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Beyond the Stage — Live Music Meets a New Reality

Wed 03 Nov 2021
16:00 - 17:30
The FuseBox, Brighton

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Are you a technologist, or a UX designer interested in live music events? Join us to explore how new technologies like virtual reality and 5G might impact the way that audiences engage with gigs.

Join us for the second in a series of events:

  • Find out more about the creative and technical possibilities of virtual gigs.
  • Discover how different gig promoters and event organisers have been experimenting with new technologies.

Come along to the FuseBox for a panel discussion and networking.

Hear from Nats Spada (co-founder & Creative Director of Platform B) who'll be sharing how Platform B collaborated with the city’s tech community and created Brighton’s first Virtual Reality gig inside a virtual Green Door Store, as well as Donna Close, who'll share with us her work on the 5G festival in collaboration with Brighton Dome. We'll also hear from senior producer and creative Bobby Brown to get the artists view on this new tech.

Hosted by Chris T-T

The event is hosted and moderated by writer, broadcaster and musician C.J. Thorpe-Tracey. Chris writes on music, culture and technology for The Quietus, Dark Mountain, NME, The Morning Star and many others, including his own Border Crossing platform. Chris presents Slack City Social live discussion shows on Slack City Radio, hosts Folkhampton on Radio Reverb and runs audio production studio Lo Fi Arts. Chris spent 20 years in the music industry as an influential underground recording artist, under the name Chris T-T clocking up 10 critically lauded solo albums (SUNDAY TIMES, Top 5 Album of the Year twice; ‘One of the great underground artists of our time.’ — JON SNOW, Channel 4) and he also performed more than 2,300 live shows around the world.

Joining us on the panel:

Nats Spada, Co-founder & Creative Director of Platform B

Platform B is Brighton's not-for-profit next-gen radio station broadcasting online since 2016 and on 105.5 FM and DAB across the city since 2018. The station is directed by a new wave of DJs, producers and presenters who are re-imagining and diversifying the medium with music and youth programming from a studio based in The Green Door Store, a grassroots music venue underneath Brighton station. Broadcasts flow from here as well as from multiple venues, public spaces and events across the city.

Responding to the lockdown, Platform B collaborated with the city’s tech community and created Brighton’s first Virtual Reality gig inside a virtual Green Door Store. The virtual event in March featured live music and spoken word performances from local breakthrough artists and was rooted in a photorealistic representation of the much loved and distinctive, gritty bar and club environment. 

Nats will be talking about her experience of organising and promoting this innovative gig, as well as the opportunities and challenges that this new format presents.

Bobby Brown, Senior Producer, Platform B

Bobby Brown is an experienced creative working within artist development and management, creative direction, branding, digital marketing, label services and events. Since 2018 Bobby has focused his attention back to Brighton, managing singer/songwriter Karl Benjamin, local rap & production duo Frankie Stew & Harvey Gunn, and working extensively with local communities and organisations.

Donna Close, Brighton Dome

A festivals specialist, Donna has developed festival programmes and cultural strategy across the UK, Europe and further afield. 

Donna is Digital Culture Associate at Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival leading on the 5G Festival. Previous projects include AHRC funded XR Circus and 5G:XR Brighton Istanbul, Arts DRIVA, Digital Democracies with Threshold Studios and White Night Brighton.

In partnership with Brighton Dome and part of the 5G Festival.

This event is part of Brighton Digital Festival