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Community-focused platform, Orbit, announces Pxssy Palace, Eastern Margins, Sister Midnight, more for debut conference

“The forum will offer real opportunity for grassroots collectives, aspiring industry experts and beyond to explore how they can move forward”

Black and turquoise graphic reading ‘Orbit Live: presented by The Halley’

Orbit Live is a new one-day collaborative conference, taking place on 22nd September at East London creative space, The Halley.

Aiming to “flip the traditional conference format on its head”, the event will feature audience-led forums, community building, and skill-sharing for industry professionals and businesses, alongside discussions led by leading figures in underground music culture.

Orbit Live’s workshops will cover everything from funding opportunities and brand collaborations to culture and wellbeing, and will be led by the likes of Mina, Warm Street, Sister Midnight, Eastern Margins, Emma Warren, and Tempo. A series of live forums will also take place throughout the day focusing on important cultural challenges facing the music industry including sustainability, diversity, inclusivity, and more.

The Promoters’ Huddle forum, hosted by Foundation FM’s Vanessa Maria, will explore the current state of club culture and nightlife industries, and feature contributions from Nadine Noor, founder of Pxssy Palace, Matt Wickings of Corsica Studios and Carpet Shop Peckham, and Charles from the London-based Unbound Events.

Elsewhere, The Cultural Capital talk, hosted by Karen Nyame KG, will focus on growing from a grassroots organisation into a sustainable platform, and welcome the likes of Thristian, Director of Global Roots, David Zhou, founder of Eastern Margins and Ade of Black Obsidian Sound System. Orbit Live will also present Balance Beyond the Booth, a discussion on living in a balanced way in an overwhelming industry, chaired by Martha, founder of Tempo, and featuring Run Dem Crew’s Charlie Dark, Morgan of e.o.t.t., and Mantra of Rupture.

“Orbit Live is about building a forum that’s flat, equalised, and breaks away from the old barriers of panel vs audience that we see within traditional conference formats,” shared Callum Wright, Project & Partnership Manager at Orbit and sister venue, The Halley. “The forum will offer real opportunity for grassroots collectives, aspiring industry experts and beyond to explore how they can move forward.”

Orbit Live will also mark the launch of the Orbit Fund, a new grants and mentorship scheme presented by The Halley and AEI Ventures to support up to 10 emerging communities across 2024. Successful applicants will receive condition-free, non-repayable grants, as well as access to The Halley community and support from the Halley’s team. Full information on how to apply for the Orbit Fund will be revealed at the event next month.

Tickets starting from just £5 are available here. Find out more information below.