Barrow Music Conference

Published: September 28, 2021

Music Industry Moves to Barrow for the Weekend 

From Thursday 30th September until Sunday 3rd October Barrow Music Week invites music industry professionals to share their stories, skills and experiences.

The event has been created from a long term vision of BUMS founders and made happen through partnership and the hard work of South Lakes Rock School and The Forum, (Barrow Borough Council), three organisations that want to make a positive difference to Barrow’s existing music community and help future generations to develop skills or careers in music.

Barrow Music Week is an annual conference to educate and inspire young and established music makers, technicians, DJ’s, producers, promoters, graphic designers, engineers, songwriters and creatives with opportunities to learn about aspects of the music industry from leaders in their field. This will take place amidst an exciting and eclectic program of live music and performances across the town. The 2021 pilot event is designed to provide a taster of next years week long event and will be held over one weekend from Thursday 30th September to Sunday 3rd October.

The man who discovered and signed Oasis, Alan McGee of Creation records, has the honour of opening proceedings on the Thursday evening at The Forum as he discusses his career, the music industry and his relationship with bands such as Oasis and Primal Scream.

“Music brings people together and this event is designed to bring the community together in a celebration of creative talent.” Stated Organiser Sandra Baines of The Forum, Barrow Borough Council

Announced so far are the Barrow Library, The Forum, Barrow Underground Music Society, The Derby and TNT Records. Daytime performances will be free with pop up and staged performances around town, headlining shows will be ticketed. Headlining The Forum on Friday night are platinum selling indie rockers Scouting For Girls, which has already sold out.

Working in partnership with the Cumbria Music Hub, BIMM Institute and South Lakes Rock School, local schools and colleges will be able to enjoy musical learning activities, advanced workshops, talks and a host of performances. BBC Radio Cumbria and BBC Music Introducing in Cumbria be will participating throughout and the event has already received positive support from Barra Culture, Performing Rights Society, Barrow Borough Council, Bags of Love, Simon Fell MP, Cando FM, Rhythm Time South Lakes & Furness, Bad Habit Music, The Duke of Edinburgh, Fell Brewery, Cumbria Music Hub, BIMM Manchester, The Night and Day Cafe Manchester, Another Fine Fest and many more music loving organisations.

“If we can inspire a new generation of young people to understand the wider creative, technical and commercial areas associated with music we can provide a foundation for more creative opportunities in this area.” Added the events Community & Education Liaison, Lesley Harris of South Lakes Rock School

Artistic Direction for the event is provided by Graham (Gripper) Newby of Barrow Underground Music Society “The aim is to bridge the gap between Barrow and the wider music world, and at the same time showcase the talent and creativity the town has to offer. By bringing in networking, educational, performance and career opportunities, we hope to stimulate and inspire people to get involved in all areas of music and to see where it can take them. .“


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Rob Dunphy

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