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DIY announce inaugural NYC gig with Dream Wife and QTY

DIY announce inaugural NYC gig with Dream Wife and QTY

DIY are pleased to announce our inaugural gig in NYC! We’ve teamed up with the ace PopGun to bring DIY Presents to Brooklyn, and the show will be at their new Elsewhere (Zone One) venue on 22nd January 2018. DIY Class of 2017 alumni and all-round faves Dream Wife are headlining, and they’ll be supported by New York’s own QTY  the Dirty Hit newbies and gritty rockers who played DIY’s stage at SXSW earlier this year. Both bands are promoting new albums, and tickets for the show – which will be an absolute stormer – go on sale this Friday (15th December) at 10am EST from here.

This event follows DIY’s partnership with the Mondo.NYC festival in October. With 24% of our audience now in the US – and with NYC being DIY’s second largest city audience after London – DIY are looking forward to supporting UK artists in the city and at major events like SXSW, and also promoting US artists into the UK and wider mainland Europe. Some recent coverage of NYC artists includes Big ThiefDiet CigJapanese BreakfastQTYVagabon and Your Dog.

DIY and our publisher Sonic will be over that week for the gig – please contact rupert@sonicnetwork.net if you’d like to learn more about us!

Pale Waves front DIY’s Class Of 2018, and will headline the very first Class Of UK Tour

Pale Waves front DIY’s Class Of 2018, and will headline the very first Class Of UK Tour

DIY are once again announcing the acts they believe will break through in 2018 and have confirmed that the brilliant Pale Waves are set to be their latest cover stars.

Thanks to a track record that includes Bastille, The Big Moon, Chvrches, George Ezra, HAIM, Jungle, Marika Hackman, Royal Blood, Slaves, Spring King, Wolf Alice and Years & Years, their annual Class of reveal is now one of the most anticipated media announcements of the year. They’ll be revealing the rest of the 14 Class Of 2018 artists day by day until the new issue comes out on 1st December.

This year, they’re also taking the Class Of to the next level and heading up and down the UK on a massive, full blown tour with Pale Waves at the helm. Kicking off on 19th February, the four-piece will be traversing our fair isle for 15 dates, playing their largest headline shows yet. If that’s not enough, they’ll be joined by DIY faves Our Girl and buzzy newcomers Bloxx.

Head to diymag.com for full details. 

BIME PRO 2017: A GREAT DISCOVERY

BIME PRO 2017: A GREAT DISCOVERY

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.

Mondo.NYC partnership opens up a new relationship in US market

Mondo.NYC partnership opens up a new relationship in US market

This October we ventured to Mondo.NYC for our inaugural media partnership campaign. While the New York-based showcase festival is only two years old, founder Bobby Haber has years of experience being a founder of CMJ which he pushed firmly out onto the international stage. Hosted at the Kimmel Center Eisner & Lubin Auditorium of NYU, Mondo.NYC is both a festival and global business summit for music and tech industry insiders and innovators, and emerging artists and their fans. Safe to say, it certainly didn’t disappoint. We were delighted to host and take part in a panel on Music Journalism focusing on the issue of social media and how it has transformed the landscape for what the listening public wants and how it approaches music criticism.

Come the evening we were treated to great new artist showcases at so iconic venues around Manhattan. Read DIY’s report from the festival right here. http://diymag.com/2017/10/11/mondo-nyc-festival-review.

DIY head to South Korea for double-header of MU:CON and Zandari

DIY head to South Korea for double-header of MU:CON and Zandari

Back in September, Sonic were invited by the BPI and Department of International Trade to send a delegate from DIY to join them on their first ever music mission to South Korea. Heading over as part of a UK delegation that also included a selection of UK artists – as chosen by Sound City – who were set to play sets at both the MU:CON industry showcase and the famous Zandari Festival. South Korea’s biggest musical showcase event – a multi-venue, three-day affair in the vein of The Great Escape – Zandari offers up a host of local talent whilst also giving an international platform to its featured countries. This presented a great opportunity to follow up Reeperbahn with KOCCA and meet local promoters, but it was the bands that provided the most excitement.

Read DIY’s review of Zandari and discover your favourite new South Korean artist right here.

Jäger Curtain Call takes over the Jagerhaus at Bestival

Jäger Curtain Call takes over the Jagerhaus at Bestival

As we announced earlier this year, Sonic once again brought together Jägermeister and DIY for a third year of the Jäger Curtain Call programme. In 2017, however, it came with a twist. As opposed to settling down on Shoreditch’s Curtain Road, as we have over the past two years, this year, up-and-coming band Fur were given the opportunity to play at this year’s Bestival, as part of Jägermeister’s mightily impressive brand activation, the Jägerhaus.

Having recorded new offering ‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’ at Tileyard Education Studios back in August, the band then made the journey to Lulworth Cove for this year’s edition of Bestival. Setting up camp in the Jägerhaus on Friday evening, the Jäger Curtain Call takeover also played host to project alumni Kagoule and Bellevue Days, as well as inviting Muncie Girls and Free Money to join in the fun. All in all, it was one hell of an evening filled with great music, brilliant new bands and lots of Jägermeister!

You can read DIY’s full report of the evening right here. Many thanks to Jägermeister’s events team and FRUKT for aiding our involvement in the Jägerhaus.

Reeperbahn 2017 exceeds all expectations

Reeperbahn 2017 exceeds all expectations

For the third year running DIY was invited to be a media partner at Reeperbahn, the Hamburg-based conference and showcase festival, whilst also being asked to contribute to the judging of their prestigious Anchor Awards. The conference events offered up an extremely varied and useful insight into the growing global music community, with cross-border partnerships now opening up from USA to China with the help of organisations like South Korea’s KOCCA. A particular highlight was the interview by Greg Parmley of ILMC with Festival Republic’s Melvin Benn, while another came in the form of Liam Gallagher’s surprise appearance at the event. With so many new acts playing across the fest’s three day bill, it was difficult to choose just which artists to catch, but a selection of the most exciting performers were highlighted in DIY’s daily reviews Roll on our next trip in 2019! (Day 1, Day 2 Day 3). Roll on our next trip in 2019!.

Sonic announce a new DIY  live partnership with Pirate studios.

Sonic announce a new DIY live partnership with Pirate studios.

This September, Sonic will bring together  for the first time, DIY and Pirate Studios for «the Pirate Studios & DIY Presents Live session », when the Brighton band Demob Happy will be playing live from Pirate Studios in South London.

The entire live session will be streamed via Pirate’s revolutionary online gigging platform, Pirate Live. This intimate session will also be streamed live across Pirate studios and DIY social media channels, so you can enjoy their set from the comfort of your own home too.

All the action is going to take place on Wednesday 13th September, with things kicking off at 6.30pm.

DIY enter its third year of parternship with Jägermeister

DIY enter its third year of parternship with Jägermeister

After two successful years of partnership, Sonic bring together  Jägermeister and DIY who are returning with the Jäger Curtain Call programmediy. This year again they will be giving, to a promising band, the opportunity to head into the studio, record a new track and play it live. But this year, the band will have the chance to play at the Jägerhaus at Bestival.

Having previously teamed up with TRAAMSKagouleBellevue Days and more, this time around it’s Brighton boys FUR who are front and centre. They headed to Tileyard Education Studios last month to record nostalgic track ‘If You Know That I’m Lonely’ – perfect or Bestival setting.

The tracks Happyness and will be premiered later this week at the Jägerhaus at Bestival on Friday as part of a line-up that also features Jäger Curtain Call alumni Kagoule and Bellevue Days, as well as Muncie Girls and Free Money.

Sonic has also put together the DIY x Bestival media partnership for 2017.