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UK Music Summer Party

In the summer UK Music hosts a unique event where Westminster meets Glastonbury.

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The UK Music Summer Party is an opportunity for MPs and policy-makers to meet those who work in the industry and discuss key issues.

It’s also an opportunity for the music industry to network, meeting people from trade bodies, music education, media, labels, managers, talent development, campaigning and more.

The event is also a great time to celebrate the world-leading UK music industry, with performances from emerging talent, keynote speakers from the world of politics and a chance for UK Music to showcase the vital work it is doing to support the music industry.

UK Music Summer Party 2024

We had a brilliant performance from the Brixton Chamber Orchestra and inspiring speeches from UK Music Chief Executive Tom Kiehl, UK Music Chair  Tom Watson, Culture Minister Chris Bryant and award-winning songwriter Michelle Escoffery. It was also wonderful to honour former APPG for Music Chair Kevin Brennan who stepped down from being an MP at the general election.

Pictures from the event can be found here.

UK Music Summer Party 2023

UK Music’s Summer Party 2023 took place at IET London on July 19, with speeches from CMS Committee Chair Caroline Dinenage MP, Shadow DCMS Secretary Lucy Powell, APPG on Music Chair Kevin Brennan and UK Music Chief Executive Jamie Njoku-Goodwin.

Pictures from the event can be found here.

UK Music Summer Party 2022

With a break of two years following the COVID-19 pandemic, the energy in the room was palpitate as people were excited to be able to meet in person those faces they had only seen on Zoom.  In 2022,  Matt Warman MP, spoke at the event, which was his first official appearance as Culture Minister. Also speaking was Shadow DCMS Secretary Lucy Powell and Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music Chair Kevin Brennan, who introduced singer-songwriter Roxanne de Bastion, for a fantastic performance of three songs from her latest album, You & Me, We Are the Same.

Pictures from the event can be found here.

UK Music Summer Party 2019

In 2019, Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright spoke at the Summer Party, and paid tribute to UK Music for a “fantastic year”. Tom Watson, who at the time was Labour Party Deputy Leader and Shadow Culture Secretary also spoke, as did Liberal Democrat Culture spokeswoman in the House of Lords, Baroness Bonham Carter. There was a performance from Scottish songwriter and performer, Tamzene, who played a short set including a beautiful performance of Last Song.

Pictures from the event can be found here.

UK Music Summer Party 2018

Former Culture Minister Matt Hancock spoke at the UK Music Summer Party in 2018. Held in London’s Living Room at City Hall,  Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson, also spoke, alongside Night Czar Amy Lame, UK Music CEO Michael Dugher, UK Music Chairman Andy Heath and Futures Group member Summer Marshall also gave speeches, followed by a two-song performance by emerging artist Nilufer Yanya.

Pictures from the event can be found here.

UK Music Summer Party 2017

In 2017, the speakers were Digital Minister Matt Hancock, chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music David Warburton MP, Labour’s deputy leader and Shadow Culture Secretary Tom Watson, UK Music Chief Executive Michael Dugher, UK Music Chair Andy Heath and Lucie Caswell, CEO of the Feature Artists Coalition. Nadine Shah performed to a packed house on in the Commons’ Terrace Pavilion.

Pictures from the event can be found here.

UK Music Summer Party 2016

UK Music hosted its annual Summer Party on the terrace of the House of Commons on Wednesday June 15, with a performance from Declan McKenna.

Pictures from the event can be found here.

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