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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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Wide appeal in Edinburgh

9 February 2018

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…

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Basement platform for acts

9 February 2018

THOSE LOOKING to Dundee for touring potential should take note of Conroy’s Basement (cap. 100), a venue booked and hired out by DIY punk promoter and record label Make That a Take (MTAT) since 2006. Co-founder of the collective Derrick Johnstone, who also uses Abertay Student Centre (cap. 350) for…

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Troubadour Tries Again 

9 February 2018

LEGENDARY LONDON venue The Troubadour (cap. 110) is hoping to enjoy a renaissance, having booked in a new series of monthly and weekly nights working with emerging musicians. Ian Williamson, who describes himself as ‘director of happenings’, says that since his tenure began in August, significant efforts have been made…

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Call for Kendal collaborators

9 February 2018

KENDAL CALLING (cap. 25,000) is now accepting applications for its 2018 edition, held 26-29 July in Lowther Deer Park. Programming director Emma Zillman says that the size of the event, along with the vast number of stages available to host acts, means that any talented artiste can find a place…

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Aspiring to accessible attitudes

14 January 2018

ATTITUDE IS Everything, the organisation dedicated to improving deaf and disabled people’s access to live music, have released The DIY Access Guide. Aimed at the burgeoning DIY sector, the downloadable document compiles tips and advice drawn from work with over 130 venues and festivals across the UK. Grassroots project manager…

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Leeds leads with new music

14 January 2018

LIVE AT Leeds (LAL), a multi-venue festival taking place later this year, is asking unsigned and emerging acts to apply for a chance to take to one of their many stages. Booker Aaron Snowden says that of the more than 180 acts typically booked for the event, 90 per cent…

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Agent of change wins further support

13 January 2018

PLANS TO enshrine the Agent of Change principle in UK law have gained significant momentum since gaining cross-party support from politicians including former culture minister Ed Vaizey MP and All-Party Parliamentary Group on Music chair David Warburton MP. The bill is expected to come before the House of Commons on…

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Indiecon returns with all artiste roundtable

13 January 2018

AIM’S INDIECON 2018 will return to Glazier’s Hall, London, this year, welcoming 450 music industry professionals and artistes to a day of seminars, discussions and roundtable events. AIM marketing and event director Lara Baker says that the conference will field speakers who are of particular interest to independent labels and…

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Possibilities soar in the Midlands

22 December 2017

EMERGING ACTS hunting out a place to perform in Nottingham will find an unusual welcome in the form of JT Soar, a 60-capacity space on the outskirts of the city. Co-founder Phil Booth, who also runs a studio and rehearsal room inside what was previously a fruit-and-veg warehouse, says that…

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A MEG-a funding opportunity

18 December 2017

THE BPI-RUN Music Export Growth (MEGS) scheme, which to date has funded 162 acts with £2.4 million in funding, is encouraging more artistes to come forward to potentially benefit from further investment over the next three years. Director Chris Tams says that the regular rounds of funding are given to…

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Broad focus for bilingual showcase

16 December 2017

FOCUS WALES (FW), Wrexham’s multi-venue showcase festival and conference which last year welcomed around 8,500 visitors, including 150 delegates, has announced a slew of artistes and speakers for its 2018 edition. Founder Neal Thompson says the event, which will in particular make use of the new multi-million-pound ‘arts hub’ space (cap….

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Putting theory into practice

2 December 2017

BEARDED THEORY, the 9,999-capacity festival held in Walton Upon Trent, Derbyshire, is looking for numerous acts to populate a new unsigned stage. Applications to 2018’s festival, held 24-27 May, will be vetted by music industry education initiative Academy of Music and Sound. “It’s the first year we’ve worked with Bearded…

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