The Hot Press Music Show 2012 showcased a wealth of Acts and exhibitions, but it was the panel discussions that emphasised the challenges for 'up and coming' musicians.

The Artists CharterArtists, DJ’s, producers, promoters, radio programme directors and barristers took part in a number of lively discussions addressing some of the obstacles faced by budding musicians. The forum was used to launch the Artists Charter by barrister Gavin Bonnar, who drafted the charter based on Article 23 of the UN Declaration of Human Rights which states that everyone is entitled to 'just and favourable renumeration' for their work.…

He’s famous for all the wrong reasons and yet the Jury is still undecided if Pete is destined for great things or just another prison stay.

Pete DohertyDrug abuse, trials, prison spells, failed rehab, questionable love affairs… Pete Doherty appears to attract trouble in the blink of an eye. He's the most improbable celebrity and a somewhat curious musician. Hot Press magazine hailed Pete Doherty’s talk at Trinity College as "the best gig in town" when he became Honorary Patron of the Philosophical Society alongside Al Pacino, Salman Rushie, Desmond Tutu, Johnny Marr and Dame Helen Mirren. 

You cannot deny that Pete brings a certain…

Presented by Hot Press it promises the latest musical instruments, equipment and accessories, workshops, seminars and of course great ‘live’ music over the two day event.

The Music ShowYes.. there is lots to do and see at the event this year with some great speakers and panelists supporting the line-up. I have a fair idea of who I want to see already, so here is a list of some of the main activities and we hope to see you there! Download the Program guide.

 Those lined up to give workshops include:

* Thin Lizzy founder member Eric Bell

* Hard rock and trad legend Pat McManus

David Lyttle multi-instrumentalist…