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NOODS Levels x Bristol Beacon


An interactive industry day exploring the intersection of music and creative careers

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NOODS LEVELS & Bristol Beacon present CrossTalk ‘23: a free day of talks and workshops for creatives delivered via cutting-edge industry professionals.

Over the course of the day, attendees will gain tangible insights into what’s needed to make a career in the creative sector, develop their practice and hear stories from those who have paved the way for the next generation to build upon.

Talks will cover subjects including:

  • Creating Worlds Through Music Composition in video games with The Flight (Horizon: Zero Dawn, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey)
  • Building an Art & Fashion Magazine as a Queer and Working Class Person with Tori West (BRICKS Magazine)
  • Presenting and Releasing Music with Victoria Jane (BBC Radio One Future Soul Show)

In collaboration with the Museum of London and Noods Levels, we are excited to welcome the Grime Stories Exhibition to CrossTalk 2023 alongside a Q&A with Risky Roadz and the exhibition’s producer Dhelia Snoussi hosted by Tom Koast. The exhibition runs until Sat 25 Mar.

CrossTalk will also have bespoke workshops open for young people aged 18 – 25 to apply to for free and attend between talks:

  • Saffron Records in collaboration with Pioneer DJ’s CIC ‘Start From Scratch’ will offer a workshop encouraging and nurturing women, trans, non-binary and GNC DJ’s of the future.
  • Aspiring live sound engineers will be able to participate in a workshop from Bristol Beacon’s in-house tech team showing young people how to successfully set up and run a live stage.
  • Innovative software company Rocketmakers, will also be at hand on the day – running a public VR experience as well as holding a workshop for young creatives centred around VR & app development.

PMT music shop will bring a selection of equipment for people to interact with as well as Noods Radio’s pop-up station on the ground floor broadcasting a selection of Bristol’s most cherished young DJs.

If that wasn’t enough, Red Bull will take up residency on the Terrace with a programme of iconic archive Red Bull Music Academy Lectures featuring in-depth interviews with some of music’s most creative and inspiring minds, spanning two decades and hundreds of artists.

Topping off the day, stick around for the After Party featuring Bristol rapper GUTTR and headlined by Grime original Manga Saint Hilare and DJs!

Part-seated part-standing event

Age: all ages are welcome, however workshops are restricted to those aged 18 – 25

Start time: 12:00
Finish: 18:00

Afterparty start: 19:30
Finish: 23:00

Sign up to the day for free via Headfirst

Sign up to individual workshops before the event via the links below

This project has been made possible with the help of Arts Council England.



NOODS LEVELS CIC is an extension of the work we do as Noods Radio LTD, a youth-led radio station based in Bristol. We’re independent and experimental and have been offering a platform for young people to develop their creative practice for six years.

Together, we’re breaking down the professional and social barriers that young people face when embarking on a career in the arts by producing programmes and events that give young creatives the skills that they need to succeed.

Join us in investing in the future of Bristol music.

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Emma Blake Morsi: Host

(Rising Arts Agency)

With over a decade in the creative industry, Emma Blake Morsi is an award-winning Multi-Disciplinary Arts Producer, Non-Exec Director of Rising Arts Agency, and former Bristol City Council’s Culture Board member.

A prolific visual storyteller, she predominantly works across photography, words, graphics, film, events and sound, and is a creative intersectional environmentalist following years working in STEM.

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The Flight: Creating Worlds Through Music Composition in Video Games

(Horizon: Zero Dawn, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Gotham Knights, Netflix, Drugsland, Century Films)

Start: 13:00
Finish: 14:00

Ivor Novello award winning duo Joe Henson and Alexis Smith began collaborating in 2005. After realising they had a similar approach to life and wildly divergent musical tastes, they formed a creative partnership that quickly encompassed songwriting, production, and composition.

The duo have worked with some of the biggest names in the music industry as well as being A-list composers for video games. 2014 saw the release of hit survival horror title Alien: Isolation, and they followed this up with Horizon: Zero Dawn, Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, Horizon Forbidden West, and WB Games Montréal’s Gotham Knights.

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Victoria Jane: Presenting and Releasing Music

(BBC Radio One/ Future Soul Show).

Start: 15:30
Finish: 16:30

24-year-old singer and presenter Victoria Jane is either on the radio or on the radio. Born in London, and raised in Manchester. She currently presents her own weekly show on BBC Radio 1 ‘Radio 1’s Future Soul’, where she showcases R&B, neo-soul and more related genres. Not to mention, she’s been consistently releasing her own music which is putting her name on the map as one of the most exciting new talents to emerge from the UK R&B scene.

Building her reputation as one of Manchester’s most exciting new sounds following a slew of recent heat; including chilled record ‘Sunday’ and single ‘On My Own’ (which sparked the interests of the likes of Chip); Victoria has had a collection of dynamic releases including her latest single ‘Good & Lowkey’. Her sound is a new wave of neo-soul / R&B. She uses relatable lyricism combined with stunning vocals to draft music different from the rest.

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Tori West: Building an Art & Fashion Magazine as a Queer and Working Class Person.

(BRICKs Magazine)

Start: 17:00
Finish: 18:00

Publisher, writer, former full-time cleaner and Dazed 100er, Tori West has done it all. Whether that’s calling out the lack of support for working-class creatives in the industry, supporting emerging designers or championing young queer creative talent.

The 30-year-old’s main goal is to change the creative industry for the better and during the pandemic her publication BRICKS Magazine launched an alternative education platform on Steady HQ to offer advice and opportunities for budding creatives.


