The Great Escape is the festival for breakthrough artists, showcasing 500 emerging acts from all over the world at over 30 venues across the city. This is the ultimate place to listen to the stars of tomorrow, discover emerging trends and maybe even find your next musical obsession.
Artists confirmed include Sinead O’Brien, Bad Waitress, Conchúr White, Alice Pisano, Soft Cult, Cv Vision, Eli Smart, Swim School, The Amazons, Ultra Q, Wu-Lu, Yard Act, Sad Boys Club, Sam Ryder, Panic Shack, English Teacher, Grace Cummings, Honeyglaze, Teke Teke, Joy Anonymous, Megan Wyn, Phoebe Green, Kills Birds, Lola Young, Medicine Cabinet, Porches and Rebecca Black, with more being added almost daily…
The Great Escape is also a firm fixture on the music industry calendar, which not only gathers to see the hottest new talent, but benefits from the extensive conference which runs in parallel. This involves insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and numerous networking opportunities. Music business experts CMU will present a number of full-day conference strands at this year’s TGE.
MUSIC+DATA will explain the role data plays in getting artists recommended, played and paid through different platforms. It also looks at the latest trends in social, streaming and ticketing data, and how that impacts on music marketing; and provides a user-friendly and bullshit-free guide to NFTs and the blockchain.
MUSIC+VIDEO will look at all the latest trends, developments and debates in the sync market, with inputs galore from music supervisors around the world. They will explain how to create great video content which engages influencers and fans alike, putting the spotlight on all the opportunities for artists, labels and promoters within the metaverse.
Speakers already confirmed for the Conference include CMU founder Chris Cooke, Cavendish Music Head of Strategy Joanna Gregory, Wolves Management founder Lauren Roth De Wolf, composer Mark Gordon and BT Sport Head Of Music Pete Kelly
TGE Elevate, The Great Escape’s professional development programme, also returns. This sees 30 early-career music business professionals – including artists, managers, promoters, and people working at venues and labels – curate an enhanced TGE experience. It will allow participants to grow their personal professional networks, expand their knowledge of the music business, and join the conversation about the future of the industry.
Perhaps the centrepiece for the festival is The Spotlight Show at Brighton Dome. This event gathers together a trio of acts on the brink of superstardom on Fri 13 May, headlined by Nigerian R&B singer-songwriter and producer Tems. She has seen meteoric success since leaving her job in 2018 to release her breakout single, the self-produced Mr Rebel. 2021 saw Tems add her distinct and powerful vocals to the chorus of Wizkid’s hit Essence, which stormed the charts globally and garnered a remix featuring Justin Bieber.
Joining her is rising London rapper and singer ENNY, who is set to become one of the leading voices of the UK scene. Following the release of debut single He’s Not Into You, and an introduction to Hackney-based collective Root 73, lockdown track Peng Black Girls quickly became a viral sensation.
Completing the line-up is LA trio Gabriels. Their fusion of 60s R&B, gospel with contemporary electronica has been lauded by fans from Elton John and Annie Mac, sold-out a London residency, and led to an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland before a record deal was even signed.
Making its highly-anticipated return to every music fan’s calendar, following a two-year hiatus, The Great Escape looks to be bigger and better than ever. The Alternative Escape, the wonderful Spotlight Show, secret gigs, club nights and spontaneous collaborations all add to the festivities, and make this one weekend not to miss. Tickets start from £75 and can be found at: www.greatescapefestival.com
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