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Nedim Hassan
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Nedim Hassan is the author of Metal on Merseyside: Music Scenes, Community and Locality, the first book to examine metal music scenes within the city of Liverpool and the surrounding region of Merseyside. He is a Senior Lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at Liverpool John Moores University. In addition to his ongoing ethnographic research into metal music scenes in Merseyside, Nedim has written several articles and chapters about rock music and screen media. He has a particular interest in the representation and reception of heavy metal during the 1980s.

Joe Mortimer

As a promoter I operate under the name 'UKSF Events'. There had been previous others, but this has stood firm since 2015 when me and several others formed UK Slam Fest and began to book an annual death metal festival and supporting events under than moniker. I have continued to arrange events in Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, and London under the UKSF Events banner and use it as a platform to promote bands and bring them to the Merseyside area. I always considered myself a facilitator more than a promoter and still feel this way. I don't host shows for the profit, I do it for the engagement and the community aspect that comes with being involved withsuch efforts. Moving forward will see me trying to push my endeavours further, working closer with others who share the same passion for music that I do. Merseyside has been a site of musical talent for many generations, and I feel I can help promote the metal scene to such standards. Email:

Mark Cooper

Mark Cooper is the producer, creator & host of The Spoken Metal Show podcast. The compère of Bloodstock’s Metal to the Masses Merseyside and a regular speaker at Liverpool John Moores University alongside guesting on podcasts speaking about touring, the music industry and metal. Mark has written and reviewed for many outlets and works with new artists to develop EPK’s and structure releases and social media strategies. Touring for many years in every aspect from merchandising, technical support, stage managing & tour management, Mark works with new and established artists in the live arena.

JJ Haggar
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My name is not Prince but I'm still funky... I have made music with & played music by artists, interviewed many of my favorites... Watched many live gigs & done live events.. Been busy doing 'stuff' :) #hatersgonnahate /\ #loversgonnalove Jjx

Andy Hughes

Andy Hughes is the founder of Deathwave Entertainment, a Liverpool based events company that specialize in Rock and Metal events.

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