Independents Day goes on tour

News: 2nd September 2010 by Louise Dodgson under Record Labels

The Association of Independent Music Announce the 3rd Annual Celebrations for Independents Day 2010 - Celebrating Independent Music Around the UK

AIM are pleased to announce plans for the third annual celebration of Independents Day (ID10). This year, Independents Day is going on the road with the main events taking place outside of London for the first time.

As always the event will be championing the best of independent music, placing a spotlight on the most unique, diverse and exciting music in the UK. Information on Independents Day 2010 can be found on the official blog:

There will be two great events taking place, one in Glasgow and one in St Andrews.
Stereo, Thurs 16th Sept

Figure 5 (2 UP Records)
Suspire (Clay Davis Records)
The Imagineers (Sunstone Records)
Schnapps (El Rancho Records)
Tragic O’Hara (Neon Tetra)

St Andrews
Barron Theatre, Sun 19th Sept

FOUND (Chemikal Underground)
Kid Canaveral (Straight to Video Records)
Jo Mango (Lo-Five Records)
The Last Battle (17 Seconds Records)
The Oates Field

As well as incredible artists, each event will also be highlighting the best of the labels with many joining together to form a ‘record fair’ at the Glasgow event, selling the best in Scottish independent music.

Labels involved include: Flowers in the Dustbin (Nevada Base), Neon Tetra (ISA & the Filthy Tongues), delicate (The Clyde) as well as Detour and EMUbands. Retailer Love music will also have presence at the event.


Millennium Centre, Cardiff, Sat 11th Sept
Wales will be celebrating independents day during the Welsh Music Foundation’s own 10th birthday celebrations at Cardiff’s Millennium Centre. There will be an Independents Day panel curated by AIM, titled ‘The Independents of Wales: Celebrating Independents Day 2010’.

Speakers will include:
Bethan Elfyn – BBC Radio One Introducing Wales
Guto Brychan – Gwymon & Copa Labels
Pat Fulgoni – Chocolate Fireguard
Sharon Matheson – AIM / ID10
Chris Mitchell – Debt Records

Independent bands, artists and music fans across the country are encouraged to celebrate independent music on 18th September and throughout the month by hosting gigs under the ID10 banner, creating playlists on popular sites like and spreading the word on Twitter and the social networks.

About AIM:
AIM is a not-for-profit trade body established in 1999 to represent the UK independent music industry. Now in its 10th year, AIM acts for over 90% of the independent market, with over 800 members from small start-ups to the largest and most respected independents in the world. AIM promotes this exciting and diverse sector globally, leveraging the sector’s power as a fifth major to enable its members to grow, grasp new opportunities and break into new markets.

AIM oversees an independent sector whose artists have delivered six Mercury Prize winners in the last 10 years, a figure which underlines once again the sector's continuing role and importance in launching Britain’s most ground-breaking artists. The independent sector regularly accounts for 30% of all UK artist album awards (silver, gold, platinum/multi-platinum). In 2009, independent albums made up half of the fifty “best albums of the year” according to the UK music press, and independents claimed seven of the top ten releases.

Artists signed to AIM member labels include: Adele, Amadou & Miriam, Animal Collective, Arctic Monkeys, Basement Jaxx, Battles, Big Pink, Bjork, Bloc Party, Bon Iver, Bring Me The Horizon, Cancer Bats, Coldcut, Enter Shikari, Fleet Foxes, Franz Ferdinand, Friendly Fires, Future of the Left, Grizzly Bear, Infadels, Jack Penate, Jarvis Cocker, Jay Sean, Jose Gonzalez, Justice, Katie Melua, Lost Prophets, M.I.A., Madness, Maximo Park, Mr. Scruff, Nitin Sawnhey, Radiohead, Reverend And The Makers, Rodrigo Y
Gabriela, Roots Manuva, Royksopp, Seasick Steve, Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals, The Cribs, The Futureheads, The Horrors, The Libertines, The Prodigy, The Raconteurs, The Strokes, The White Stripes, Vampire Weekend, Villagers, Wild Beasts, The XX and thousands of others.


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