A staple in all music industry calendars, The Great Escape 2017 lived up to all our expectations. For three days, Brighton was bustling, busy and brimming with musical talent as the city came alive for this annual event.
Music industry personnel and performers from all over the world flocked to Brighton to host and play some of the best music around. For the past 11 years, TGE has been known as the ‘Festival for New Music’, and our very own BIMM performances were no exception.
70+ of our students – ranging from Music Business to Songwriting to Event Management – volunteered up and down the city to give the paying public the best TGE experience.
BIMM prides itself on the opportunities we offer our students. Ranging from Tech Assistant to Steward Staff our students did it all – working efficiently and using all the skills they’ve been learning at BIMM.
We hosted two events at this year’s TGE ~ the BIMM Showcase and The Alternative Escape Show, as well as an industry brunch social.
The BIMM Brunch was an opportunity for industry professionals and delegates to chat with our staff and students about BIMM itself.
As always – we hosted our very own BIMM Showcase, featuring five performances.
Opening up at The Hope and Ruin was London’s RAHH back from recording with Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) in LA. With an electrifying stage presence, Rahh’s songs echoed elements of Alicia Keys and Mary J and with the sentiment of Aretha.
Next was Manchester’s’ Crimsons. They commanded the stage with their 70s style and northern wit and captivated the audience with their vacant stares.
Maria Kelly travelled all the way from BIMM Dublin to play for us here in Brighton. Maria is currently on an Ireland Tour, so TGE literally was an escape during her month-long adventure. Her singer-songwriter charm lit up the room and captured everyone’s attention.
BIMM Bristol’s Gardna charged up the entire evening. His ‘Dubwize’ genre brought a new lease of life into Brighton’s Hope and Ruin, with his sharp, socially conscious lyrics and infectious beats and rhythm.
Wild Front closed the show with an anthemic pop party. Three-part harmonies and incredibly catchy choruses leave their songs in your head for the rest of the day.
To top off our weekend, we also hosted an Alternative Escape Show at The Hub on Brighton’s sea front.
The line-up consisted of 14 BIMM Brighton bands playing from 12 pm until 11 pm: MOONOVERSUN, Penelope Isles, Fur, DITZ, SEATS, Junodef, Voodoo And The Crypts, No Violet, Frank & Beans, Fine Creatures, Hava, New Luna, Murmur and HAKE.
Our Music Business and Event Management students did a fantastic job of running the event, and it was a treat for all who visited.