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AVA Conference Programme



Opening Keynote – Life after Dark – Dave Haslem & Mark Lawrence


‘Life After Dark’ will welcome author and former Hacienda DJ, Dave Haslam and the CEO of the Association of Electronic Music, Mark Lawrence to explore the ‘creative, cultural and economic value of club culture’.  This Sofa Session will examine UK nightlife and its crucial role in developing some of the best and most important musical talent in the country and how, conversely, the night economy has been in turmoil with 50% of UK venues closing in the last decade. What role can the industry play in championing nightlife and the clubs, bars and promoters that make Britain a breeding ground for incredible artists, DJs and producers?



Bicep – DJ to Live Show interviewed by Scott Wilson FACT Magazine

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Bicep are the Belfast DJ’s, producers, remixers and tastemakers who headlined the 2015 AVA Festival with a performance that will live long in the memories of all who attended. In 2016 they have taken the bold decision to set aside the ones and twos and develop a live show. Who inspired them to do this? How do the tracks transition out of the studio into a live environment? What’s the geekiest piece of hardware they’re going to road-test? Peek under the hood of the forthcoming live show in a fascinating discussion with Fact Magazine at the helm.



Women in Electronic Music hosted by she – Halina Wielogorska // with Shanti Celeste, Dresden Leitner, Grace McCracken.


The gender divide across the music industry remains heavily weighted towards men-both in terms of DJs, producers and performers; and also contingent industry. A 2013 report showed that the gender divide across all music industry related jobs is 67.8% male to 32.2% female- and PRS for Music’s membership (the UK collection society for composers and songwriters ) is only 13 per cent female. ‘Pushing the Dial on Women in Electronic Music’ will discuss the challenges faced by women in the industry, talk through how the panelists themselves have developed their own careers; and signpost on how women can join together to encourage the next generation of creative and industry champions.



Artist Development // Ashley Howard, James Jackson, Lizzy Bowman, Joe Dougan, Mark Gordon


Developing a team in any genre of music is about building a backroom of incentivized colleagues who will push your music, activate your fan base, get you bookings at concerts and events, remix your work, and protect your tracks and productions (and exploit them towards the opportunity). But how can you find a manager? What are the metrics a booking agent looks for? Can a PR company unlock tastemaker blogs and DJ feedback? Where does Radio and YouTube come into play? This panel will build a roadmap for emerging artists to start to build their own artist development plan from the beginning.



Juan Atkins: The History of Techno 

Juan Atkins, known as the ‘Originator of Techno’, started out in 1979 and coined the term “techno” to define the high-tech soundscape of his early music projects. Inspired by George Clinton and playing keyboards as a teenager-his aim was to create a futuristic music sound that would wed the most abstract funk of Parliament with the robotic synth-pop of Kraftwerk. Fast-forward to 2016 and techno remains on the cutting edge of electronica, with generations continuing to push its boundaries. In this unmissable closing keynote, one of modern electronic music founding fathers will tell the story of the birth of this most iconic of genres.


PLUS a full programme of music producing technology and equipment master classes and drop-in sessions from Ableton, Pioneer, The Beat Emporium, Modular Synthesis, Patchblocks, AVA Record fair, street food market AND the announcement of the AVA Emerging DJ and Producer competition in association with Extended Play and Belfast Underground Records.

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AVA Festival & Conference will take place on Saturday 4th June 2016.
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