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On Wednesday and Thursday this week Born To Be Wide will be hosting their annual Wide Days seminars at Teviot and showcases at The Third Door, Sneaky Pete's and Electric Circus. If you're a musician seminars that should be of great interest include "Building & Analysing an Audience" and "Playing The Sport" but there is something for everyone at the event, expect in-depth knowledge presented in an accessible and often light-hearted manner. The penultimate fixture on the schedule entitled "Round table: Developing Partnerships in Music" captures the essence that all Wide Days and Born To Be Wide events are about the unique opportunity for individuals interested in all aspects of music to come together to develop each others knowledge and ideas related to the music industry. As an idea of what to expect here's a clip from last year's event with various industry insiders discussing how they deal with an industry changing due to digital music chaired by organiser Olaf Furniss and including Matthew Young from the Song, by Toad blog, record label and show on Fresh Air.
On Thursday evening the event shifts away from Teviot as the organisers showcase who they believe to be the best talent Scotland has to offer, Sneaky Pete's will host Homework and Honey Blood, Michael Cassidy and Quickbeam will play at The Third Door and Donna Maciocia, Lady North and Norway's Honningbarna will all be taking to the stage at Electric Circus. This will be Honningbarna's first ever Scottish gig and it's looking to be my personal highlight of the showcases. These are all fantastic artists and are well worth going along to see, check out the links for a preview of the bands if you haven't already heard them on Fresh Air's playlist.
Tickets to the seminars are available here and are £20 for under 18's, £37.50 for students and £45 for everyone else, great value given the quality of discussion and opportunity this event offers. Via the same link you can also book tickets for the free showcase events.