WIDE DAYS (M FOR MONTREAL SHOWCASE): ALIAS, DVTR, EMILIE KAHN, SORAN (LIVE)

Thursday 02 May
18:00 - 22:00 £10

This event is a special showcase gig (just a wee part of the Wide Days ’24 programme), featuring Canadian artists ALIAS, DVTR, Emilie Kahn and Soran.

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ALIAS

Multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer, Emmanuel Alias is ALIAS, an unbridled rock project inspired by psych, dance-punk and hip-hop.

Introduced with It’s Not Funny So Stop Smilin’ (2021), he further established himself with Jozef (2022) and several tours. Simultaneously, he casually composed for HBO and Cirque du Soleil. His next album, the cathartic EMBRACE CHAOS, will be out in April 2024.

DVTR

In the past 6 months, DVTR has definitely been shaking up the Canadian punk scene, racking up dazzling reviews, best of 2023 lists, soldout shows and some bootlicking awards for their first ever EP “BONJOUR”(Hello!).

Somewhere between the B-52’s and Jay Reatard, the troublemaking French-speaking duo and its unpredictable antics breaks all language barriers, on stages everywhere from Mexico to the UK.

This is fast music: short and not sweet at all: it repeats, it repeats, it repeats –that’s the only way to get the message across. Not for the faint of heart.

EMILIE KAHN

Emilie Kahn’s new album, Maybe, is a collection of shimmering, lovesick pop music, dispatched from the space between yes and no. Over 14 tracks, the Montreal musician oscillates from sunburned hopelessness to a quickening confidence, sharing vivid stories from the life + times of a singer with a five-foot harp and a heart full of desire.

It’s at once laid-back and feverish, with a pop energy that recalls Arlo Parks, Olivia Rodrigo, Lana Del Rey, and Kahn’s viral affection for Taylor Swift. There are songs like “Moves” and “Julia,” teeming with desire, whereas others—like the gleaming closer, “Endless”—evoke the crying-and-palm-trees of Kahn’s time on the West Coat. “Search History,” Maybe’s irresistible lead single, is a portrait of obsession at its most luscious.

Throughout, Kahn’s uncertainty—about the present, the future, and the state of her heart—becomes an engine for some of the best tunes she’s ever laid to tape. “Maybe” isn’t always a cop-out, or even a hesitation: sometimes it’s pure and ravishing possibility.

SORAN

After quietly buzzing, Soran has grasped his destiny as a singer, songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist. The Montreal-based half-Japanese and half-French artist architects a new vision for pop and R&B uplifted by interdimensional soundscapes and irresistibly infectious hooks. In parallel to his career as a singer-songwriter, Soran has collaborated in writing and production with several local and international projects.

TICKETS

The Wide Days conference brings together the full spectrum of music professionals – from leading international industry figures, to emerging artists, fledgling companies and supporting organisations.

All conference sessions take place at Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh (54 George St, Edinburgh EH2 2LR) from 12.00-17.00 on Wednesday 1 May and 09.00-18.00 on Thursday 2 May. Register for a delegate pass to access all conference and networking sessions.

MORE INFO:

Wide Days is pleased to announce its full live line up, which features three nights of emerging Scottish talent as well as a selection of acts programmed by guest festivals M For Montreal and FOCUS Wales.

Taking place in Edinburgh from 1-3 May, this year marks the 15th edition of the award-winning international music convention, which was first hosted in the basement of a nightclub in 2010. The event boasts a distinctive mix of conference sessions, unique range of networking activities and a multi-genre showcase designed to spotlight a diverse range of emerging artists from across Scotland.

The opening night is presented in partnership with Music Venue Trust and showcases Grayling, Kohla, Leif Coffield and The Joshua Hotel, who were selected from 140 acts by 30 international and domestic industry professionals to take part in a 12 month mentoring programme supported by PRS Foundation. A limited number of free tickets are available for members of the public.

On Thursday 2 and Friday 3 May, a record 13 Scottish acts will showcase across three city-centre venues under the New From Scotland banner, presented in partnership with Ticketmaster New Music. Ranging from alternative rock, indie and singer-songwriter to spiritual jazz, hip-hop and r&b, they include: Edy Forey, Eyve, Indoor Foxes, Kai Reesu, Kryptik, Lloyd’s House, Martha May and the Mondays, Neev, Pearling, Samuel Nicholson, Slix, Supermann on da Beat and Zoe Graham.

This will be augmented by a showcase of four Quebec-based acts, ALIAS, DVTR, Emilie Kahn and Soran presented by Canadian festival M For Montreal on Thursday evening. On Friday, international showcase festival FOCUS Wales will present sets form Adjua and CHROMA.

Full lineup details can be found at: www.widedays.com/artists

“Scotland is absolutely bursting with incredible new music being made by some of the most talented emerging artists around.” said Wide Days director and showcase programmer Michael Lambert. “Every year we’re blown away by the level and diversity of the applications and the programme only scratches the surface of the quality of music being made here. They are complemented by six amazing acts from Quebec and Wales.”

Tickets for each night are priced £10, with a 2-night ticket available for £15. Priority access to all showcases is included with a Wide Days delegate pass, available from www.widedays.com/tickets

The Wide Days showcase programme is made possible thanks to support of key industry partners including PPL Giving, a new initiative recently launched by the music licensing company, PRS Foundation, Music Venue Trust and Ticketmaster New Music.

Camilla Waite, General Counsel at PPL, and a speaker at this year’s conference said, “PPL has been a long-standing partner of Wide Days and we’re delighted to return to Edinburgh to help showcase a diverse, rich and eclectic mix of music talent. Wide Days plays a significant role in developing Scottish talent and is a must attend for those looking to break into the industry through educational workshops and sessions, and for music fans looking to hear some of the best emerging talent from across the country.”

Joe Frankland, CEO, PRS Foundation said, “We’re delighted to be supporting the talent development showcases again at Wide Days this year. Time and time again this platform has been a fantastic springboard for many Scottish artists in the early part of their careers who eventually go on to build followings, receive record deals, tour overseas or win awards.  We’re very much looking forward to seeing the impact of this opportunity on the careers of the artists performing this year.”

Andrew Parsons, Managing Director at Ticketmaster UK said, “Wide Days has built a reputation as the go-to event to discover some of the most interesting new music from Scotland, and it’s a pleasure to partner with the event again for 2024. We’re looking forward to discovering a whole host of new artists that we’ll no doubt see headlining festivals around the world in years to come.”

Event type:

Tickets available via link above or on the door (unless sold out).

Location

The Bongo Club
66 Cowgate
Edinburgh
EH1 1JX



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