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Convention updates: LSC, PrimaveraPro, Eurosonic, YMCAs

By | Published on Friday 4 May 2012

The Great Escape

While there’s been a whole load of updates on next week’s Great Escape this week, which you’ll find nicely summarised in the TGE section of, news has also been flowing about some other showcase festivals and music business conventions of late.

First up, Liverpool Sound City, which is also speeding into view with some pace. LSC organisers announced recently that hip hop author, filmmaker, journalist, critic and social commentator Nelson George will join their convention’s line-up as a second keynote speaker, alongside the previously reported keynote event featuring Mobile Roadie’s Andrew Mains. Elsewhere newly confirmed panels will focus on music tech, music discovery and forward thinking labels.

Meanwhile, more information has been announced today of the LSC Expo event, a two day expo at Liverpool’s Echo Arena, which will boast a music, digital and DJ hub, and feature representatives from Dolphin Music, Access To Music, Yamaha, LIPA, M Audio, Metropolis, Ward Hadaway, SAE Institute, Headstock, Sound Technology, LJMU, American Audio, Denon DJ, Pioneer DJ, Vestax, DJ TV Live, Traktor DJ and many more. LSC takes place from 17-19 May, with more info at

Looking to the end of the month, and a little further afield, line up info has been announced for¬† PrimaveraPro, the conference side to Barcelona’s Primavera Sound festival. The future of music festivals in general will be a key topic up for consideration, with reps from Womad, SxSW, Eurock√©ennes and the UK’s Association Of Independent Festivals all confirmed to take part. Amongst the specific festival themed topics to be explored is how to survive in the competitive festivals market, the importance creativity plays in success, and the positive role major music events have on their host cities or regions.

Another theme being explored at the Barcelona event will be the power of music to change the world, plus crowdfunding, online marketing, and changes in the digital dynamic. It all takes place from 30 May to 1 Jun with info at

And finally, for those who like their showcase festival news very upfront, organisers of the Eurosonic festival, which takes place in the Netherlands each January, have announced that next year’s featured country will be Finland. Delegate registration and artist submissions are also now open. More on it all at (or Sonic Bids for artist submissions).

And while we are talking showcase festivals and music conventions, don’t forget the shortlists have been announced for this year’s Yearly Music Conference Awards, which will be presented on the Saturday morning of next week’s Great Escape. Have your say here.