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Joe Kentish – President, Warner Records UK

Joe Kentish is President of Warner Records UK. In this role he is responsible for overseeing the creative and strategic direction of the label, as well as the development and campaigns for its world-class roster of artists, including domestic acts Biffy Clyro, Dua Lipa, Foals, Ghetts, Liam Gallagher, Mist, Muse, Nines and Royal Blood, as well as up and coming acts Griff and Pa Salieu, and all incoming international acts and releases from Warner Records US. 

Joe has been with the label since 2014, during which time he was made Head of A&R and discovered and signed the likes of Dua Lipa and Griff, as well as overseeing the expansion of the roster, including the signing of acts such as Mist, Nines and Pa Salieu. He was named President of the label in May 2021.  

Joe started his music industry career as one of the founders of UK Garage label Middle Row Records.  He then worked as an A&R scout for two years at EMI before moving to Mercury Records (later Virgin/EMI), where he signed and A&R’d the likes of The Vamps, Just Jack and Pixie Lott before joining Warner Records UK as Senior A&R Manager. 

Speaking: Friday Afternoon

14:00 – 16:30

The Friday Takeover powered by The Rio Ferdinand Foundation (RFF) x Warner x Music Against Racism 

In the afternoon, we invite you to a panel discussion, looking at how music can tackle racism + racism and division within the industry. Networking opportunities and a Q&A will round off the day…

Heather Small (Rio Ferdinand Foundation Ambassador)

Jermain Jackman (singer, songwriter, author & activist)

Lord Victor Adebowale (UD Chair)

Joe Kentish (President, Warner Records)

Paul Samuels (VP A&R, Atlantic Records)

Paul Hill (Education Co-ordinator, Show Racism The Red Card)

Moderated by Esi (Kiss)


Joe Kentish – President, Warner Records UK

Jermain Jackman – Singer, Songwriter, Author & Activist