Dave Haslam – DJ and Author of Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs and Music Venues. Dave made his DJing debut at the Haçienda in 1986, and played over 450 times at the legendary Manchester club. He has since DJ’d worldwide, from Cream in Liverpool to Berghain in Berlin; curated an exhibition at Manchester Art Gallery, and staged club and live music events for Manchester International festival. Dave has written 5 books, and his latest project, ‘Art Decades’, is a limited edition series of small format books about subjects including Sylvia Plath, vinyl collecting, Courtney Love, and the artist Keith Haring.
On the panel:
Marti Burgess – Owner of Lakota (Club) and Chair of the Bristol @ Night Panel. Marti is also a Corporate and Finance Partner at Bevan Brittan LLP, and became the first black member of Bristol’s Society of Merchant Venturers in May 2020. She is the Chair of the Black South West Network.
Shain Shapiro – Founder and CEO of Sound Diplomacy, the leading global adviser on growing music and night time economies in cities and places. He has defined a new way to think about the value of music and has influenced over 100 cities to invest in music and culture, including developing the Cuban official music strategy for the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation.. He is also the co-founder of Music Cities Convention, the world’s largest event bringing together the music industry with city planners, developers, policy makers and executives. He has consulted at length with the Greater London Authority, including working on the development of London’s Night Czar. He has delivered a TEDx talk and spoken at the European Parliament, MIDEM, MIPIM, SXSW, Smart Cities Expo, and others. He is an accomplished journalist, holds a PhD from the University of London, and was one of the top 10 Creative Entrepreneurs in Britain in the British Council’s h100 list.
Rebecca Swarray aka DJ Mix-Stress – founder and curator of the vibrant and exciting DJ and creatives collective, RebeccaNeverBecky. This collective showcases and platforms emerging, new and established talent specifically from the Manchester QTIPOC & LGBT+ communities through events across the city 4 times a year with collaborations and commissions in between. Rebecca is a massive advocate for her city and DJs at many events and spaces.