#GlugLeeds, ‘Northern Soul’, 24.3.15

Glug Leeds is almost here!

We’re very excited to announce that we’re bringing Glug to Leeds this in 2015.
We want to celebrate the wonderful creative talents in North and create an event where all our creative brothers and sisters can meet, inspire and collaborate.
The theme of the first event will be ‘Northern Soul’ if you’re a creative with a passion for working and living in the North then this is the place for you.
If there is a certain Northern-based someone and/or agency you would love to hear talk, feel free to recommend him/her/them. Also, we will have space for stalls in our mini arts market, so if anyone would like to sell their wares at our event, then get in touch.
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Tuesday 24th March
Belgrave Music Hall, Leeds. LS2 8JP (Map)
From 6 – 9pm for talks followed by drinks and chat at the bar until late
How much:
Ticket offer: £5 per ticket for early birds booking in Feb & £7.50 standard price thereafter.
(Ticket price includes; 2 drinks and a choice of either burger and chips or 2 slices of pizza.)
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Elmwood create compelling brand stories across multiple touch points
Only one brand can be the cheapest; the rest have to do something different, and that difference has to be beyond the rational and beyond functional. Elmwood pioneered a unique process that combines Hollywood story-telling techniques with a dash of neuro-science to drive lasting emotional engagement. This is what they refer to as the pixie dust behind their effectiveness.
As the late, great Jerry Garcia once said: “it’s no longer good enough to be the best of the best. You have to be the only ones that do what you do”.
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.
Speakers the night:
Jonathan Sands and the Leeds team.

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Duke Studios

Laura Wellington and James Abbott Donnelly founded Duke Studios in 2011 with an extraordinary, two fold vision. First, to build an inspiring, exciting and inclusive co-working space in which creative individuals across different sectors could work. Second, to turn this space into a creative hub in order to facilitate knowledge exchange, encourage networking and spark collaboration on joint projects with the aim of nurturing talent and watching it grow.
4 years on and Duke Studios is now home to a wide range of Creatives from many different fields – Web Developers, Software Developers, Online Marketing & Management for the Music Industry, Actors Agency, Designer Makers, Commercial Interior Designers, Retail Designer, Photographers, Film Makers, Music and Event PR, Architect, Graphic Designers, Illustrators, Landscape Architect, Copywriters, Art Directors, Makers, Travel Writer, DJs, Record Label, Producers, Service Designers, SEO Professionals, PPC Marketeers, Tech Startups, Bloggers in Music, Fashion, Food and Design.
Making it a pretty nifty creative powerhouse.
Speakers on the night:
Designer & Studio founders,
Laura Wellington & James Abbott Donnelly.

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Home Agency

Home began life in a loft space with six people in 2002 as an advertising and design agency.
Home Agency
Today it is 160 strong, spread across Leeds, London, Gibraltar and Sydney and has evolved into an agency designed for engaging people, anywhere they choose to interact with brands.
It integrates and specialises across the full spectrum of marketing communications, through advertising, search, media, UX, technology, design, experiential, social and of course whatever may come next.
Home is responsible for the marketing communications of many a household name. Featured on the RAR, it is DADI award winning, a Google Partner and also listed in last year’s Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100, and ranked 3rd in the Top 50 agencies in the North to boot.
Speaker on the night:
Rich Marson – Planning Director and Founder

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The Great British Exchange

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The Great British Exchange is passionate about British products, British manufacturing and supporting British industry, promoting it in the UK and overseas. As an online business-to-business distributor of British products, The Great British exchange sources new to market British products and sells to a UK and international network of independent and small chain retailers. It is exclusive to retailers and British producers. Retail buyers can find new, British made items and learn the story behind each piece. By having one account, one point of contact and one order process retailers are free to browse products and select those that will give them exclusivity in their area. The Great British Exchange is a safe and secure route to market for British producers who want commercial sales. The Great British Exchange will commence trading Spring/Summer2015.
Speaker on the night:
Matthew Hopkins – Managing Director and British Branding Advocate.

