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16th May 2018

An exciting and ambitious music industry conference is returning to the city for a second year, and Hull College are proud to announce their support of the event by becoming one of the official sponsors.

Following the enormous success of 53 Degrees North in 2017, Hull’s leading industry conference returns with even bigger and bolder ambitions of bridging the gap between the London-centric industry and The North.

The conference will blend cutting-edge music panels, master-classes, engaging keynote speakers, networking opportunities and exciting live showcases for all attendees.

Hull College’s involvement will also see a large interactive area called “Play, Produce, Perform”, where pupils from local schools as well as conference guests can try their hand at a large range of music production tasks, providing an insightful view to the career opportunities in the music industry.

Taking place over two days at Hull Truck Theatre on 5th & 6th June, students from Hull College’s Creative Arts School will benefit from hands on work experience, by staffing the event space and joining the event technical crew.

Michelle Swithenbank, Chief Executive Officer for Hull College Group said, “53 Degrees North aligns with everything Hull College is here to do, providing access to industry for our learners, so we are incredibly proud to come on board as a partner.

“We know that certain sectors can be difficult to source worthy work experience, so for our Music and Technical Theatre students, this is the perfect platform.”

“Following last year’s successful event, it is great to see this conference growing and hope to see it grow further over the years to come."

53 Degrees North’s Stewart Baxter commented, “Last year’s conference and live shows were a huge success and really established something vital and exciting which Hull has been crying out for. Having that callibre of people and conversation in Hull for the first time led to some huge developments and we can’t wait to reveal the 2018 schedule and new developments”

53 Degrees North is a Warren Youth Project initiative – a charity that has provided free support services to Hull & East Yorkshire’s most marginalised and vulnerable young people for the past 34 years. The Warren provides vital creative arts, mental-health and support services and has been the nucleus of music and talent development growth within the city.

Last year’s conference brought together some of the worlds leading music services such as Spotify, Bandcamp and Tunecore alongside key industry figures such as Nadine Shah, Melvin Benn (Festival Republic) and Vanessa Reed (PRS Foundation). The conference also hosted exclusive and exciting showcases at the legendary Adelphi Club featuring artists such as Idles, LIFE, Chiedu Oraka and False Advertising.

53 Degrees North will be delivered in partnership with Hull College, The Paul Hamlyn Foundation, AOO Studios, The Music Consortium, Under The Influence, Keychange, DIY magazine, The Joe Strummer Foundation, Ticket Web, PRS Foundation, PRS For Music and PPL.

Conference tickets will be £5 per day and are available now at To stay up to date with more exciting announcements follow @53DegreesMusic on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or visit