Showcase nights

Promoter George Eason hosts more frequent gigs. He set up Showcasing Live Events three years ago and the concept has become a winner with emerging talent and the A&R community.

Pub gigs

For a lot of acts starting out, local live music pubs and bars offer no finer place to grow a fanbase and learn the art of live performance. PRS for Music sponsors the Music Pub of the Year category in The Publican’s annual trade awards. M caught up with some of the shortlisted music publicans to find out more about their showcase nights.

National trade shows

In recent years, a number of annual events in the same vein as the International trade shows (below) that have sprung up on home soil and provide multiple showcase opportunities for aspiring acts.

International trade shows

Midem, Popkomm and South by South West (SXSW) have been mainstays of the International trade show scene for many years. Their model of attaching evening showcases to complement daytime seminars has grown exponentially over the past decade and that winning formula has seen others imitate the formula.

I Wrote That

It’s not many bands who can attribute a No.1 hit record to the death of John Lennon, but when Imagine was propelled to the top of the charts following Lennon’s assassination, it relegated Ant Music to the No.2 spot. A fact that was to provide the impetus for their next single getting to No.1.

Our Tweet Transcript from SxSW

Our own Barney Hooper, Jules Parker and Chris Carey attended SXSW last week, here is the Tweet Transcript from their time there, Barney keep us well up to date with a little help from Jules. #SXSW kicks off proper today but a great start at the British Embassy last night.…

Most popular songs in Britain survey

The Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP), one of Europe’s leading schools of modern music, is conducting research on popular British songs.

Belfast Nashville

The sixth Belfast Nashville songwriting convention took place during the last week of February. Between 24 - 27 February.