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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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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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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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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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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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