BIMM announce official line-up for The Great Escape showcase 2023

7 March, 2023

We’re so proud to announce that we are once again Lead Education Partner at The Great Escape 2023 (TGE). TGE is a three-day festival for new music, showcasing over 500 emerging artists from all over the globe in 30+ walkable venues across Brighton, including a pop-up site on the beach.

Students from all BIMM Music Institute colleges get the opportunity to perform at the Official BIMM Music Institute showcase, as well as network with industry professionals at TGE. The festival is powered by student and graduate volunteers from BIMM Music Institute with over 100 volunteers throughout the weekend. Each year, they gain valuable behind-the-scenes experience in venue management, front-of-house, box office, and artist liaison whilst building great contacts across the industry.

Available to TGE wristband holders only, this year’s BIMM showcase event is scheduled for 11th May from 12 – 4pm at one of Brighton’s best-known live music staples, the Hope & Ruin on Queens Road. Set in the city’s heart, this 150-capacity venue will host five incredible BIMM artists from midday onwards, displaying some of our best up-and-coming talents from across five campuses.

We will also be running our street performance stages all across the weekend and our Alternative Escape Showcase at North Laine Brewhouse, with 14 performers playing across the Saturday.

Full showcase line-up:


CLT DRP have been turning heads on the live scene for the last few years. These electro-punk renegades have cultivated a fanbase across the UK and are ready to release their second album in 2023. With punk, electronica and heavy pop elements, the band has created an uncompromising sound that’s uniquely their own. Live, they are a force to be reckoned with and will leave your head spinning and craving some more.


DEAFDEAFDEAF are an independent band from Greater Manchester. YUCK Magazine said about the 5-piece: “Undefinable by genre, yet akin to influence, the boys have pulled together an impressive roster of tracks – especially this early on in their career. Notably, building a name for themselves in the live music industry as one to watch, they have a certain grace in creating atmosphere and forging chaos in even the most unconventional spaces.” We’re excited. You should be too.

The New Cut

BIMM Bristol’s The New Cut comprises vocalist and guitarist Henry, guitarist and backing vocalist Flick, bass and backing vocalist Rachel and drummer Morgan. The alternative rock group have gone from strength to strength since the
release of their latest single, ‘Reclamation’.


In blending 90’s alt-rock and Sardinian folk influences, Pier-born Pierfrancesco Dessí, provides a soundscape which is entirely his own. Guitars swell from ambient to aggressive while powerful vocals soar above. After gigging extensively around Sardinia—and briefly moving to Finland to work in a steel factory—Dublin has been home for several years now. Constantly experimenting with new collaborators and creative spaces, Pier is considering 2023 for his debut release.

Freddy Merkky

Freddy Merkky is a triple-threat solo artist residing in South London. He captures and commands audiences with unique, unforgiving lyricism and critically infectious live energy backed by house, jungle, and jazz-influenced ‘Pogo Punk’.


With their energetic, untamed, majestic sound and unforgettable live performances, SANTÙ are bringing rock’n’roll to the new generations. The four-piece from Birmingham are inspired by Rival Sons, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. After forming in 2021, the band have headlined shows in their hometown but ventured nationally and internationally. Their debut single, ‘Scream’, was featured on BBC Introducing, and their latest single, ‘My Own Desire’, sold out their single release show at Dead Wax Digbeth in Birmingham.