The Wide Days conference took place in Edinburgh from 11 – 13 April and welcomed 1000 members of the public to the showcases and attracted 360 industry delegates.
The conference programme featured more than 50 speakers and two nights of live shows.
The event was supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland and included panels on music publishing, managers, audience development and blockchain.
Wide Days also featured a Lyric Clinic in association with PRS for Music with speaker’s Dr Dave Hook (aka Solareye), Iona Fyfe (artist), Stina Tweedale (Honeyblood) and moderated by PRS for Music’s Senior Manager, Scotland and Northern Ireland, Stuart Fleming.
Part of the conference’s expansion included a mini summit with delegates from 14 countries, including a European delegation with representatives from music export offices, festivals and showcase events to explore the possibility of incorporating international events into future Festival Takeovers.
Olaf Furniss, founder, Wide Days, says: ‘This year’s Wide Days saw us undertake an ambitious expansion aimed at developing ties across Europe and creating more opportunities for international exchanges and partnerships.
‘The response to the opening showcase, Festival Takeover and additional networking activities has been very encouraging. These new features allowed us to shine a spotlight on other Scottish music businesses including Antidote Booking, Electric Fields, Tenement Trail, Kelburn Garden Party and the Edinburgh Music Tours.’
Bas Reeders, Dutch Music Export Delegate, who took part in the mini-summit, commented: ‘The Festival Takeover on the Saturday was a brilliant move as festivals already represent a mark of quality, which in turn serves as a further validation for the bands on the line-up.
‘It is also a great way to draw the music industry closer to Wide Days and create a closer connection with the event. Presenting acts in this way provides a platform that is greater than just the sum of parts.’
Creative Scotland music specialist Jamie Houston praised the event for supporting connections both locally and internationally.
He added: ‘Wide Days has become a central date in the international music industry calendar and a key opportunity for Scotland’s artists and industry to connect with domestic and international delegates.
‘With this year’s live offering boosted by stages guest-programmed by several of Scotland’s leading independent festivals and booking agents, the convention provided an opportunity for these dynamos of the domestic industry to showcase their brands to European delegates invited through partnership funding from Creative Scotland and the British Council Scotland.’
Pictured left to right – Stuart Fleming, Stina Tweedale and Iona Fyfe.
Photo credit: Ross Fraser McLean.