Save the world, save the artists!

Artists are very important for focusing and moulding our culture and reflecting the world back at us. Art brings people closer and helps us see the world both as it is and as it could be.

We can’t imagine a world devoid of music and art. A favourite quote is Oscar Wilde in The Decay of Lying (1891) when he wrote that “life imitates art far more than art imitates life”. It’s about how art affects the way we look at the world around us, how the aim of life is to find expression and art offers life a way to release and express creativity.

In what’s been a challenging year for everyone, we’re particularly proud of our work with a variety of fantastic artists throughout 2020 and of the entertainment content we have supported with live streaming this year. We hope you enjoy the examples below.


We partnered with Resonate to film and stream all their band performances which were either filmed at our purpose-built live streaming studio in the East End of Glasgow or sets were recorded in the fantastic Saint Luke’s music and arts venue, also in the East End of the city.

We’re also delighted that one of the headline bands that we filmed for Resonate Live 2020 – The Nickajack Men – have now just signed for Distiller Records

Gorilla TV

Tim Burgess show based in Manchester for Gorilla TV. Featuring BMX Bandits and Teenage Fanclub Norman Blake.

Another not to be missed performance was when the BMX Bandits recorded live at our Glasgow studio for the fantastic Tim Burgess show based in Manchester for Gorilla TV.

Duglas T. Stewart and the Bandits played some classic BMX Bandits accompanied by the Teenage Fanclub founded by Norman Blake. A must watch, we can’t recommend this one enough.

BMX Bandits 2020


Scottish spoken word performers.

Another great one to watch is Sonnet Youth – our very own Scottish spoken word performers. We’re very happy to know their show is now sponsored by Creative Scotland.

Sonnet Youth live gig

Sonnet Youth’s show can be watched on their Facebook page and now on their patron site.

Care for a ceildih

We also recorded a heart – warming show for Care for a Ceilidh in partnership with CalMac Ferries. Care for a ceildih is a lovely initiative where Gaelic singers and traditional musicians provide short concerts to residents of hospices and care homes to entertain and lift the spirits of residents and staff. For this, the artists performed and we recorded the show in our studio


CalMac Ferries decided to put together their very own CalMac Choir. 5 weeks of virtual choir lessons with local choir masters Vox were offered to all staff throughout November and December. Listen to the results here.

The group, that had never sang together before, learned a festive medley over zoom. The medley includes 3 songs, 3 part harmonies and some Gaelic, for good measure!

It’s been a very different and also difficult year for everyone in many ways but one positive is that’s it’s brought out a wealth of creativity and innovation and in some ways, a different way of viewing the world.

We’d like to thank all the artists, performers and everyone across the creative arts and all industries who worked with BlueStar Streaming this year and to wish all our clients, partners, supporters and friends a happy and relaxing Christmas as we all look forward to 2021.



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Filming and delivering virtual conferences

For many, 2020 has become the year of the online event. Organisations whose usual business model is based on physical, venue-based live events and gatherings have had to revise their business models, to innovate and embrace new ways to engage and connect – to ensure their business stays relevant and sustainable and to turn challenges into opportunity.

At BlueStar Streaming, with years of planning and delivering successful online and live streamed events, the client support we offer includes:

  • Creating video content using remote filming and/or in our safe studio environment based in Glasgow
  • Putting content on-line – via video platforms such as YouTube and Vimeo or via a Content Delivery Network (CDN)
  • Adding payment gateways and monetization options, integrated into a web site or portal


Your one stop shop for online event planning and delivery

At BlueStar Streaming, with our experienced team, we can quickly and effectively deliver your online conference or event. With our in-house team there’s no need to go to multiple providers which reduces both cost and time and means our team can work closely with you to understand your requirements.

