The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has confirmed the conference will take place between Wednesday 7 and Friday 9 February 2024, and will run in conjunction with Defected and VibeLab.
More than 200 speakers will be hosted at the event across three days and four stages with some new domestic and international partnerships.
Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham said: “We are delighted that the NTIA’s Night-Time Economy Summit will be coming to Greater Manchester in February 2024.
“We look forward to building on the success of this year's event in London and recognising the hard work and amazing representation the trade association delivered throughout the pandemic for the hospitality and night time economy sector across the UK.”
The summit will discuss the important role the night time economy plays in economic and cultural recovery both internationally and across the UK. There will be dedicated stages next year for international speakers hosted by VibeLab, with new added stages representing theatre and live & electronic music.
Greater Manchester night time economy adviser Sacha Lord said throughout Covid, the NTIA became the biggest voice for nightlife across the UK, and it was an “honour” to become Chair.
He was “delighted” the trade body had chosen Greater Manchester for the next summit, which he added would be the biggest to date in a city region where it has said “tables were made for dancing on”.
The full programme for the event will be released over the coming months. Speakers and panellists will approach a range of topics from Brexit to drug testing to technology to grassroots music.
The annual UK benchmark reports on the night time economy and electronic music will also be revealed at the summit, with expert panellists discussing the current impacts and true economic, community and cultural value within the current UK marketplace.
NTIA chief executive Michael Kill said next year’s summit was one of the association’s most ambitious projects to date. It would bring together some of the biggest names in the industry with panels debating positive change and more immediate challenges.
Kill added: “It is also an opportunity to benchmark the current state of the industry, allowing us to reflect, debate and share ideas and best practices in developing, educating and building towards a safer and successful night time economy in the future.”