Chris Anderton


Chris Anderton is Associate Professor of Cultural Economy at Solent University, Southampton, UK. He is the author of Music Festivals in the UK. Beyond the Carnivalesque (Routledge, 2019), co-author of Understanding the Music Industries (Sage, 2013), and has published and presented internationally on music festivals, the music industry, and music history.

Current projects include a co-authored book about music management and marketing, an edited collection about music history, and a further edited collection about the production, mediation, and consumption of live music. He also manages Solent University’s in-house music organisation solentmusic and was co-executive producer of the annual SMILE Festival for ten years. The latter has now transformed into SO: Music City – a city centre-based music and music industry event that features live performances, workshops, guest speaker events, and a number of research projects.