Announcing Let’s Reconnect Festival

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We’re wrapping up our ‘Let’s Reconnect’ season by throwing a 4-day celebration of new music, creativity and collaboration. 

Announcing Let’s Reconnect Festival
14th April 2021

We’re wrapping up our ‘Let’s Reconnect’ season by throwing a 4-day celebration of new music, creativity and collaboration. 

We’re wrapping up our ‘Let’s Reconnect’ season by throwing a 4-day celebration of new music, creativity and collaboration. 

Join us across our digital channels from Mon 26 Apr-Thu 29 Apr for workshops, events and conversations to help us all (re)connect. 

At the heart of the festival lies new work by some of the most exciting emerging artists from across the North (and beyond) including Libersea, Amber Jay, Days Like Television, Rosie Parsons, Remote Hope, Abbie Jennings and moonray pixie.

Free and open-to-all, the festival will also feature contributions from:
Andreya Triana
Amelia Ideh
BandLab
Mike Pony (Submerge)
Joe Hastings (Music Minds Matter)
Jamz Supernova (DJ set)

“As the challenges of the last twelve months leave many musicians feeling like they no longer have a viable career, our work as a music charity has never felt more crucial. Throughout the pandemic we’ve been supporting people to reconnect with their creative practice, their professional development, and each other. We can’t wait to shine a light on the incredible new work that has been created, and come together to share reflections, new perspectives and our hopes for a more equitable future for the music industry.Debra King, Director, Brighter Sound

The full schedule will be announced over the coming days so keep an eye on this page, and our social media channels (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) using the hashtag #LetsReconnect

Both Sides Now x BandLab Workshop
Mon 26 Apr, 1-3pm
A space for women and people from marginalised genders to come together, develop skills on BandLab and try something new with the opportunity to pitch for a ‘48-hour flash commission’.
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Libersea Listening Party
Mon 26 Apr, 7pm-8pm
What does it mean to be connected in today’s world? And how do you approach a collaboration with somebody you’ve never met in real life? Join us for the first listen of Libersea’s new EP ‘Can You Hear Me?’, a new digital collaboration by Caitlin Laing-McEvoy (Manchester, UK) and Ditte Elly Goard (Aarhus, Denmark).
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Digital Marketing Masterclass with Amelia Ideh
Tue 27 Apr, 6.30-8pm
BSL interpreted

Join communications consultant Amelia Ideh as she shares the secrets to creating your own successful launch strategies, how to use social media without it using you, developing a strong voice and an engaged audience and looking after your mental health.
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Staying Well in the Music Industry
Wed 28 Apr, 1-2pm
An upfront and informative discussion on how to stay well and prioritise your mental health in the music industry, during and after a pandemic featuring contributions from Joe Hastings (Music Minds Matter), Dr Melanie Grundy (British Association For Performing Arts Medicine), vocalist, songwriter and producer Jamaal Monarch and singer-songwriter Lindsey Abudei.
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New Tracks
Wed 28 Apr, 6-7pm
A celebration of new music created together online by young musicians during our New Tracks project, featuring new music, animated music videos, and discussion around the role of music and creativity in supporting young people’s mental health and wellbeing.
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Queer Narratives in Music
Thu 29 Apr, 1-2pm
BSL interpreted

A roundtable discussion exploring the importance of LGBTQIA+ narratives in popular music, with Anil Sebastian and Amber Jay. Hosted by Mike Pony (Submerge) the roundtable will explore personal awakenings, discuss evolving artistic identities, and imagine a future where all voices are heard.
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Remote Hope
Thu 29 Apr, 6-7.30pm
An online showcase of new music by Remote Hope – a collective of eclectic young musicians from across Greater Manchester. Working together remotely, the artists have produced a diverse body of new sounds, weaving together their different musical backgrounds and influences.
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Jamz Supernova (DJ Set)
Thu 29 Apr, 8-9pm
To conclude Let’s Reconnect Festival, DJ, broadcaster, label owner and A&R & podcast host Jamz Supernova will be digging into her collection for the official ‘afterparty’.
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