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A word about our generous sponsors

Diva Telecom

Diva Telecom are experts in bespoke telecoms solutions you can count on Diva Telecom to reduce costs, increase efficiency and improve the way you communicate. Whatever telephony services your business requires they’ve got it covered with a unique product offering of SMS solutions, Conferencing solutions, International and UK inbound numbers to make your business stand out, as well as standard telephony services such as calls and lines.
Keep an eye out for the Glug event reminder texts powered by Diva Telecom.

Manifest Comms

Manifest is an integrated marketing communications agency born from the desire to inject innovation and energy into every project.
From the company’s inception in 1999 to the ever-expanding client roster of the present day, Manifest has applied clarity of thought and expertise to put the needs of the client first. With offices in Leeds, Manchester and London, Manifest doesn’t limit itself by sector, industry or scale. Whether B2B or B2C; whether retail, construction, sport, fitness or food and drink; whether major multi-national player or small start-up, it strives to provide an irresistible double: the refined, focused knowledge of a sector specialist combined with the wider perspective of a company grounded in modern marketing strategy and design.

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Your Hosts


Hannah O’Sullivan

Hannah O’Sullivan


Martin Farrar-Smith

Martin Farrar-Smith



#GlugNYC – Discovery, 02.04.15

Glug New York City #2 – Discovery

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015. 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Artjail, 50 Eldridge Street, 7th Floor, NY 10002.
Early Bird Tickets: $15.00
Standard Ticket: $20.00

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Hello Again!
The first Glug NYC 2015 event is kicking off Thursday, April 2nd and we couldn’t be more excited! Better than Networking, this is Notworking. We have handpicked three insightful industry speakers, will have live art walls, 360 VR demos, and an open bar with beer and wine. We are very excited about this year’s Glug themes: Discovery, Evolution, and Future. Artjail, leading VFX studio in Chinatown, New York, has been kind enough to lend us their modern industrial loft space on Eldridge street. With exposed brick walls, high ceilings, and stunning views of the iconic Manhattan skyline we can think of no place we’d rather spend an evening.

Our Speakers



Steve Mottershead

Originally from a small town outside of Toronto, Canada, Steve was very passionate about fine arts growing up, painting, drawing, even airbrushing. When he was 16 Steve had the first real turning point in my life when he was introduced to Autodesk’s Flame system (which at the time was owned by Discreet Logic). He was blown away by the resolution and little axis’ and icons on the screen, schematics, etc. From that point on he knew that he wanted to be a Flame Artist. Since then Steve has worked his way up to Lead Flame eventually starting his own company; called Artjail. Steve played a pivotal role in the development of Euro RSCG’s rebranding of Jaguar Cars and has previously/since put his mark on other large worldwide brands such as; Nike, Cadillac, IBM, Morgan Stanley, Audi, Nissan, Coke, Mitsubishi, Honda, Muse Magazine, Kaney West, 3M, NHL, NFL, to name a few. While making his way up the vfx ladder he also started directing. 


David Larkin

David Larkin is a creative director at experiential design agency, Fake Love. Starting as a creative technologist he has developed a wide range of talents and has applied them to many of the award winning projects in their portfolio. At Fake Love, his concentration explores the art of play, through audience interaction and feedback to create memorable and unexpected moments. His passion for art, technology, and gaming led him to the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) where he studied Interactive Design and Game Development. There he mastered the tools traditional and modern game developers use to create interactive experiences. Before graduating he co-founded, what is now the SCAD Game Development Network, a community of artists, designers, and developers from various disciplines, dedicated to progressing art movements within games. He coordinated workshops, demos, and lectures with prominent figures in the game industry, as well as orchestrated and participated in numerous global game jams.
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Jules Erhardt

Jules is Partner at Ustwo, where he oversees the studio’s US expansion and operations. Ustwo is a global digital design studio, home to over 200 of the industry’s leading designers, developers, and strategists. Ustwo has redefined the studio model by blending consultancy work for world leading companies with joint venture and own product initiatives. The consultancy business focuses exclusively on the end-to-end delievery of transformative digitial products and services. Jules brings over a decade of experience in digitial product design and development to the party, ranging from commerical negotiation, talent recruitment and project delivery to senior company management. He’s assembled design and engineering teams for some of the world’s leading brands in diverse industries including consumer electronics, retail, investment and retail banking, and TV.



