THERE is still just time for bands to apply to play two remaining slots at Edinburgh music convention Wide Days on April 11.
Already lined up to play are Fatherson, Fat Goth, Siobhan Wilson and Washington Irving who will perform free gigs and will be joined by the bands chosen in consultation with a panel of promoters, journalists and broadcasters.
"As in previous years, we aim to provide a platform for excellent artists who are ready to make the best of the opportunity," says Wide Days director Olaf Furniss.
"It is great to be in a position to incorporate an application process, something we have not been able to do in the past."
But anyone interested needs to hurry – the deadline for submissions is Wednesday (March 6) with full details available now at www.widedays.com/showcase-at-wide-days
And for anyone hoping to head down, Wide Days has a hostel deal - see more at http://www.widedays.com/news/2013/3/1/hostel-accommodation-at-wide-days-9-per-night.html
Since its launch in 2010, Wide Days has booked a small number of acts to present to its industry delegates, with many going on to sign deals, as well as getting booked for tours and festival slots.
Previous performers include FOUND, Rachel Sermanni, Meursault, Stanley Odd, PAWS, Withered Hand and Honningbarna and with live footage from last year's event below, Homework - whose new album 13 Towers is out on Mar 25 (http://www.wearehomework.com/).
All Wide Days showcases are open to the public, and free tickets are available via online service Eventbrite. In addition to existing venue partner the Electric Circus, The Pleasance Theatre will also host gigs.
"The Pleasance is the ideal venue for more gentle performances and its great to extend our partnership with Edinburgh University Students Association, which hosts the daytime convention," adds Furniss.
This year’s seminars and presentations include music publishing, the role of independent promoters in developing talent, an essential guide to promo photographs and a look at key online services for musicians and promoters.
For full details visit www.widedays.com/2013-seminars
Wide Days was launched by community interest company, Born To Be Wide, which hosts regular music industry seminars and informal networking events. The convention is a combination of panels, presentations and showcases, bringing together industry veterans with those operating at grassroots level.
And past speakers have included the organisers of most of Scotland’s leading music festivals, top managers Rab Andrew (Texas/Primal Scream) and Keith Harris (Stevie Wonder), as well as Scott Cohen, founder of the world’s largest digital music distribution company, The Orchard.
Showcasing acts have included Rachel Sermanni, PAWS, Meursault, Carrie Mac, Withered Hand, Panda Su and Stanley Odd.