We are delighted to announce the line up for the goNORTH Festival Tour Tent at The Wickerman Festival 2012. Taking place across the 20th and 21st of July, a broad selection of acts from this year’s live showcase schedule are set to join the party as one of the finest independent festivals in Scotland celebrates its 11th year.
“We are thrilled to be taking the goNORTH Festival Tour back to the Wickerman Festival this year”, said goNORTH Director for Music, Shaun Arnold. “Wickerman has established itself as one of the most diverse festivals on the calendar and has demonstrated a sustained commitment to supporting new music across genres. Our stage last year proved a huge success and we are really excited to be returning with some of the most exciting new acts in Scotland”.
goNORTH Festival Tour Tent line-up at the Wickerman Festival 2012 – www.thewickermanfestival.co.uk (click on band names to go to their facebook pages)
FRIDAY 20 JULY
SATURDAY 21 JULY
Alan Galbraith VP International, Wind Up Records: “Simply put, goNORTH gets it right. They put the music first and it’s just the right size to participate in everything”.
John Robb: “goNORTH is great on many levels, great line up of bands that goes beyond the usual dustbin indie fare, a beautiful city to hang out in and a surprisingly diverse cross section of people attending making it one of the best of the music conference circuit”.
Sat Bisla, Musexpo Founder: “Events such as goNORTH are essential to give buyers and sellers a broader understanding of the opportunities that lie within the market place. There is always a hidden gem at goNORTH, be it a new act or a new business opportunity”.
Keith Harris, Director for Performer Affairs, PPL: “goNORTH is a much more open seminar. A lot of conferences are expensive, which makes them exclusive. goNORTH makes it easy for the people who really need the information to get it”.
Stewart Cruickshank FRSA, Senior Producer BBC Radio Scotland: “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”.
About goNORTH ….
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 we introduced 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-Festand 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, Mark Jones 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.
The goNORTH 2012 Compilation featuring a selection of showcasing artists was released direct to industry via Music Week.
Watch the goNORTH 2012 YouTube channel here: http://www.youtube.com/gonorth2011