MONDAY 12 MARCH
WIDE DAYS SHOWCASE LINE-UP ANNOUNCED
Wide Days 2018 is to showcase a diverse snapshot of Scotland’s most exciting emerging talent as part of the award-winning convention which takes place in Edinburgh on 20-21 April. Seven acts selected from a range of different genres including electronic, jazz, pop and indie rock will perform across three Edinburgh venues on the first evening with a limited number of free tickets available to the public.
Past Wide Days conventions have provided an early career springboard for artists including Honeyblood, Be Charlotte, Catholic Action, Fatherson, Scottish Album of the Year Award winner Kathryn Joseph and the Mercury-nominated C Duncan. And in 2016, Wide Days was the first UK showcase event to feature a majority of acts fronted by women.
This year’s acts - Graham Costello’s STRATA, Zoe Graham, Edwin Organ, Crystal, Lucia, Rascalton and Wuh Oh – were selected from over 200 applications received via the Wide Days website and digital service Gigmit. (biographies and high res photographs available here: http://www.widedays.com/showcase-assets)
“Wide Days has established a reputation for presenting exciting new artists from Scotland, with many going on to be booked for international showcase events including Eurosonic, Reeperbahn Festival, SXSW, The Great Escape and Folk Alliance,” says the event’s founder, Olaf Furniss.
“And thanks to the continued support of the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund, PRS Foundation and Eventbrite, as well as new partners DIY with Jägermeister, we are able to offer additional mentoring to all the participants.”
The line-up was chosen in consultation with a network of A&R scouts, broadcasters, promoters, journalists and festival organisers. Participating acts are provided with a package of benefits including free tickets for the conference.
“Getting Scottish talent onto the industry’s radar at home and abroad is central to what Creative Scotland is about, as is developing skills and knowledge within the Scottish music sector,” says Alan Morrison, Creative Scotland’s head of music. “By hosting illuminating panels by day and electrifying showcases by night, Wide Days achieves both aims brilliantly, and it’s great to be supporting this event through our Open Project Fund.”
This is echoed by Vanessa Reed, CEO, PRS Foundation.
“We are delighted to be supporting the Wide Days showcase programme through our Open Fund,” she says “It is a fantastic platform for Scotland’s most talented emerging music creators and has a strong track record with artists we have been proud to support, including Kathryn Joseph and Be Charlotte. I look forward to seeing this year’s line-up seize this brilliant opportunity.”
In addition to the some 250 music-industry convention delegates, last year’s showcases saw 1000 registrations for free tickets from members of the public.
“Wide Days is one of the most important voices for Scottish music,” says Katie McPhee, Eventbrite head of marketing UK & Ireland, which is sponsoring the showcases and provides the event’s ticketing platform. “We applaud all the great work they do in championing the best of Scottish talent and are very much looking forward to meeting our partners, customers and new artists at the convention."
The showcases begin in the Debating Hall of Teviot Row House, the world’s oldest student union building which is rebranded as the Gilded Balloon during the Fringe. They continue at La Belle Angele in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town and finish at The Mash House next door.
In addition to the showcases, the Wide Days conference programme includes seminars focusing on new music label models, monetising streaming, improving disabled access to venues and lessons to be learned from the metal scene. The following day is based around relaxed networking opportunities for industry delegates, including a coach tour of Edinburgh guided by Furniss and a whisky tasting.
Wide Days Showcases - Friday 20 April 2018
Teviot Row House, 13 Bristo Place, EH8 9AJ
La Belle Angele, 11 Hastie's Close, Edinburgh EH1 1HJ
The Mash House, 37 Guthrie St, Edinburgh EH1 1JQ
Free showcase tickets and convention information available from: www.widedays.com