THE LINE-UP of bands chosen to play this year's XpoNorth conference and showcase in Inverness on June 7 and 8, has been announced.
A jury of industry professionals selected the acts and for them there is also the chance of appearing at Beauly-based Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival in August this year on the XpoNorth Seedlings stage.
XpoNorth is the only creative industry event of its kind in Scotland and now supports not just music as it did when it started as goNorth, but the full spectrum of creative industries including film, TV, game development, fashion, textiles and crafts, writing, publishing and design.
It is attended by leading creative industry insiders, who take part in workshops, panels and masterclass sessions over the course of both days.
By night the festival changes pace as the music showcase features bands and musicians from the Highlands and Islands and beyond.
Festival director, Amanda Millen, said: “Showcasing the best emerging acts on the music scene has always been an integral part of the festival since its inception at the start of the century.
"Today, XpoNorth is a wide-reaching conference and showcase which brings together a host of elements under one creative umbrella.
"But the music showcasing is the jewel in its crown which gels people together at the end of two inspiring, full-on days of panels, keynotes and international industry-level networking.
"There’s a lot of key creative industries influencers who attend XpoNorth and even if they don’t work in the music industry, they might be on the look out for music for a film or a new video game. Creative connections are forged every minute of the day during XpoNorth."
The full music schedule of events, talks, will be published along with the rest of the conference programme.The names chosen are:
Dancing on Tables
Declan Welsh & the Decadent West
E M I L I E
Faces On TV
Foggy City Orphan (FCO)
Future Get Down
Garden Of Elks
James Mackenzie (full band)
Jamie And Shoony
Lawless and the leash
Miracle Glass Company
Posable Action Figures
Reverieme (Solo Acoustic)
Single By Sunday
The Howling Lords
The Little Kicks
The Moon Kids
THE NINTH WAVE
The Vegan Leather
The Youth And Young
We Came From Wolves
Wojtek The Bear