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University of Manchester Students' Union
Oxford Rd, M13 9PR Manchester, United Kingdom
From Acid House to Britpop, the Hacienda to Factory Records, Joy Division to New Order, Manchester is a city steeped in musical history. However, the music industry is no exception to the rule of cisgender white male dominance. With gender diversity in the music industry occupying an increasingly larger space in public dialogue, Pangaea Festival and B.L.O.O.M. are hosting a panel discussion on the topic to celebrate International Women’s Day.
We’ve invited some of Manchester’s (and the surrounding areas) finest women (and man), so DRUM ROLL, PLEASE:
Alice Woods: (Moderator)
Alice Woods is one-quarter of Manchester techno promoter crew Meat Free. Alice can be found behind the decks at Meat Free as aalice, playing house through to techno. aalice has appeared at the likes of The Warehouse Project, Field Maneuvers, Festival Number 6 and AVA Festival. When not behind the decks, Alice has appeared as a speaker on a number of panels from Simple Things, AVA to Radio 1 and is the curator of electronic music discussion series FLOOR. Alice also leads on the Under One Roof project, a rave designed especially for people with learning disabilities.
Laura is one busy lady, working across the festival industry she is best known for her roles as the Volunteer Manager for Dimensions and Outlook festivals, Farmfest’s Event Manager and the Operations coordinator for E1, one of London’s newest clubs. Working as a Freelance Events and Operations Manager Laura has worked her way through Artist liaison roles, production teams and site management to get to where she is now. Managing to balance her responsibilities you will still find laura dancing around till the wee hours of the mornings when she can.
Emma is the Programming Director for Manchester based company From the Fields. Within this role, she organises all the music programming for Kendal Calling, Bluedot and Off the Record. Emma brings her expertise on the live music scene that fills up such a large proportion of festival lineups. Somehow Emma manages to find the time to be an artist manager as well as promote her own shows in Manchester! Do we hear the sound of wonder woman? We think so…
Better known as SNO, Nongi has taken Manchester by storm in the last year, playing regularly for the likes of Banana Hill, Reform Radio and Me Gusta. Her sets have gained her worldwide recognition and she is on the prestigious Dimensions Festival Directory, which showcases up-and-coming musical talent. She will also be soundtracking in the sun at Soundwave Festival this summer. Nongi is a real collector and crate-digger, with an unparalleled knowledge and love for all things groovy. Her South African roots leap off the turntables and infect the bodies of her dancers.
To get a male perspective on the issue, we have asked the wonderful Alberto of Orchid-AM to come down and represent the male contingent of the music industry. Alberto is the founder and director of Orchid Artist Management, an agency that looks after some serious dons in the electronic music game. Alberto has also started the Hypermagic record label, which is a tape series that aims to highlight the musical talent of Manchester. So far they have released tapes from Blasha & Allatt (Meat Free) and Perfume Advent.
Doors open: 6.30pm
Panel Starts: 7pm
Panel Finishes: 8.30pm (Ish)
Whilst the venue is fully accessible, Reform Radio will be broadcasting the event live for those who can't make it.
We will also be hosting an after party at Indigo with SNO, aalice (Meat Free) and B.L.O.O.M. residents (wo)manning the decks.
A huge thanks to Jess Ebsworth for the amazing art!