Wide Days was launched in 2010 and is hosted every April in Edinburgh by Wide Events CIC (formerly Born To Be Wide CIC). It attracts key music industry players from the UK, Europe and North America and in 2018 drew 350 registered delegates with a further 800 registrations for the evening showcases snapped up by members of the public.
In 2014 it was named Best Networking Event at the Yearly Music Convention Awards, was runner up in the same category in 2015 and was also nominated for Best Convention Venue in 2016.
Last year the Wide Days achieved a gender balance in its speaker programme building on the 2016 event, when the majority of showcase acts were fronted by women. It was the first Scottish event to join PRS Foundation’s Keychange initiative which aims to establish a 50/50 split by 2022.
Wide Events CIC has its origins in the Born To Be Wide evenings which was launched in 2004 as a social night for people in the Edinburgh music scene and still hosts seminar and networking events in Central Scotland. Throughout the year the company stages music business seminars, showcases and the Off The Record youth events, as well as bespoke panels for other organisations. In 2017 and 2018 it has also hosted the Scottish reception at The Great Escape in partnership with Creative Scotland.
A CONVENTION PROGRAMME LIKE NO OTHER
Wide Days brings the the full spectrum of music industry professionals together to discuss a range of topics, present new initiatives and highlight some of the most forward-thinking work being carried out across the business.
The convention aims to give a platform to new industry speakers, with a more diverse and balanced line-up than most other conventions.
SHOWCASING THE BEST EMERGING TALENT
The Wide Days showcase programme takes place across 3 of the cities main music venues in the evening of Friday 12 April and for the first time will include a live programme on Saturday 13 April.
Wide Days’ showcases cover a broad musical spectrum and acts who have previously performed at the event include Be Charlotte, Catholic Action, Fatherson, Rachel Sermanni, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West, The Ninth Wave, Scottish Album of the Year Award winner Kathryn Joseph and the Mercury-nominated C Duncan. Moreover, Honeyblood, PAWS and Siobhan Wilson, all signed record deals as a result of their performances.
NETWORKING, TOUR & TASTING
Delegates arriving in Edinburgh on Thursday 11 April will have the option to take part in a guided tour of the city followed by pre-event entertainment. The Friday will continue with the conference at Teviot Row House, followed by a showcase featuring a selection of Scotland’s most promising acts.
Saturday 13 April will see the addition of a range of optional activities, an event catering for the performing artists and a significant boost to the live programme. This will provide delegates and public alike with an opportunity to get a flavour of the participating festivals – to be announced next month - which will also include a selection of exciting acts from outside Scotland.