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The Access All Areas Conference will take place at EARTH Dalston on November 16.

Below is the order of the day;



Welcome from
Access All Areas editor Chris Barrett


10:10 - 10:45 – Session 1

“Knowledge Is Power”


10:50 - 11:20

Access All Areas Live podcast with Harvey Goldsmith CBE


11:30 - 12:30

Speed Networking interval


12:35 - 13:10 – Session 2

“The In Crowd”


13:15 - 13:50 – Session 3

“Regaining Our Youth”


13:50 – 14:45

Drinks Reception and Awards Guests Arrive


15:00 - 15:30

Bowl food and drink served on tables



Access All Areas Awards Ceremony


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“Knowledge is power”

What can young events professionals learn from established industry leaders and vice versa to ensure we have the most vibrant and inclusive industry best positioned to create successful events for all? A panel of young promoters and producers coupled with well-established industry leaders discuss whether enough is being done to support the next generation of event professionals and ensure we have a diverse, healthy and professional workforce. 

Gill Tee, Co- Founder, Black Deer Festival
Kara Harris, Promoter, AEG Presents
Yas Galletti, Group Director, The Fair
Chris 'Tofu' MacMeikan MBE, Managing Director, Continental Drifts


“The In Crowd”

Post pandemic, changing crowd behaviour at events and venues has caused concern across the industry. This panel outlines the extent of the issue, explores the likely causes and identifies solutions.

Jon Collins, CEO, LIVE (Chair)
Julie Tippins, Head of Risk Management, DHP Family
Chris Kemp, Owner and CEO, Mind Over Matter Consultancy
Anna MacGregor, Co-Founder, Safer Spaces


“Regaining our youth”

With data showing a shocking reluctance among 18–24-year-olds to attend events post-pandemic, and with major shows becoming increasingly unaffordable to many, what can the industry do to engage with and attract young people? We discover the best marketing platforms to use to reach and excite young fans, and we explore industry-wide initiatives in development.

John Rostron, CEO, AIF
Preeti Rajan, Director of Marketing European Festivals, AEG Presents
Sam Mellor, Head of Marketing, S&C Productions
Sean Murray, Head of Marketing, OVO Hydro


Our Speakers

Speaking on "Knowledge is Power"

Gill Tee, Co-Founder, Black Deer Festival

Gill Tee,
Black Deer Festival

Gill Started her music career at Capital Radio, during which time she was responsible for putting together the first 100,000 capacity Party in the Park at Hyde Park. She then went on to start her own company entertee, producing many high-profile events, with some great artists.  This included Prince’s first and only UK festival appearance at the Hop Farm Festival.  Gill also co-founded entertee hire, supplying quality fencing solutions to the industry. 
Gill is co-founder and Festival Director of the multi award winning Black Deer Festival.  In Gill's words, 'Black Deer encapsulates everything I learned over the many years in the industry and everything I love.'
Kara Harris, Promoter, AEG Presents

Kara Harris,
AEG Presents

Kara is an emerging talent in the music industry. She started as a promoter at AEG in September 2021, after gaining experience in previous roles at DICE, Village Underground, EartH Hackney, and black-owned radio station and club night No Signal and Recess.

In just two years, Kara has already worked with a diverse range of talented artists including Natanya, Josh Levi, Durand Bernarr, Dylan Sinclair, Maeta, and FLO, who won both the Brits Rising Star Award and BBC Sound of 2023. But for Kara, this is just the beginning.

Yas Galletti, Group Director, The Fair

Yas Galletti,
Group Director,
The Fair

Yasmin Galletti is a Director at We Are The Fair, an independently run festival and live event production agency in London delivering independent festivals across the UK including El Dorado, Gala, Eastern Electrics and Boiler Room. Yas has produced large-scale events across the UK on behalf of independent promoters.

She works closely with Safety Advisory Groups throughout the UK and specialises in creating mutually beneficial relationships between the local communities that surround festival sites and the independent festival promoters, pushing the boundaries of art and music in the ever-burgeoning festival movement. She is also the co-chair of the AIF DEI Steering Group Committee, and co-founded ‘We Are OPS’ the ops & safety agency.
Chris 'Tofu' MacMeikan MBE, Managing Director, Continental Drifts

Chris 'Tofu' MacMeikan MBE,
Managing Director,
Continental Drifts

Chris has an extensive career spanning various industries, including Event Management, sales, marketing, technical support, and production. His overarching goal in his professional journey is to leave a positive impact wherever he goes. Currently, he holds an international role at the multi-million-dollar entertainment company, Continental Drifts. One of his notable projects is Global Local, which has successfully developed hundreds of acts in the diverse music and remix category, showcasing them across 17 stages annually at both large and small events. Chris and Continental Drifts are dedicated to promoting new and diverse music.

They serve as agents for numerous emerging acts and organize festivals attended by over a million people annually across the UK. Chris and his team have received multiple awards for their work and have managed prominent festival areas such as Shangri La's Field at Glastonbury, Caravanserai at Camp Bestival, and Jumpyard at Wilderness. They also host various community and free events in London Boroughs. Continental Drifts operates as a non-profit organization with support from the Arts Council of England.

Speaking on "The In Crowd"

Jon Collins, CEO, LIVE

Jon Collins,

Jon Collins is a visionary leader at the forefront of the live music industry. As the Chief Executive of LIVE (Live music Industry Venues & Entertainment), he has been steering the ship since April 2022, and his impact on the industry has been remarkable thus far.

LIVE roses from the ashes that were the Covid-19 pandemic and has emerged as the definitive voice of this £4.5 billion industry, which is not just a vital economic contributor but also a significant source of livelihood for over 200,000 individuals. Jon's vision was to unite various trade associations within the industry under a single, cohesive umbrella group, and he has achieved this with great success.