Are there ID requirements or an age limit to enter the event?
Yes. This event is 21+ and IDs will be checked at the door.
Will You Check Student IDs?
Yes. If you have a student ticket you must show a student ID.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes. As long as the person is 21+ with a valid ID.
Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?
Yes. Tickets will be taken at the door.


Early Bird Tickets: $15.00
Standard Ticket: $20.00
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Your Host


Richard Cumming

Richard Cumming


#GlugBirmingham – Midland Masters #3, 23.04.15


Glug Birmingham returns for the final edition of ‘Midland Masters’ presenting a handpicked programme of insightful industry talks by local design studios and creatives, curated by Inkygoodness.



Thurs 23rd April 6pm – 11pm


Spotlight & Nextdoor, Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham B9 4AG


Early Bird £7.50 (limited numbers available)
Standard ticket £10

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Our speakers:

Gavin Strange // Jam Factory & Aardman Animations


Gavin Strange is a jack of all trades, master of flip all; Senior Designer for Bristol’s Aardman Animations by day, and a creative berk going under the alias ‘JamFactory’ by night. Working in the field of graphic design but dabbling in illustration, toy design, photography and film making, Gav will talk your ears off about design if you give him half the chance.

A firm believer in not being able to make fun unless you’re having fun, let Gavin bend your ear for an hour to convince you to stop talking about stuff, and just go and do the stuff, regardless of whether you have the skills to do so. | @jamfactory

Jonathan Costello // Adult Art Club


Designer, illustrator, art director and crisis management expert working in music and youth culture. Jonny runs Adult Art Club, a creative practice working in the grey area of design, art direction, illustration and image making. | @AdultArtClub

Luke Tonge // LIFE Agency


LIFE Agency are an integrated agency, specialising in Advertising, Strategy, Shopper marketing, Digital, Experiential and Sales Promotion based in Birmingham. Selected clients include Whitbread, Molson Coors, SCA, Dr. Oekter and GSK.
Lisa Meyer // Capsule + Supersonic Festival


Capsule produce live events and exhibitions for adventurous audiences in Birmingham, showcasing both international touring artists and homegrown talent. Over the last 15 years Capsule have gained a reputation as a dynamic and innovative arts producer, initiating, commissioning and producing multi-disciplinary work. |

Ian Francis // Flatpack Film Festival


Flatpack is a festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every March. It draws people from far and wide with a mixture of films, performances, contraptions and surprises, and has been described as “magnificently eclectic” (Time Out), “joyously inventive” (the Guardian) and “the UK’s most creatively curated film festival” (the Independent).

Ian has clocked up fifteen years putting on film events in Birmingham and beyond, and co-founded Flatpack with partner Pip McKnight in 2006. He also writes for publications including Sight and Sound and Little White Lies.

Venue – Spotlight & Nextdoor


Spotlight is a quirky single room bar & event space built underneath one of Digbeth’s many Victorian Railway Arches. With cherry red leather chesterfield sofas and sturdy steel bar stools, tables and chairs Spotlight is a comfortable place to hang out despite it’s Industrial feel. Spotlight has cemented it’s place as the #1 after work destination in Birmingham on a Friday with ‘Digbeth Dining Club’ which recently won Best Street Food Event at the the British Street Food Awards.

The aptly named Nextdoor is Spotlights newest neighbour. Keeping in theme with its siblings it retains a raw, industrial appearance and promotes two tiered floor spaces, providing a truly unique event space.

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Your Host


Lisa Hassell

Lisa Hassell



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