Wide Days 2017 – Showcase Acts Announced
Wide Days returns to Edinburgh on 21-22 April and this year’s showcase acts have been announced.
Wide Days 2017 will take place at Teviot Row House on 21-22 April and the 7 showcase acts have been announced for free gigs at Teviot Row House itself, La Belle Angele & The Liquid Room.
Presented in partnership with Eventbrite and supported by the PRS Foundation, the shows will present a snapshot of some of Scotland’s most exciting emerging acts.
Declan Welsh & The Decadent West
Last year Declan Welsh recruited his Decadent West and they have been giving us their politically driven punk styled tunes ever since. They proudly state on Facebook they are the only band to play T In The Park, Palestine & London Fashion Week. Declan Welsh & The Decadent West brought out ‘No Pasaran’ towards the tail end of 2016 “‘No Pasaran’ was the iconic statement used by Spanish Republican Leader Dolores Ibarruri in their stand against Franco in Madrid. It should be our rallying call today, to fight intolerance and hatred wherever we see it.” TICKETS
Hailing from Clackmannanshire, near Stirling, Emme Woods is the solo project of singer-songwriter Morgan Woods. She has come of age through a new kick ass direction with a revolving pool of musicians and instruments providing a pallete of sounds which compliment a weather worn songwriting style which belies her young age(People often forget that she is only 21). In the past year, she has released her first two singles on the Last Night From Glasgow label, and has had music featured in BBC television productions and on the soundtrack of fancy American films. TICKETS
JR Green are brothers Jacob and Rory Green from Strontian a few miles from the most Westerly point of Mainland UK. JR Green released their debut EP Bring The Witch Doctor on Hits the Fan Records at the end of 2015 which landed them 2016 ones to watch lists as well as making Song of the Week on Huw Stevens’ BBC Radio 1 Show. I saw these guys at The Great Escape last year and they were great live. Definitely get along to this one. TICKETS
The Ninth Wave
The Ninth Wave are a noise pop four piece from Glasgow, taking their influences from 80’s new wave and goth pop combining these with their unique creative input. Not only do they sound great but they look fucking amazing! I didn’t know a whole lot about this band befoe they were announced for Wide Days but I am excited about seeing them live. TICKETS
The Spook School
Since forming in 2012 The Spook School have become increasingly involved with the DIY queer punk scene, taking inspiration from the passionate, like-minded people they’ve met along the way, and from bands such as Martha, Joanna Gruesome, and PWR BTTM. Citing influences including Buzzcocks, T-Rex and the noisier end of C86, the new album is louder, bolder, fuller-sounding and captures more of their live sound—aided and abetted by producer MJ of Hookworms. They have featured regularly on the various radio shows A&A have been involved with. TICKETS
The Vegan Leather
The Vegan Leather are an Art Pop four-piece from Paisley creating complex pop music for your soul, mind, and feet. Forming in 2014 they have gone on to earn a reputation as one of Glasgow’s most danceable and innovative live acts. The band has enjoyed sell out headline shows in King Tuts and many other of Glasgow’s seminal clubs and venues, as well as supporting acts such as Paolo Nutini at Edinburgh’s Hogmanay Garden Party, The View and Teleman throughout 2016. Their debut EP ‘This House’ was played almost every week on our Shore Live show on Shore Radio when it came out in 2016. TICKETS
Vistas are one to be excited about in Edinburgh. Having only formed in early 2016 they have already amassed a huge local support, that was on show at The Mash House a couple of weeks ago. Sing along choruses and genuine arena anthems mean the future is looking great for the Edinburgh-based band. Vistas have been the cover of Spotify’s Hot New Bands playlist and have featured on New Music Friday (UK & Brazil), The Indie List, All New All Now & New Noise playlists. Their music has also seen radio play on BBC Scotland and Amazing Radio. With new single ‘Feel Alive’ released in February, Vistas have an exciting year ahead of them that you definitely want to be part of. TICKETS
“Wide Days has established a reputation for showcasing some great emerging acts and this year is no exception,” says the event’s co-director, Michael Lambert. “We’ve seen many of our previous performers go on to tour internationally, sign record deals and build careers in the industry. I’m hopeful 2017’s line up will follow in their footsteps”.
Previous showcase acts have included A&A favourites Honeyblood, The Van T’s Elle Exxe & Ded Rabbit.
The gigs are open to the public and a limited number of free tickets are available via Eventbrite which is partnering on the showcase. Tickets can be obtained from widedays.com
“We’re big fans of Wide Days and all the great work they do in championing the best of Scottish music,” says Katie McPhee, Eventbrite head of strategic acquisition and growth. “We’re delighted to be supporting the event again this year and are very much looking forward to the convention.”
Once again Wide Day’s have picked the best of Scotlands acts to showcase at their event. It’s not to be missed.
The full programme of events is set to be announced in the coming weeks.
You buy tickets to the whole conference at www.widedays.com