Diamond Age// Dan O’Farrell // Clare Canning // Jones & Bull DJ set

March 10

Sotones presents: Diamond Age// Dan O’Farrell // Clare Canning // Jones & Bull DJ set

Where: Unity Brewing Co., Unit 10, Belgrave Rd
Southampton, SO17 3EA

Date: March 10, 2018 ● Time: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm ●

Plus, from midday: A pop-up exhibition featuring the World’s best screen print gig posters, brought to you by The Artist Formerly Known as Prints



Alan McGee (Creation Records, Poptones)

Alan McGee has been a record label owner, musician, manager, and music blogger for The Guardian and Huffington Post. He is best known for co-founding and running the independent Creation Records label from 1983 to 1999, and the Poptones label from 1999 to 2007. He has managed or championed successful acts such as The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, Oasis and The Libertines. He was also the lead singer and guitarist for the indie pop group Biff Bang Pow! who were active from 1983-91. In short Alan McGee was the visionary behind the 80s indie scene and Brit Pop… he’s a legend.



Jon Stewart (Guitarist with Sleeper)

Guitarist and songwriter Jon Stewart formed what became the Britpop band Sleeper with Louise Wener whilst they were both students at University of Manchester. The band recorded for Sony/BMG 1993-98 and enjoyed three UK Top 10 albums (one silver, one gold, one platinum) and eight UK Top 20 singles. They toured the UK, Europe, Japan and USA/Canada many times over that period, their biggest show being in front of 85.000 people supporting Radiohead / REM at Milton Keynes Bowl. Sleeper also appeared in the million-selling soundtrack of Danny Boyle’s iconic Trainspotting movie. Louise’s memoir “Just For One Day” is a hilarious retelling of their story. In 2017, after 20 years apart, Sleeper reunited to play twentieth anniversary shows to a sold-out Kentish Town 02 Forum and Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Now a widely published popular music researcher, Jon is Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Music Business at BIMM Institute, Brighton.

Gigs, Clubs and Workshops

March 10
Sotones presents: Diamond Age// Dan O’Farrell // Clare Canning // Jones & Bull DJ set

Unity Brewing Co., Unit 10, Belgrave Rd
Southampton, SO17 3EA
Date: March 10, 2018 ● Time: 10:00 am – 10:00 pm ●
Plus, from midday: A pop-up exhibition featuring the World’s best screen print gig posters, brought to you by The Artist Formerly Known as Prints

March 10
Poison Ivy Promotions presents: One Last Thrill // Speaking of Witches // Knuckleheads // Jetski Babylon

Suburbia, 27-29 Onslow Rd
Southampton, SO14 0JD United Kingdom
Date: March 10, 2018 ● Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm ●
Ticket prices: (advance) £6 – get them from the bands, Poison Ivy Promotions or online at https://www.fatsoma.com/sdcevents/rkxy5mvf/one-last-thrill-live-at-suburbia (more on the door)
Age: 14+
Reduced entry to Homeslice (club night after gig) TBC

March 13
YLGPI Promotions presents: MIS-SHAPES: An Indie night with added pop

Shooting Star,
Date: March 13, 2018 ● Time: 10:00 pm – 10:00 pm ●
DJs 10-late
£2 on the door

March 16
Curious Promotion presents: Thyla // Beach Riot // Djuno // The Fortysix

Suburbia, 27-29 Onslow Rd
Southampton, SO14 0JD United Kingdom
Date: March 16, 2018 ● Time: 8:00 am – 5:00 pm ●
Tickets: £5 advance / £7 at the door/ 14+
(Extra £2 to stay in club after the gig – Over 14s only)

March 19

Challenge your skills at these real world events

Magazine in a Day
10 – 7
News Room, Solent University

Social Media/ Digital PR & Marketing Campaign in a Day
10 – 5
News Room, Solent University
Guest digital strategist: LESLIE GILOTTI

March 24
Mosh Fest 2: Ursus // Visionist // Built to Break // Death Warrant

Suburbia, 27-29 Onslow Rd
Southampton, SO14 0JD United Kingdom
Date: March 24, 2018 ● Time: 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm ●

March 24
Moondust Music presents… Art House Acoustic: Soul and Fire // Stable Youth // Bash!!

The Art House, 178 Above Bar St
Southampton, SO14 7DW United Kingdom
Date: March 24, 2018 ● Time: 7:30 pm – 10:30 pm ●
Doors: 7:30pm – 10:30 pm
Tickets: £5 advance £6 on door
Age: 14+ (Under 18’s to be accompanied by a fully paying adult)

March 26
Rare breed entertainment presents… man like
DJ Raystar Russell // Beluga Ice // Elrado Nasty // Stackz // Rage Santana // Kio // DRMSZ

The Loft, 21 Lower Banister St
Southampton, United Kingdom
Date: March 26, 2018 ● Time: 7:00 pm – 11:30 pm ●
Tickets: £8 early bird/£12 standard
Via skiddle etc.
18+ event

March 31

Luna Bay

28 Bedford Pl, Southampton SO15 2DB

Saturday 31st March.

Heartbreakers, Southampton.

Doors – 9:30.   £3 on door

The Music Industry of Tomorrow: South Coast Women in Music 2018

The Music Industry of Tomorrow: South Coast Women in Music 2018
Where: The Spark, Solent University, East Park Terrace Southampton, SO14 0YN
Date: March 9, 2018 – March 9, 2018
Time: 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm


FREE ENTRY, PLEASE REGISTER: https://scwim.eventbrite.co.uk/

We need to come together to tackle the gender imbalance and frequent sexism within the music industry.