  • We advise on planning and setting up your online event and on advertising and marketing your event through Pay Per Click (PPC), social channels and Google Ads
  • We create content for you – for example filming remotely or in our safe, controlled studio environment
  • The content can be streamed live online or made available on demand, which means you can have a live event and with on demand viewing you aren’t constrained by viewer numbers, geography or time zone
  • We’ll help you add payment gateways and look at options to monetize your event and integration of your event with your website or web portal. We also look at increasing capacity if needed, ensuring your web site doesn’t crash with increased visitor/viewer numbers. Alternatively we can set up a micro site for your event that we host
  • Video content can be left online post event for a specified time or made available online indefinitely if needed
  • As well as the actual event, we can provide post event reviews, feedback and evaluations that you can use for reporting purposes and for future planning


Video marketing and live streaming experts

As a video marketing and live streaming specialist we regularly use live streaming with our clients, for a variety of purposes – including conferences, training and development, sporting events, award presentations, virtual tastings and tours, live interviews and Q& A sessions, music gigs and concerts, arts performances, media briefings, influencer outreach, product launches, demonstrations and more.

We thought we’d share how one of our clients, Dyslexia Scotland, has taken their annual conference virtual this year.

Normally a venue- based event with guest speakers, workshops, breakout and networking sessions, this year the conference was fully online.

The conference schedule was published online with new pre-recorded videos made available to view for each session.

Dyslexia Scotland 2020 annual conference
Dyslexia Scotland 2020 Annual Conference

Comfort breaks and networking opportunities were incorporated and participants were encouraged during their free times at lunch and during comfort breaks to visit the online Exhibitor section and film.

The morning session began with an introduction from the Chair followed by keynotes from a panel of speakers. Speakers shared their keynotes and presentations on screen and/or spoke directly to the audience, with all speakers filmed remotely at their own home locations or in our studios.

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Participants were given tips and advice throughout on how to get the most out of their online conference sessions and were encouraged to tweet and share their comments about the sessions and to use the official conference hashtag.

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The conference was monetized and this was a paid for event with a secure payment gateway set up. In this example, the conference was also part of participant CPD development.

The afternoon session included a live Q&A using Zoom. Participants were able to use the chat function for questions during the session and had been encouraged to email in questions during the morning. A secure link was also set up so that only those on the confirmed attendance list were admitted to the Zoom session.

The afternoon continued with a series of 5 workshops that participants could join such as the example below.

One of the workshops at Dyslexia Scotland 2020 Annual Conference
One of the workshops at Dyslexia Scotland 2020 Annual Conference

Exhibitor Space

Participants were also encouraged to visit/view the Exhibitor space which had been set up specifically to showcase exhibitors participating and promoting their services.

Dyslexia Scotland 2020 annual conference exhibitors section and films
Dyslexia Scotland 2020 Annual Conference exhibitors section and videos

Our role in planning and delivery of the conference

For this event, we worked with Dyslexia Scotland in a variety of ways including:

  • Support with planning and strategy to pivot the annual conference online
  • Filming and editing all footage including 5 workshops, 3 keynote speakers, 1 live Zoom session
  • Advised on and managed the video integration to Dyslexia Scotland website
  • Managed load balancing for increased/high volume traffic to their website
  • Set up and management of all Premiere video streaming content for the conference
  • Technical support during lead up and on the day of the event
  • Analysis and stats reporting

Feedback from both the client and the participants has been very positive. Being able to deliver online enabled this year’s conference to go ahead successfully. The content will remain online for a month to allow participants to access it and watch or re-watch any sessions.

“Our Education Conference is a very popular professional learning opportunity which teachers look forward to each year. When the Covid-19 pandemic hit our lives at the end of March, our Events team was in the early stages of planning this conference and quickly realised that, even if the conference could have gone ahead in October, it would be unlikely that we’d be able to accommodate our normal number of around 200 delegates due to social distancing. Therefore, we took the difficult, if somewhat radical, decision at that point, to plan to run it online. This was a challenging prospect, especially for Helen, our conference organiser, who has a lot of expertise and experience in running the conference in a physical venue, but who now had to face a huge learning curve to turn it into a virtual event. Trevor and his team at BlueStar Streaming were incredibly helpful in working with us to understand what we hoped to achieve and to guide Helen and our team patiently and expertly through that process. The outcome on the day was a professionally and slickly delivered virtual conference, with over 200 delegates and very positive feedback from them. For anyone planning to run a similar event, I cannot recommend Trevor and his team highly enough.” Cathy Magee – Chief Executive, Dyslexia Scotland

Bespoke planning for your event

We always work with clients to understand and support their individual business requirements and aspirations so all planning activities and each event will be specific to our clients’ needs and interests.

