keynote speakers

Professor Sara Cohen, Director, Institute of Popular Music and Director of Research, School of Music, University of Liverpool, UK

Sara is a Professor in the School of Music at the University of Liverpool and Director of the Institute of Popular Music. She has a DPhil in Social Anthropology from Oxford University and is the author of Rock Culture in Liverpool (Oxford University Press, 1991) and Decline, Renewal and the City in Popular Music Culture (Ashgate, 2007). She is a member of the Editorial and Advisory Boards of Ethnomusicology Forum (Routledge) and Popular Music (Cambridge University Press).



Dr Les Robert, Research Associate, School of Arts, University of Liverpool

Les Roberts is a Research Associate at the School of Arts, University of Liverpool where he is currently working on the HERA-funded project ‘Popular Music Heritage, Cultural Memory and Cultural Identity’ (POPID) at the Institute of Popular Music. His research and publications are centred around the cultural production of space, place and mobility, with a particular focus on film and popular music cultures. He is author of Film, Mobility and Urban Space (Liverpool University Press 2012), editor of Mapping Cultures: Place, Practice, Performance (Palgrave, 2012), and co-editor (with Hazel Andrews) of Liminal Landscapes: Travel, Experience and Spaces In-between (Routledge, 2012).

Sara and Les’  keynote presentation is entitled Heritage Rocks! Mapping Spaces of Popular Music Tourism.


Jo Dipple, CEO, UK Music

UK Music is the umbrella organisation which represents the collective interests of the UK’s commercial music industry – from artists, musicians, songwriters and composers, to record labels, music managers, music publishers, studio producers and music licensing organisations.

Jo joined UK Music in 2008 as senior policy advisor. Her commercial background is in newspaper publishing: she worked for Today and the News of the World before becoming a columnist for the Daily Mirror. When the first Communications Bill was trailed in 1999, Jo was made Head of Public Affairs for Trinity Mirror Plc to represent CEOs Philip Graf and Sly Bailey. She left Trinity Mirror to join the Treasury in 2006, before working for the Prime Minister in Downing Street’s Strategic Communications Unit. She was appointed chief executive of UK Music in January 2012.

Jo’s keynote presentation is entitled One Nation Under A Groove.