Fri 4 Dec 2015, 4pm

Ticket Info

Price: free

This event is for young people aged 18-24 years old


The Guardian, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London‎ N1 9GU

Image: Courtesy of Slix.


A conference about the possibilities of doing it for yourself organised by young people living in London. DIY is the strategy young creative pioneers have adopted – famously – for generations. Northern Soul, Punk, Grime, Dubstep, Acid House, Indie, Mods, SKA, New Wave – the list of DIY youth movements originating in the UK is impressive. Do young people still have the same opportunities to bring their talents to mass audiences? Do rapid changes in technology make it easier to make and share new work? Can you make it without the backing of an expensive education, a wealthy family or a TV talent show?


Pioneer of the UK Grime scene, as part of Ruff Sqwad Slix’s music has contributed to the development of the genre over the last 15 years.

Alex Boateng has been Marketing & A&R manager at Island Records since 2009, and started with a number one single with Tinchy Stryder. He is behind campaigns for acts including Drake, Jessie J and Angel Haze. Boateng started his career as a DJ, then founded his own radio and marketing promotion company. After university he moved into consultancy.

Founder of NTS Radio, an online community with a diverse range of live radio shows, digital media and live music based events; Femi Adeyemi started broadcasting with basic equipment on zero funding.

Punk musician and filmmaker, Zillah Minx was a key figure during the 80’s punk scene, her film She’s A Punk Rocker gives a female perspective on the DIY punk scene.

Tim Brinkhurst is a musician that left school at 16 to play in punk/post punk bands. As a musician with various groups and as a solo artist, Brinkhurst has been signed to Virgin, Warners, Tam Tam/Savage amongst others and toured around Europe, UK and the USA. Brinkhurst is currently Manager and sometimes Co-Producer/Writer of Young Fathers and other Edinburgh based bands and artists. He believes strongly in the DIY ethic as proposed by punk: ‘DIY but do it right’.

Delivered in partnership with the Creativity Works: Panic! employability programme.


Video courtesy of London360
Filmed by Fred Bhat and Jordaan Shelley