Wide Days 2018

With just less than a month to go until Wide Days 2018, we are pleased to announce the showcase acts and the latest additions to the conference programme with streaming, gender balanced festival bills and secondary ticketing among the themes set to be discussed at this year’s convention, which is supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland.

The topics form part of a packed schedule, hosted at Edinburgh’s Teviot Row House on Friday 20 April with recently confirmed speakers including Natalie Judge (general manager, Matador Records), Runa Strindin (founder, Midgardsblot Festival), Matt Henry (Digital Strategy Manger, Beggars Group) and Ceri Dixon (head of digital partnerships, Rubyworks Records).

To coincide with Record Store Day on 21 April, we will also feature an interview with Kim Bayley, the long-standing CEO of the Entertainment Retailers Association.



New Label Models
A range of new businesses are emerging which an alternative to the traditional model of the record company. We look at a selection of new label models, the type of deals they are offering and their approach to artist development.

Streaming To Success
What are the do’s and don’ts when it comes to getting onto playlists (and staying there), which are the best for specific genres and what features do the different streaming services offer for promoting releases and developing artists?

Kim Bayley in Conversation
(CEO, Entertainment Retailers Association)

To coincide with Record Store Day, Wide Days founder Olaf Furniss interviews Kim Bayley about her 15 years at the trade body, the changes in music retail and how it is likely to develop.

Access All Areas
An introduction to how venues and festivals can improve access for disabled music fans without incurring costs, what assistance is available for improving facilities and where to access specialist information.

10 Things… I Hate About You
We invite agents and promoters to vent about what drives them mad about each other and look at what steps can be taken to create greater harmony in the live business (may contain strong language).

Understanding PPL
PPL royalties play an essential role in sustaining recording artists, who are increasingly self-releasing their recordings. Find out about the work of the collection society and how to get paid.

A&R You Brave Enough?
A rare opportunity for delegates to have a track honestly critiqued by a panel.

Metal Lesson
How do you develop your act when you can’t get played on radio, most media ignores your genre and few grassroots promoters understand your music? The metal community knows what to do and has some valuable lessons for mainstream artists, managers and labels.

50/50 Festivals
As festivals with male-dominated lineups are increasingly the focus of criticism, we look at what role the wider industry can play towards creating more balanced bills and what factors are holding up change.

CMU Insights presents Tackling The Ticket Touts: The Story So Far
CMU’s Chris Cooke presents new research on the secondary ticketing debate, reviewing the story so far; outlining how online touting has been regulated in the UK, US, Canada, France, Italy and Australia; and looking at the tactics employed by some artists and promoters to stop the resale of their tickets. This brand new speed briefing will bring you fully up to date on one of the key issues in live music today.

CMU:DIY: Making Money From Streams
CMU:DIY provides a concise guide to the streaming business, explaining how to get your music on streaming, how digital royalties are calculated and how payments differ on different services like Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. CMU’s Chris Cooke will lead the proceedings, sharing insights from his book Dissecting The Digital Dollar, while EmuBands will be on hand with some practical tips on how to get more out of your streams.

CMU:DIY: Growing Your Fanbase And Making Money Through Gigs
For established artists, gigging is a key revenue stream, though at the outset it’s often more about building a fanbase. Get practical advice galore from CMU:DIY and our panel of experts on putting on your own night, getting booked to play shows and festivals, and how to use gigs to build your fanbase.

CMU:DIY: Where Labels & Publishers Fit In
As your career progresses you’ll likely want to collaborate with labels and publishers to help grow your artist business. Get a CMU:DIY guide to the role labels and publishers play and the different kinds of label and publishing deals that are now available. Then, hear from and question a panel of experts offering advice on when and how labels and publishers can get involved in your career.



This year’s acts - CRYSTAL, Edwin Organ, Graham Costello’s STRATA, LUCIA, Rascalton, Wuh Oh and Zoe Graham – were selected from over 200 applications, and chosen in consultation with a network of A&R scouts, broadcasters, promoters, journalists and festival organisers. 

Supported by the National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund and PRS Foundationand presented in partnership with Eventbrite and DIY with Jägermeister, the showcases take place across three city-centre venues: Teviot Row House Debating Hall, La Belle Angele and The Mash House. Priority access to all gigs is guaranteed with a Wide Days delegate pass, and members of the public can apply for free tickets to attend one of the shows here.



Aarti Joshi (DF Concerts)
Adam Smith (PPL)
Ally Gray (EmuBands)
Baris Basaran (SSC Music)
Ceri Dixon (Rubyworks)
Chris Cooke (CMU)
Danny Roberts (Decca Records)
Emma Zillmann (From The Fields)
Gideon Feldman (Attitude is Everything)
Julie Weir (Music For Nations)
Kim Bayley (Entertainment Retailers Association (ERA))
Leo O'Brien (PPL)
Malena Wolfer (Believe Digital)
Matt Henry (Beggars Group)
Natalie Judge (Matador Records)
Olivia Sime (International Talent Booking (ITB))
Runa Strindin (Midgardsblot Festival)
Sam Taylor (Complete music Update (CMU))
Toni Malyn (EmuBands)