Wednesday 29th July 12.20am – 1.20pm

With independent venues and promoters mostly taking the risks putting on shows coming out of lockdown, how will this impact they way they work together to put on live shows and tours?

With some promoters, agents, venues and artists now working under different circumstances, will there be more transparency between stakeholders to create more fairness?

What can the independents do to protect themselves and any new model that comes from this from the bigger organisations who are mostly not looking at booking anything until summer 2021?



Nathan is the director and general manager of venue Brudenell Social Club and promoter arm Brudenell Presents. Brudenell as a venue hosts approximately 400+ shows a year, and in the last 12 months artists inc Snow Patrol, Jonny Marr, Yo La Tengo, Bloc Party, Low, Fontaines D.C. and many more.  As a promoter, Brudenell presents organises shows across the north, stretching from across a range of venues, but also reaching out to specialist venues such as Leeds Town Hall, York Minster, to bring unique and exclusive shows to tour programmes. Aside from music, Nathan holds an M.B.A. from Leeds University, was a former professional footballer and holds FA Level 3 / UEFA B coaching license, and is an avid Leeds United fan.


Roxanne was brought up between Berlin and the West Midlands and grew up obsessed with The Beatles and Alanis Morissette. To those ends, she left Berlin for London straight from high school and – with no financial support and no contacts in the city – got by balancing hospitality and admin work with the 90-odd solo gigs she played per year across the U.K. Having built a loyal fanbase, her crowd-funded debut album, Heirlooms & Hearsay, arrived in 2017, leading to support slots with Lambchop, the Wainwright Sisters, and triumphant shows at Glastonbury, Cambridge Folk Festival, a packed album launch show at London’s Roundhouse (Sackler Space) and support from PRSF Women Make Music fund. She is a Board Directors at the FA.


Sarah Joy is a London based booking agent at independent agency ATC Live, where she represents bands such as Squid, Girlpool, The Parrots, Faux Real, Katy J Pearson and Lazarus Kane. Before working as an agent, Sarah ran her own label called Babelogue focusing on female fronted punk bands as well as working on the management team for Neneh Cherry. Training as a journalist many moons ago, Sarah started her music career interning for BBC 6 Music and writing for online publications such as Line of Best Fit and Notion before moving into the artist and live side of the industry. 


Kaiya Milan is an Artist Manager and Creative Strategist. She currently manages AFRONAUT ZU, STEAM DOWN and its founder AHNANSÉ, but has worked with a many notable artists throughout her career. She has worked with many brands including Adidas, Apple, Beats, Puma, Ellesse, Dr. Martins + many more. In 2017, London’s Young Music Boss Awards honoured her work in the music industry by awarding her ‘Manager of the Year’. In addition Kaiya started The Sorority House & Co. established in 2015, which aims to connect, empower, celebrate and inform women in the creative industries and construct a shared sisterhood mentality. 


John Rostron is Executive Chair of the Association of Independent Promoters, the organisation that supports live music and club promoters across the UK. Previously he co-founded the multi-venue new music festival Sẁn with BBC DJ Huw Stephens, and was a promoter in Wales for over a decade, taking artists from grassroots music venues to Arenas. He’s since worked with Sound Diplomacy on writing Cardiff’s Music City ambition; lent his expertise to the Young Promoters Network; sits on the Welsh Government’s Music Working Group and continues to run the Welsh Music Prize to support new music in Wales. He also is Wales manager for Making Music, the organisation that supports leisure time musicians. He’s served as Vice-Chair for the Association of Independent Festivals and a National Advisor to Arts Council Wales. When he’s not at a gig he likes running up mountains near his home in rural North Wales.