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Music Industry Events You Should Attend in 2018

It’s officially 2018! Now is the time to get to work! Start applying and planning to attend all those key music industry events that will accelerate your music career throughout the new year. If you want to boost your success this year you need to take part in events where you can network, explore new possibilities and showcase your talent with like minded people. Here is a handful of exciting music industry events coming up in the next twelve months that every independent musician should check out.


March 9th-18th
Austin, Texas

SXSW is probably the most well known music event in the world and it is one of the best places to network. Though it is too late to apply to ‘officially’ perform you can always go and find a place to play yourself, even in the hotel lobby, crowds of music industry people are everywhere. Especially recommended is the SXSW networking program in which you can still register HERE to attend the wide range of forums that this festival provides.

Brighton Music Conference

April 26th-27th
Brighton, United Kingdom

The Brighton Music Conference is the UK’s foremost electronic music conference and networking event for professionals and enthusiasts. Apply HERE!

The Great Escape Festival

May 17th-19th

The Great Escape is the festival for new music, showcasing 450 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across the city. It’s the first place to discover your new favorite artist and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages. Apply here now to play before February 12th!


May 26th-27th
Neustrelitz, Germany

One of the very best indie music festivals in Europe if not the world. Apply to play now!

Youbloom Festival

May 30th-June 4th
Dublin, Ireland

Whether you are a fan, a musician, a host, or promoter, there is a place for you at youbloom. Apply here to perfom.


June 5th- 8th
Palais des Festivals, Cannes, France

Midem is the acronym for Marché International du Disque et de l’Edition Musicale. The trade show is billed as the leading international business event for the music ecosystem. As an artist you can apply for the Artist Accelerator Program and give your music career a huge lift in 2018.

Barn on the Farm Festival

July 5th-8th
Gloucester, United Kingdom

This is a highly recommended festival for independent artists to play in a beautiful setting amongst people who truly appreciate live music and the community spirit. You can still apply to play here!

C/O POP Festival and Convention

August 29th-September 2nd
Cologne, Germany

Label operators, music managers, festival organizers, media experts and agency chiefs meet top speakers and decision makers from major brands based in Europe, the United States and South America. While at the same time offering a carefully curated program – somewhere between Emo-Grunge from Flensburg and Korean-American Hip-House-Cloud-Rap. Apply here now!

Live At Heart Festival

September 2nd-8th
Örebro, Sweden

In the daytime you can attend the Live at Heart Conference; lectures, seminars, workshops and networking activities on subjects related to music, film, entrepreneurship, and business. During the evening you can experience the true Live at Heart vibe and enjoy performances all over town at our local venues such as clubs, bars, restaurant, and hotels. Apply here to be showcased as a star of tomorrow!

Reeperbahn Festival

September 19th-22nd
Hamburg, Germany

Since its debut in 2006, the Reeperbahn Festival has grown to become one of the most important meeting places for the music industry worldwide, and, as Europe’s largest club festival, it boasts a broad spectrum of emerging and more established artists. Unfortunately this festival no longer accepts applications from independent artists but you can still take advantage of the networking potential and catch some amazing performances.


October 24th-28th
Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

WOMEX – the World Music Expo – is the most international music meeting in the world and the biggest conference of the global music scene, featuring a trade fair, talks, films and a showcase festival. This year it is taking place in the beautiful Canary Islands of Spain, off northwestern Africa, apply here to take part.


Now that you have a list to start with, you should do your own online research and find more. The sheer volume of music industry events in the world is growing exponentially every year so try and find one’s that are local to you first. It’s hard work to get motivated and apply but in the end you will be happy that you did.


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