Spring 2018 Preview

Posted on: 28 February 2018

From indie festivals to industry conferences, there’s a wide variety of events going on in music this spring. Whether you’re a grime enthusiast or an aspiring jazz maestro, there’s something on the calendar you’ll love.

Here are our top picks for Spring this year:

Needs X UN Women Present #HeForShe with Peggy Gou

When: Sunday 11th March, 12pm-12am

Where: Oval Space London, 29-32 The Oval, Bethnal Green

What: Following International Women’s Day on 8th March, these two non-profit organisations, Needs and UN Women, team up for a day into night party in aid of gender equality. The event will feature engaging panel discussions from both women and men across the music industry, as well as empowering performances from B. Traits, Keith Harris, Munroe Bergdorf, Peggy Gou, Bobby Pleasure and more.

Get tickets here.

Poster for #HeForShe with Peggy Gou

Guitar Magazine Masterclass with Guthrie Govan

When: Thursday 22nd March, 7.30-11pm

Where: Dingwalls, Camden, London

What: Having performed with prog-rock legends Asia, iconic film composer Hans Zimmer, and rapper Dizzee Rascal to name a few, Guthrie Govan will turn his hand to any guitar-based challenge. In this masterclass, Guthrie will spend the evening giving attendees an insight into his masterful technique, and taking questions from the audience.   

Get tickets here.

Poster for Guitar Magazine Masterclass with Guthrie Govan

Gateshead International Jazz Festival

When: 6-8th April

Where: Sage Gateshead, Newcastle

What: The UK’s biggest jazz festival under one roof welcomes some of the greatest jazz artists from across the globe. Headliners this year include Ruby Turner, Maceo Parker, Sun Ra Arkestra Tony Allen and many more jazz, funk and soul artists.

Get tickets here

Poster for Gateshead International Jazz Festival poster

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

When: 2-7th May

Where: Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham

What: With its trademark mix of international jazz icons and developing new talent, Cheltenham has become one of the UK’s most-loved jazz festivals. Along with the music, it’s also family friendly and packed with different food and drink stalls – a great place to spend your Bank Holiday weekend.

Get tickets here.

Children watching a group playing at Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Sound City, Liverpool

When: 5-6th May

Where: Liverpool City Centre

What: Typically a rock and indie music festival, this year Sound City is also introducing the new wave of grime and urban stars, showcasing established artists alongside new talent, in intimate venues across Liverpool’s city centre. As well as the music, Sound City also has a program of panels, workshops and talks with leading industry figures, including promoters, managers, artists and more.

Get tickets here

Sound City Festival, Liverpool

Bath Festival

When: 11-27th May

Where: Bath City Centre

What: Celebrating its 70th anniversary this year, the Bath Festival has been extended from its usual 10 to 17 days, with a programme of over 160 events. With music and literature at the heart of the festival, you can expect performances and talks from a wide variety of international artists, authors and speakers.

Get tickets here.

Sound City Festival, Liverpool

The Great Escape, Brighton

When: 17-19th May

Where: Brighton City Centre

What: The Great Escape is arguably the best festival for discovering new music, showcasing 450 up and coming artists from everywhere around the world in venues across Brighton. There’s also a convention alongside the music, featuring panel discussions, keynote speeches, topical debates and plenty of networking opportunities with music industry professionals. 

Get tickets here.


Poster for The Great Escape

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