Another year rolls by and once again I have to wrestle my inner misanthrope (who grows more powerful each day Trump remains in power and Brexit is still a thing) as I prepare to leave my clifftop hovel and head off to the Brighton Music Conference.

As I reported last year, the Brighton Music Conference has gradually grown into a really useful little industry meet-up, as well as an invaluable wealth of experience and inspiration for aspiring DJs and producers.

2018 sees the most ambitious event to date, with Trainspotting author and playwright Irvine Welsh interviewed about the role of music in his writing, plus BBC Radio 1, Boiler Room, Defected, Fabric, Hospital Records and Toolroom all in attendance to host panels, discussions and tutorials.

What a difference a year makes: last year I was licking my lips in anticipation of the type of grilling Beatport might get from a room-full of industry bods, while this time SoundCloud is the company offering up a sacrificial lamb (or as they call it, a “representative”) to face the full fury of a cadre of hungover DJs and label owners.

With over 160 speakers over three days tackling such hot-button issues as “Drug testing,” “Brexit” and “Social and Corporate Responsibility,” I’m certainly looking forward to reporting on this this year’s BMC for 5 Magazine, so make sure you Tweet us if you’re attending, and let’s grab a beer.

Date: 25th – 28th April 2018
Venue: Brighton Dome, Brighton UK

Photo via Brighton Music Conference.