British and Irish Modern Music Institute, Lead Educational Partner with The Great Escape, have added a talk from British art rock band Everything Everything to their line-up for this year’s festival.
2014 saw the first successful partnership events between The Great Escape and BIMM, including a live interview with music industry guru, Seymour Stein. As of 2015 the education partnership is official, and BIMM has expanded its festival programme to mark this new era of involvement.
Events include a live showcase of BIMM artists; the ‘Student Sessions’, an educational programme of events, including a live talk with Everything Everything, as well as industry representatives from 6 Music, Spotify and more; and a live event in the ‘Alternative Escape’ programme, which is organised, hosted and performed entirely by BIMM students.
“BIMM and The Great Escape share a common goal – to promote opportunities in music, encourage entrepreneurship and to motivate young people to think big and connect to the music industry,” Said BIMM Principal Vaseema Hamilton. “This is an important partnership for us and we’re delighted to become the Lead Educational Partner for The Great Escape’s tenth anniversary.”
Early doors at The Hope & Ruin on Thu 14 May will reward TGE2015 attendees with live performances from half a dozen artists from BIMM’s wealth of talent. The BIMM Great Escape Showcase features Fickle Friends, Joe Dolman, Akcadamy, Liberto Wolf, Indigo Face and Rory Indiana. Running from noon till 4pm, it’s a proper kick start to the festival weekend.
On Fri 15 May, the BIMM Student Sessions make a welcome return to The Great Escape after last year’s huge success. At the heart of the festival, Everything Everything will join a roster of speakers including Jeff Smith, Head of Music at BBC Radio 2 and BBC 6 Music; Bryan Johnson of Spotify Artist Services; Mark Bennett, a live music agent for The Agency Group; and James Endeacott of 1965 Records. A great learn about the music industry from some clued-up insiders.
Running in tempting parallel to the main festival programme, the Alternative Escape showcases hundreds of musical acts in venues across Brighton. A BIMM Alternative Escape special will happen at Latest Musical Bar, on Sat 16 May, where Written in Waters will be joined by Mindofalion, Patchwork Natives and Atlas Wynd playing live.
The Great Escape is now in its tenth year and is the leading new music festival in Europe. From May 14–16 the festival showcases hundreds of emerging artists in dozens of city venues, performing to around 15,000 music fans, while the convention portion of the festival brings 3000 international delegates to a packed programme of panels, talks and networking events.
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