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goNORTH has just announced the list of acts invited to showcase at goNORTH 2012. Taking place across Inverness city centre on the 6th and 7th of June, the live programme will connect attendees with the most exciting new and emerging artists in Scotland. We are also pleased to welcome a diverse selection of wider UK and international acts to the twelfth edition of Scotland’s premier new music showcase.

“We are delighted with the list of artists invited to showcase at goNORTH 2012”, said Director for Music, Shaun Arnold. “Once again this process highlighted the quality and diversity of new music being created in the Highlands and Islands and across Scotland and it proved no easy task to establish the final list”.

click to visit the EmuBands website“We are also delighted to announce that our partners EmuBands will be offering goNORTH delegates a FREE single release worth £24.95. As EmuBands don’t charge any ongoing fees, this is a completely free release, earning you 100% of royalties generated while retaining 100% ownership and control of your rights; so you can have your music available through the World’s leading digital retailers like iTunes and Spotify completely free of charge.”

This offer will be open to all registered delegates and vouchers will be available from the EmuBands Stand in the main registration foyer.

goNORTH 2012 Showcase List

Anderson, McGinty, Webster, Ward and Fisher

Aaron Wright


Blue Sky Archives

Brown Bear and the Bandits

Cafe Disco

Campfires in Winter

Cancel The Astronauts

Cherri Fosphate

Chris Devotion and The Expectations



Dead Boy Robotics


Fat Goth

French Wives


Grace Weber

Graham Brown


Iain Mclaughlin & The Outsiders


John Wean

Jonathan Sebastian Knight

Lady North


Make Sparks

Mass Consensus

Matt Norris & The Moon


Michael Cassidy

Miniature Dinosaurs

Miss Irenie Rose

Nelson Can

Olympic Swimmers

Open Swimmer

Oskar Empire

Pioneers of Love


Polaroid Fiction

Pronto Mama


Red Kites

Sebastian Dangerfield

Selective Service


Stanley Odd

Star Wheel Press

Team Kapowski

The Little Kicks

The Machine Room

The Mirror Trap

The Mixups

The Stagger Rats

The Whisky River Band

The Winter Tradition

Them & Us

This Silent Forest

Vigo Thieves

Washington Irving

We Came From Wolves

Where We Lay Our Heads


Yusaf Azak

Stewart Cruickshank, Senior Producer BBC Radio Scotland, said:

“goNORTH continues to be one of the UK’s benchmark A&R event and the many attendees at the well-subscribed panels and evening gigs bear witness to that”.


goNORTH was launched in 2001 to provide a platform for artists from the north of Scotland to showcase for music industry and media representatives on their own patch. Originally hosted in several venues on Aberdeen’s Belmont Street, we briefly relocated to Dundee, before settling in Scotland’s most northerly city, Inverness. The event has since developed into one of the country’s leading Creative Industries Festivals, covering a much wider remit from Screen and Broadcast to Designer Fashion and Publishing.

Each year, goNORTH brings a world class programme of panels, workshops, film screenings, training opportunities, Q&A sessions, camera equipment and special effects showcases, and a global marathon of live music showcases to the north of Scotland.

The live showcases feature contemporary and cutting edge music of all genres, highlighting the best emerging talent from Scotland, the rest of the UK, and a selection of international contenders.

Last year saw the introduction of the goNORTH Festival Tour, an exciting development which takes goNORTH  back to its roots and supports emerging talent across a range of top independent festivals; our 2012 touring schedule includes Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, The Wickerman Festival, Loopallu, B-Fest and Summer In The City 2012.

The introduction of the Festival Tour means a significant volume of artist invited to showcase at goNORTH will also secure additional slots across the touring schedule.

Previous keynote speakers include, Tony Wilson, Alan McGee, Jazz Summers and former UK Music CEO, Feargal Sharkey.

goNORTH features acts across all contemporary music genres, with the line-up split equally between artists from the Highlands and Islands, other parts of Scotland, the UK and the rest of the world. In recent years, the event has brought acts from across Mainland Europe, the USA, Russia, Scandinavia, Australia, Japan and Canada to the north of Scotland.

Selected artists will be compensated with a small payment for their performance. All goNORTH showcases, seminars and workshops are free and open to the public, music industry and media are requested to register.

The goNORTH 2012 Compilation featuring a selection of showcasing artists will also be released direct to industry via Music Week.

Register free at www.gonorth.biz

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