This is an industry conference and networking event celebrating the role of women in music. We aim to bring together women in music and women aspiring to work within the industry, providing a positive and inspiring platform.

At its core, this is an event to promote diversity. You do not need to be a Solent University student, a student of any kind, or identify as female to attend this event. No one is excluded from this discussion and men are encouraged to attend, as for progress to be made surrounding the role of women in music, the industry as a whole must be involved.

This event is happening at the Southampton Solent’s The Spark building on 9th March – the day after the International Women’s Day.

In association with: shesaidso

Announced guest speakers:

Ellie Giles
Debra Geddes
(More to follow)

Music Industries Conference

Once again we bring you a stellar line-up of guests discussing the hot issues of the day
When: March 21, 12 – 6
Where: Studio Solent (JM315)

Digital Futures
How will musicians and the music industries prosper in the digital revolution?
Sabine Jones (Copyright and neighbouring rights expert)

Emma McGann (Singer/ songwriter, ‘Rize’ broadcaster & ambassador)

Nina Condron (director at Horus Music Limited)

Gavin Foord (Foor Collective)

Launching Artists, Launching Labels, Launching Careers
Getting your music heard seems harder than ever before. So how do you build and sustain careers in music these days?
Nick Halkes (Manager of The Prodigy, Caspa, and more)

Shadow Child (Producer, owner of Food Music)

Joe Frankland (Senior Grants and Programmes Manager at PRS Foundation)

Soraya Sobh (The Bakery marketing and management agency)

Julia Sykes (PLYA)

In conversation… Alan McGee
The latest in a long line of iconic special SMILEfest guests, Alan McGee pretty much defined 80s & 90s indie through his label Creation Records, which gave the world Oasis, Primal Scream, My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain. Legend!

Generation X presents… Re-visiting the 90s
From image to music the 1990’s are enjoying a comeback as the nostalgia industries go to work on a new decade. But is the revival anything like the real thing?
Alan McGee (Creation Records founder who signed Oasis, Primal Scream and more)
Rachel Goswell (Vocalist, guitarist with Slowdive)

Jagz Kooner(Globally renowned Record Producer / Remixer / DJ/ Song Writer)

Steve ‘Chandrasonic’ (Asian Dub Foundation)

Demo Surgery
Experts mull over the finest songs that Solent Uni’s students have to offer.
Jon Stewart (Guitarist with Sleeper)
Jagz Kooner(Globally renowned Record Producer / Remixer / DJ/ Song Writer)
Julian Deane (Guitarist with Toploader, MD/A&R Raygun Management)
ECKOES (acclaimed singer/songwriter)
* More guests to be added. All timings and line up correct at time of going to press.

Confirm attendance here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1842475085826915/


Music and entertainment careers day

Location: East Park Terrace, Solent University, The Spark
Date: Thursday 15 March 2018 (13:00-16:30)

Interested in working in the music and entertainment industry?

Book your place at this great event NOW

Solent Futures are really pleased to be hosting a careers event on 15 March where you can hear from a diverse range of exciting guests from the music and entertainment industry about their roles and how they got there! The event will complement the fantastic celebration of SMILEfest Decade, celebrating ten years at the forefront of music industries education.

UK Music will be kicking off the event giving an insight into the latest opportunities within the music business, followed by short introductions from our visitors. You will then have the chance to visit all of our guests in The Spark, ask them questions and get their personal advice and tips on how to get into the industry. It’s a great way to network and make connections with professionals – you never know where a conversation can lead!

UK Music and other guests will be in the Jane Austen Theatre from 1pm – 2pm followed by the careers fair in the upper atrium in The Spark until 4:30pm.

Guests so far include:
UK Music
Giles Stanley, Visiting Fellow
ATC Management
Media Match
The Joiners
The Brook
Blackhill Studios
Southampton Music Hub
Rockschool Ltd
Big Mouth Theatre
The Point and Berry Theatre
Alumni – Sony Music
University of Southampton – PGCE options in music and drama
FE music teacher
Mayflower Theatre
Expression Music Events
Soco Music Project
Showcase Performance Company
Audio Lock – Music anti-piracy services
Animis Pictures – TV & film producer
DHP Family – Concert promoters, music venue operators, festival and club organisers, band management

Sarah Hall (Senior Publicist, Sony Music)

Sarah Hall has worked for Sony Music for 8 years as a Senior Publicist. Her clients include Justin Timberlake, Miley Cyrus, Meghan Trainor, The Chainsmokers and Chris Brown. She has an MA and BA (Hons) in Journalism Studies.

Julian Deane (Raygun Management)

Julian Deane is the Founder of Raygun, a Brighton based Management Company, Record Label and Publisher whose roster includes The XCERTS, Luke Sital-Singh, The Wytches, and Tigercub amongst others. Founded in 2007, Julian built Raygun by developing a talented group of young friends in a spirit of togetherness. In 2016 Julian co-founded a new record label Cannibal Hymns releasing debut recordings from bands including Dream Wife, Our Girl and Underwater Boys.
Previously the guitarist in Toploader, Julian has seen the best and worst of the music industry as well as the seismic changes of recent years and brings this to bear in his approach to artist development and career longevity.