Media Release: XpoNorth 2017 music showcase artists announcement

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ONE of Scotland’s leading creative industries conference and showcase is delighted to announce its music showcase line-up for XpoNorth 2017.

Organisers of the festival, which takes place in Inverness on 7th and 8th June this year, were inundated with acts looking to play before an influential audience made up of industry insiders and conference delegates at venues throughout the Highland capital.

The full line-up was carefully selected by a jury of industry professionals and XpoNorth looks forward to welcoming a wealth of musical talent from home and abroad.

For selected acts, there is also the chance of appearing at Beauly-based Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in August this year on a specially-curated XpoNorth Seedlings stage.

The annual Inverness-based XpoNorth conference is devoted to supporting creative individuals and businesses in the Highlands and Islands and beyond.

Recognised as the only creative industry event of its kind in Scotland, XpoNorth covers music, screen, broadcast, game development, crafts, textiles, fashion, writing, publishing and design.

It is attended by leading creative industry insiders, who take part in workshops, panels and masterclass sessions over the course of both days.

By night, the festival changes pace as the influential music showcase takes music stars of tomorrow from the Highlands and Islands and beyond and places them on stages across Scotland’s most northerly city over two nights.

Festival director, Amanda Millen, said: “Showcasing the best emerging acts on the music scene has always been an integral part of the festival since its inception at the start of the century.

“Today, XpoNorth is a wide-reaching conference and showcase which brings together a host of elements under one creative umbrella. The music showcasing is the jewel in its crown which gels people together at the end of two inspiring, full-on days of panels, keynotes and international industry-level networking.

“There are a lot of key creative industries influencers who attend XpoNorth and even if they don’t work in the music industry, they might be on the look out for music for a film or a new video game. Creative connections are forged every minute of the day during XpoNorth.”

The music schedule will be published along with the rest of the conference programme.

Look out for more announcements in the coming days and weeks!

100 Fables

Ali Robertson


American Clay







Dancing on Tables

Declan Welsh & the Decadent West

Ded Rabbit


Edgar Road

Edwin Organ

Emme Woods

Ernest Rambles

Eugene Twist

Faces On TV

Fat Goth


Foggy City Orphan (FCO)


Future Get Down

Garden Of Elks

Hamish Hawk

Indigo Velvet

Jackal Trades

James Mackenzie (Full Band)

Jamie And Shoony

Josephine Sillars


Lawless and the leash


Medicine Men

Mia Mackintosh

Michiel Turner

Mira Aasma

Miracle Glass Company

Moteh Parrott

Mother Night

Mt. Doubt



November Lights

Other Humans


Posable Action Figures

Pronto Mama

Pure Grief



Reverieme (Solo Acoustic)


Roseanne Reid

Savage Mansion

Schnarff Schnarff

Single By Sunday





The Begbies

The Howling Lords

The Imagineers

The Little Kicks

The Moon Kids


The Vegan Leather

The Youth And Young

Tijuana Bibles



We Came From Wolves

Winter Springs

Wojtek The Bear


Notes to editors:

XpoNorth is a two-day conference and showcase devoted to the creative industries. It’s based in Inverness and for two jam-packed days and music-filled nights in June, thousands of delegates come from all over Britain and further afield to meet, greet, listen, participate and share ideas in the fields of screen, broadcast, gaming, design, fashion, textiles, writing, publishing and music.

XpoNorth also has a year-round brief from funders, Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to support and develop creative business by providing practical assistance and networking opportunities.

Recognised as the only event of its kind in Scotland devoted to craft, textiles, fashion, games development, writing, publishing, screen and broadcast, design and music, XpoNorth is attended by leading creative industry insiders, who take part in workshops, panels and masterclass sessions over the course of both days.

XpoNorth networks:

XpoNorth Screen and Broadcast

ScreenHI is XpoNorth’s screen and broadcast network. Led by former BBC producer, Amanda Millen, it operates all year round and supports businesses and individuals working in film, television, radio and video games across the Highlands and Islands.

XpoNorth Music

Led by Alex Smith, XpoNorth Music is the industry network established to support the development of musicians and music businesses across the Highlands and Islands.

XpoNorth Design

Established to support flourishing design community in Highlands and Islands. Hosted by Creative Futures Partnership, a collaboration between The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) and HIE. Led by the Institute of Design Innovation (InDI), a research institute based in Forres, Moray, within the GSA.

XpoNorth Writing and Publishing

The sector head of Emergents Writers is Peter Urpeth. His role is to nurture creative talent in the field of writing and publishing across the Highlands and Islands.

XpoNorth Craft, Fashion and Textiles

The sector head of Emergents Makers is Pamela Conacher, who leads a team which provides a programme of advice, training and support for the craft, fashion and textile sector in the Highlands and Islands.

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