Wide Days 2015 - Scotland's Music Convention
- Pleasance Theatre, EH8 9TJ Edinburgh
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With their sharp blend of synth breaks, acutely observed lyrics and immediately infectious hooks, Homework have been steadily gaining momentum since the release of their acclaimed debut offering Sleepless Nights in 2009.
Spending the bulk of 2010 developing their sound, they re-emerged as a bolder, more coherent voice in early 2011. A hectic summer schedule saw the four-piece deliver standout performances across a range of key Scottish festivals including Wickerman, Belladrum ,goNORTH, The Edge Festival and Insider. They closed the year with the release of the mini-album All That Glitters to a strong response from BBC Radio 1, BBC 6 Music and BBC Radio Scotland, as well as being invited to play at the Belgian industry showcase event Glimps.
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Since its launch in 2010, Wide Days has established itself as a music industry event with a difference. The brainchild of Olaf Furniss, who has worked for and reported on many of the world’s key music business gatherings, it draws on its founder’s extensive experience of what make a great event.
Hosted in the world’s oldest purpose built student union, next door to the University Of Edinburgh’s antique instrument collection, it is a far cry from the ubiquitous hotel function suites and sterile conference centres.
Panels, presentations and keynotes are conducted in a Victorian debating hall, while a rooftop terrace and numerous bars are ideal for meetings or socialising with other delegates. Discussion topics focus on the rapid evolution of the music business, as befits an event hosted opposite Charles Darwin’s student residence.
At the core of Wide Days’ ethos, is a belief that it should be accessible to all and that veterans and the next generation of industry players, should have a forum to learn from each other. Hosted by the Born To Be Wide organisation, a not-for-profit Community Interest Company, admission prices are kept low through sponsorship and by selling premium, fund-raiser tickets.
A maximum of eight acts are invited to showcase at Wide Days, which allows organisers to provide more support to the artists both before and during the event. The line-up is chosen in consultation with Scotland’s leading tastemakers, with a bias towards musicians in a position to make the most of the platform. All showcases are open to members of the public, who can apply for free tickets online.
As a qualified tourist guide, Furniss recognises that the best events leave visitors with a taste for where they are held. That is why speakers and those who support the convention by buying a fund-raiser ticket, are treated to a guided tour of Edinburgh’s Old Town, a welcome reception and are fed during the gigs. It means they don’t have to choose between dinner or music, and serves to underline that at Wide Days, business can be pleasure.
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