Below are some of the events (in reverse order) which the Impact of Festivals team will be (or have been) attending or contributing towards – we hope to see some of you there!

EFG London Jazz Festival logo
EFG London Jazz Festival logo

EFG London Jazz Festival 2016, London, UK: 11-20 November 2016. Emma Webster and George McKay will talk about the Impact of Festivals project at the 2016 Festival with Jazz and the City mini conference, featuring panels on Festivals and the City, featuring Steve Rubie (606 Club), Orphy Robinson, and Mikey Martins (Freedom Festival); and Musicians and the City, featuring Andy Sheppard, Sarah Tandy, and Charles Umney (Leeds Business School).

IASPM UK-Ireland Biennial Conference, Brighton, UK: 8-10 September 2016. IASPM is the International Association for the Study of Popular Music, of which Emma Webster and George McKay are members.  Emma Webster will be part of a panel about festivals with Dr Roxy Robinson, Dr Chris Anderton, and Danny Hagan.  Emma’s paper will be on the creative role of festival producers in the production of place, based on her work for the Impact of Festivals project.

IMC/12 Points Festival, San Sebastian, Spain: 22-23 July 2016. George is contributing sessions on festival and jazz cultures, for the Jazz Futures workshops.

Continental Drifts: 50 Years of Jazz from Europe, Edinburgh, UK: 16-17th July 2016. Organised by researchers-in-residence at Edinburgh Jazz Festival, this conference will include papers on the key factors in the development of jazz in Europe and the future of jazz in Europe. Paper to be submitted by Emma Webster. George McKay in attendance too.

Live Music Exchange, Newcastle, UK: 2 June 2016. Emma Webster talks about the impact of festivals report in a day themed around the value of live music at the University of Newcastle. Live Music Exchange is a hub for anyone interested in live music research.

Work Well-being seminar, UEA, UK: 23 May 2016. George McKay chairing round-table discussion about health and well-being in the cultural workplace, including discussion of festivals as music industry example.

Jazz-Utopia-conference-logoJazz Utopia, Birmingham, UK: 14 to 17 April 2016. The fourth Rhythm Changes conference. Within the general theme of Jazz Utopia have been identified three sub-themes: jazz identities, inside/outside: jazz and its others, and heritage and archiving. Emma Webster will be part of a panel on festivals with Tom Sykes and Tony Whyton, and will be talking about the impact of jazz festivals, based on a paper submitted to Jazz Research Journal (see Project Outputs).


‘Researching (Jazz) Festivals: A Day of Ideas and Discussion’ @ Cheltenham Jazz Festival, Cheltenham, UK: 29th April 2016. A symposium about jazz festivals and the impact of festivals, featuring academics and festival organisers, and also featuring the launch of the Impact of Festivals report. Tickets for this FREE event will be available to Members on Wed 24 Feb at 1:00pm. Public booking opens on Wed 02 Mar at 1:00pm.

Changing the Future Research Landscape? A Connected Communities Conference for Early Career Researchers, UEA, Norwich, UK: 22-23rd March 2016. This conference brings together researchers who have been or are currently involved in one of the hundreds of Connected Communities projects across the UK.  Emma Webster will be presenting a paper on her experiences as the researcher-in-residence at the EFG London Jazz Festival and the benefits and compromises such a position entails – read the abstract here.

AHRC ‘Engaging with Government’, Institute for Government, London, UK: 8-10th March 2016. Emma Webster was successful in her application to participate in this three-day course, which is designed to provide an insight into the policy-making process, and to enable academics to apply this to their own research.

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Emma Webster ‘s keynote on the UK live music /club scene at #marsfest16, Seinäjoki @sirppini

MARS Festival, Seinäjoki, Finland: 3rd to 7th February 2016. Emma Webster gave the keynote speech to researchers and industry practitioners on the ecology of live music venues and about the current movement in the UK to try to stem the decline in grassroots venues.

Submotion Orchestra
Submotion Orchestra @ The Barbican, London 22 Nov 2015 © Emma Webster 2015

EFG London Jazz Festival 2015, London, UK: 13th to 22nd November 2015. As well as going to some awesome gigs including GoGo Penguin/Kamasi Washington, Moon Hooch @ The Streets, and Submotion Orchestra, George McKay and Emma Webster also took part in or attended talks on the role of (jazz) festivals, career opportunities (or the lack thereof) for jazz graduates, and jazz rants about boring jazz and not being afraid to find the humour in jazz.