Now in its eleventh year, The Great Escape has gone from strength-to-strength, and we at BIMM are all excited to be at the helm as lead education partners.
We’ve got a fantastic programme for 2016, which you can read about in our handy run-down below, as we continue to put live music and education at the heart of our festival role.
The Great Escape runs from 19–21 May across Brighton and Hove and is regarded across the industry as Europe’s leading new music festival. With a unique mix of public-facing and pro-industry events, The Great Escape marks a high-point on the music calendar, welcoming around 3000 professionals, with an eye on the ‘next big thing’.
Here’s what BIMM are doing to make The Great Escape even bigger this year:
Kicking off the busy three days is the BIMM Presents… official showcase at the Hope & Ruin in Brighton on Thursday 19 May between 12-4pm, where five BIMM acts will each perform a live set. You can check out our killer line-up here. Alex of Good Foxy told us:
“We’re looking forward to playing BIMM”s official Showcase at The Great Escape. This is a great opportunity for us to play our music to a new audience and music industry.”
Starting at 2pm on Friday 20th May prepare for a full-on day of learning sessions plus an after-party! Taking place at the Jury’s Inn Brighton Waterfront Hotel; the BIMM Student Sessions in collaboration with UK Music will welcome keynote speaker Tony Wadsworth, CBE. In his quarter-century in the industry, Tony Wadsworth’s work has seen him input into the careers of Blur, Radiohead, Crowded House, Pet Shop Boys, Tina Turner, Queen, Robbie Williams, Coldplay, Kylie Minogue, Lily Allen, Gorillaz, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles! (Not to mention his fantastic charitable ventures too). We asked Tony for his thoughts:
“Brighton is a vibrant music city with a great live scene, and BIMM and The Great Escape are two of its best home-grown inventions. The Student Sessions enable BIMM students and industry delegates to mix, discuss and debate all things music. I’m sure it will be a learning opportunity for all parties!”
The session that follows this keynote poses the question, ‘What Makes A Music City?’ On hand to answer are: host Phil Nelson, (Head of Music Business at BIMM Brighton and co-founder of The Great Escape); with guests Martin Elbourne (Glastonbury, The Great Escape and Music Cities Convention); Russell Lewis Warby (Live Agent for Foo Fighters and Jack White); and Mark Davyd (Founder and CEO of the Music Venues Trust).
The second session is a Q&A for BIMM students and alumni, featuring a very special guest, Felix White from The Maccabees. This session will be hosted by BIMM tutor, Jake Shillingford and will give students a fantastic opportunity to ask questions and hear from a key member of a well-loved UK band.
Jo Dipple, Chief Executive of UK Music, will be closing the BIMM Student Sessions with a speech and will be available to network with students along with Oliver Morris, Director of Education and Skills.
You can finish up on Friday with fizz, chips & music. This industry-only event will be held at the BIMM Social 6-8pm at the Queens Hotel, celebrating Brighton Music with a live set from J-Felix of Tru Thoughts.
Saturday 21 May: For more live music, our Alternative Escape gig, featuring eight BIMM Brighton acts will be at Molly Malones, West St. It’s free and you don’t need a wristband to get in. Click here for the event page.
While all this exciting front-of-house activity goes on, a small army of BIMM students will be at work in both paid and volunteer roles to keep The Great Escape running smoothly, including the street team, content generation, social media, wristband exchange, event support, delegate registration and communications. Stay tuned for more announcements and be sure to get involved!