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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.

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 leaves its mark at SXSW

Sonic leaves its mark at SXSW

Many thanks to UK Music team @TradegovUK and the organisers of @SXSW festival for inviting us to showcase such exciting emerging artists to an international audience of music industry and fans.
These partnerships have helped us expose artists at key moments in their careers supported by the reach of our music title @diymagazine.

Each event further grows our global media footprint, Facebook following alone is now over 250,000, and we look forward to other mutually beneficial music marketing partnerships with international partners over 2017.

Sonic waves the flag for British music at SXSW 2017

Sonic waves the flag for British music at SXSW 2017

At this year’s SXSW, DIY flew the flag for British music, introducing exciting new British acts through two emerging artist showcases. The shows, which  book ended the 2017 festival, were  supported by a multi-channel campaign, which also included the release of a bespoke newspaper, detailing some of the best British acts to be appearing on the bill, and at the festival itself.

It’s All Gone Brits Up is an eight-page newspaper designed and produced by DIY, in conjunction with publisher Sonic, which covers a selection of the most exciting UK talents – many of whom have been supported by the PRS Foundation – playing stages at SXSW, most of them for the first time in front of a US audience.

It was available to pick up for free across the UK Dept International Trade stands and throughout Austin venues where UK bands were  playing, as well as at the British Music Embassy, located at the now legendary live venue Latitude 30 right in the heart of the festival, where DIY and Ticketweb  hosted the first of DIY’s two showcases.

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Sonic Promoter Partnerships

Sonic Promoter Partnerships

Promoting live music is increasingly complex as the traditional music media landscape fragments and promoter turn towards rich content partnerships. DIY presents is a key touchpoint through the live stage, whether it be a local pub up to a major festival stage. DIY’s live presence is supported by the Magazine distribution at all the key touring music cities across the UK
Some of 2015 Promoter campaigns across the country include:
Regional co promotion local promoter – Now Wave, One Inch Badge
Regional Tour national promoter – SJM/ 13 artists, Oscar Breaking Tour
Curated promoter/DIY events – Roundhouse Rising,
Curated Label/DIY events – Wichita Label Birthday, Marina and the Diamonds Album Launch,
Festival media partnerships – Festival No6, Forgotten Fields
Festival integrated Partnerships (including stage) – Latitude, TGE, Live at Leeds, Sound City, Citadel, Field Day, Kendall Calling, Underground, Communities, Mirrors, Beacons, Liverpool Music Week
Brand Tours – Dr. Martens Stand for Something Tour

DIY Festival Guide to publish for a second year in 2016

DIY Festival Guide to publish for a second year in 2016

Due to unprecedented demand, DIY will launch a second edition of their Festival Guide at The Great Escape in April 2016.

Published in the UK, DIY is the largest free magazine dedicated to music; our commitment to publishing a standalone 84 page DIY festivals magazine shows our recognition that music festivals are an ever increasing and important way for the live music industry to help artists engage with their existing (and new) fans around the world.

Launched to coincide with The Great Escape, where a copy is placed in every delegate bag, this is an ideal way for festival organisers to help fans plan their festival season by revealing key acts from their line-ups. DIY will also set the agenda for the artists that fans should be looking out for on the 2016 festival circuit and where they will be playing.

This is also a chance for both artists and fans to become familiar with where DIY is hosting stages (as part of an ongoing festival partnership programme) and where to catch the artists who will be the headliners of the future. As with everything we do, the DIY editorial team will approach this from the artist’s perspective and we’ll be asking bands to reveal their experiences from past festival seasons, reflect on this season and comment on the festivals themselves. This will be supported by a directory of recommended 2016 festivals.

A few of our many DIY Festival Guide 2015 advertisers include Bilbao BBK, Field Day, Flow, Latitude, Open’er, Roskilde and Sziget.

40,000 physical copies will be printed and it will also be published via the DIY app and online, with heavy promotion across DIY’s social channels and website to its 1.3m monthly audience; the publication is open to advertising and sponsorship – either of specific sections or the entire Festival Guide.

DIY Festival Guide 2016: Copy – 18/04/16 // Street – 29/04/16

Please email lawrence@sonicmediagroup.co.uk to reserve your space, or call us on 020 3256 3456.