Showcase Scotland FAQs

Why is Showcase linked with Celtic Connections?

The concerts during the Showcase weekend are produced within Celtic Connections ensuring that promoters and bands benefit from the reaction of a live audience.  New and young artists are deliberately programmed to open all concerts, this way Scottish audiences are introduced to a vast array of new talent. The acts gain experience and exposure and are also seen by worldwide ‘bookers’.

Many festivals were already attending Celtic Connections, for ‘inspiration’ and programming ideas for their own events. Celtic Connections, Creative Scotland and the British Council (Scotland), felt that this formed the basis for an ‘official showcase’ and so Showcase Scotland was established, since growing to become the largest international showcase of its kind in Europe.

How do I register for Showcase Scotland?

Please email for an application form who will reply with instructions on how to proceed.  Please note that this refers to delegates only, artists should not get in touch via this route.

How much does it cost?

The delegate rate is £150 + VAT.

Are places limited at Showcase Scotland?

Yes, they are limited to 200 and to two people per organisation.

What does my Showcase Scotland pass entitle me to?

Access to all concerts which feature artists from Scotland or Brazil in 2017 during the Showcase weekend, as well as access to a host of receptions and seminars, the opportunity to attend a trade fair and sightseeing trip.

How will I benefit from attending Showcase Scotland?

You will see some of the best Scottish talent at the world’s largest winter music festival. You will also network with a large number of delegates, all of whom will be festival organisers, promoters, record labels, agents or other industry professionals.

“Showcase Scotland provides a unique opportunity to see the best established and up and coming Scottish folk artists and also to meet and discuss ideas with the leading promoters of celtic music from around the world.”
​Eddie Barcan, Cambridge Folk Festival

Who will I meet at Showcase Scotland?

Leading festival and venue promoters from around 25 nations of the world.
“Showcase Scotland has opened to me a wider world of music and has given me the opportunity to see and give young bands a chance to perform outside their country. It has also given me the opportunity to meet people from other festivals.” Rik Couchez, Deerlycke Folkfestival, Belgium

How do I find out who is performing as part of Showcase Scotland?

This is announced through the Showcase Scotland website and is also emailed to each registered delegate. When you arrive you are also given a pocket guide, with a full timetable and biography/contact details of each artist performing.

How many concerts are there?

There are around 45 concerts over 5 days, plus the festival club where you can see short performances from some of the artists performing at the festival. These concerts take place in around 20 venues all within walking distance or a short taxi ride of each other.

Where can I read the full itinerary of events?

Again this is on the website and each delegate receives it by email. It is also in the pocket guide that you will receive on arrival.

Which country is Showcase Scotland partnered with this year?

In 2017 this will be Brazil.

I am a journalist, can I attend Showcase Scotland?

Journalists should contact the Celtic Connections Press Office to apply for press accreditation. This can be done online.

What happens when I arrive?

If you have requested an airport collection you will be met and taken to your hotel. Once you are settled, or if you are making your own transfer arrangements, you should go to the Showcase Scotland information desk where the team will give you your pass and all additional information you will need.

Do I book my own flight and accommodation?

Yes, unfortunately we cannot provide any extra help with this.

Where can I stay in Glasgow?

Our official hotels are Mercure Hotel, Ibis Styles Hotel and Fraser Suites. Once your registration has been accepted, we will email you details of how to secure the reduced rates. The hotels are in a central location and not far from all the venues.