(c) Jake Davis, Hungry Visuals - image of people playing with a modulated synth
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Coming up: Free!! AVA electronic music industry conference in London with Orbital and others, 13 March 2020

Forget stupid superstitions: this Friday the 13th you are going to get very lucky indeed. If you live anywhere near South East London, and even if you don’t, get yourselves down to AVA, where the biggest industry leaders in electronic music will be hosting their 2020 conference in the iconic Printworks London club. How much will it cost? How about absolutely free!

Panel discussion at the conference
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Taking part in the conference are going to be the likes of Orbital, Matt Black (from Coldcut), Jayda G and Actress (see the flyer for more names). SoundCloud will be there too, running their Creators’ Forum, which will include discussions on the changing shape of DJ culture and the impact of technology, tips on mental health resources for the music professional, and advice on how to stand out as a musical creative in an otherwise crowded music scene. Andrew Weatherall was meant to be there too, but as we are sure you are all too aware, he sadly left this world last month. We are sure there will be plenty of tributes to one of this country’s most brilliant electronic musicians.

Questions at the conference
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Abbey Road Studios, Georgia Taglietti from Sónar Festival, super agent Steve Hogan, the amount of speakers is truly mindboggling. And if it gets too much, there’s plenty of opportunity to chill out, mingle and network with other London-based music professionals. Who knows, you may end up finding the dream collaboration. Or even landing yourself an agent!

Playing around with a modulated synth at the conference
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You can’t just turn up unannounced, you have to register first, so here is the registration link. But, as we said, entrance to the conference won’t cost you a penny.

The main conference room - seen with the Friday conference and the Saturday club event
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The day after the conference (Saturday, 14th March) there is going to be an all-day club event, starting at 12 noon and ending at 11pm. Fresh from their talks on the Friday, Orbital will of course be headlining — it will be their Printworks début in actual fact. Joy Orbison, Overmono, Ross From Friends and many more will also be performing. This event is not free, but we still think it’s good value, considering the talent on offer. To buy tickets (£30+bf as long as you get in before 2pm, price increases later on) you will need to click on this link.

However, if you want to just come on the Friday for all the free stuff, that’s fine. But something tells us we’ll be seeing you on the dance floor as well. GIGsoup will certainly be in attendance, and if you see us please look for our name badges and say hello!

Clubbing at Printworks
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We cannot wait to hear what Orbital have to say on Friday, and then dance to them on Saturday. They have always been a firm favourite of ours. So many times we have danced to them in various venues around the London area since the 1990s, as well as their legendary Glastonbury performances. Something tells us this will be a special couple of days.

The original flyer
The original flyer – though sadly Andrew Weatherall had to pull out last minute. RIP.