Wide Days, the annual Scottish music convention organised by the people behind the Edinburgh music social events Born To Be Wide, have announced the first speakers its 2013 event as well as for their free showcases.
Fatherson, Fat Goth, Siobhan Wilson and Washington Irving will appear on April 11th, alongside two other acts to be chosen by a panel of promoters, journalists and broadcasters. Bands / artists can apply to perform by registering here – the deadline is 5pm Wednesday 6th March 2013
The two shows – at the Electric Circus, and The Pleasance – are free to the public, and tickets can be obtained here.

The conference element to the two-day event, which takes place in Edinburgh on 10-11 April, will broaden the mix of genres covered than before as well as continuing to look far beyond national borders in its appeal.

There is as might be expected an indie feel to some of the panels – Club Fandango’s Martyn Boyle, Mute Song’s David McGinnis and We Were Promised Jetpacks’ manger Jamie Gilmourwill join Norwegian Kai Robøle of Waterfall Music whose agency provides songs for the likes of Britney Spears, Pussycat Dolls, One Direction and N Dubz.

A variety of educational presentations are also planned including a guide to selling via the web from EmuBands, and photographers Euan Robertson and Jannica Honey will cover the art of getting images right.

Also on the bill are Scott Cohen, on online services and Stevie Wonder’s manager, Keith Harris will lead the PPL-sponsored Wide Initiation talk for first-time delegates.

Full details including limited (until Apirl 9th) reduced price passes at www.widedays.com.