The @DIYMagazine team, the UK’s foremost new music heads descend on Worthy Farm, in Somerset to give you the latest news, interviews and nonsense with daily episodes from @Glastonburyfestivals. All the behind the scenes artist secrets revealed daily on the DIY podcast channel
For one night only, Slaves brought the party to Brighton Pier for DIY at The Great Escape this year. Everyone’s favourite Tunbridge Wellian hard rockers Slaves took up residency in the Horror Hotel ride – yep, literally inside it – and brought along some mates for the evening, too. It was our first ever Pier Party and not even twelve hours of solid, torrential rain could bring us down!
Kicking off at DIY’s end-of-pier venue Horatio’s with Superfood and Hull boys LIFE, our headliners Slaves took the party outside for the most wet and wild show this side of spring break! Having turned the second level of the pier’s Horror Hotel into a temporary stage, Isaac & Laurie emerged face-painted and bathed in eerie half-light to stomp and rage their way around Brighton’s most ghoulish of attractions.
It was chucking it down, but Slaves have the kind of fervent and adoring fanbase that couldn’t care less – they had a true spectacle to justify their love with and Slaves knew exactly how to throw a more than memorable night. It looked like the sheer power of the duo’s set might literally bring down the pier… read all about it here.
DIY hosted three nights over the weekend – Superfood, LIFE and Slaves on the Thursday, The Magic Gang, Sløtface and co. the following night, with Sorry, The Big Moon and more rounding things up on Saturday – and we managed to take five minutes to shove a mic in our favourite bands’ faces across the evenings! The results are all yours to devour; listen to the new episode and subscribe to the DIY Podcast here.
Read all about it… Universal got together with DIY to give Slaves a very special welcome to Brighton Pier where DIY are presenting their exclusive show as part of a three day music fest at Horatio’s. Sonic continues to be deeply involved in supporting The Great Escape. DIY will be featuring at the convention in CMU Media Insights with an interview with the Publisher and Managing Editor, sharing experieencces in a rapidly changing media market. As has become tradition, the 2017 Festival edition of DIY magazine in association with Ticketweb will be launched at The Great Escape in the delegate pack and at all venues, and we will be supporting Dutch Impact, the music export agency, in its campaign to bring Dutch artists to the international audience.
Off to SoundoftheXity Beijing on British Music @tradegovuk Mission with @bpi_music and @AIM_UK to explore opportunities for brand and music industry partnerships to support emerging artists, and to build global imprint of music media platform @diymagazine in China.
Many thanks to UK Music team @TradegovUK and the organisers of @SXSW festival for inviting us to showcase such exciting emerging artists to an international audience of music industry and fans.
These partnerships have helped us expose artists at key moments in their careers supported by the reach of our music title @diymagazine.
Each event further grows our global media footprint, Facebook following alone is now over 250,000, and we look forward to other mutually beneficial music marketing partnerships with international partners over 2017.
At this year’s SXSW, DIY flew the flag for British music, introducing exciting new British acts through two emerging artist showcases. The shows, which book ended the 2017 festival, were supported by a multi-channel campaign, which also included the release of a bespoke newspaper, detailing some of the best British acts to be appearing on the bill, and at the festival itself.
It’s All Gone Brits Up is an eight-page newspaper designed and produced by DIY, in conjunction with publisher Sonic, which covers a selection of the most exciting UK talents – many of whom have been supported by the PRS Foundation – playing stages at SXSW, most of them for the first time in front of a US audience.
It was available to pick up for free across the UK Dept International Trade stands and throughout Austin venues where UK bands were playing, as well as at the British Music Embassy, located at the now legendary live venue Latitude 30 right in the heart of the festival, where DIY and Ticketweb hosted the first of DIY’s two showcases.
DIY , the music discovery media platform for a new generation, launches the Hello 2017 tour, to promote emerging artists across the UK. Headlined by the incredible Dream Wife, the tour has gone outside of London for the first with the help of PRS funding and is another step in our building long term support for the next generation of headliners.
On Sunday 2nd October, we’re putting on a massive 14+ party at Tufnell Park; DIY’s favourite bands are cramming into Boston Music Room – big names and some of the best fresh faces will share the same space, and everyone’s invited. Previous generations had their influencer brand (Melody Maker, NME, Smash Hits, Sounds, etc.) and, over the last thirteen years, DIY has become the music discovery media platform for a new generation of artists and fans who are passionate about music. DIY has now evolved from a magazine into a multi-channel discovery platform for artists to engage with their fans, with DIY Presents – our live platform – growing as a cornerstone to the programme. Starting with our new year ‘Hello‘ gigs, we have introduced all-dayers, and DIY are working with festivals, brands and industry bodies to give artists the support they need as they develop their fan bases – and bring a whole new ‘personal’ dimension to the Festival experience.
Radio One Huw Stephens and DIY Magazine Editor have a good natter about DIY bands tipped to go big in 2016. Listen to the show here.
This continues DIY’s commitment to artists and fans to be the UK’s music discovery channel. Previous generations have had their influencer brand (Melody Maker, NME, Smash Hits, Sounds, etc.) and over the last thirteen years DIY
has become the music lifestyle brand for a new generation of artists and fans who are still passionate about music. A brand that is a genuine and authentic voice, and a proven source of music discovery in a world of increasing music
sanitisation through its Class of 2016 and Hello 2016 gigs
Music is a business, artist and fan community that DIY has worked hard for; to provide a platform for
brands like Dr. Martens and Jagermeister to be integrated within, to the mutual benefit of all involved.
Committed to joining bands on their journey to the top, DIY is teaming up with Jägermeister to kickstart Curtain Call at the start of 2016; Curtain Call takes the ‘road to success’ literally by basing itself on the iconic Curtain Road, a hub of creativity in London’s Shoreditch.
Home to the some of the world’s best independent labels – Bella Union, Secretly Canadian, Wichita and many more – Curtain Road crams together music, fashion and culture, making it the perfect location for a new band to take their next step.
Brighton trio Birdskulls will be the first of three bands invited to record, rehearse, play and take their next step on London’s Curtain Road next month. You can be one of the best new bands around, but there are hundreds of hurdles to jump when it comes to taking a next step. Recording, making videos, playing gigs – the road to success is rarely an easy route. That’s where Curtain Call comes in.
First up, Brighton trio Birdskulls are getting involved. They’ll be given a hand to record a brand new track, get styling and PR materials and play an intimate show alongside a guest headliner in the confines of The Strongroom Bar. We’ll be joining them along the way, and that’s only the first of three shows… Curtain Call will also be taking over venues along the street in February and March, with bands making use of the amazing locations Curtain Road has to offer.
Stay tuned for more info and follow all of the action on #CurtainCall2016