like Kasabian, Florence and the Machine, Bat for Lashes and The Horrors.

SMILEfest 2017 Demo Surgery feedback, ‘This is brilliant!’

post on: April 10, 2017

Solent Music’s Demo Surgery 2017 highlighted the best music from the University featuring an A&R panel with Rob da Bank (Bestival), Alan Pell (A&R EMI, consultant), Olivier Behzadi (A&R at Columbia/Sony, Sassy Films), Amanda Maxwell (Boiler Room).

SMILEfest 2017: Simon Raymonde talks Cocteau Twins, Bella Union and his new venture Lost Horizons

post on: April 7, 2017

Simon Raymonde is a former ’twin’ of Cocteau Twins and the head honcho of independent label Bella Union. The label’s roster includes Father John Misty, Ezra Furman, The Flaming Lips, and Emmy the Great. Simon came to SMILEfest 2017 to talk about his days in the legendary band and about starting a label after the […]

SMILEfest 2017 programme announced

post on: March 24, 2017

Find SMILEfest 2017 event & full schedule here.

Annie Nightingale (BBC Radio 1)

post on: March 17, 2017

Annie is best known as Britain’s first female DJ on Radio 1 and is now the station’s longest serving broadcaster. She remains the only female DJ in the world to have been honoured with an MBE by The Queen. Her career has been a fantastical musical journey beginning with hanging out with The Beatles, The […]

Simon Raymonde (Bella Union, Cocteau Twins)

post on: March 17, 2017

Simon Raymonde is head honcho of Bella Union, one of the UK’s finest labels featuring artists like John Grant, Father John Misty, and the Flaming Lips.

Rob da Bank (Bestival)

post on: March 16, 2017

Legendary DJ, promoter and Solent University teaching fellow Rob da Bank was born in in Portsmouth and grew up in Warsash. He is now an Internationally respected music festival owner, radio DJ and music industries innovator. He has been a music journalist, record label owner, radio and club DJ and co-founder of music festivals Bestival […]