Want advice on how your band can 'make it' and score a gig abroad?

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  • 3 April 2012
Want advice on how your band can 'make it' and score a gig abroad?


Third Annual Wide Days Seminar

Following on from successes in 2010 and 2011, the informal music conference slash industry showcase that is Wide Days returns – with seminars for those wanting to get in to the music business during the day, followed by live performances and showcases by night.

Brought to you once again by the folks behind Born To Be Wide, this year’s event aims to delve further and deeper into a wide range of musical topics including innovations in music technology, getting gigs abroad and how to get the most out of download stores.

As before, a panel of industry bosses and experts aim to give up-and-coming young talent an insight into making it in the big bad world of showbiz, with speakers including Alex Knight (FatCat Records), Anna Hildur (Nordic Music Export) and Tommy Perman (FOUND).

Event co-organiser Olaf Furniss hopes the conference offers a unique opportunity for everybody involved: ‘The Wide Days gig programme is a great way of bringing the public and the conference delegates together. It allows us to showcase exciting talent and some of the venues which act as incubators in the Scottish music scene. I am delighted to be able to include an international act for the first time and hope that this will help build on past collaborations with the Norwegian music scene.'

Edinburgh venues Sneaky Petes, the Third Door and Electric Circus are the venues for after-hours live shows featuring the likes of Honeyblood, Michael Cassidy and Norway’s 'next big thing' Honningbarna.

Honningbarna, who have been described by clash.com as ‘Norway’s most exciting new band’ recently won their country’s equivalent of the Brit Awards, Spellemannprisen, and are making their Scottish debut at Electric Circus on Thu 12 Apr.

Festival regulars Homework can also be caught at Sneaky Petes. The four-piece have been steadily gaining momentum since their debut album Sleepless Nights and have played at festivals across Scotland including Wickerman, Belladrum and The Edge.

Also playing are Donna Maciocia, Quickbeam and Lady North. Edinburgh-based Lady North have emerged as an exciting prospect in the Scottish music scene after delivering their debut album early last summer and were highlighted as one of the standout acts on last year’s T Break Stage at T in the Park, and named as one of Vic Galloway’s 'Scottish Artists to Watch in 2012'. They play alongside Honningbarna and Donna Maciocia at Electric Circus, which will also host the closing party on Thursday night.

Wide Days will take place on Wed 11 & Thu 12 Apr at Teviot House; Edinburgh University’s Student Union. Tickets to the events seminars are priced at £45 for general admission, with reductions for under-18s, students and musicians union members. Tickets for all live performances are free and can be ordered from the events website below.

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