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XpoNorth creative industries expo's music showcase lineup for venues across Inverness revealed

By Kyle Walker

MUSIC lovers across the Highlands have another reason – or 60 – to look forward to XpoNorth, with the reveal of this year’s music showcase lineup.

The creative industry’s expo returns to Eden Court on Wednesday, July 3 and Thursday, July 4 with its usual mixture of workshops, lectures and networking opportunities.

And its jewel in the crown, the live music programme, will see artists from the Highlands and Islands and the rest of Scotland perform across a host of city centre venues.

There will also be the opportunity to see two acts from Finland and Germany, selected through XpoNorth’s partnership with Excite (which offers young artists chances to play gigs across Europe).

Some of the 60 acts selected to perform at this year’s event will also be offered slots on the XpoNorth Stage at this year’s sold out Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival from Thursday August 1 to Saturday, August 3.

Iain Hamilton, head of creative industries for Highlands and Islands Enterprise, said: “The live showcase element remains an extremely important aspect of XpoNorth and offers a fantastic platform for talent to access a global network of industry professionals – in addition to developing their audience more broadly.

“It also brings an incredible energy and highlights the diversity and vibrancy of the venue infrastructure in the city.

“It’s key that the conference remains a great destination to connect new talent with leading buyers, partners and music consumers and we’re delighted with the quality and range of the acts invited to perform this year.”

Applications for delegates are still open. For more info, go to www.xponorth.co.uk

The artists set to perform are:

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