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Dumfries Music Conference 2013

Dumfries Music Conference 2013
Scotland’s leading music business event organisation, Born To Be Wide, will host an informative discussion at this year’s second annual Dumfries Music Conference at The Stove in Dumfries on Thursday 31st October.
The session will cover crucial aspects for securing press, getting gigs and music management and is aimed at providing musicians and those considering a career in music with insight into what’s involved and tips on how to succeed.

Confirmed speakers include former Snow Patrol manager Keren McKean and one of Scotland’s most popular blogs, The Pop Cop with Jason Cranwell and Sarah McMullan. They will be joined by Chay Woodman who books The Solus Tent at The Wickerman Festival as well as being a freelance music journalist. Chris Cusack, who is the booker at Glasgow’s bar BLOC+ and Born To Be Wide’s Derick Mackinnon who also co-writes a monthly music column in The Scotsman Newspaper.

The informal discussion will be preceded by a presentation from Gary Atkinson, owner of locally based and world-renowned Blues and Jazz label, Document Records, who recently partnered with Jack White from The White Stripes.

The evening will be rounded off with the opportunity for audience members to network with invited panellists, who will play some of their favourite records (as long as they are not by Morrissey or Joy Division).

Participating speakers include:
Keren McKean (former Snow Patrol Manager),
Jason Cranwell and Sarah McMullan (The Pop Cop)
Chay Woodman (The Wickerman Festival / Music Journalist),
Derick Mackinnon (Born To Be Wide / The Scotsman),
Chris Cusack (Booker, Bar Bloc, Glasgow)
Tickets are FREE but very limited so it’s highly recommended you book in advance to avoid disappointment!

Born To Be Wide at Dumfries Music Conference:
Date: Thursday 31st October 2013
Venue: The Stove, 100 High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ (Map: http://goo.gl/maps/AZREu)
18.30 – Doors
19.00-19.45 – Document Records presentation
20.00-21.00 – Born To Be Wide seminar
21.00-22.30 – Networking and DJ sets from speakers
Born To Be Wide

Launched in February 2004 to provide a meeting place for those involved or interested in the Scottish music scene. A diverse range of musicians, journalists, promoters, label owners and fries of music, are invited to play their all-time favourite records unless they are by Morrissey or Joy Division.
Since April 2008 the night has hosted seminars covering subjects such as How To Get A Gig, Unveiling The Mind Of A Music Journalist, A&R, Music PR, How To Get On The Radio, Music Management, Booking Agents, a Norwegian night and a German special which included a seminar, a live show by Berlin band Jeans Team and a DJ set by the Consul General.

Born To Be Wide also hosts the Wide Days conference and showcase event which takes place in Edinburgh in April and organises panels for goNORTH.
Contact: Derick Mackinnon | 07784 320 546 | derick@widedays.com or visit: www.borntobewide.co.uk
Now in its second year, Dumfries Music Conference is organised by an artist-led collective based at The Stove venue in Dumfries, supported by The Stove Network and The Holywood Trust.

The four day programme is completely FREE and includes
Film, Seminars, Workshops, Live Music and a Record Fair
Taking place from Wednesday 30th October – Saturday 2nd November in Dumfries.

The full programme is below with links to events and tickets
Contact: Michael Nicholson | dumfriesmusicconference@gmail.com |

or visit: www.dumfriesmusic.co.uk

To kick off DMC2013 a FREE screening of
LCD Soundsystem’s ‘Shut Up and Play the Hits’
Wednesday 30th October,
7pm-10pm @ Robert Burns Centre
Join Facebook event to confirm your place
Free but Ticketed Document Records talk and Born To Be Wide seminar
Thursday 31st October
Time: 6.30pm-11pm @ The Stove
Book your FREE place:
MusicPLUS present song writing workshops with Robert Shields and Findlay Napier
Friday 1st November
Time: 11am-5pm @ The Stove
Message Dumfries Music Conference with your Name, Postcode, Number and which session you want to attend to confirm, Facebook event below
DMC 2013 LIVE MUSIC: with Honeyblood | Hector Bizerk and Barstow Bats
Friday 1st November
Time: 7pm-11pm @ The Stove
Book your FREE place(s):
RECORD FAIR the brain’s behind Sub Club’s record fair, Rebecca Vasmant brings DMC 2013 to a close boasting high quality vendors, DJs and vinyl listening stations
Saturday 2nd November
Time: 12noon-5pm @ The Stove
Join Facebook event to confirm you will be attending

