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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:
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 | or visit:
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 | |

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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, July 2013

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

Published Monday 1st June 2013

Carnivores, The Scotsman Track of the Month, July 2013

Paisley has consistently punched above its weight when it comes to supplying the nation with pop talent, which over the decades has included everyone from disco artiste Kelly Marie to Stealers Wheel and Paolo Nutini. Now a substantially louder offering is emerging as a standard bearer of the city’s scene, in the form of Carnivores. The trio were one of our highlights at the goNorth Festival last month, boasting a ferocious live show and an audience to match. Our track of the month, Scottish Football is a hugely enjoyable musical rage complemented by suitably angry lyrics and a very meaty sound.

At the other end of the genre spectrum, but also a goNorth highlight, is Jemma Tweedie. The 20-year-old from Nairn, has been performing for less than a year, but has played at Rockness, supported Charlotte Church, and received spins on both BBC 6 Music and Radio 2. The young singer finishes an extensive UK tour on 4th July, which saw her play over 41 shows in 20 days at Caffe Nero shops. You can see her at The Wickerman Festival on the goNORTH Festival stage on 27th July. Visit

Other emerging acts to look out for at Wickerman Festival, which takes place in Dundrennan on 26th and 27th July include Flutes, Roman Nose, Siobhan Wilson, Saint Max & The Fanatics, Honeyblood, Fat Goth, Casual Sex, Prides, Hector Bizerk, Be Like Pablo, Friends In America, MAASK, Book Group, Willie Campbell and GARDEN OF ELKS. Visit

For those heading along to T In The Park earlier in the month, there is no shortage of excellent new talent to check out between 12-14 July. In addition to the 16 acts performing on the T Break tent – these include Arches, Hector Bizerk, Honeyblood, Fake Major, Poor Things, Pronto Mama, Michael Cassidy, The Velveteen Saints, The Merrylees – the BBC Introducing stage also promises to supply some extremely good acts. We recommend looking out for Roman Nose, PAWS and the young Dundonians, Model Aeroplanes visit

And for anyone who prefers smaller and more intimate festivals, we strongly recommend Kelburn Garden Party [July 6-7], a mere £5 taxi ride from Largs. Not only does it boast a stunning location and the most diverse range of genres [including electronica, folk, classical, blues and rock], its organiser has gone to the trouble of making a mix tape featuring many of the the artists performing this year. Highlights for us are likely to include Tinderbox Orchestra, Hidden Orchestra, Hector Bizerk, Poppy Ackroyd and Roy’s Iron DNA.

Innovative new Glasgow record label East 52nd Records is set to launch an online competition called Do The Right Thing, designed to raise money to help get young people get involved in music. For a donation of £1 aspiring artists are able to download a hip-hop or pop backing track and are then invited to add their own lyrics and melody which they upload to Youtube. The competition will run for 5 weeks, with East 52nd Records and partners selecting the winners. Prizes include JBL Speakers, HP tablets and clothing, full info visit

Meanwhile, up in Ullapool, Middle of Nowhere Records, founded up by music entrepreneur Rob Hicks to release Rachel Sermanni’s music, has announced the addition of Colin Macleod, (best known under the moniker The Boy Who Trapped The Sun) to their growing roster. Already confirmed for the Belladrum and Wickerman Festivals, as well as a host of European dates, an EP is scheduled for release later this year visit for details

•  Olaf Furniss and Derick Mackinnon run Born To Be Wide music industry evenings, which take place at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus. The next event is the annual BTBW Edinburgh Night featuring ten acts performing during the Fringe playing ten-minute ‘taster’ sets, interspersed with DJs spinning their favourite four tracks by acts from the capital. Find out more at