Olaf Furniss (Wide Events / Music Tourist)


Olaf Furniss is the founder and director Wide Events, which hosts the award-winning Wide Days convention and showcase, the Born To Be Wide evenings and the Off The Record youth events. He started out as a journalist and has worked for titles including Billboard, Music Week, IQ, and The Guardian, as well as appearing on Radio Scotland and the World Service.
Since 2007 Olaf has been co-writing the Under The Radar column, published every week in Scotland and Sunday. Dedicated exclusively to emerging Scottish talent of all genres it has been an early champion of acts including Young Fathers, Chvrches, Lewis Capaldi and Kathryn Joseph.
Olaf is also founder of the Music Tourist consultancy, which he launched in 2016 to host the world’s first music tourism summit and has worked with a range of public agencies in both Europe and Australia.

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