Wide Days Unveils Ground-Breaking Touring Network

MUSIC NEWS Scotland

click to buy Wide Days ticketsScotland’s music convention, Wide Days (Edinburgh: 10-11 April), is to unveil plans for a UK version of a  musician-led touring network, which boasts 30,000 members in its native Brazil and last year facilitated over 6,000 gigs.

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Details of the British Fora Do Eixo, which will run under its translated nameclick to go to the Wide Days website for full details of all events Off Axis, are to be included in a special presentation at the Edinburgh event on Thursday 11 April.

The talk will be given by Jeff Thompson, from the Manchester-based Un-Convention organisation which hosts grassroots music events around the world and is spearheading the initiative: “We have supported Wide Days since its launch in 2010 and it is the perfect platform to announce our plans for Off Axis,” he says.

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