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What to Expect From the Launchpad Festival and Conference

Launchpad Conference and Festival Poster.

Next week the Launchpad Conference and Festival takes over venues across Leeds! We’ve put together a little preview of what to expect over the two days and how you can get involved...

Supporting local artists Launchpad provides a platform for music professionals to progress in their careers – be that providing space and stages for musicians or support and advice for those working in other areas of the industry!

Here’s Whiskas, Director of Launchpad to telling us a little bit more: “Over the last few months it’s been great to deliver events and host live music again, but we are massively looking forward to our Conference & Festival, bringing together an amazing collection of emerging artists from the region, alongside those building a career in music – to listen, learn, network and perform.”

Supporting the Music Industry

If you’re involved in music at any level then head down to Quarry Hill and get involved with the Launchpad Conference next week. Taking place in both Leeds Conservatoire and The Wardrobe this is great opportunity for anyone aspiring to work in the music industry as an artist or music professional, with speakers from the local music scene, and those working on a national and international level.

The line-up for the Launchpad Conference, taking place on Thursday 14th April at Leeds Conservatoire and The Wardrobe.

A real highlight will be the keynote talk, delivered by multi-talented Saxophonist, Composer and Broadcaster, YolanDa Brown. YolanDa Brown brings in a great depth of wisdom and experience of the music industry as some of her achievements include acting as chair for Youth Music, launching London Saxophone Festival, setting up funds to support music teaching within schools, as well as being a world-wide touring and critically acclaimed musician. 

The day will also include panels and workshops from other leading figures in the music industry along with networking opportunities throughout the day. Tickets for the conference are free / pay as you feel, but you need to register in advance to attend, here.

Enjoy a day of music!

The following day the Launchpad Festival takes centre stage, an all day event taking place this bank holiday Friday (15th April). Bring on the sun, good vibes and of course, a day of brilliant music by Launchpad supported artists!

Three of Leeds’ top music venues are playing host to festival, with one ticket gaining you access to Howard Assembly Room, Headrow House and Belgrave Music Hall. Tickets are available on the door or in advance here.

A selection of artists performing at Launchpad Festival on Friday 15th April.

With acts such as Rumbi Tauro, Ntantu, Simeon Walker and Pleasure Centre we’re looking forward to a day of listening to some music we love and also discovering some new favourite acts. You can check out all of the artists over on the Launchpad site and have a listen to some our favourites below.


The Launchpad Conference takes place on Thursday 14th April at Leeds Conservatoire and The Wardrobe. Tickets here.

The Launchpad Festival takes place at Howard Assembly Room, Headrow House and Belgrave Music Hall on Friday 15th April. Tickets here.

Launchpad is delivered by Music Local, and is supported by Youth Music, with public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England, as well as Bradford Council, LEEDS 2023, arts@leeds, Leeds City Council and PRS Foundation’s Talent Development Partnership. Launchpad Conference & Festival have additional support from PPL. PRS For Music, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds Conservatoire, Super Friendz, The Wardrobe, Howard Assembly Room, AIM, Kycker & UK Music