Drake Music + Web We Want Festival – May 2015

We are delighted to announce that we will be hosting series of events at the forward-thinking Web We Want festival at the Southbank Centre at the end of May.
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Join us to find out more about the new technologies which are opening up access to music for disabled people at this exciting festival of the World Wide Web.

From a Minecraft Build session through to art installations and debates about sci-fi, there’s a huge range of activity to explore at the festival, alongside our free Test It! musical sessions.

Read on to find out about all the Drake Music activities at the Web We Want festival.


Sat 30th May & Sun 31st May – 11am – 6pm – FREE

Over the weekend everyone is welcome to come and have a go at making music using a range of assistive technology.

Get stuck in and try out our range of different instruments, apps and technology. Whether you are a music tech expert, or have never tried it before, there is something exciting for everyone to get involved with.

You can also see demonstrations of the latest cutting edge wearable technology – Mi.Mu musical gloves and enjoy sessions from musician John Kelly and our R&D Manager Gawain.

Explore the latest developments in new accessible music technology, from iPad apps through to brand new instruments in development now like the Mini-Beam. Accessible and open to all.

Find out more here.


Sat 30th May – 10am – 10pm
Image of a tape casette turned into a musical instrument with wires
Help us transform access to music making. Coders, developers, makers and hackers are invited to come together to create a brand new piece of accessible music technology in just one day.

The five strongest ideas by the end of the day will be shortlisted and presented on Sunday 31st May as part of the Web We Want talks programme, with members of the public asked to vote online for the winning design.

If you’d like to take part in the Hackathon as a technologist or coder please book a free ticket from the Southbank Centre Ticket Office.

If you have any questions about being a part of this event please read more here, or email wwwhackathon@southbankcentre.co.uk


Sun 31st May – 2pm (Duration: 15 mins)

Join our National R&D Manager Gawain for a 15 minute talk describing how we are working with Furtherfield to use the internet to facilitate meaningful creative collaboration and rehearsal spaces for disabled musicians.


For more information about the festival please visit the Web We Want site. You can track the #webwewantfest hashtag on twitter and also follow our account @drake_music for live tweeting from the event. Drake Music’s Research & Development programme is supported by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation.