Last week we attended BIME Pro – the Bilbao-based conference and showcase festival run by Lasttour – for the first time. Whilst in attendance, we discovered that Spain is a land of opportunities for emerging artists looking to build new audiences. With one of the highest concentrations of festivals – with over 150 recognised – the Spanish music industry are actively looking to expand relations with overseas talent. In this open and sunny environment we met amazing festivals such as Atlantic Fest, Bilbao BBK Live, Tomavistas and Vida who offer a new perspective on live music to their audience, while artist showcases took place across the town. BIME Pro’s conference also covered a wide range of themes catering to a local and international audience, with appearances from Creative Europe and PRS Foundation-supported Keychange programme, which aims to empower female artists and innovators across Europe. It’s safe to say that we’re looking forward to building further relationships with the Spanish industry in 2018.