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Tuesday 28 March 2017

SMILEfest2017 is here

Question:     What do an MBE, a Mercury Award winning rapper, a three times record label of the year winner, an 80’s indie legend and the owner of some the UKs finest festival have in common?

Answer:       SMILEfest2017

Now in its ninth year, SMILEfest – Southampton Solent University’s annual student-led music festival – will feature music industry legends, experts and acts.

This year, guests include Annie Nightingale MBE - Radio 1’s first female DJ, queen of the breaks and friend of the stars (from Beatles to Bowie, she’s known them all); Rob da Bank of Bestival fame; former member of 80s legends The Cocteau Twins and founder of the award-winning Bella Union Records, Simon Raymonde; as well as Mercury prize-winning rapper Speech Debelle.


Every year the festival is packed full of exciting music-related events across the city, encompassing a diverse range of genres and organised by Solent students and staff.

The Music Industries Conference Day is central to the SMILEfest event. It brings together big names, movers and shakers and upcoming talents from world of music – including some of our very successful alumni which this year will include Ian Easton and the Widowmakers, who are launching their third album.

At SMILEfest, musicians, producers, promoters, managers, journalists, film makers – and any of the multitude of careers linked to the broader music industries - come together to provide a comprehensive overview of some of most interesting careers in one of the most exciting businesses – and tell a few stories along the way!

SMILEfest founder and the University’s Professor of Music Industries Martin James says:

“Nine years ago I brought in a few friends from the music industries to give advice to students. Now, all of these years later, the event has become a regular addition to the music industries calendar. Since its’ inception it has been about employability, enterprise and research-in-action, and every year it just gets results. Students learn from the best and even end up getting employment through the contacts they make.”