Scotland’s music convention Wide Days will host a mini-summit of industry figures from across Europe in a bid to maintain connections across the continent.
Representatives from showcase events, festivals and export offices from nine different countries will attend the meeting and be introduced to local venues and artists, as well as participating in the conference.
The meeting is set to explore the possibility of Wide Days inviting European events to guest curate at future conventions.
The delegates will join over 50 speakers featured at this years event, which takes place 11 – 13 April, and is supported by the National Lottery through Scotland’s Open Project Fund.
Delegates from Austria, the Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands and Norway will attend the event.
Wide Days will also be showcasing some of Scotland’s most exciting new acts, with free tickets available to the public.
The event features an extensive programme of panels, and Friday kicks off with newly-announced sessions, starting with a critical look at how Blockchain technology can deliver for the music industry, a lyric clinic hosted by Dr Dave Hook and in association with PRS For Music, and a session entitled Ask The Young Team hosted by Vic Galloway.
Olaf Furniss, Wide Days founder, says: ‘Since its launch in 2010 Wide Days has built strong ties across Europe and we want to make sure these are maintained and developed further. This year we are launching the Festival Takeover which will see three great Scottish summer events – Tenement Trail, Electric Fields and Kelburn Garden Party – each programme a stage. At the summit we will be discussing is the possibility of inviting international festivals to do this at future Wide Days events.’
Alan Morrison, head of music, Creative Scotland, added: ‘International showcasing is a two-way street. Scottish bands need to be out there breaking new markets and building up audiences abroad, but it’s equally important that the key players from foreign territories come here and witness our talent first-hand.
‘The delegate presence in 2019 proves that Wide Days is a first point of destination for international agents and bookers who want to check out our dynamic and diverse music scene. Creative Scotland is proud to support an event that’s ultimately all about building bridges across borders and bringing musicians, fans and the industry together on an international scale.’
For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit widedays.com