Wide Days was launched in 2010 and is Scotland’s only music-business convention. In 2014 it was named Best Networking Event at the Yearly Music Convention Awards, was runner up in the same category in 2015 and was also nominated for Best Convention Venue in 2016.
Wide Days has attracted key music industry players from the UK, US, Norway, Iceland and the Netherlands, and in 2014 featured a special focus on the German music market. Moreover, the conference was used to launch of the Music Venue Trust, the Off Axis gigging network and establish a green festivals network in Scotland.
Wide Days 2016 included showcases by Be Charlotte, who performed at Eurosonic, SXSW and The Great Escape 2017, as well as Elle Exxe, who was crowned “Best Female Solo Act” at the Unsigned Music Awards. In 2015, Kathryn Joseph went on to win the Scottish Album of the Year Award and C Duncan was nominated for the Mercury Music Prize. Honeyblood, PAWS and Garden Of Elks, were all signed as a result of playing at the event.
Parent company, Born To Be Wide, was launched in 2004, as a social evening for people in the Edinburgh music scene and in 2012 was incorporated as a Community Interest Company. It stages music business seminars, showcases and the Off The Record youth events, as well as bespoke panels for other organisations.