goNORTH Showcase Applications Open



goNORTH organisers are pleased to announce the window for music and film submissions this year will open on Friday 1 February. goNORTH will again take over Inverness city centre across the 5 to 6 June as Scotland’s premier creative industries festival celebrates thirteen years supporting new talent.

Over 50 of the most exciting new acts in Scotland will be invited to showcase at this year’s edition, along with a selection of wider UK and international artistes. goNORTH has become firmly established as one of the key showcase platforms in the country, attracting a wide range of industry and connecting them with the best new music in Scotland.

“We are delighted to be starting our 2013 submission process”, said Director for Music, Shaun Arnold.  “The live programme exposes the best new talent in Scotland to a broad cross-reach of industry professionals in a compact and targeted environment, and also generates a great atmosphere across the city. We are also pleased to confirm BandWagon as our new submission partner, a development that will make the application process completely free for artistes. We have an excellent programme in place this year and are looking forward to announcing further details over the coming weeks.”

The screening programme this year has two explicit categories – WIDE OPEN and EXTREME. There is no specific thematic criteria around the first category, however with Extreme we are seeking submissions focussing on any kind of extreme sporting activity- from snowboarding to skydiving and anything which involves a certain element of danger, specialist equipment, speed or height challenges.

“I’m particularly excited about the new themed categories we have introduced to this year’s film submission process”, said Festival Director, Amanda Millen. “Scotland is a world class destination for all types of sporting activity, and there is a wealth of talent in this genre producing work which highlights our breathtaking scenery and our passion for high octane sports. Last year proved our most successful event to date, with a significant increase in audience across all elements of the festival. We are looking forward to developing goNORTH further in 2013 and delivering another fantastic showcase for new creative talent”.

The application process will open on Friday 1 February 2013 @ http://www.gonorthfestival.co.uk The submission window will close on Monday 1 April 2013.


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”


goNORTH was launched in 2001 to provide a platform for artistes from the north of Scotland to showcase for music industry and media representatives on their own patch. Originally hosted across Aberdeen’s Belmont Street, we briefly relocated to Dundee, before settling in Scotland’s most northerly city, Inverness. Now covering a much wider remit including Screen & Broadcast, Designer Fashion and Publishing, the event has become firmly established as Scotland’s leading Creative Industries Festival.

ScreenHI and Go Events have come together to form Creative Highland, now responsible for the delivery of goNORTH to a professional industry audience. Our hope year on year is to grow, in all senses of the word; increase the variety of workshops, invite speakers and industry professionals that you want to see and most importantly make it an event not to be missed.

In 2011, we introduced the goNORTH Festival Tour, an exciting addition which takes goNORTH back to its roots and supports new music and film across some of the finest independent festivals in the country. Partners include Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Wickerman Festival and Loopallu. We also project manage the delivery of talent to a broad range of international opportunities across Mainland Europe and the US, partners include MUSEXPO (US), Sumerfest (US), Yellow Phone (US), SPOT Festival (DK), PLAY Festival (BE) and Freeze Festival (NL).

In recent years goNORTH has featured an international array of talent spanning not only Scotland and the wider UK, but also the USA, Russia, Scandinavia, The Netherlands, Australia and Japan.

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

The goNORTH Music Week CD featuring a selection of showcasing artists is also delivered direct to industry on the cover of leading trade publication, Music Week.

As always, there will be no charge to attend any element of the festival, with free registration open from Thursday 31st January 2013.




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