Make the most of BBC Introducing Live 2019

We love going to BBC Introducing Live at the ISM. It’s a chance to hear new music, meet new artists and chat with other great companies in the music industry. What’s more, the whole event is aimed at empowering musicians and making sure they have the knowledge to make the most of their musical careers – so we feel right at home.

If you’ve never been before, here’s a few tips for making the most of your time at Tobacco Dock:

Plan your day

Popular sessions get crowded quickly, so make sure you plan your day to maximise your time. Look at the event guide, work out your must-see talks and arrive early. Make sure you schedule some downtime between sessions, as you’ll want to soak up the atmosphere, browse some of the indie record pop-ups and spy on some of the live BBC broadcasts going on throughout the day.

Try before you buy

If you’ve got your eye on a new instrument or bit of kit, chances are the product team might have a stand at the event. Go and say hello, have a play and ask all your questions to an expert.

Keep charged

People will be mentioning blogs to read, artists to follow and albums to listen to all day. You won’t want to be walking away desperately trying to remember names or numbers, so warm up your typing thumbs and make sure you bring a power pack as back-up for your phone battery. Or failing that, a good old pen and paper.

Listen up

Take the chance to listen to other up-and-coming artists, who will be playing on stages around the event. Take some time to be inspired. You’ll probably spot many performers walking around the event afterward, so go up and tell them if you enjoyed their set. You never know if you’re meeting your next collaborator.

Don’t be shy

As well as the many talks, there’s a chance to meet loads of companies and organisations that can help you in your career. Don’t be afraid to go up and ask them who they are and what they do– it’s why they’re there! The ISM will be on hand in the Mall ready to talk to you about how membership can and support you as you start up your career and beyond.

Stay social

Whether you’re able to make it to Tobacco Dock this year or not, make sure you check in with the event hashtag on Twitter and Instagram (#BBCIntroducingLIVE). People will be live-tweeting tips from talks and filming their favourite music sets, so you can catch some of the advice and artists you couldn’t be there for in person.

Finally, if you’ve not been to the venue before: it’s mostly open-air and can get pretty cold. Bring a jumper and an umbrella or risk having to embrace your ‘final day at a festival’ look by lunchtime.