Youbloom conference details announced


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youbloom-2014Youbloom have announced full details of the music conferences that are to take place in the Royal College of Surgeons on 14 and 15 June.

Part of the youbloom festival, which takes place from 13-15 June, and will feature up to 100 bands playing all over the Dame District of Dublin, the conferences are a great opportunity for young bands to receive advice and tips from industry veterans.

The conferences will include:

  • 10 minute one to one speed sessions with industry professionals
  • Industry panels
  • Masterclass sessions
  • Learning rooms

The keynote speaker is none other than former Creation Records boss Alan McGee. Having been boss at the home of Oasis, Primal Scream and the Jesus and Mary Chain, as well as managing The Libertines, McGee is no stranger to rock and roll excess and is sure to have some great advice for new bands starting out as well as a whole host of interesting stories to tell.

Other speakers over the weekend include Nigel Grainge of Ensign Records, producers Rupert Hine and Alex Von Soos, Nick Broad of The Busking Project and Lindsay Reade, formerly of Factory Records.

The full line-up for the weekend is as follows:

Saturday 14 June

  • Speed Sessions 10.00am to 1.00pm
  • Industry Panel: The €100,000 Fanbase – finding and monetizing a core niche audience 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Alan McGee keynote speech with Q&A by Neil McCormick 2.00pm
  • Industry Panel: Live/Touring/Busking – Reinventing the tour – performing in the 21st Century 3.00pm – 4.00pm
  • Industry Panel: Sync or Swim – film/TV Music Placement and Publishing for independent artists 5.00pm – 6.00pm
  • Masterclasses
  • Learning Rooms

Sunday 15 June

  • Speed sessions 10.00am – 1.00pm
  • Industry Panel: Internet Platforms – where’s the money in music streaming? 1.00pm – 2.00pm
  • Industry Panel: Women in Music 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Masterclasses
  • Learning Rooms


Capacity in RCSI is limited to 1500 and tickets for the whole weekend are available for €16 before 30 April so early purchase is advisable. Tickets will be €20 thereafter and all tickets are available from

For further details on how to apply to play at the festival please see the promo video below.

By Mark O’Brien


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