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Shetland Arts is delighted to announce the signing of a unique partnership agreement with DF Concerts & Events to provide a broad range of programming support for Mareel which brings together the UK's most northerly music venue with one of the country’s largest and most respected promoters. Shetland Arts is also pleased to have secured an agreement with local promoter Davie Gardner’s company, Atlantic Edge Music Services, to programme 20 concerts in the venue each year.

DF Concerts & Events is one of Europe’s leading arts and concert promotion companies, bringing the best live music and events to audiences in Scotland. It works with a huge number and a diverse range of artists, from cutting edge unsigned talent to the music industry’s biggest acts, across club, arena, stadium and green field shows. The company also owns the legendary King Tut’s Wah Wah Hut in Glasgow and organises one of the world’s most successful music festivals, T in the Park.

DF Concerts & Events’ partnership with Mareel will see a number of high profile gig dates in Shetland and give Mareel access to early discussions with artist agents who are planning to tour acts in the UK. The agreement will also place Shetland in line for acts keen to start their UK/European tour in Scotland and who are looking for exclusive warm up dates in a quality purpose built venue in front of one of the world’s most appreciative musical audiences.

Gwilym Gibbons, Director of Shetland Arts said: "I believe that our partnership between DF Concerts & Events and Mareel is a hugely exciting development in the life of this ambitious project. DF Concerts & Events will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the success of Mareel and I believe Mareel will provide DF Concerts with a base in the UK's most northerly music venue, in an extraordinary inspiring location that I hope in time will feel like a second home to their prestigious Glasgow based venue King Tut's Wah Wah Hut.”

Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts & Events

Geoff Ellis, CEO of DF Concerts & Events said: “We are delighted to be working with Shetland Arts on what will be a really exciting project. Mareel is a beautiful venue set in a stunning location and will offer touring artists a unique live experience.  We look forward to announcing a great bill of acts over the coming months”.

Davie Gardner has been involved with the Shetland music scene for many years organising and promoting a number of highly successful concerts and festivals in the Isles.

Atlantic Edge Music Services was set up by Davie in November 2006. The business offers management and agency services to established musicians and helps to introduce new and exciting musicians and musical acts. The company not only represents artists from Shetland and Orkney, but also musicians from Scotland, Canada and Scandinavia.

He said: “I'm delighted to have been asked by Shetland Arts to programme a series of events into the exciting and challenging project that is Mareel, as part of their overall monthly events programme. I also look forward to doing this in effective conjunction with others, both in and outwith Shetland, to ensure we deliver a dynamic, varied and popular programme that comfortably sits alongside other events in the venue and within the local community in general.”

Lisa Ward, Marketing Officer at Shetland Arts said: “We are very pleased to get to work with Davie Gardner and Atlantic Edge Music Services forming a strong locally-based partnership providing some of the programming for Mareel. I’m sure it will be a very fruitful partnership, providing a varied programme of events for the public’s enjoyment.”

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