Written by Mark Playle

We were so happy to be back in Brighton for the annual Brighton Music Conference. We found a great hotel a very short and pleasant walk from the Brighton Dome where once again the event was being held.

The previous evening Andrew got on a train straight out of Manchester around tea time with an ETA of 8.45pm in Brighton which wasn’t at all bad and as I left in the silver dream machine, I knew it would only take an hour to get there out of rush hour from Surrey. It is worth knowing and don’t be put off coming to the BMC from further afield either by train, plane or automobile, Brighton is a fab location and very very easy to get to.

Our friend Alice flew in from Ibiza on the day she was due to speak on one of the panels which reminds me how close Brighton really is to London Gatwick airport.

After a nice bit of brekkie we took a stroll along Brighton seafront from the pier up to the British airways viewing deck for about 2 miles and then back through to the Lanes grabbing a nice fresh coffee from one of the many coffee houses dotted around and about the Dome.

As we walked up to the entrance of the Dome through the colourful and vibrant streets, the atmosphere was buzzing and an orderly queue lined up on the pavement. We bumped into James Horrocks who showed us inside with his usual friendly greeting and we felt like proper regulars to this amazingly well organised event.

Adorned with our bands and lanyards we immediately headed off to explore the 2018 Brighton Music Conference.

The conference consists of many industry related companies displaying their products and services as well as a varied array of guest speakers and panelists. The talks ranged from Judge Jules talking about music law and copyright to Mark Knight on becoming a successful act and DJ, to Irvine Welsh on Trainspotting and his varied and colourful life as an author and indeed DJ.

Various outside events took place including a fun packed evening with Eats Everything playing as well as speaking during the day. We kept busy on the socials and would thoroughly recommend The Brighton Music Conference to you all. See you next year guys and thank you once again!

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