Chris Anderton

Dr Chris Anderton

Associate Professor


Dr Chris Anderton is Associate Professor in Cultural Economy, with a particular focus on the music industries, music culture and music history. His research examines a range of topics including: the live music and festivals industries, the development and representation of music genres, the management and marketing of popular music, and the intersection of fan practices and intellectual property law. He teaches on Solent’s music business courses and supervises a number of postgraduate students.

Over the past ten years he has acted as co-executive producer of Solent’s SMILEfest event, which allows our students to get involved in organising and managing industry-facing activities, guest speaker talks, live concerts, club nights, and more. In 2019 the event was a key part of the SO: Music City festival in Southampton, which saw students and staff working closely with local music industry organisations, venues and musicians. Chris also founded and manages Solent Music (, which arranges music industry guest speakers, seminars and events, manages work experience opportunities, and promotes the fantastic work of students across the range of music courses at Solent. As with SMILEfest, Solent Music is a collaboration between our students and staff.

Chris completed his doctoral thesis at the University of Wales, Swansea, entitled '(Re) Constructing Festival Places', and since joining Solent University has published the books Understanding the Music Industries (Sage, 2013) and Music Festivals in the UK: Beyond the Carnivalesque (Routledge, 2019). He has presented at numerous academic conferences around the world and has published numerous book chapters and academic journal articles. He is currently working on a number of books due for publication in 2021/22, including Music Management, Marketing and PR: Creating Connections and Conversations (Sage), Media Narratives in Popular Music (Bloomsbury Academic) and Researching Live Music: Gigs, Tours, Concerts and Festivals (Routledge). He has also guest edited issues of the academic journals Rock Music Studies and Arts & the Market.

Chris' current research interests include:

  • The cultural economy, history, marketing and geography of music festivals and live music concerts and events.
  • The future of the music industries – including the impacts of digitization, the changing interactions of artists and audiences, and matters pertaining to copyright, bootlegging and piracy.
  • The role of music heritage and local coordination as related to the cultural cities/music cities agenda.
  • The ‘hidden histories’ of popular, underground and niche music genres.

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Chris also created the Solent Music organisation, which exists to support student creativity and experience through promoting the work of music and music business students at the University. Music industry conferences, live events, club nights, outdoor festivals and research projects have all been managed through Solent Music for the benefit of our students, with students involved in managing the organisation and running its online social media and website (

Taught courses

BA (Hons) Music Business

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