The Next Stage

Build a career in music

Thurs 16 October, 7pm-9.30pm

The Next Stage

A Music Industry Day organised by More Music, Un-Convention and Lancaster & Morecambe College.

Open to 12-25 year olds

Want to know more about a career in the music industry? We’ve teamed up with global music network Un-Convention and LMC to bring together a panel of music industry professionals to answer your questions.

Young bands and musicians will also have the chance to showcase their talents for a talent scout from a major record label.

There are limited spaces for the private record showcase. To book a showcase slot, please email Rachel Parsons at:

Discussion topics that will be covered at the event:


  • How to make the most out of your studio time.
  • How to present yourself as a musician
  • Break: 8pm - 8.15pm


    • Developing a fan base
    • How to make the leap from being an amateur to professional.

    This year's panel

    Jeff Thompson (panel moderator)

    Jeff is co-founder of Un-Convention, co-founder of the Future Artists Live Creative Co-op and also runs Fat Northerner Records, an independent label based in Manchester, UK.

    Aniff Akinola

    Aniff Akinola is renowned vocalist, writer, producer and ex label owner, one half of cult Manc hip-hop outfit ‘Chapter and the Verse’, co-writer of a Guy Called Gerald’s classic house anthem ‘Voodoo Ray’, co-writer of Kirsty MacColl’s hit ‘Walking Down Madison’ and general co-conspirator of such 90’s electronic luminaries as The Orb, Steve Hillage and The Beloved. Aniff is also a co writer of Ian Browns "Set My Baby Free”

    Mike Hosker - Lowline

    Mike is the bass player from hotly tipped Manchester band Lowline. They have been described by the Guardian as "the most exciting new band to have emerged from Manchester in recent times.

    Claire Windsor - First Sound Engineer at The Royal Shakespeare Company

    Having graduated from LIPA, Claire went on to work as a sound technician at the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester before moving to the Royal Shakespeare Company to take the position of First Sound Engineer.