Wide Days adds political dimension to programme

Wide Days is set to add a political dimension to this year’s programme with party representatives outlining their music-related policies in the run up to the Scottish elections.

Taking place on Friday, 22 April at Edinburgh’s Pleasance Theatre, the discussion includes the culture spokespeople for Scottish Labour, the Scottish Greens and the left alliance, RISE. They will be joined by the SNP and Liberal Democrat candidates for the Edinburgh Central constituency, where most of the capital’s music venues are located.

“The Scottish Parliament is not only responsible for culture, but also planning, local government, education, enterprise and tourism,” says Wide Days founder, Olaf Furniss. “These areas are highly relevant to our sector and the discussion is an opportunity to learn how each party’s policies will relate to Scotland’s musicians and music business.”

Confirmed speakers include Claire Baker (Scottish Labour), Hannah Bettsworth (Scottish Liberal Democrats), Alison Dickie (SNP), Zara Kitson (Scottish Greens) and  Jean Urquhart (RISE). An invitation has been extended to the Scottish Conservatives.

Wide Days is also set to host a presentation focusing on an initiative to develop Edinburgh’s grassroots live music scene, which will follow a panel exploring the rise of city-based festivals. The session will outline how delegates can effectively contribute to a consultation process recently launched by the City of Edinburgh Council (CEC).

Speakers include Nick Stewart (Sneaky Pete’s), Karl Chapman (Usher Hall), Martin Elbourne (Music Cities/The Great Escape) and the vice convener of CEC Culture & Sport committee, Norma Austin Hart.

Other panels at this year’s Wide Days an analysis of music streaming hosted by CMU Insights, the A&R You Brave Enough? feedback session and a panel on making festivals more sustainable.

Friday 22 April, The Pleasance
09.15-18.00 Conference including panels
19.30-late ShowcasesVenues
The Pleasance Theatre, 60 Pleasance, Edinburgh, EH8 9TJ
La Belle Angèle, 11 Hasties Close, Edinburgh, EH1 1JD
The Electric Circus, 36-39 Market Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1DFSaturday 23 April
Guided coach tour, talk, BBQ and low exertion sports.