Thursday 30th July 10.00am – 11.00am

How much and how little representation is there in the grassroots community for black and non black poc performers, crew and gig goers.

Why don’t more black and non black poc artists play these venues?

Why are so many crew, especially young people looking to train in this field, predominantly white? Why do promoters for a genre seem to always represent that genre?

Where is the disconnect – is it with the venues and promoters or with the artists – who needs to do more to engage?

What specific actions can all of the stakeholders to do make the independent grassroots live community more representative?



Jess Kangalee has over a decade of experience working in broadcast media promotions for artists, festivals and events.  She currently runs her own company Good Energy PR and has worked across a diverse roster including Angel Olsen, Azekel, badbadnotgood, Battles, Boards of Canada, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bon Iver, Caribou, Daniel Avery, Dinosaur Jr, Gaika, Grizzly Bear, LUMP, Metronomy, Moses Sumney, Phoebe Bridgers, Run The Jewels, serpentwithfeet, Sleater Kinney, Shame, Sharon Van Etten, Sinkane, Tame Impala, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, The War On Drugs, Yazmin Lacey to name a few; plus Citadel, Green Man, Field Day, Lovebox and Wilderness festivals. She has co-founded the Independent Arm of the Black Music Coalition with Lucy Francis and Thelonious Oliver, in conjunction with the BMC, and has also been leading talks sessions to address diversity and inclusion within in the independent sector of music (industry and artists).


Carin Abdulá is the Head Agent of OUTER, the agency and management arm of Berlin Atonal. With a decade of experience in the music industry ranging from promoting small shows to booking worldwide tours, Carin has always been deeply dedicated to championing the independent spirit.


Lucy Atkinson is a booking agent at Earth Music Agency representing artists including Dorian Electra, Erika de Casier, Iglooghost, and Ecco2k.

Gaining experience across multiple genres in both live and DJ in the last seven years, Lucy’s current roster of artists are cutting edge, diverse and orientated towards progressive and alternative pop with a mainstream potential.


Angelle is a music artist, music lover and broadcaster, specialising in championing new music from Suffolk as well as finding music of black origin and minority communities around the country. Her experience comes from facilitating many grass roots community youth projects which include skills in music, radio, boosting confidence and making new friends. She presents the BBC Music Introducing in Suffolk and a community show, Belongings, on BBC Radio Suffolk. She loves working with different communities and is very passionate about new music and providing opportunities to others.