Born To Be Wide Announces ‘Promoting Gigs’ Seminar

click to visit Born To Be Wide's websiteScotland’s leading music business event organisation, Born To Be Wide, is to host a Promoting Gigs seminar at Edinburgh’s Electric Circus on Thursday 3 October. The discussion will cover key aspects of putting on a show, getting booked, how artists/managers can best work with promoters and how to get the most from a concert.

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Confirmed speakers include Electric Circus booker and musician, Tallah Brash and Synergy Concerts’ Grainne Braithwaite. They will be joined by Regular Music’s John Stout, who is also the agent for Salsa Celtica and who previously managed the Picture house and booked for the Usher Hall. Additional speakers will be added soon.

“This is a great opportunity to get an insight into what should be considered when promoting gigs and what promoters look for in artists,” says Born To Be Wide director Olaf Furniss. “It will also explain what musicans can reasonably expect from those who book them, what they need to do to make a show a success and what is involved in putting on your own gig.”


Grainne Braithwaite [promoter, Synergy Concerts]

John Stout [promoter, Regular Music]

Tallah Brash [booker & marketing manager, The Electric Circus]

Additional panelists TBA

Born To Be Wide was launched in February 2004 to provide a meeting place for those involved or interested in the Scottish music scene. A diverse range of musicians, journalists, promoters, label owners and friends of music, invited to play their all-time favourite records unless they were by Morrissey or Joy Division.

Since April 2008 the night has hosted seminars covering subjects such as  Unveiling The Mind Of A Music Journalist, A&R, Music PR, How To Get On The Radio, Music Management, Booking Agents, a Norwegian night and a German special which included a seminar, a live show by Berlin band Jeans Team and a DJ set by the Consul General.

Born To Be Wide also runs the Wide Days conference and showcase event which takes place in Edinburgh in April, and has hosted events in partnership with the Scottish Parliament, Heart of Midlothian FC and creative industries conference, Go North,

Born To Be Wide is supported by the Musicians’ Union and fed by Hendersons.

GIGnotes: Thursday 3 October, The Electric Circus, Edinburgh. Time: 19.00 Doors / 19.30-21.30 Seminar / 2130-Late DJ Sets by seminar guests. Price: £5.50 / £4 Musicians’ Union. Tickets link:

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