Showcase Scotland Expo promotes Scottish music and artists at the The Visit event in Scotland.
The Visit was produced from 3 to 7 April 2017 for the North American market. We hosted the largest ever number of delegates at the event which took place in Paisley and Stirling.
For the second year we teamed up with Trad TV who filmed throughout the event. Exclusive content from The Visit 2017 can be found at the link at the bottom of this page.
The Visit is an event which invites individuals from the target territories identified by our Steering Group to visit Scotland. We take them to different parts of the country to soak up the history and culture and showcase the artists in distinct and special venues.
In 2014 The Visit was produced for the US and Canada with agents, record labels, festivals and venues being targeted to spend five days in Scotland experiencing our music and culture. We took them to Paisley (including the 850 year old Paisley Abbey), the Isle of Mull and Edinburgh, with 20 artists showcasing across the weekend. The results in 2014 were phenomenal and 7 artists secured agency deals with at least 280 individual bookings being secured to date for artists. Note we are still analysing results as many of the bookings are still being finalised for the summer and autumn of 2015 and we expect this figure to significantly increase.
In 2015 we invited delegates mainly from France but also the North of Spain and Benelux, with 18 artists showcasing in Paisley, Stirling and Edinburgh.
Importantly the Visit presents an opportunity for participating venues to also benefit from the activities both financially and by gaining exposure to both artists and industry participants. The presence of delegates bring economic benefit to each area through spend on hotels, restaurants and wider tourism benefits. Many of our delegates either extend their stay in Scotland or elect to return at a later date.
The Visit 2016 saw delegates coming from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Portugal, Catalonia, Sweden and Italy to spend time in Glasgow and Stirling. They had the opportunity to network with key members of the Scottish music industry at a dinner & Civic reception. They enjoyed a bespoke Glasgow Music City Tour around some of the key sites in the city’s musical history. En route to Stirling they visited the Auchentoshan Distillery and enjoyed the spectacular sights of Loch Lomond as well as sampling Scottish cuisine in Callander. Once in Stirling there was a ghost tour, a visit to Stirling Castle and a whisky tasting masterclass.
The Visit 2017 saw showcase performances from the 22 bands selected by the Showcase Scotland Expo Steering Group. We spread the performances over 4 venues this year which were the Town Hall, Arts Centre and Abbey in Paisley and the Tolbooth Theatre in Stirling. These are the bands who showcased in 2017. More information about all the artists is available in the Featured Artists section of this website.
Blazin’ Fiddles, Breabach, Dàimh, Dallahan, Dean Owens and the Whisky Hearts, Duncan Chisholm: The Gathering, Elephant Sessions, FARA, Findlay Napier, Ímar, James Grant, Kris Drever, Mairearad and Anna, Mànran, Robyn Stapleton, RURA, Siobhan Miller, Siobhan Wilson, Skerryvore, Talisk, Tide Lines and Twelfth Day