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NextGen Community Event: Bristol

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Left to right: Stacey Olika, Sophia Ahmed, Leon Pattrick, A for Alpha

Photography: Jahiem Williams | @jahiem.jpg

Youth Music's NextGen Community Series headed to Bristol to host an event on all things radio, sync and A&R, for young artists to get their music heard.

Taking place at Strange Brew, young creatives from Bristol and beyond met and mingled, before the panel began.

For this particular event, we brought together a panel of local music industry experts to share their tips and tricks for music discovery as an emerging artist.

Hosted by presenter Stacey Olika, the panel included Youth Music NextGen Fund artist A for Alpha, a DJ who runs Alpha's Trip Records, Sophia Ahmed from Saffron Records, and Leon Pattrick from Noods Radio, both Youth Music funded partners.


After an engaging panel discussion, the audience enjoyed performances from four up-and-coming artists.

First up was singer-songwriter Nat Oaks, who brought the vibes with pop charm and hip-hop production, before Laura Dia treated everyone to her alt-R&B sounds.

t l k span cinematic ambient, downtempo electronic, and skewed pop tunes, before bassist and producer, Marla Kether, wrapped the evening up with a DJ set.

Next events

Our NextGen Community Series was designed to support emerging creatives UK-wide, which is why we have even more events lined up this year.

Sign up to our NextGen Community and be the first to hear about these events and more, as well as job, training and performance opportunities around the UK.

Young Guns Network X Youth Music NextGen Events:

  • Wednesday 19th June – KISS at Bauer Media, London
  • Wednesday 7th August  – Mono, Glasgow
  • Wednesday 27th November – Levi’s, London Office