The 2012 Great Escape Convention saw 3000+ music industry people gather for three days of great panels, great networking, great debates and great music.

In Conversation we heard from Placebo’s Brian Molko, Domino Records man and ‘How Soon Is Now?’ author Richard King, supergroup Producers with Lol Creme, Trevor Horn and Ash Soan and, in the Great Festival Conversation, Michael Eavis and Rob da Bank returned to the TGE stage for the first time in six years, this time joined by newer festival innovators Jo Vidler (from Secret Garden Party, Wilderness and Glade) and Simon Taffe (from End Of The Road Festival). Plus, to celebrate Xfm being on air in London for 20 years, Jon Hillcock spoke to the alternative station’s new music champion John Kennedy.

In an expanded programme of networking sessions, supported by Arts Council England there were opportunities to meet the distributors, agents and bookers face-to-face, plus digital companies took part in the Digital Pitch Party and Digital Demo Party, while UK Trade & Investment again hosted a great afternoon of international networking.

On the panels side, we put the spotlight on the DIY approach (again with support from Arts Council England), and had an indepth look at the state and future of the music media. PRS for Music presented another full day of sessions, including the traditional key note from their Chief Economist Will Page, where he was joined by Live Nation’s Tim Chambers, soundlounge’s Ruth Simmons, and Martin Mills, Chairman of the Beggars Group. Other panels looked at running a record company, the piracy battle and copyright reform, local music scenes, the environmental impact of streaming, and live opportunities for new talent in Europe, and specifically Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, our featured region for 2012.

Digital experts proposed something old, new, borrowed and blue in the Digital Wedding, music supervisors and brand experts offering insights into their respective worlds, John Robb led both his Pop Question Time and Pop Quiz, plus CODA’s Alex Hardee, Spunk Records’ Aaron Curnow, Seymour Stein and Trevor Horn shared some stories in Heroes & Villains.

FULL LIST OF SPEAKERS & HOSTS AT THE GREAT ESCAPE 2012

Aaron Curnow Spunk Records
Abel Suarez San Miguel Primavera Sound
Adam Webb UK Music
Allan Mcgowan VIP Booking | IQ Magazine
Alex Fitzpatrick Holy Roar
Alex Hardee CODA
Alex Sheridan Tummy Touch Group
Alexis Petridis The Guardian
Andrea von Foerster Firestarter Music
Andrew Orlowski The Register
Andy Malt CMU
Andy Saunders Velocity Communications
Angus Baskerville 13 Artists
Ash Soan Producers
Ben Bleet Howling Monkey
Brian Molko Placebo
Camilla Pia Writer
Caspar Llewellyn Smith The Guardian
Catherine Bottrill Julie’s Bicycle
Chris Carey EMI
Chris Cooke CMU | The Great Escape
Chris Deering
Chris T-T Artist
Christophe Cassan Cruilla de Cultures
Dagfinn Bach Bach Technology
Damian Harris Skint Records
Dan Miller VICE
Dan O’Neill The Angle Management
Dana Al Salem Fan Factory
Daniel Nathan Juice Brighton
Darren Hemmings Motive Unknown
Darryl Sherbourne Future Copyright
David McGinnis Mute
David Riley Good Lizard
Debbie Ball Create Spark
Derek Cockerton HP
Duncan Geere Wired UK
Eamonn Forde
Eric Mackay VEVO
Francois Jolivet 4 Ecluses
Fred Macpherson Spector
Helena Kosinski Nielsen Music
Helienne Lindvall The Guardian
Iain Hossack
Jack Kingslake Hi Road Studios
Jackie Kralj DigiRascal
James Cooper Sony/ATV
Jamie Reynolds Klaxons
Jasmine Skee O2
Jeff Smith BBC Radio 2 | 6music
Jemma Downey Live Nation Entertainment
Jen Long BBC Radio 1
Jill Edwards Comedy Workshops
Jim Carroll The Irish Times
Jim Mawdsley Generator
Jo Vidler Secret Garden Party | Wilderness
Joan Guàrdia La Castanya
Joe Frankland Generator
Joe Porn Music Glue
Joe Taylor Record Of The Day
John Empson Emperor Management
John Kennedy Xfm
John Robb Louder Than War
John Stevens Qu Junktions
Jonathan Tester Bucks Music Group

 

Jon Hillcock BBC 6music
Jordi Puy SonarPro
Josh Hall The Line Of Best Fit
Josh Little ACUMEN MEDIA LAW
Jules Parker PRS for Music
Keith Harris PPL | MusicTank
Kerry McCarthy MP
Kim de Ruiter Noise Inc
Laura Kidd Artist
Lee Morrison Believe Digital
Lol Creme
Producers
Maria Llado Institut Ramon Llull
Mark Borkowski borkowski.do
Mark McQuillan Republic Of Music
Mark Jones Wall Of Sound
Marni Wandner Sneak Attack Media
Martin Elbourne The Great Escape
Martin Goldschmidt Cooking Vinyl
Martin Hewett SCEE
Martin Mills Beggars Group
Matt Booth Bristol Music Foundation
Matt Deegan Folder Media
Matt Everitt BBC 6music
Matt Jamison Amazing Radio
Matt Johnson MDM Music
Matthew Young Song By Toad
Michael Eavis Glastonbury Festival
Mireia Madroñero Sones
MJ Hibbett Artist
Mollie Moore Atlantic Music | Lip Sync Music
Morna Cook Universal Music UK
Natasha Bent The Agency Group
Nigel Adams Full Time Hobby
Ollie Jacob Memphis Industries
Oriol Roca Mercat de Musica Viva de Vic
Paul Barton PledgeMusic
Paul Stokes Q
Pete Jarrett Record Of The Day
Peter Bradwell Open Rights Group
Philip Ingles Fierce Panda
Richard King How Soon Is Now?
Richard Kirstein Resilient Music
Rob da Bank Bestival
Robert Luis Tru Thoughts
Robin Bennett The Dreaming Spires
Ruth Simmons soundlounge
Sammy Jacob The Music Machine
Sean Adams Drowned In Sound
Serena Kutchinsky The Sunday Times
Seymour Stein Warner Music
Sharon Matheson INgrooves
Simon Goffe Brownswood Music
Simon Price The Independent
Simon Pursehouse Sentric Music
Simon Taffe End Of The Road
Sinead Mills Anorak London
Steven Braines Crown Talent
Stephen Ackroyd This Is Fake DIY
Tim Chambers Live Nation Entertainment
Tim Dellow LoveLive
Tom Cotton Amazing Radio
Trevor Horn Producers
Will Anderson
Will Hodgkinson The Times
Will Page PRS for Music

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