So, ladies and gentleman, it’s time to reveal a little something about this year’s Great Escape, Europe’s leading festival for new music and the UK’s premier music business conference, the latter part of which is programmed by the CMU Insights team.
Look out for the very first convention announcements on Thursday, but in the meantime the first flurry of bands to play the Brighton-based showcase festival have now been confirmed, and include the wonderful likes of Unknown Mortal Orchestra and the triple CMU approved AlunaGeorge, plus Tom Odell, King Kule, Title Fight, Eddi Front, David Rodigan, Scrufizzer and Chvrches.
The first batch of artists from TGE’s featured country for 2013, Poland, have also been confirmed in the form of Tres B and Brodka.
Bastille will also return to TGE, having played in a tiny little Brighton venue at the event two years ago. This time they’ll grace the Great Escape’s biggest stage under the Brighton Dome, with one the festival’s Dome Shows (guaranteed access to which is available with a £7 top-up ticket).
Confirming the first helping of line-up adds – the full list of which is in the festival Line-Up Update here – Great Escape’s Festival Director Kat Morris told CMU: “The core aim of The Great Escape is to champion new music, and it’s great to be in a position where we can give festival-goers an exciting cross-section of new artists to engage with. In our eighth year we are completely focussed on delivering another programme that wholly embodies this ethos, and our initial line-up is full of promise for this year to be one of our best to date”.
Delegate passes for TGE, which gain industry types access to three days of panels, conversations, parties and networking events, plus priority access to the festival, are currently available for £145 from this here link.