Brighton Dome and Wired Sussex look to the future of live music through creative technology

30 Sep 2021

Brighton Dome is supporting a series of free public events with Wired Sussex to discuss how the city’s live performance sector can thrive through creative technology.

Featuring leading industry professionals, the Alternative Stages workshops and discussions will give an insight into how new technologies such as 5G, augmented and virtual reality will impact the way audiences engage with performances and how artists, promoters and venues can adapt to harness new business opportunities.

Phil Jones, Managing Director, Wired Sussex said:

“For those in the music industry looking for ways to connect with new audiences and to grow existing fanbases, Alternative Stages is a must. It gives artists, labels, venues and others the chance to understand and engage with these technologies, and how they can help contribute to the post-pandemic rebirth of live music.”

Brighton Dome & Brighton Festival is collaborating with Wired Sussex and Platform B on the Alternative Stages programme as part of the 5G Festival, the world’s first 5G powered hybrid immersive festival experience. Alternative Stages will culminate in a showcase event of four virtual venues, presenting local musicians in virtual spaces at Brighton Dome and as a virtual city-wide festival in March 2022. The 5G Festival is led by Digital Catapult, the UK’s leading advanced digital technology centre, together with industry partners and funding support from the government’s 5G testbeds and trials programme.

Donna Close, Brighton Dome, Digital Cultural Associate added:

“Brighton & Hove is at the forefront of the creative technology revolution and through our partnership with Wired Sussex and the 5G Festival we want to open up opportunities for local artists and creative professionals. These events will offer valuable knowledge into how the city’s arts and cultural sector can adopt technology ready for the industry needs of the future.”

All events take place live at The FuseBox Brighton, tickets are free but should be booked in advance from

Beyond the Livestream – What is the future for online gigs?
4pm-5.30pm, 6 October

This discussion will focus on the legal implications of recording and broadcasting live on different platforms, how grassroots musicians can be part of the future, and benefit from new business models for livestreaming.

Moderated by broadcaster and musician C.J. Thorpe-Tracey with panellists Dean Marsh an entertainment and media lawyer; Anna Moulson, founder of Melting Vinyl; Brighton Dome’s Donna Close and Phil Jones, Wired Sussex.

Beyond the Stage – Live music meets a new reality
4pm-5.30pm, 3 November 

Find out more about the creative and technical possibilities of virtual gigs and how different gig promoters and event organisers have been experimenting with new technologies.

Moderated by broadcaster and musician C.J. Thorpe-Tracey with panellists from Platform B digital radio; Brighton Dome’s Donna Close and Phil Jones, Wired Sussex.

The Imaginary Venue – Creating and performing in imaginary spaces
4pm-5.30pm, 10 November 

How can musicians, artists and performers adopt new technology that will offer an alternative to appearing in live venues.

Panellists to be confirmed.  

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