So what exactly are the representatives from Westside Music Sweden doing on all these festivals around the world? Let´s talk about upcoming BIME Festival in Bilbao, Spain, where Beverly Kills hope to make a mark on the Spanish soil.
BIME started out in 2013 with it´s sights set on the music of the future, reaching out to America. Today it is a meeting point for all kinds of professionals from more than 30 different countries, working in all areas of music and other cultural and creative industries. It is a space for connecting continents, doing business, sharing knowledge and discovering the latest innovations in anything and everything directly or indirectly related to music. You can divide BIME into three different parts;
BIME PRO consists of a general program with talks and conferences by professionals from all fields of the creative industries. BIME CITY where Europe and Latin America’s 50 hottest new talent bands and artists will be taking the stage at ten of some of Bilbao’s most iconic venues, crossing borders to delight the city’s public. It will be a unique showcase for the headliners of future festivals, and the concerts are totally free.
The 2-day BIME Live event welcomes the current music scene’s top performers and upcoming promises on both the local and international scene, making it one of Europe’s biggest indoor festivals, with footfall from Spain and abroad. Past events included shows by Imagine Dragons, Crystal Fighters, The National, PJ Harvey, Suede, Aphex Twin, Mogwai, Nina Kraviz, La Roux, Jon Hopkins, Slowdive & The Chemical Brothers.
BIME PRO is launching this year the first meeting of Iberoamerican music fairs. In it´s quest to connect continents and reach out to the Latin American industry, BIME PRO’s next edition will feature the AMCS—Atlantic Music Conferences Symposium, bringing together ten fairs from different countries in Ibero-America.
AMCS wants to serve as a starting point for creating synergies between music industry knowledge hubs on both sides of the Atlantic. These hubs are meeting points for industry professionals, and where the most relevant music conferences in the Latin and Iberian scene take place. And it´s on AMCS we at Westside want to make great connections in arranged networking opportunities such as speed meetings, panel talks and discussions so that we in 2020 can make bands and artists from Gothenburg go further around the world.
BIME – LIVE – PRO – CITY
Words: Püssygrinder LaGrange