Dumfries Music Conference is set to return next month on 15-17 October for its first ever digital conference. The eighth annual conference features a mix of film, discussion, live music, exhibition and workshops – all hosted on digital platforms and all free to participate in and view.
Dumfries Music Conference is proud to present the full DMC 2020 programme, featuring distinct DIY themes and a real focus on how the music industry responds and begins to recover from the impact of Covid-19.
Dave Miller, General Manager of Dumfries Music Conference, commented: “Our aim this year with our digital conference is, as always, to inspire, educate and empower those within the vibrant music scene of Dumfries and Galloway, whether you are a musician, industry figure or music fan. We’ve ensured that our new online platform holds these values high. We’re looking forward to e-welcoming you in October!”
On Thursday 15 October, DMC 2020 hosts a screening of Big Gold Dream. Directed by filmmaker Grant McPhee, the critically acclaimed documentary tells the story of Scotland’s post-punk scene, focusing on record labels Fast Product and Postcard Records. The influential film features the likes of Alan McGee, Peter Hook, Norman Blake, Martyn Ware and Bob Last.
DMC 2020’s Friday and Saturday boast jam-packed schedules of workshops and panels from a wide range of experts working in the music industry across Scotland. On Friday 16 October, Dumfries Music Conference hosts a Zine Making workshop with Mel Reeve of Glasgow Zine Library, a ‘Found Sound’ challenge, led by Roan Ballantine of VanIves and an artist-led panel discussion on Scotland’s surging Hip Hop and Grime scene.
Saturday kicks off with a DIY Synth Build workshop with local artist, Liam Templeton, a post-COVID panel discussion which will explore the contemporary concerns facing the industry and acknowledge the current initiatives driving the music industry ahead. Saturday also hosts a podcasting workshop with Halina Rifai, who will provide insight and tips for getting started.
DMC 2020 will conclude on Saturday evening with the legendary DMC Showcase gig – featuring Awkward Family Portraits, Nova Scotia the Truth Elia Davidson and The Curb – which viewers can stream live.
For 2020, Dumfries Music Conference is also delighted to be hosting an exhibition trail in Dumfries town centre, featuring images from Chris Brickley’s photo journal ’16 Years – Gigs in Scotland 1974-1990’. Capturing a significant period in Scotland’s musical history, the book is arranged by town and venue across Scotland, revisiting a huge number of lost venues. The works from the book will be available to view throughout a trail of closed music-related venues across Dumfries town centre.
For more details, event times and tickets, visit the DMC website: www.dumfriesmusicconference.com