This is just one example. We’ve recently worked with other clients adopting a variety of business models to take their events online. Some online events are free streamed and operate on a ‘pay what you feel basis’. Some choose to split the revenues with, for example, 50% of donations allocated for operational costs and 50% donated to a different selected local partner charity. Other events are run as online ticketed paid events. Some include sponsorship opportunities for brands – offering businesses exposure to thousands of viewers at the virtual conferences and events.

For more information and examples of our work take a look at our showreel here. For more information on Dyslexia Scotland visit their website.

For friendly, professional advice and support for taking your conference and other events online, simply Contact Us for a no obligation discussion.



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Time for virtual gatherings – livestreaming solutions for conferences and events

With coronavirus causing global disruption and challenges for businesses and working practices, going virtual is a very practical option businesses can take as part of their continuity planning.

The need to postpone or cancel unnecessary travel, events, conferences, meetings and group gatherings, increased numbers of employees working remotely and self isolation means businesses need to think differently and creatively around managing current risks and minimising impact. When large scale gatherings aren’t practical or possible, live streaming is an effective alternative.

We realise it’s a challenging time for businesses right now. Using live streaming can make things easier and help businesses manage through this difficult time, working around travel and gathering restrictions whilst still connecting to their audiences.

As part of the support we can provide to our clients and other businesses we’re currently offering use of our Glasgow studio at reduced rates for live streaming.

Live streaming means you keep in contact with your audiences whether that’s employees, suppliers, partners or customers. You’ll be able to interact with your audiences – through real time comments, Q & A and feedback sessions and bringing in speakers working remotely. You’ll also be reducing travel costs and risks.

Live stream from our custom built studio in the East End of Glasgow or another suitable environment.

As a video marketing and live streaming specialist we regularly use live streaming with our clients, for a variety of purposes – including conferences, training and development, sporting events, award presentations, , virtual tastings and tours, live interviews and Q& A sessions, music gigs and concerts, arts performances, media briefings, influencer outreach, product launches, demonstrations and more. It needs careful planning, for example around objectives, audience, marketing, timing and of course technical set up but is a fantastic tool to include as part of an effective marketing strategy and right now, live streaming could well offer a lifeline for many businesses.

Have a look at the examples below of using live streaming and if you’d like to discuss how you can use it to support your brand and business, contact us.

Awards nominations, conferences and events

BAFTA regularly and very successfully use live streams for their nominations and awards events.

BAFTA Scotland livestream

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Panel discussions

UWS Music Industries panel discussion with Emma Pollock, Nicola Meighan, Tamara Schlesinger and Jo Mango (as Chair) with live audience interaction.

UWS Livestream

UWS Livestream panel discussion

Whisky Tastings

The Scotch Malt Whisky Society tasting livestream – broadcast to members worldwide with live tasting and audience interaction.

SMWS Whisky Tasting

Balblair whisky tasting livestream

Balblair whisky tastings, sharing insider knowledge followed by live tasting and a short Q&A.

Caorunn Gin Cocktail Masterclass

Use live streaming for demonstrations, training, masterclasses and workshops.

Caorunn Gin Cocktail Masterclass

One to one interviews, studio and panel discussions

Our regular Jibber Jabber studio discussions, this time with musician Lavinia Blackwall.

Jibber Jabber studio discussion

Studio discussion with Dyslexia Scotland as part of the Bluestar Streaming documentary Educate Me.

Dyslexia Scotland discussion documentary

Music gigs and arts performances

BMX Bandits are just one of the bands and artists we work with to live stream their gigs, interviews and performances.

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BMX Bandits livestream

To use live streaming and discuss options, get in touch and we’ll be happy to arrange a skype or phone call to explore ideas.

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