The Great Escape 2016

The Great Escape kick-starts the UK music festival season once again, showcasing new music across genres from Britain and around the world. The festival takes place in venues throughout Brighton on the south coast of England from the 19th to 22nd May 2016 and will introduce nearly 20,000 music lovers to the key artists and sounds of the year.

The festival celebrates it's 11th Anniversary this year and, working closely with UK Trade & Investment, the British Council has again invited a selection of international festival producers, agents, bookers and promoters who are looking to book British artists. These delegates will get to meet their UK counterparts and see some fantastic new music which should increase opportunities for the booking of British acts overseas.


Going International at The Great Escape

The Great Escape Convention is the UK’s premiere music business conference, bringing together thousands of music industry practitioners with a variety of talks, panels and showcases. This year, the British Council will present the results of new research into the current climate of opportunity for UK musicians and music businesses overseas and hold a panel discussion with some of the key players in the international music scene. Cathy Graham (Director, Music, British Council) will introduce the session with Julia Payne from the Hub outlining the research findings. Phil Patterson (UK Trade & Investment) will chair the panel including: Chris Tams (BPI), Paul Bonham (Arts Council England), Vanessa Reed (PRS For Music Foundation), Joel Mills (British Council) and Crispin Parry (British Underground). If you have a conference pass for the festival then you can join us at this free event on Thursday 19th May, between 2.30 and 4.20pm at The Old Courtroom, 118 Church Street, Brighton BN1 1UD.


The Great Escape 2016: Our Playlist

Names performing at this year's festival include the prodigiously talented Jacob Collier, London Grime artists 808ink, former Musician in Residence Anna Meredith, the incomparable ESKA, Kojey Radical, Yorkstone Thorne Khan and former Mercury Prize nominees The Invisible. We've compiled a playlist of just a few of the things we think you should keep your eyes and ears open for over the festival (and beyond)! Here it is:


Previous Years at The Great Escape

Great Escape 2015: International Delegation

RUSSIA: Natasha Padabed, Agent, Festival Programer & Music Curator, Sergey Kurokhin International Festival (SKIF)

MALAYSIA: Jia Ping Lee, Program Director

MALAYSIA: Grey Yeoh, Head of Arts & Creative Industries, British Council Malaysia

SOUTH AFRICA: Sibongile Musundwa, Project Manager, Connect ZA


Great Escape 2015: Panel Discussion

We explored the topic of "Independent Music in the Middle East and North Africa" discussing the opportunities, challenges, audiences and how to bring talent through in the region. Journalist Arwa Haider was in conversation with some of the most pioneering, experienced and well-regarded independent music promoters in this region: 

EGYPT: Mahmoud Refat, Founder, 100 copies

MOROCCO: Hicham Bahou, Director, L'boulevard Festival

LEBANON: Amani Semaan, Festival Director, Beirut & Beyond


Festival Playlist 2015



Great Escape 2014: International Delegation

BRAZIL: Bruno Natal, Queremos (YCE)

CHINA: Li Du, Deputy Manager, SACOO Culture Communications

CHINA: Karen Liu, City Newspaper Express

COLOMBIA: Manolo Arango, Owner, Breakfast Club (YCE)

INDONESIA: Indra Ameng, Programme Director, Ruang Rupa

INDONESIA: Robin Malau, Founder, Musikator (YCE)

MALAYSIA: Rahul Kukreja, Director, Livescape Asia

MALAYSIA: Adrian Yap, Director/Managing Director, Urbanscapes Festival/Freeform Sdn Bhd

RUSSIA: Gleb Lisichkin, Owner, Kometa Music Agency (YCE)

SOUTH AFRICA: Dominique Soma, Owner, The Unlearn Agency (YCE)

SPAIN: Alberto Ramírez-Soto Hijona, Owner, MUSIC´us (YCE)


Festival Playlist 2014



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