Wide Days – the music business convention which takes place in Edinburgh annually – has announced its showcase lineup for this year’s event.
On Friday 20 – Saturday 21 April, seven acts – Graham Costello’s Strata, Zoe Graham, Edwin Organ, Crystal, Lucia, Rascalton and Wuh Oh – have been selected from over 200 applications received via the Wide Days website and digital service Gigmit.
The successful acts come from a range of different genres including electronic, jazz, pop and indie rock, and 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.
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.
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 Edinburgh Festival 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.
Free showcase tickets and convention information available is available from www.widedays.com