Once dubbed ‘The Poster Boy of Grime’, Novelist (real name Kojo Kankam) has gone on to become a respected 2018 Mercury Prize nominee with his Debut Album Novelist Guy, mastered at the world famous Abbey Road Studios.

Novelist was also nominated for a Q Award in 2018.

Novelist was elated to have been considered amongst contenders such as Noel Gallagher and Arctic Monkeys, affirming the calibre of his music and broadening his reach.

Novelist drew inspiration at the early age of six years old; his primary influences came from UK underground music DVDs that were in circulation at the time, as well as the pirate radio stations on air showcasing UK underground music.



the schedule may be subject to change


12:00 - 13:00

Powered by the Music Managers Forum (MMF)

For all budding managers, this is the discussion to be at. The Music Manager’s Forum (MMF) hosts this panel, chaired by Kwame Kwaten of Ferocious Talent and MMF Vice Chair. He is joined by Mercury nominated Novelist and his manager Dion Peters, as well as Wale from leading industry law firm Sheridans and Ayo who manages Kojo Funds. With elements of the music industry changing rapidly by the day, this panel discusses how that affects the role of a manager. Is there still a role for a manager in the industry, when should an artist need one and what does it take to become one? You will hear from our panel of experts from the music and creative industries on how to start out, deal with the ups and downs of the industry and above all the important of actually having management to an artist.


Kwame Kwaten – Ferocious Management and Vice-Chair MMF


Ayo Youngz – Artist Manager/ A&R F&Y – Kojo Funds

Dion Peters – Artist Manager – Novelist

Novelist – Artist

Wale Kalejaiye – Associate Music & Theatre Groups Sheridans