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Summer rehearsal space available 

9 July 2018

THE ACADEMY of Music & Sound is offering free rehearsal spaces in its Exeter, Southampton and Gateshead campuses, to any unsigned artistes interested in using them during the summer, subject to availability. Head of UK and international digital marketing Louise Schofield says that it is far better to put the spaces…

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Fireball gets heavy for punk ‘house party’ 

9 July 2018

ACADEMY EVENTS and whisky company Fireball’s Fuelling the Fire Tour is accepting applications from artistes hoping to open for a line-up that includes Face to Face, Lost in Stereo and Flogging Molly. The Fireball Hottest Band 2019 Competition, in association with Kerrang! will see four regional heats taking place in…

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NightBus used to leave Nest

9 July 2018

RHYS FIERY, previously events manager for The Nest (cap. 220) in Bath, is now promoting with business partner Paul James under the name NightBus in the Bristol area. The pair plan to turn Mr Wolf’s (cap. 75) into a venue that hosts regular indie and rock shows. Friery, who has…

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PRS and MU find ‘thirst for knowledge’ in the north

9 July 2018

PERFORMANCE ROYALTY collection society PRS For Music and the Musician’s Union have been conducting a series of free workshop-style events across the North East, with performance slots available at three remaining dates on the tour at the time of going to press. Events have so far covered Halifax and Preston,…

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Generator evolves with conference

5 June 2018

EVOLUTION EMERGING, Generator’s festival, held in numerous venues across Newcastle, has for the first time added a free conference programme at Sage (cap. 300) in Gateshead. Talent development manager Charlie Dancer says that the conference will be largely aimed at emerging artistes, but notes that it will also be applicable…

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West London space lets in labels

5 June 2018

THE LABEL Lodge, an Association of Independent Music (AIM) initiative that sees members host weekly pop-up residencies in Jäger Soho (cap. 200), London, has gotten underway to enthusiastic reactions. Following its debut last year, the space will feature residences by UK independent labels including 4AD, Sunday Best, Holy Roar, Wichita,…

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Artiste fund gathers momentum

5 June 2018

PRS FOUNDATION’S (PRSF) Momentum Music Fund, created to offer grants of between £5,000 and £15,000 to emerging UK artistes, has generated £13 million for the British music industry, according to the findings of an independent evaluation. PRSF CEO Vanessa Reed says that the report confirms that seed funding can have a…

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Academy showcases new talent

4 June 2018

THE MULTI-VENUE Liverpool International Music Festival (LIMF) is gearing up to select new inductees to its much-lauded Academy, an initiative created to help local emerging talent between the ages of 16 and 25. Music manager and creator Yaw Owusu says that the Academy has been setup in an effort to…

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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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Indie week open to all

9 March 2018

INDIE WEEK UK, the European sister event to Indie Week Canada, has opened applications to find acts that will compete for the chance of fully-funded performances on the other side of the Atlantic. The event, taking place in venues across Manchester including Night and Day (cap. 250), Factory (450), Night…

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Robotic revolutions

9 March 2018

THE ROBOT Needs Home Collective (TRNHC), a Leicester-based promoter, currently working in venues including O2 Academy Leicester (cap. 1,400), The Cookie (180) and Firebug (100), is keen to hear from acts hoping to book shows in the area. Founder John Helps, who has been promoting for around 15 years, says…

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