SMILEfest 2015

    Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganising a conference, workshop, ...


    SMILEfest 2015 ( ran for over three weeks during March 2015 and was once again almost entirely organised, managed and delivered by Southampton Solent University students studying BA Hons Music Promotion and BA Hons Popular Music Journalism, with the support of Solent Music ( and students studying on numerous other courses throughout the university.

    Key statistics:

    • 3 x conferences, including support from the BPI, PPL, PRS, Louder Than War, and Unconvention

    • 19 x Guest speakers, including John Robb interviewing Viv Albertine of the Slits | Gary Powell of the Libertines | Danny Howard of Radio 1 | Laura Snapes of the NME | legendary drum 'n bass producer Fabio | Mike Smith, President of Virgin EMI | DJ and label owner Alex Banks | tour manager Tre Stead | Zoe Miller, Head of Press at Mute Records | band manager Tony Crean | Mark Lawrence of the Association for Electronic Music | international marketing manager Anya Strafford | Ben Murphy of DJ Mag

    • 8 x Graduate guest speakers

    • 53 x bands and 12 x DJs performed across 12 venues throughout the city of Southampton, including its underground vaults and Guildhall Square

    • 150+ student employability and enterprise style assignments within L5 and L6 BA Hons Music Promotion and BA Hons Popular Music Journalism linked directly to the organisation of SMILEfest (including event management, event promotion, magazine production, online PR, social media, website design and management)

    • 10+ course collaborations, including Event Management, Illustration, Multimedia Journalism, Television Studio Production
    PeriodMar 2015
    Event typeConference
    LocationSouthampton, United KingdomShow on map
    Degree of RecognitionNational