DMC 2017

The fifth Dumfries Music Conference will take place at The Stove, 100 High Street on 19-21 October 2017. DMC’s programme, which is almost all free-to-attend, includes workshops, live music, radio shows, panel discussions and a special film evening.

DMC2017 kicks off on Thursday 19 October at 7pm, with an evening of exhibition (DMC Five Years – images and artwork to mark DMC’s fifth birthday) and talk – exploring music, film and design with New York-based, Scottish music video director and photographer Drew John Barnes alongside Glasgow-based music video director and designer, ‘Nathan David Smith’. Between them, these two extremely talented creatives have worked with a host of bands, artists and production companies. Drew has worked with the likes of Fatmanscoop, Ty Dollar $ign, Enter Shikari, Texas, VEVO and MTV TRAX, with work airing on television networks including MTV, Kerrang! and Scuzz. While Nathan includes Kevin Morby, Slowdive and Palm Honey in his impressive artist rosta. Each will share their experience in the industry, offering insight and advice to bands/artists and filmmakers wishing to break into the industry. We will also use the evening to celebrate DMC’s fifth birthday, with the opening of the DMC Five Years photography and artwork exhibition. There will be free beer and fizz. Everybody is welcome.

To book a place for this event please follow this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dmc2017-launch-party-tickets-38531237970

Friday sees the first Radio DMC shows being aired live from The Stove Café. Broadcasting between midday and 4pm on Friday and Saturday, the station will showcase live music and interviews, all under the guidance of presenters Jim Gellatly, Melissa Gunn and Emily Cooper.

Attendees can then watch a special music industry expert panel, featuring representatives of Creative Scotland, Musicians’ Union, Performing Rights Society (PRS), Help Musicians UK and XpoNorth. The panel will offer guidance about how musicians can make money through writing, recording and playing their music.

To book a place for this event please follow this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dmc2017-music-industry-panel-tickets-38550090358

Emerging artist group, Blueprint100, will host a special gig, dubbed ‘Johnny’s Got An Empty’ on Friday evening from 7pm. More details on how to attend this event will be published shortly

Saturday daytime will be filled with more live performances and useful insight on Radio DMC between midday and 4pm. Two workshops will also be held. The first, ‘Getting Press and Media’ will take place between 1pm – 2.30pm, and will feature Jim Gellatly (Amazing Radio), Derick Mackinnon (The Scotsman) and Amy Ferguson (The Janice Forsyth Show on BBC Radio Scotland). The second Saturday workshop will provide useful tips about ‘How to Organise Your Own Gigs’.

To book a place for ‘Getting Press & Media’ workshop please follow this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dmc2017-getting-press-media-workshop-tickets-38550355150

To book a place for ‘How to Organise Your Own Gigs’ please follow this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dmc2017-organise-your-own-gigs-workshop-tickets-38550711215

DMC2017 will be capped by a special evening of live music from Scottish indie-pop sensations, Be Charlotte and hotly-tipped local band, Franky’s Evil Party. It all starts at 7.30pm.

To book tickets for the gig please follow this link – https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dmc2017-live-be-charlotte-frankys-evil-party-more-tickets-38474075997



Dumfries Music Conference is a platform on which people can share their knowledge, ideas, experience and thoughts about music. We;

  • Deliver key musical insight and knowledge to local people, with a view to helping them advance their own career objectives and job opportunities
  • Advocate for Dumfries and Galloway’s vibrant contemporary music scene by providing showcases that engage local music industry people and attract others from outside the area
  • Inspire and educate a wide range of audiences, to understand, celebrate, participate in and be supportive of contemporary music


Throughout the year we will be showcasing some of the best local bands and musicians alongside other acts from outside the region.


Throughout the year we will be delivering workshops & seminars across all areas of the music industry.