And rising star Tom Grennan took to the stage for a secret gig.
Eniola Aluko and Loyle Carner headlined NME‘s #Lifehacks event in London yesterday (November 23).
The Chelsea footballer and Mercury Prize-nominated hip-hop artist joined forces with NME’s Leonie Cooper for an “in conversation” panel at the event, which took place at Islington Metal Works through the afternoon and evening.
NME teamed up with University of Salford and youth initiative Create Jobs to lay on the sold-out event, which aimed to inspire young people interested in starting out in the creative industries.
After the headline panel, acclaimed campaigners Paris Lees, Paula Akpan and Alex Manzi came on stage to discuss how to effect positive change.
Another panel saw MOBO founder Kanya King MBE, Universal Music UK’s Jonathan Badyal, gal-dem’s Liv Little and University of Salford lecturer Dr Kirsty Fairclough share the things they wish they’d known at age 18.
Workshops and activities taking place at #Lifehacks throughout the afternoon and evening included the tech-focused Game Lab, hosted by University of Salford’s Dr Erinma Ochu, and an insight into sustainable fashion organised by nonprofit organisation TRAID.
Instagram’s Niran Vinod, GUAP’s Ibrahim Kamara, General Assembly’s Lauren Thomas and University of Salford’s Lyndon Saunders united for a panel discussing the skills you need to discuss in a digital age.
The event concluded with a secret gig from rising star Tom Grennan, who performed songs from his upcoming debut album ‘Lighting Matches’, due in March.
The entire event was live-streamed on NME’s Facebook page, where you can watch videos of all the panels now.
NME’s next #Lifehacks event will take place in May 2018.