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Wide Days Showcase - The Electric Circus
Thursday, 12 April 2012 at 21:00 (BST)
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Donna Maciocia visit website
Donna Macioca gained widespread attention fronting Edinburgh band Amplifico, going on to collaborate with KT Tunstall and Aberfeldy. Striking out as a solo act she sold out the launch of her Fists At The Sky EP with the song Infinite Colours named track of the month in The Scotsman's Under The Radar column.
With influences ranging from Michael Jackson to Rachmaniniov, Maciocia’s music defies easy categorisation, but is beautifully fresh and accessible. A one woman juggernaut of sound, this skilled multi-instrumentalist is known to single handedly layer vocals, piano, guitars, beat boxing, ukulele and kazoo, with her musical endeavors already earning praise from a broad range of peers, press, bloggers and radio stations around the world.
Honningbarna visit website
Furious cello-fronted punk-rock quartet from Norway, set to make their Scottish debut at Wide Days 2012. Having built a fearsome reputation for their charged live outings, these teens won the norwegian broadcasting company’s annual emerging band competition ,Årets Urørt, less than twelve months after forming.
Following a blistering showing at by:Larm 2011, the band released their debut album La Alarmane Gå in March to a strong critical response, before going on to land over twenty festival slots across Norway Denmark, Sweden, The Netherlands and Iceland. Recently crowned Best Rock Band at the prestigious Norwegian Spellemannsprisen awards, they make their maiden trip to the UK this spring.
Lady North visit website
During the past 12 months, Edinburgh-based Lady North have emerged as one Scotland's most exciting live prospects. Having released their debut offering on Gerry Loves Records early last summer, 2011 saw the band garner praise across a host of respected media for their pneumatic math-rock offerings.
Eschewing standard musical structures, they tear convention apart, incorporating wider strains of funk, reggae and prog to create a blisteringly original sound. Highlighted as one of the standout acts on last year’s T Break Stage at T in the Park, and named as one of Vic Galloway’s Scottish Artists to Watch in 2012, this year promises big things for one of the country’s most inventive new bands.
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When & Where
Wide Days was launched in 2010 by the team behind Scotland’s leading seminar and music scene social night, Born To Be Wide. The aim was to bring together experienced music industry figures with those doing amazing things at grassroots level, and after the panels and workshops, get them to check out some great music.
Selling out all 120 places, Wide Days 2010 was the first event to bring Scotland’s leading festival promoters together in one seminar, while the manager panell included the representatives of Primal Scream, The View, Texas and Stevie Wonder. The keynote Q&A was with Gavin Bain, the Scottish rapper whose account of conning the industry he was American is detailed in his book California Schemin.
In addition to panels on Music In Film, Making Touring Pay, international showcase conferences and Digital DIY vs Record Labels, Wide Days 2011 included workshops on social media, writing an artist biog, money making tips and understanding PPL. The keynote interview was with pioneering Scottish music promoter, Barry Wright.
Wide Days evening showcases focus on a small number of Scottish acts from a diverse range of genres. In addition to providing a platform for the artists, the evening programme also shines a spotlight on those venues which are the bedrock of the local scene. Members of the public are able to attend the gigs free by emailing the acts directly and requesting a guest list place, and admission is also included in the Wide Days delegate pass.
At the heart of Wide Days ethos has been the belief that an event should look beyond the four walls where it takes place and create a connection between its host city and its guests. This extends to ensuring that performing acts are properly looked after.
Panel and workshop participants are taken on a tour of Edinburgh on their way to an intimate welcome party, and during the showcases are fed so they do not need to watch the acts on an empty stomach.
Hospitality forms a key element of Wide Days, and the potential for closer cooperation between the music and tourism sectors is huge. Therefore, Wide Days 2012 will include workshops and presentations highlighting existing partnerships, as well as identifying areas where both industries can boost business by working together.