Grime Stories

Grime Stories Q&A

Alongside the Grime Stories Exhibition, in collaboration with the Museum of London, we are excited to host a Q&A with Risky Roadz and the exhibition’s producer Dhelia Snoussi hosted by Tom Koast.

Start: 14:15
Finish: 15:15

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Rooney Keefe (Risky Roadz)

(Founder & CEO)

Few documentarians are as much a part of the world they’re recording, as they are a part of documenting it. Standing on both sides of the lens.

Roony Keefe, however, is just that. His legendary DVD series Risky Roadz helped kickstart the careers of countless MCs in the early days of grime and galvanised the budding scene’s visual aesthetic, in a time before YouTube and Instagram.

The MCs Roony caught on film in the scene’s heyday now read like a who’s who of grime, including Skepta, D Double E, Kano, Lethal B, Ghetts, Wiley, Chipmunk and JME, and crews like Pay As U Go Cartel and Nasty Crew.

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Dhelia Snoussi

(Museum of London, Grime Stories exhibition producer)

Dhelia Snoussi is an artist, researcher and curator with a background in arts education and youth work. She is currently Youth Culture Curator at the Museum of London, working on the museum’s contemporary collecting project, Curating London.

Previously, she authored a report with the Runnymede Trust and the Centre for Labour and Social Studies entitled ‘We Are Ghosts’: Race, Class & Institutional Prejudice. Before then, she co-developed transformative arts and political education programmes at Voices that Shake!

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Hosted by: Tom Koast

(Durkle Disco, SWU FM)

Koast is a Bristol-based MC and founder of the Bristol-based record label Durkle Disco and SWU FM.

First conceived as a place where grime, garage, hip-hop and dubstep could combine and entwine – with just as much attention paid to the MCs as the producers – the label has since evolved to become a natural home for the new strains of instrumental bass-driven music coming from Bristol’s next unstoppable wave of production talent.

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NOODS Radio Live from Loaf

We are excited to involve some of NOODS talented radio residents broadcasting live from Bristol Loaf throughout the day.

1200-1300 — Cord’s Mixtape Delivery Service
1300-1400 — Kofo
1400-1500 — Fruit Machine
1500-1600 — Monksy
1600-1700 — Tehmeena
1700-1800 — sadsugar

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Red Bull Music Academy Archives

Head up to the top floor lounge to immerse yourself in archived Red Bull Music Academy lectures, brought to you by Red Bull UK. A whole afternoon of famous lectures, giving you the chance to learn new skills from incredible global artists and producers. Grab a Red Bull, sit back and get ready to learn from the best.

12.15-13.30 – Brian Eno on Exploring Creativity | RBMA

13.45 -15.30 – Robert Hood on Underground Resistance, Minimal Nation and Hi-Hats | RBMA

15.45-17.15 – Larry Heard talks Robert Owens and Being Sampled | RBMA

17.30-19.00 – Janelle Monáe talks “Pynk” Pants, Prince and Afrofuturism | RBMA


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Saffron in collaboration with Pioneer DJ’s CIC ‘Start From Scratch’

A workshop encouraging and nurturing women, trans, non-binary and GNC DJ’s of the future.

Learning from an expert mentor from Saffron, get to know the Pioneer DJ DDJ-400 in an interactive workshop.

This workshop is open exclusively to applicants who identify as women, non-binary, GNC & trans.

Apply now

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Live Sound Workshop

Hosted by Bristol Beacon’s in-house Tech Team who have been looking after the production of live music events for many years and for some of the biggest names in music.

This workshop is an entry-level introduction to live sound engineering for anyone looking to gain insight into this side of running a good gig.

Spend an hour exploring the different bits of kit, how it is all setup and connected in the first place, and how on earth it is operated come showtime.

There will also be a special guest joining the session just before the start of their soundcheck to speak about how they, as artists, approach doing a soundcheck, this is followed by an opportunity to stay on then and observe the professionals in practice for realsies.

Apply now

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Rocketmakers: VR Workshop

Innovative and award-winning software company Rocketmakers will also be at hand on the day.

With the advent of easy-to-use virtual design technology such as Adobe Aero, using Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality to promote to an audience is becoming ever more accessible.

In this two-hour workshop, the Rocketmakers design team will take you through an AR design journey, planning the user flows and engagement all the way through to the creation of your very own augmented reality experience.

No experience necessary, just an interest and an enthusiasm to engage, learn and share!

Apply now

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CrossTalk Afterparty with Manga Saint Hilare


The official CrossTalk afters will take place after the main event so stick around for the party, featuring Bristol rapper GUTTR and headlined by Grime original Manga Saint Hilare.

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PMT music shop is proud to be the go-to music store for Bristol’s legendary music scene, with over 10,000 square foot of guitars, drums, keyboards and pro-audio equipment to fulfil Bristol’s musicians, producers, and DJs every need.

The venue


at Bristol Beacon

Our foyer space located within Bristol Beacon where we host events, performances and conferences.

Getting to the venue

Location: Bridgehouse is located within Bristol Beacon with entrances on Colston Street and Trenchard Street.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 50m away directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


The city centre bus stop is 250m from Bristol Beacon where most bus services stop.

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Bridgehouse has level access from street level with lifts to all levels. For unallocated seated performances, seats can easily be removed to accommodate wheelchairs.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the venue.

Hearing Facility

There is an induction loop at the box office. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting. There is no hearing loop facility for the foyer stage.

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