New Speakers and Final Showcase Acts Announced

We have added festival organisers, an X Factor talent consultant and a self-releasing musician to the Wide Days conference programme, which takes place at Edinburgh's Pleasance on Friday 10 April.


Electronic artist Fiona Soe Paing and Glasgow band Catholic Action have also been confirmed for the final two showcase slots.

X Factor talent consultant Stephen Jones - who signed Sigur Ros, Queens Of The Stone Age and The Killers while working at Universal Music Publishing - joins Nicola Meighan and Fat Cat Records owner, Alex Knight, on the A&R You Brave Enough panel, chaired by The List music editor Claire Sawers.

Meanwhile, Electric Fields co-founder, Nick Roberts, and Alex Kerr-Wilson from showcase organisation, Discovery Talent, have been added to the Future Of Festivals discussion, which also includes booking agent/promoter, Cecile Communal [2 For The Road].

Also on the list of confirmed speakers is self-releasing artist Lorraine McCauley, who will give a presentation on what it cost her to record her most recent album, as part of the How Much Is Music? session.

Fellow musicians Fiona Soe Paing, whose live set blends vocals, electronica and animation, and Glasgow four-piece Catholic Action, complete the evening showcase line up. The gigs are open to the public and a limited number of free tickets are available here.

Emily Hood