Re­gion’s vi­brant mu­sic scene to be show­cased

Dumfries & Galloway Standard - - THE WEEKEND TICKET - Sharon Lip­trott

The sixth Dum­fries Mu­sic Con­fer­ence is set to re­turn to the town next week with a mu­si­cally-ori­en­tated mix of film, dis­cus­sion, live mu­sic, art and work­shops.

This year, DMC are branch­ing out from their base at The Stove to in­volve The Oven, also on the High Street, and Robert Burns Film The­atre, as venues from Thurs­day to Satur­day. Oc­to­ber 18-20.

Pre­dom­i­nantly aimed at 14-30 year olds, the three-day event has wel­comed a huge range of peo­ple from across the mu­sic in­dus­try since its launch in 2012, in­clud­ing or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­pa­nies like Born To Be Wide, Chemikal Un­der­ground, the BBC, Soma Records, Min­istry of Sound, Funk­tionOne, Cryptic and Mir­codot.

Their aim is to gal­vanise the vi­brant Dum­fries and Gal­loway mu­sic scene and give it a voice on a na­tional level, hav­ing es­tab­lished a strong net­work of friends and part­ners that span the mu­sic in­dus­try in Scot­land and be­yond.

Co-founder of DMC, Mike Ni­chol­son, said: “Over three days, we’ll bring film, ra­dio, live mu­sic, work­shops and mu­sic in­dus­try dis­cus­sion to Dum­fries town cen­tre. As ever, we’ll be work­ing with part­ners from across the Scot­tish mu­sic in­dus­try to of­fer at­ten­dees knowl­edge, in­spi­ra­tion and plenty of fun.

“Al­most all of DMC 2018’s ses­sions and events are free to at­tend. Every­body is wel­come.”

DMC 2018 will kick off on Thurs­day night with a screen­ing of Good­night Brook­lyn – The Story of Death by Au­dio at the Robert Burns Cen­tre.

The screen­ing starts at 7.30pm and tick­ets are avail­able from the Robert Burns Cen­tre.

DMC will then host their launch evening at The Stove, from 9.30pm with What Pres­ence!, a spe­cial ex­hi­bi­tion of work by pho­tog­ra­pher Harry Pa­padopoulous.

Harry worked for the New Mu­si­cal Ex­press and Sounds at the height of the new-wave ex­plo­sion and his pho­to­graphs cover ev­ery ma­jor band from 1979-1984 in­clud­ing David Bowie, Blondie, Joy Divi­sion and The Clash.

The ex­hi­bi­tion will run in The Stove un­til Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 27.

Ra­dio DMC will broad­cast live from The Stove Café be­tween 12pm and 4pm on both Fri­day and Satur­day.

Fri­day night will end with Rough / Cut – an im­mer­sive au­dio-vis­ual rein­ter­pre­ta­tion of the clas­sic gig for­mat util­is­ing spo­ken word, live mu­sic and per­for­mance art.

Hosted by a line-up of lo­cal mu­si­cians collaborating on a newly com­posed piece of work, it will tread the line be­tween the­atre, live mu­sic, film and in­stal­la­tion, fea­tur­ing Martin Joseph O’Neill, Fraser Clark, Kate Kyle and Franky’s Evil Party.

It starts at 7.30pm at The Stove and is free.

Satur­day will pro­vide a full day of work­shops, in­clud­ing an op­por­tu­nity for dis­cus­sion about what sup­port is needed in the re­gion with Help Mu­si­cians Scot­land.

There will be a work­shop with The LaFon­taines front­man Kerr Okan on how to build your band and give it the best chance of suc­cess and a work­shop with mu­sic pub­lish­ing team 23rd Precint on how to make money as a song­writer.

All work­shops are free to at­tend but spa­ces are lim­ited and can be re­served on the Dum­fries Mu­sic Con­fer­ence Face­book page.

Satur­day evening will cul­mi­nate in the DMC 2018 Show­case gig in as­so­ci­a­tion with The Plaza – a new rov­ing mu­sic venue con­cept which en­cour­ages peo­ple to takeover un­usual spa­ces and fill them with mu­sic, art and per­for­mance.

It will fea­ture Liv McDougall, Frozen Shores Col­lec­tive, The Nick­a­jack Men and Fu­ture Get Down at The Stove from 7.30pm.

Tick­ets are on­line via the DMC EventBrite book­ing page.

For more de­tails see the DMC Face­book page.

The aim is to gal­vanise the vi­brant mu­sic scene in D&G and give it a voice na­tion­ally

Ra­dio DMC Hosted by DMC founders Colin Ten­nant and Mike Ni­chol­son.

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