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Huge night time economy summit is headed to Manchester


Greater Manchester is to host the 2024 Night Time Industries Association’s Night Time Economy Summit in conjunction with Defected & VibeLab.

NTIA has confirmed the annual event will take place in the city between Wednesday, February 7 and Friday, February 9 having recently concluded this year’s summit in London.

The 2024 summit promises to be the most ambitious project to date, hosting over 200 speakers across three days and four stages with some new and exciting domestic and international partnerships.

The event will explore the important role that the Night Time Economy plays in the international economic and cultural recovery, both internationally and across the UK, with dedicated stages next year for International Speakers hosted by VibeLab, and new additional stages expanding our cultural footprint representing theatre, live & electronic music.

The full programme for the Night Time Economy Summit and venue will be released over the coming months, with speakers and panellists approaching a huge range of topics including Brexit, diversity, harm reduction, drug testing, electronic music, safeguarding, women’s safety, health, well being, access to funding, grass roots music, licensing and planning, supply chain energy, the cost of living crisis, technology, mental health, live music, grass roots music, events and more.

The summit will also launch the next iteration of the UK Benchmark Reports on Night Time Economy & Electronic Music, with expert panelists discussing the current impacts and the true economic, community and cultural value within the current UK marketplace.

Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester, said: “We are delighted that the NTIA’s Night-Time Economy Summit will be coming to Greater Manchester in February 2024.

“We look forward to building on the success of this year’s event in London, and recognising the hard work and amazing representation that the trade association delivered throughout the pandemic for the hospitality and night time economy sector across the UK.”

Sacha Lord, Manchester’s night time economy adviser and co-founder of The Warehouse Project and Parklife added: “Throughout the Covid period, the NTIA became the biggest voice for nightlife across the UK, so much so, it was an honour when I was invited to become chair.”

“Last week’s Summit, which was the biggest event of its kind in the UK, just shows the industry support they have. I’m delighted they have decided to uproot and choose Greater Manchester for the next Summit, in 2024. It will be the biggest to date, in a city region where it has been said, tables were made for dancing on.”

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