Wide Days is Scotland’s only convention dedicated exclusively to music business seminars, presentations and showcases. The annual boutique event is run in Edinburgh by not-for-profit organisation, Born To Be Wide, which boasts a distinguished track record of bringing together industry veterans with those doing amazing things at grassroots level.
Since its launch in 2010, Wide Days has consistently attracted high-profile speakers including leading festival promoters, managers and technology experts.
Its evening showcases, which are open to the public, provide a snapshot of some of the most exciting emerging acts across a diverse rang of genres and have previously included acts such as Rachel Sermanni, PAWS, Siobhan Wilson, Fatherson, Washington Irving, Meursault and Withered Hand.
"Wide Days is an amazing event, the platform it has given and the way it has directly affected the careers of acts like Paws and Rachel Sermanni is testament to the breadth and depth of the event. Its importance to the music scene in Scotland and the respect it is shown by the entire UK industry has grown year on year." Ally McCrae, BBC Radio 1
"Wide Days has interesting speakers and a clear vision. I found valuable contacts both in the Scottish music scene as well as international operators." Anna Hildur, Programme Director Nordic Music Export
"Wide Days cuts through the jargon and mystique of the music industry, giving the audience straight-talking, no-nonsense and genuinely helpful insights into all areas of the business. Add some cutting-edge live music in the evenings and convivial host Olaf Furniss into the mix, and you have a truly excellent event!" Vic Galloway, BBC Radio Scotland
There is a thriving scene in Scotland that is often overlooked in London. Coming to Wide Days allows me to connect with great Scottish artists and record labels. I still remember seeing Rachel Sermani there and praying I could sign her. My prayers were answered and now so many more people are getting to discover her amazing talent. Scott Cohen, Founder The Orchard
"Wide Days was an all-round excellent experience both for me and for Spotify. The audience was a fantastic mix of licensors, managers and artists and this seemed to bring out a really balanced and interesting set of perspectives.
The showcases and social events around the conference were a great opportunity to continue conversations and start new relationships. It was very worthwhile and a lot of fun." Mark Williamson, director of Artist Services [Europe], Spotify
“Wide Days is a very open and enthusiastic event which has all the right ingredients! I'd very much would like to collaborate in the future.” Andy Zondervan, Director, Eurosonic Noorderslag
"Eventbrite was delighted to support Wide Days for the first time this year. From the panellists to the bands, it was a truly great event, and is sure to grow from strength to strength. Bring on 2014!" Katie McPhee, Senior Community Manager, Eventbrite
“An unmissable fixture in our calendar,” David Balfour, Record Of The Day