BBC Introducing Live



600+ industry speakers

150+ talks and panels totalling 130 hours

100+ performers

50+ industry bodies and brands

Areas used:

Great Gallery – Headline Gigs

Quayside 1 – Vinyl Shop

Great Gallery Courtyard, East Mall Square and Quayside Courtyard – Catering

Vaults – Exhibition and Performance Spaces

East Mall Breakouts – Official Partners and Broadcast Studios

Quayside Breakouts – Back of House

Lower Quayside – Entrance

North Dock – Feedback room (one-to-ones/mentoring)

Little Gallery – Discovery Theatre

Type of event:

Music industry conference and showcase

Why Tobacco Dock?

BBC Introducing Live is aimed at those hoping to gain insight into careers in the music industry and attracts large numbers of attendees in the 18-25 age bracket. The organisers were looking for a high-capacity venue which could accommodate the large numbers of attendees, and provide a variety of spaces to serve as exhibition spaces, talk theatres, workshops and performance spaces. Convenient transport links were another factor.

Another key aspect in the BBC Introducing Live’s choice of Tobacco Dock as a venue was the urban feel of the building which they felt was the perfect fit for their event and target demographic.

Experience at Tobacco Dock

During the planning stages, the BBC Introducing Live team appreciated the support and expertise of the Tobacco Dock Operations Team, who were able to help them plan their programme and advise on the sound level management throughout the venue. Tobacco Dock’s distinctive layout created the ability to interact between the two levels which contributed to the buzz and atmosphere of the event.

The team commented on the ease of production – at Tobacco Dock our extensive breakouts and connecting spaces meant that the festival zones were easily defined, with no need for any construction in their event build. They also loved the fact that all the spaces already had the rigging, lighting and sound systems in situ and ready for action.


‘We were blown away by the Tobacco Dock offering. The stunning building was perfect for our needs in so many ways from its flexible spaces, industrial styling and atmosphere, great location and terrific customer service. The Tobacco Dock team was always on hand with advice and support from the very first meeting, through the planning stages and at the bustling event itself. We’re all looking forward to working with them again on our return in 2019.’

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