WIDE DAYS, a two-day showcase, conference and networking event held in Edinburgh, is expecting to see a total of around 350 delegates attend this year.
Founder Olaf Furniss says that while the event, on 20-21 April, was founded due to a need for emphasis on Scottish acts, the city of Edinburgh has become a unique draw for Wide Days in itself.
“Over the years, we’ve refined the format – there’s a much greater emphasis on networking now, and in 2014 we were named Best Networking Event at the Music Convention Awards,” he says.
“Alongside the various talks, panels and performances in various venues across the city, I also personally host a guided tour of the city, which has proven to be a popular way of people connecting.”
In hunting out acts to perform at the showcase side of the conference, Furniss says that a little forethought helps to rule out those acts who are less compatible.
“They all have to go through the same application process, which includes us checking whether or not they’re signed up properly with PRS,” he says.
“It’s a really good way of weeding out the fantasists in the first instance, and then from those that make it through, because of the broad experience and interests of the team, at least one of us will be able to vouch for the quality of those acts making it through.”
Artistes playing in 2017 included Emme Woods, JR Green and The Ninth Wave perform. Venues include EUSA’s Pleasance Theatre (230) and La Belle Angele (cap. 600).
Early-bird tickets are from £75, weekend tickets from £99.