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Brighton Music Conference is underway

The second annual Brighton Music Conference kicked off this morning, in the sun-soaked, seaside city on the South Coast of England.

The event - of which DJ Mag is a media partner - is UK’s answer to ADE, and is growing into an essential networking hub for the UK’s thriving electronic music industry.

The conference’ kicked off with the keynote panel ‘Protecting the Dancefloor’ s hosted by AFEM Director Mark Lawrence and featuring guest speakers Stuart Knight Director of Toolroom Records and Alan D Miller Chariman of the NITA.

The panel highlighted the enormous new challenges facing Night Time Operators in the UK – and the importance of Protecting The Dance Floor.

The recently launched NTIA, is very much at home at Brighton Music Conference, among contemporaries that have helped shape British creativity.

The NTIA Chairman sent an empowering message to those gathered at BMC, stating that “despite fears 10 years ago that 24 hour licensing would lead to crime & disorder – a new report from The Institute of Economic Affairs demonstrates that crime has decreased and late night licensing has spread the offering available and contributed to a better environment for leisure, entertainment and our cities. This is a time to celebrate – not to regulate”

It is a sage and relevant message in a period when clubs across the country are being closed or put under threat, and the NTIA are determined to provide a voice for the industry.

Miller continued to say; “We at The NTIA believe British citizens are decent and on the whole well behaved – as the evidence proves – and visitors to the UK are too. It’s time to champion the Night Time Industries and to stop these wrong practices.”

You can find out more about the NTIA here.

Brighton Music Conference continues tomorrow. Tonight DJ Mag are hosting the official after party at Patterns with Dave Clark, Tom Demac, Ralf Kollmann, DJ Rebekah, Dave Beer, Carl Loben, Better Looking Half and more. Get your tickets here.