Wide Days Announce First Wave of Speakers & Showcases

Wide Days Announce First Wave of Speakers & Showcases

Wide Days Returns To Edinburgh on 22nd & 23rd April.

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Scotland’s Music Convention Wide Days have announced their first wave of speakers and have confirmed the evening showcases.

Taking place on 22-23 April in Edinburgh, panel topics include

  • A&R You Brave Enough? – The popular session returns to Wide Days.  A panel from music and media provides feedback on tracks submitted by acts attending the convention.
  • Meet PPL – Find out about the work of PPL, how to register and collect your royalties.
  • Fields Of Green – What steps can outdoor festivals and their audiences  take to make events more sustainable and reduce waste.  A look at the environmental challenges faced by three Scottish events and get an insight into how they can be met. 
  • CMU Insights: Dissecting The Digital Dollar – CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke will explain, in ten simple steps, how streaming platforms like Spotify are licensed, and what happens to the money such services pay into the music industry, based on the report he authored for the UK’s Music Managers Forum last year. He will then lead a conversation on how DIY artists can get the most out of the streaming services, and on the issues artists and managers face in the digital domain. 
  • The Rise Of City Festivals – City-based music festivals are becoming increasingly popular and diverse. What are the pros and cons when compared to rural events, what benefits do they bring the urban locations and what can they offer emerging acts?

The conference will also feature a presentation by PPL and a talk hosted by Chris Cooke, founder of industry consultancy, CMU Insights. He will explain how artists can get the most out of streaming services and outline how influential playlists can generate income for artists and labels.

Other speakers include festival promoters Codruta Vulcu from Romania’s ARTmania event, Katch Holmes [Knochengorroch], Paul Cardow [Stag & Dagger / PCL], Martin Elbourne [The Great Escape / Glastonbury] and Nick Roberts [Electric Fields]. They will be joined by Eric McLellan, director of A&R at seminal US label Sire Records, Claire O’Neill [A Greener Festival / AIF] and Gemma Lawrence [Creative Carbon Scotland].

One of my personal highlights of Wide Days is always the showcases. Showcase acts that have played in the past include Honeyblood, PAWS, Kathryn Joseph, C Duncan, Ded Rabbit & Catholic Action.  This year the strong quality of line-up continues.

Be Charlotte

One of Alive & Amplified’s “Tips For 2016” Dundee’s Charlotte Brimner A.K.A Be Charlotte is destined for massive things in 2016.  Currently en route to SXSW in Texas and now a Wide Days showcase I fully expect Be Charlotte’s Hip Hop/Electro/Pop crossover to be at the forefront of everyone’s minds this summer.

Best Girl Athlete

At just 16 years old Katie Buchan from Aberdeen has already released her critically acclaimed debut album ‘Carve Every Word’ toured up and down the country and has just come back from a tour in the US. Learning her trade by performing and writing alongside her father Best Girl Athlete has drawn comparisons to Aimee Mann, Laura Marling and Feist.

Elle Exxe

Elle Exxe’s music has been garnering massive support on both U.S. and UK radio. In the U.S. she’s been played on over 60 stations receiving numerous CMJ distinctions and rotations. In the UK her music has been played on over 50 stations as well as gaining support from BBC Introducing London, BBC Scotland & Amazing Radio. In September Elle Exxe entered Music Week’s Commercial Pop Chart at #8.


Scumpulse are a four piece punk infused Black Metal band from Edinburgh, Scotland. The band was formed at the end of 2013 / early 2014 after the death of the Scottish Blackened Crust band, Fifteen Dead. Ross began writing music and Matt the lyrics for what would become Scumpulse. The lineup was completed by Andy and Magnus early ’14.


Tongues music has been described as ‘hook laden’, ‘gorgeously grungy’, ‘festival ready electro’, amassing over 1 million plays across Spotify, Youtube & Soundcloud. Some of their highlights of 2015 were performing on BBC’s Introducing stage at T in the Park, playing at Belfast’s Culture Week, reaching Number 1 on blog chart Hypemachine and being selected for Spotify’s discover weekly playlists.

The Van T’s

Another of Alive & Amplified “Tips For 2016” I first saw The Van T’s when the jump in last minute to play Electric Fields for Kloe who had to pull out.  Twin sisters Hannah & Chloe Van Thomson joined by Shaun Hood & Joanne Hood make up surf wave 4-piece The Van T’s. Debut EP ‘Laguna Babe’ was released in November to great feedback.

Tickets to the showcases are free but don’t miss out on the amazing panels, seminars & networking that will be happening at the convention.

The Wide Days professional convention passes costs £80. It includes food at Friday’s conference and showcase, as well as access to Saturday’s networking activities. These begin with a guided coach tour and are followed by a talk, barbecue and low exertion sports.

Day passes for Friday are available at a concession price of £25 for students, emerging artists and those starting out in the business. An Under 18s ticket costs £18 and covers the conference and the first showcases in the Pleasance.




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