Following a tremendously successful event in 2009, which attracted close to 4000 visitors, BPM 2010 will return to the Birmingham NEC later this year from Saturday 2nd to Monday 4th October - an extra day due to last year's popularity. BPM brings together DJs, producers, re-mixers and electronic music lovers from every corner of the UK, across Europe and even further afield.
Now in its fourth year, BPM incorporates the biggest exhibition of DJ and electronic music production equipment to be found anywhere in Europe, which features every major manufacturer, as well as a host of smaller and niche suppliers. Visitors to the show are invited to try out all the latest kit, comparing different products in each brand’s range, and then if they find what they’re looking for, buy gear at great prices from on-site retailers. BPM is also a unique opportunity to find out about the latest new equipment releases and also to speak to the people who actually design and make the gear!
Alongside the exhibition, BPM features a varied educational programme offering inspiration as well as valuable information to DJs and producers at all levels. Throughout the three days a total of 30 seminar sessions will take place, each focusing on a different aspect of DJing or Music Production. There’s sure to be something for everyone with sessions covering technical topics ranging from the basics of beat-matching and sequencing up to advanced mixing and production techniques. There’ll also be sessions focusing on the business side of things, with advice on self-promotion and building a career in dance music. BPM will also feature a collection of unique ‘panel’ sessions where a group of music industry experts come together to offer advice and share their personal experiences on a particular topic of debate.
As well as an ideal opportunity to try out new bits of kit and learn from the experts, BPM is also a perfect networking opportunity for DJs and producers. Hundreds of promoters, record label people and club managers attend the show, and the opportunities to meet and impress – and pass a demo to - those who may provide future employment for a DJ/producer are ample. Up and coming DJs and producers are also invited to drop off demos at the BPM ‘Promo Exchange’. Music industry visitors to the show are then invited to take away these specially assigned demos and feedback directly to the artists. The ‘Promo Exchange’ will also feature a number of ‘demo listening clinics’ where visitors will be able to play their tracks for a panel of music industry experts who will offer honest feedback and constructive criticism.
There will also be plenty of chances for up-and-coming DJs who think they’ve got what it takes to show off their skills. The ‘Play@’ Stage will be located within the entrance to BPM and host a continuous line-up of 30 minute sets from new talent playing a variety of styles of electronic music. DJs who would like the opportunity to play a showcase set at BPM should email firstname.lastname@example.org ASAP as slots are limited.
Advanced tickets for BPM are priced at £10.00 each and guarantee entry to every day of the event and also represent a substantial saving from the £15.00 on-the-door price. As an added incentive, every DJ who purchases their ticket for BPM 2010 in advance will also be eligible for a free four week trial of the new Sixpack digital music subscription service from CD Pool (worth £9.95). Sixpack aims to help DJs stay up to date with the latest single releases by providing them with six of the best new tracks released each week.
For more information, check out www.visitbpm.co.uk