Julie Tippins, Head of Risk Management, DHP Family

Julie Tippins,
Head of Risk Management,
DHP Family

Julie been working in the late-night entertainment business for over 40 years – right from her first day as a student at University of Sheffield. She began in the business as a DJ and live promoter in student entertainments and began making a living as a DJ after University. She was at the Leadmill, Sheffield starting as a DJ, then live music promoter, and finally as CEO. She spent 4 years at the University of Lincoln – launching and leading its new live music venue and Students Union – the Engine Shed and later at its performing arts venue – LPAC.

Julie joined DHP in 2010 as Operations Manager and is now Head of Risk Management for the company.Julie works with many local and national industry bodies and groups, working on initiatives to improve the sector for companies and customers. She is a Nottingham Pubwatch Committee Member, a Director of the NTIA, member of UK Music Live Group (Venues) and plays an active role within various UK Hospitality. Julie is a key contact within DHP for the Music Venue’s Trust.

Chris Kemp, Owner and CEO, Mind Over Matter Consultancy

Chris Kemp,
Owner and CEO,
Mind Over Matter Consultancy

Professor Chris Kemp is known throughout the world for his knowledge in crowded space environments and the development of risk analysis processes for events, entertainment and sports venues globally. His unique way of creating innovative solutions has been used on many major projects including the Wembley Steps Project, capacity increases at arenas festivals and stadia, directional flow and capacity reorganization at the British Grand Prix. He has also explored the identification of capacity challenges at eight major UK railway stations and for many other interesting and complex projects.

He has provided crowded space consultancy 26 countries, for 30 arenas, 8 Stadia as well as providing leadership education for 38 British Olympic head coaches and medics for the Rio and Tokyo Games. Chris is well published and has written a series of books on the subject. His education courses from Level 5 to a master’s degree have been taught in twenty-two countries. Some of the more memorable recent projects include advising on crowd management for the Pope’s visit to Romania, a range of expert witness deliveries for high profile cases, working with the ECB on a behavioural project aligned to Cricket matches in the UK and monitoring behaviour and interoperability at the Carabao Cup final between Manchester United and Newcastle United.

Anna MacGregor, Co-Founder, Safer Spaces

Anna MacGregor,
Safer Spaces

Anna runs Safer Spaces Now CIC, a service dedicated to preventing and responding to Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG) and all forms of domestic abuse and sexual violence at festivals and events. Anna also delivers safeguarding leadership, consultancy and training across all sectors.

With 10 years of professional frontline, strategic and commissioning experience in the sector of domestic abuse and sexual violence (DASV), and 15 years of lived experience, Anna is a leading professional in her field.

Alongside running Safer Spaces CIC, Anna is the Practice and Partnership Geographic Lead for Wales and the SW of England for the Domestic Abuse Commissioner’s Office, an arm’s length body of the Home Office.

Speaking on "Regaining Our Youth"

John Rostron, CEO, AIF

John Rostron,

John Rostron is the Chief Executive of the Association of Independent Festivals, the UK's leading festival representative body. AIF membership has now surpassed 100 of the leading independent music festivals in the UK. During 2023 John initiated the First Festival Campaign to present a new way for 18 year olds to access UK festivals.

AIF has also begun a campaign to reduce VAT on tickets to 5% for the next three years in order to support festivals and audiences. Earlier this year John was appointed to the Board of Creative Wales - the Welsh Govt department for the Creative Industries. He advises on the Music Sector. Prior to joining AIF John spent several years working as a freelance bid writer for music and creative organisations. During that time he also co-founded the Association of Independent Promoters, which he lead as Chair.Previously John was an independent concert and festival promoter, developing acts from grassroots music venues to Arenas, and co-founded the Welsh Music Prize, celebrating and championing the best new music from Wales. He lives in Glyndyfrdwy in North Wales and enjoys running in the Berwyn mountains.

Preeti Rajan, Director of Marketing European Festivals, AEG Presents

Preeti Rajan,
Director of Marketing European Festivals,
AEG Presents

Preeti Rajan, the Director of Marketing at AEG Presents UK, boasts seven years of progressive experience, starting as a Social Media and Content Manager. Her illustrious career has spanned iconic events with artists such as the Rolling Stones, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, The Who, Demon Dayz, Shawn Mendes, Khalid, the xx, Arcade Fire, and more. Preeti's passion and dedication continue to shape the European festival and live entertainment industry's marketing landscape.

Sam Mellor, Head of Marketing, S&C Productions

Sam Mellor,
Head of Marketing,
S&C Productions

Sam got a taste for running events whilst at University in Cambridge, where he met the rest of the Strawberries & Creem team. Graduating with a First in Linguistics and moving to London, he has since worked in Marketing & Communications roles for nearly a decade – specialising in digital and social media. Juggling the festival alongside his PR job at a tech startup initially,

Sam joined S&C Productions as a full-time employee in 2018 when the company first secured investment. A passionate communicator with a love of words and creative content, Sam now heads up the Marketing department – managing all promotional activities across their event portfolio, growing their digital channels every month, and selling tens of thousands of tickets a year.

Sean Murray, Head of Marketing, OVO Hydro

Sean Murray,
Head of Marketing,
OVO Hydro

Sean Murray is Head of Marketing at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow, which includes the OVO Hydro. In his position for over 15 years, Sean looks after the marketing for Live Entertainment, Conferences and Exhibitions.  Recent milestones include the management of a campaign celebrating the 10th anniversary of the OVO Hydro.  Prior to this, Sean delivered the Back the Bid campaign for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games Bid.

A native of Glasgow, Sean has managed the branding and marketing for various high-profile campaigns working in major festivals, events, destination, and venue. 

Sean is a regular contributor to various universities on branding, marketing, destination, and event marketing.