Region’s vibrant music scene to be showcased
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.