MAPPED OUT PRESENTS…
Racing Glaciers have been confirmed to headline Generator’s fifth Mapped Out tour.
The 5-piece from Macclesfield, were originally conceived as a one-off collaboration. The band recorded and produced their first EP in a living room in just five days, hit #1 on Bandcamp and started on the road to their now country-wide dedicated fan-base.
Building on their sound, Racing Glaciers released a second self-produced EP, Ahead Of You Forever, in early 2014, which was mixed by Barny Barnicott (Peace, Arctic Monkeys). Lead singer, Tim, said “this was the moment when we started to feel like a real band”. The EP was received with critical acclaim, including reviews by Neon Gold, All Things Go and Clash.
2014’s summer has been life-changing for the band. They have performed on festival stages across the country, played a packed out support slot at Shepherd’s Bush Empire to thousands of screaming new fans and honed their live sound to a point where they are ready to tour Europe this Autumn.
Always excited about trying new things, the band decided it was time to bring in an external producer for their third EP, Don’t Wait For Me. Jolyon Thomas, having worked with Daughter, Sigur Rós and M83, has helped to craft the spacious stadium sound that the band have always strived for.
Mapped Out Presents… Racing Glaciers
November 11th – Cluny, Newcastle
November 12th – The Studio, Hartlepool
November 14th – Lincoln Imp, Scunthorpe
November 15th – The Zephyr, Leamington Spa
November 18th – The Ferret, Preston
November 19th – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket
November 21st – The Harley, Sheffield
November 28th – The Underground, Plymouth
Following on from Night Engine who have gone on to support No.1 artist The 1975 on tour, Bristol’s The Ramona Flowers, and Newcastle’s Boy Jumps Ship, Racing Glaciers will headline the fifth Mapped Out tour.
In response to Arts Council England’s desire to support the development of artistic talent for the UK music industry, leading Music Development Agency, Generator, have established a national contemporary music touring network, Mapped Out that will link high quality, industry ready emerging talent to promoters.
In partnership with Liverpool Sound City, Higher Rhythm, Music South West, Community Music East and Clare Edwards (West Midlands), Generator will work with a pool of national live music agents and link emerging talent to an established and developing promoter in each region represented.
Following a scoping exercise by Arts Council who were looking at how they could help develop talent for the UK music industry it was realised that a lack of sustainable promoters throughout the regions of England presented a clear barrier for strong emerging talent to set out on a first tour. Agents from the leading UK live music agencies expressed that this was a clear problem.
In response to this Generator formulated the Mapped Out Programme to ensure the professional development of Live Music promoters in areas where little or no activity of this nature happened. Drawing on the agencies experiences, networks and contacts Generator have assembled a strong team containing all elements needed to tackle the issue and ensure there is continued growth of this sector.
Developing promoters will also benefit from building strong links with national live agents, job shadows with established promoters, networking meetings and promoter master-classes that will cover digital marketing, principles of design and brand building.
The six developing promoters were selected based on commitment, drive and passion in towns where there is insubstantial provision for emerging music. Audience development is an important part of Mapped Out and the information gathered by promoters as the project develops will inform its progress.
Headline artists will benefit from a robust national touring network but there are also talent pathways for emerging artists at a regional level, support acts get the opportunity to play to new audiences as well as be part of the dialogue between national promoters and agents.
Jim Mawdsley, Generator CEO says:
“Generator continues to make firm commitments with our partners in strengthening music businesses in all areas of the music industry supply chain. We are very excited about once again turning our attention to the live sector on a national level. This is a challenge for all of us but with the continued commitment of all involved so far I am confident that this programme will succeed and more opportunities for our rich emerging talent to tour the nation will come from it”.
Mapped Out is supported by Arts Council England and European Regional Development Fund (in the North East of England).
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