INCLUDING: YOLANDA BROWN | MICHELLE ESCOFFERY | SMADE | DAVID MARCUS
TGE ANNOUNCES ‘THE ROAD TO THE GREAT ESCAPE’
TWO DAYS OF LIVE MUSIC AT MULTIPLE VENUES IN GLASGOW ON 6 MAY + MULTIPLE VENUES IN DUBLIN ON 8-9 MAY
Today The Great Escape has announced four keynote in-conversations that will take place as part of its 2023 conference in Brighton from 10-13 May.
The keynote in-conversations include leading executives, entrepreneurs, creators and innovators from across the music community. Each conversation puts the spotlight on the interviewee’s career to date, and gets their perspective and opinions on the very latest trends and developments in the business of music.
The keynote in-conversations confirmed today include musician, broadcaster, Chair of BPI and Chair of Youth Music YolanDa Brown, who will discuss her career as a music-maker, and her ground-breaking work encouraging, educating and supporting the next generation of music talent.
Ivor Novello award-winning songwriter, producer and recently re-elected President of the PRS Members’ CouncilMichelle Escoffery, will also discuss her career in music and her creator advocacy role at PRS For Music, as well as what early-career music-makers actually need to focus on to pursue a successful career in the industry.
Promoter and Afro Nation co-founder Smade, who will tell the story of the creation, evolution and global expansion of the Afro Nation festival, and his work promoting and supporting afrobeats music and culture via his SMADE Entertainment business.
Ticketmaster's EVP of Global Music David Marcus, who will discuss the latest trends, innovations and opportunities in the live music and ticketing sector, including how new data technologies and services can help promoters, venues and artists better plan and market their shows, and build stronger connections with their audiences.
The programme of keynote in conversations sits alongside the CMU + The Great Escape Sessions, three full-day strands curated and hosted by the music business experts at CMU. Each strand puts the spotlight on a different aspect of the business of music, in 2023 these will be music and education, music and deals, and music and the creator economy.
Delegates also have access to a series of panels, workshops and networking events presented by The Great Escape’s industry partners, and priority access to the 2023 festival.
In addition, the festival has announced that Carousel, the Brighton-based charity championing the rights of artists with learning disabilities, has come on board as 2023’s charity partner while leading music school BIMM returns as the education partner.
Suzi Ireland, Artist Development & Festival Manager, BIMM said: “BIMM University are once again proud to announce that we are Lead Educational Partner for The Great Escape 2023. We look forward to seeing our students working in various roles across the festival, as well as our artists from across the BIMM group performing at the some of the best venues in Brighton.”
Gareth Evans, Artistic Director, Carousel said: “This has been an important 12 months for Carousel as we mark our 40th year and we are delighted to conclude it with the news we are official charity partner for The Great Escape in 2023. Our ethos to put learning disabled artists and performers at the heart of our work is as important as ever and central to that is developing, producing and promoting exceptional musicians and bands.”
THE ROAD TO TGE
The Great Escape today also announces the highly anticipated return of The Road To The Great Escape, the live music showcase in Glasgow and Dublin in the days leading up to The Great Escape new music festival and conference in Brighton. Kicking off in Glasgow on 6 May, then travelling to Dublin on 8-9 May, The Road To The Great Escape will be bringing some of TGE 2023’s most exciting new talent to Scotland and Ireland, with artists appearing at both locations including woozy guitar pop from Australian band Vacations, indie-pop from rising, LA-based songwriter SEB, heart-melting Minnesota songwriter Ber, Edinburgh student and TikTok sensation Katie Gregson-Macleod, Irish singer Sorcha Richardson, Edinburgh singer-songwriter Calum Bowie and four-piece Belfast post-punk band Chalk.
Glasgow’s The Garage, King Tuts, G2, and The Garage’s Attic Bar will also exclusively welcome Irish indie-folk singer-songwriter Nell Mescal, Leeds-based post-punk band Cheap Teeth, New York fuzz-rockers Been Stellar, and upcoming artists including The Joy Hotel, Terra Kin, Cathy Jain and Girl And Girl to the line-up, whilst Dublin’s Whelan’s, Workman’s Club, Grand Social, and the Academy 2 will see Kilkenny’s breakthrough indie-pop duo 49th & Main and Dublin-based singer-songwriter Sammy Copley exclusively perform, with further acts still to be revealed for Dublin’s final line-up. Multi-venue tickets are available for Glasgow and 2-day tickets for Dublinhere.
The announcement comes fresh off the back of The Great Escape winning ‘Best Festival For Emerging Talent’ at The Festival Awards, reflecting its status as the festival for new music. Many more cutting-edge artists and the full programme of expert industry speakers will be revealed in 2023.
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