The Great Escape, the festival for new music, has today announced the first raft of exciting acts and break-out artists lined up for the festival’s debut digital edition, set to take place from 13-14 May
The Great Escape Online will feature an exceptional selection of the world’s most hotly tipped artists, bringing Brighton’s summer sunshine and a true festival feel to the comfort of your home, alongside the festival’s famed conference. Music fans will be able to register for free and immerse themselves in a wealth of new music while those looking to learn about the latest trends and hear from music’s biggest players can buy tickets for the conference and networking sessions here.
The first wave of over 60 ground-breaking artists announced for The Great Escape Online’s cutting-edge line-up includes punk powerhouse Chubby and the Gang, technicolour pop visionary Pyra, rising rap star Goya Gumbani, Spanish alt-rockers Belako, plus many more. The online edition of the festival will feature dozens of specially curated showcases by key industry partners including CD Baby, MCD, Paradigm, Primary Talent, UTA and WME as well as country-specific specials from all across Europe and the world, with artists representing France, Ireland, Scotland, Sweden plus many more.
Capturing the true variety and excitement of the festival, music fans will be able to register online for free here and tune into one of seven simultaneous channels across the two days, running from 6pm until 8pm each evening.
In addition to the extensive line up of up-and-coming talent, The Great Escape Conference has today announced the industry innovators and disruptors who will be leading the debate as part of the keynote in-conversations programme. Taking to the virtual stage this year are Merck Mercuriadis, founder and CEO of Hipgnosis Songs Fund, Women In CTRL founder and AIM chair Nadia Khan and Wendy Ong, president of management agency TaP Music, who represent the likes of Dua Lipa and Lana Del Ray.
Hosted separately via Swapcard, the conference will run sessions from 10am until 6pm alongside networking opportunities for attendees. Ticket holders for the original physical event will receive a special loyalty discount for the full The Great Escape Online experience while tickets to join the conference and networking elements of The Great Escape Online are available to buy online.
As well as the talks and discussions, the core CMU+TGE programme will focus on the burning issues affecting the music biz today, spread across three distinct tracks: Future Music Talent, focussing on how to support early-career music-makers, Future Music Strategies, detailing the latest trends in streaming and live music, and Future Music World, celebrating initiatives that are making music more diverse and more sustainable. There will also be a series of beginner's guide webinars from Arts Council supported by the TGE Elevate programme.
Published on 26 March 2021 by Ben Robinson