Dumfries Music Conference is back to rock the High Street!

The sixth Dumfries Music Conference – taking place on 18th – 20th October – will feature a film screening, workshops, live radio and music performances. The majority of events will be free to attend and will take place at The Stove Network, 100 High Street, with a secret event and location to be announced closer to the time!

Since it was launched in 2012, the event, which is predominantly aimed at 14-30 year olds, has welcomed a huge range of people from across the music industry. That includes organisations and companies like Born To Be Wide, Chemikal Underground, the BBC, Soma Records, Ministry of Sound, Funktion-One, Cryptic and Mircodot.

For 2018, the organisers have pulled out all the stops to ensure a jam-packed weekend full of exciting events for Dumfries. On Thursday night, DMC2018 will kick off the celebrations with a screening of ‘Goodnight Brooklyn – The Story of Death by Audio’ at the Robert Burns Centre. This documentary chronicles the origins and demise of one of Brooklyn’s best DIY venues; a big theme for DMC this year. The screening starts at 7pm and tickets are available from the Robert Burns Centre for £4. DMC will then be hosting their launch evening in the Bakers Oven with a special exhibition of work by photographer Harry Papadopoulous – a self-taught photographer from Glasgow who worked for the New Musical Express and Sounds at the height of the new wave explosion. Harry’s photographs covered every major band from 1979-1984 including David Bowie, Blondie, Joy Division and The Clash. The exhibition will also be on display at the Stove Network and will be available to view until Saturday 27th October.

On Friday, Radio DMC will return to the Stove Café from 12noon until 4pm. Local radio hosts will have their programmes aired live from the café, with interviews and live performances from local bands, news about upcoming events and workshops and discussions about the music in Dumfries. Following the Radio, DMC Social will run in the café and will offer bands, artists, performers and festival and event organisers to come together for positive conversation about the Dumfries music scene. Friday night will end with a top secret event in the Stove’s Room 2 curated by DMC’s Operations Manager, Martin Joseph O’Neill and his mentee Hagen Paterson. The details will remain under wraps until closer to the time!

Saturday begins with Radio DMC again in the Stove Café from 12noon – 4pm, with Amazing Radio host Jim Gellatly closing the show. Saturday also provides a full day of workshops and events, including the opportunity to sit down and have a chat with Help Musicians UK, a workshop to help bands and artists take their music careers to the next level, a workshop with Music Publishing organisation, 23rd Precinct / Notting Hill Music and a conversation with some of the most innovative music venues, arts festivals and take-over initiatives in the UK.

The Saturday evening will see DMC LIVE return to Dumfries with an evening of live music from both local and national acts, including Edinburgh-based electronic outfit, Future Get Down. Saturday night will end with an after party at the Liquid Lounge, organised by local DJ duo Double Down Disco!

To keep up to date with all information, including times and ticket info, see the DMC Facebook page for more details: www.facebook.com/DumfriesMusicConference

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