WIDE Days has announced the first artists on its expanded showcase programme featuring two nights of live performances form emerging Scottish talent.

Supported by The National Lottery through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund swell as PRS Foundation and PPL, the event takes place across three Edinburgh venues from 13th-15th April 2023. The four acts chosen for the 12-month mentoring programme and performance include The Big Day, Quiet Houses, Russell Stewart and Silvi, with the selection process including a diverse panel of over 30 music and media figures.

Friday night’s ‘New From Scotland’ showcase confirms performances from artists Becky Sikasa, Goodnight Louisa, Midnight Ambulance, SLIX and Lewis McLaughlin, who won Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent Competition last year. More acts can be expected to join the lineup in coming weeks.

The final night of Saturday provides Wide Days partner with FOCUS Wales and M For Montreal, for the Festival Takeover, who will each night guest-programme a venue. The Canadian event has already confirmed two acts – Laurence-Anne and Choses Sauvages.

Wide Days director, Michael Lamber comments: “The expansion of our live programme is giving us the chance to present an even broader and more diverse range of talent than ever. There’s so much incredible new music coming out of Scotland at the moment, and we’ve been overwhelmed with applications in recent years. Our new showcase format means we can support as many emerging artists as possible.”

Early-bird tickets for the Friday and Saturday showcase programmes are available for £10, with a limited number of 2-day tickets for Friday and Saturday available for £15 each. Limited free tickets are available for the Thursday showcase, where pre-registration is essential. Priority access is optional to all live shows across the weekend with a Wide Days convention pass.

Full details can be found at https://www.widedays.com/tickets.