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Vision of the future

8 May 2018

CLOTHING BRAND Superdry has announced its entry into the emerging live music market, teaming up with Vision Nine – the group responsible for events including Boardmasters (cap. 50,000) and NASS festival (15,000) – which will involve the curation of stages across numerous European festivals. Boardmasters’ business development director Les Seddon-Brown,…

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Bridgend brings bigger bands

4 May 2018

BRIDGEND’S TOURING potential might not be immediately apparent to emerging acts, but Dean Whittaker, in-house booker for Hobos (cap. 220) and owner of promotions company Imperial Music, is always on the lookout for new acts. Whittaker, who began promoting in 2008, says that the overall experience for acts visiting Bridgend…

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Broadwick slims down footprint

3 May 2018

BROADWICK LIVE, the company behind festivals including Truck Festival (cap. 10,000), South West Four (20,000), Kendal Calling (25,000) and Y NOT (25,000), has announced that in addition to taking part in AIF’s Drastic on Plastic campaign, numerous events within its portfolio will be further adhering to their own self-imposed standards. Director…

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Building from the roots up

1 May 2018

THE 10,000-capacity Black Deer festival will be hosting a battle of the bands for acts of the ‘roots-based’ persuasion vying to join a line-up including Passenger, Iron & Wine and Jason Isbell. The acts, says industry veteran Gill Tee of EnterTee, will be picked by judges to represent a balance…

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Touring triumphs on south coast

27 April 2018

THOSE LOOKING to book shows in the Southampton and Bournemouth areas would do well to contact Ricky Bates who hosts regular shows for acts of the rock and punk persuasion. Operating in venues including The Joiners Arms (cap. 200), for which he acts as head booker, The 1865 (750) and…

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Ditto lends development support

27 April 2018

ONLINE MUSIC distribution platform Ditto, designed for independent artistes, managers and labels, has announced a new one-day unsigned music conference and networking event, Ditto X. Mike Murphy, who manages the ‘record label in a box’ side of the platform, says that the goal is to build panel discussions that help independent…

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Emerging talent gets a lift

27 April 2018

EKLECTICA, A new 8,000-capacity festival taking place in Isle of Wight’s Robin Hill County Park is encouraging local artistes to take the warm-up slot for headliners The Hoosiers. Clare Ross, marketing manager of Vectis Ventures (VV), says that the event will provide a unique opportunity for the winning act. “VV…

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Wider scope for Edinburgh showcase

27 April 2018

MULTI-VENUE showcase and conference Wide Days has announced the full programme and speaker list for its forthcoming event in Edinburgh. Founder Olaf Furniss says that the programme, which covers topics including A&R, ticket touts, streaming and label models, has been designed to create a level playing field for newer members…

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Perfectly placed for a showcase  

9 March 2018

B’ACINO, A 70-capacity bar in Shoreditch, is looking for artistes to play intimate showcase sessions each month. The newly-opened venue has recently invested in new audio equipment says booker Natasha Lopez, and is an ideal setup up for acts looking to perform in an upmarket environment. “We’re currently looking to…

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Series gives emerging acts a step up

9 March 2018

THE OPEN Artist Series, a new run of talks and showcases aimed at emerging artistes in the North West of the UK, has announced its opening event, held at Band on the Wall (cap. 340) in Manchester. Debra King, director of Brighter Sound, who are running the events having received…

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