The Scotsman, Under The Radar, September 2013

Copyright The Scotsman Newspaper, read direct on Scotsman.com click HERE or photo below

Published Tuesday 3rd September 2013

LAW, The Scotsman Track of the Month, September 2013

ONE of the best gigs we have attended in months was an intense performance by solo artist Lauren Hold, aka LAW, at Edinburgh’s Sneaky Pete’s.

Boasting a distinctive vocal style set to beats composed with Young Fathers and producer Tim London (who scored a hit with Hippychick for the band Soho in 1990), her music is a fresh and exciting addition to Scotland’s music scene. The song Hustle gives a good taste of what is to come.

More info visit www.lawholt.com

One of the biggest talking points in the Scottish music scene is the news that the legendary Fence Collective is to split. Founder Kenny Anderson (aka King Creosote) plans to relaunch in January, while his former partner Johnny “Pictish Trail” Lynch plans to release many of the acts formerly on the label via his new venture, Lost Map Records http://lostmap.com A free sampler featuring tracks by eagleowl, Kid Canaveral, Monoganon, Rozi Plain, Seamus Fogarty, Randolph’s Leap and The Pictish Trail is available to anyone who signs up to the mailing list.

Hip-hop supremos Hector Bizerk are to mark the release of their new album with two launch parties, in Stereo, Glasgow on 21 September and at the Voodoo Rooms in Edinburgh the following night. Billed as “Hectember Weekender”, the band are offering a limited number of seats on their Hector Bus from Glasgow for Edinburgh. The band had the plugs pulled on their last gig in the capital (at the BBC’s Fringe tent), when security appeared to take exception to enthusiastic fans going in for some “taps aff” action. www.hectorbizerk.com

Hector Bizerk will also be appearing at Jocktoberfest, hosted by the Black Isle Brewery near Inverness this coming weekend. This year’s bill is shaping up to be the best yet – it includes Casual Sex, Be Like Pablo, Woodenbox, Dylan Tierney and the fantastic Cairn String Quartet. www.jocktoberfest.com

On the other side of the firth, Moray Culture Day takes place in the Findhorn Bay area on 21 September. The free event will feature more than 80 artists with music, theatre, exhibitions, seminars and film all represented. The organisers of the goNORTH Festival have programmed a series of industry panel sessions, a screening programme and live music showcases in the evening. Artists performing include Fatherson, Be Like Pablo, The Oxides and Dave Martin & Graeme Rogers (DJ set) at Mosset Tavern from 9pm. Other pubs in the area will host Highland singer songwriters Jemma Tweedie, Dylan Tierney, Blair McLeod and Irenie Rose. www.findhornbayarts.com/night.html

Also taking place in the Highlands over the same weekend, is Ullapool’s Loopallu Festival www.loopallu.co.uk This year’s line-up features emerging Scottish acts Fake Major, Blood Relatives and former track of the month provider Prides, as well as headliners Newton Faulkner and The Enemy. Also appearing is Roddy Hart & The Lonesome Fire whose eponymous album was released on the Middle Of Nowhere Recordings (www.monr.co.uk) co-owned by Loopallu promoter, Robert Hicks.

Over in Stornoway, goNORTH organisers present a free Music In Broadcast seminar at the Jäger Rooms on Wednesday. Speakers include Duncan McCrone from MCPS, representatives from MG Alba and goNORTH Director Amanda Millen. www.gonorthfestival.co.uk/news

Quirky Edinburgh indie-pop outfit The Spook School are to release their debut album with Fortuna Pop! The group have also scheduled a UK tour with dates in Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and London in September and October. www.thespookschool.com

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run regular music business event Born to Be Wide, which takes place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus from 7:30pm on 3 October with a seminar entitled Promoting Gigs. Speakers include Regular Music’s John Stout, who is also a booking agent, and Synergy Concerts’ Grainne Braithwaite. Additional participants TBA. www.borntobewide.co.uk for more details