This event was produced by Trish and Bristol Women In Music, for the Fringe supported by BBC6Music Festival at St George’s Bristol Crypt. It featured inspiring female speakers and speed networking opportunities for anyone interested in working in the music industry.
DJ Queen Bee – Queen Bee began her career on the legendary pirate radio station ‘Emergency Radio’ and Respec Fm before becoming music programmer for FEM Fm, Britain’s first all female radio station on 1992. Appearances at Glastonbury Festival (resident DJ on the Jazz World Stage for 10 years) and at international WOMAD festivals followed and for the last 5 years Queen Bee has been DJing all over Europe with Daddy G from Massive Attack and also as Massive Attack’s Tour DJ.
Eva Greene – Currently co-runs Black Acre; a Bristol-based record label established in 2007 which has expanded into artist management, music publishing and consultancy. Personally manages Clap! Clap! (Italian producer) & Julie Adenuga (Apple Radio Presenter).
Ewa Strusińska – Born in Poland, Ewa Strusińska studied at the Fryderyk Chopin University of Music in Warsaw, and upon finishing her studies spent a year working as Assistant Conductor at Czestochowa Philharmonic Orchestra. She has been appointed Principal Conductor and Music Director of the Szczecin Philharmonic Orchestra, taking up the role from the 2013/14 artistic season.
Gin Saunders – Currently works as a music lecturer at Bath College and Bath Spa University teaching music industry, marketing and promotion and live event management. She has represented a wide range of bands and artists including: Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, Beastie Boys, Foo Fighters, Placebo, Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine, Hole, Alabama 3, Moby, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Sean Ryder, Mogwai, Henry Rollins, and Travis.
Lady Nade – She is a Bristol based singer songwriter who writes and performs her own material. She is accompanied by Bath-based guitarist Seb Gutiez, Bristol based drummer, Mike Cooper and Double bass-player, Dan Everett.
Saffron Records – Laura is the founder of Saffron Records, the South West’s first all female record label who’s vision is to give young women an alternative platform to education and employment by nurturing their creativity through musically focused apprenticeships. Saffron has a long term ambition to create a safe, supportive and transformative space for young women to escape the chaos; to gather and inspire one another, provide their peers with the encouragement and companionships to give them the confidence to access the music industry with the recognition needed to succeed.
Sarah Bland – Is now a production manager for DHP, she is responsible for shows ranging in size from The Louisiana to Cardiff Arena, along with various metropolitan festivals including Dot to Dot, Mirrors, Hit the Deck and Columns. Sarah also works in production at other festivals such as Glastonbury and Secret Garden Party.
Tre Stead – Theresa ‘Tre’ Stead is 33 years old from Kent, and has been working in the live music industry as a Freelance Tour Manager for nearly a decade. More recently she has been working with Jessie Ware and Frank Turner & The Sleeping Souls.
Katie Sky – Katie Sky is a Bristol, UK singer/songwriter whose credits include numerous EDM features released on some of the most noteworthy labels in the genre (Ultra, Circus, OWSLA). She recently signed her publishing to Universal / Matt Galle Publishing.
Elles Bailey – As well as writing and touring her own music Elles actively supports new talent in the music industry. She has just taken a post as Head of Production & Host of Positively Talented, the newest station brought to you by Noel Edmonds, part of his PositivityRadio.World.
Laura Rawilngs – For the award-winning Laura, having a microphone’s an excuse to meet all sorts of fascinating people and have a go at things she wouldn’t usually get to try. She’s been floored in less than a second by a Master of martial arts and cycled backwards on a reverse tandem, all while live on the radio. There are more glamorous occasions too; talking fan tattoos over a pint of finest ale with Ian Rankin, broadcasting live on the BBC from the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and singing along with Hugh Cornwell to Golden Brown in the fire escape of a Bath bakery.
Gabby Chelmicka – Gabby has spent over 20 years working in the music business. In 1996 Gabby became Robbie Williams’s personal manager. She was a key member of his management team at ie:music for nearly ten years and was integral in the organisation of Robbie’s early tours, including his seminal gigs at Slane Castle in 1999 and his Knebworth gigs in 2003. Since moving back to her home town of Bristol, Gabby has been working on a freelance basis in artist liaison and as a live event producer.