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Outstanding in their fields

9 July 2018

Many an aspiring artiste dreams of their first festival appearance and others see repeated festival appearances as a way to attract more followers, but it’s a big leap up from pubs and bars, and a bad performance can do serious harm.  Rob Sandall reports   Festival slots for unsigned and…

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Is it ever too early for a deal?

4 June 2018

In a world of DIY development, the emerging artiste might be forgiven for assuming that the odds of getting an early record deal are slim, Rob Sandall finds out if that is the case   There’s been much rhetoric over recent years concerning the role of the indie record label….

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Not calling time just yet

9 May 2018

  The humble pub has seen its place in live music questioned in recent years, but remains the starting point for many acts. Rob Sandall talks to the landlords and promoters providing a crucial platform.   Those with a significant amount of experience under their belt might just about remember…

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A sound platform

26 April 2018

Liverpool Sound City, which returns to its multi-venue city centre format this year, has become a vital part of the live music networking schedule thanks to over a decade of hard work. Rob Sandall finds out what to expect Over the course of 11 years, Liverpool Sound City (LSC) has…

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Finding escapism

10 March 2018

The Great Escape has become as important a hub for networking as it has for performing. Rob Sandall finds out what to expect this year.   The Great Escape has since 2006 carved out a reputation as one of the most vital networking and showcase events in the UK music…

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Utilising the sonic boom

10 February 2018

Making it to Eurosonic is only half the battle – if an act is going to walk away with the right deals, they need to be prepared. Rob Sandall finds out what it takes. Eurosonic Noorderslag, the four-day showcase and conference held in the Dutch city of Groningen, has built…

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Managing expectations

15 January 2018

Managing emerging acts is an ever-changing job, with a to-do list reacting and adapting to the tidal shifts of the wider music industry. Rob Sandall talks to the managers riding that wave.   It’s fair to say that the role of manager has gone through more flux than any other…

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No accounting for haste

3 November 2017

When the shoebox fills up with receipts and the taxman clears his throat, it might be worthwhile for an act to find help with their finances, but it’s important to take this step at the right time. Rob Sandall reports   It is of course inevitable as an act finds…

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Putting the motion in promotion

8 October 2017

Promoters can offer an emerging act their first leg up, but getting their attention in the first place isn’t always easy. Rob Sandall reports   Whether hoping to increase the fanbase or grab the attention of agents, for an act at the very beginning of its career, success depends on…

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