Dr Brett Lashua is the Chair of this conference and works as a Senior Lecturer in the Carnegie Faculty at Leeds Metropolitan University. From 2007-2009 he worked as a research associate with Prof. Sara Cohen to map ‘popular musicscapes’ in Liverpool. His recent scholarship is concerned with the ways that young people make sense of their lives through arts, leisure and cultural practices such as popular music, as well as how young people are “made sense of” through particular representational and narrative strategies.

Stuart Moss is the Deputy Chair of this conference and a senior Lecturer, Teacher Fellow and Course Leader for the BA (Hons) Entertainment Management at Leeds Metropolitan University. His work background prior to becoming a lecturer is varied and includes telecommunications, cable television, theme parks and hotels. He currently has three books published, entitled ‘The Entertainment Industry: An Introduction’ (2009), as well as Employability Skills (2005) and the second edition (2011), with a fourth ‘Entertainment Management: Towards Best Practice’ due Summer 2012. He is an accomplished conference speaker and has presented keynotes at several international conferences including BUSINET (2005) in Berlin, UNITE (Edinburgh) (2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011), The Canadian Edutourism Association in Havana, Cuba (2010) and the Belgian-German Kongress in Dresden (2010). His research interests include the entertainment industry and its multitude of sub-sectors, particularly the music industry and nightclubs, as well as employability and entrepreneurship.

Dr Philip Long is  one of the Conference’s Convenors and the Associate Dean and Head of Tourism at Bournemouth University. His current research interests include the relationships between creativity, the creative industries and tourism. Phil researched the Punk Rock Festival in Morecambe, 2004 reflecting in part his musical tastes which are eclectic, ranging from the classical repertoire to diverse genres of rock, country and folk.

Professor Karl Spracklen is a Conference Convenor and  a Professor of Leisure Studies at Leeds Metropolitan University. He is currently the Chair of the Leisure Studies Association and the Secretary of the International Society for Metal Music Studies. He is interested in the meaning and purpose of leisure and the construction of social identity in leisure, sport, tourism and culture. He has published widely on the black metal music scene, as well as whiteness and blackness in sport, rugby league and northernness, and authenticity and whisky tourism. His latest book, Constructing Leisure, a history and philosophy of leisure, was published in 2011 by Palgrave Macmillan.

The conference is managed by Daniela Carl, Research and Enterprise Officer at the International Centre for Research in Events, Tourism and Hospitality (ICRETH), Leeds Metropolitan University.