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 Ireland in 2018 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.

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 2018 this will be Ireland.

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?

Once you’ve made your way to Glasgow City Centre and are settled, you should go to the Showcase Scotland information desk within Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, where the team will give you your pass and all additional information you will need. 

​If you are arriving in the evening, once concerts are likely to be underway, please make this known to the team ahead of your arrival and we will make alternative arrangements to get you sorted with your accreditation as soon as possible. 

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.