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 of the industry to network with more experienced delegates.
“A few years ago, there was a misconception that Wide Days was only focussed on the emerging side of the industry, but we’ve been careful to put together conference programmes that tackle cutting edge issues, with particular thought into our speakers, and it’s meant that we see a hugely diverse spread of delegates,” he says.
“Outside of Wide Days we run our Off The Record youth events and Born To Be Wide introductions to the industry, and it’s particularly pleasing to see a lot of our delegates work their way through those events first, then come to the conference equipped to network and to get the best out of the weekend.”
Furniss adds that this year sees Wide Days sign up as the first Scottish event to join the Keychange initiative, which aims for a 50/50 gender split in participant line-ups by 2022.
“It’s actually not been too hard for us to achieve – our 2016 showcase had an even split of female and male fronted acts, and we actually had enough choices to put together an all-female line-up had we wanted,” he says.
Speakers at the event, held from 20-21 April, include Aarti Johnson from DF Concerts, Olivia Sime from ITB, Baris Basaran from SSC and Matt Henry from Beggars. Acts performing at venues such as La Belle Angele (cap. 600) and Mash House (225), include Crystal, Strata and Lucia. Delegate passes cost £120.