The Great Escape 2023

The Great Escape is back – the renowned UK music festival, hosted in Brighton – ready to bring 500 acts to the attention of crowds packed with music industry figures and fans around the city. From 10 – 13 March 2023, Brighton – on the south coast of England – will be awash with new music in venues everywhere you look, including a pop-up festival site on Brighton Beach itself. And if the days are not long enough to discover ‘the next big thing’ then there’s The Alternative Escape – secret gigs, club nights and spontaneous collaborations deep into the wee small hours.

We’re in Brighton, once again working with The Great Escape, to bring a group of music industry delegates from around the world to soak up the UK music for themselves and make connections with the UK music industry. And that’s not all …

 

Selector Presents with Jamz Supernova at The Great Escape

Our very own Selector Radio, hosted by the incredible Jamz Supernova, will also be in Brighton. Jamz will present a fantastic lineup of UK performers to The Great Escape: Louis Culture, RarelyAlways, Grove and English Teacher. Catch them at the Fabrica venue if you’re in Brighton for the festival; we’ll also bring you highlights on our upcoming Selector Radio shows and YouTube channel from the day so no-one misses out wherever you are the world.

 

Fabrica – Friday 12 May 2023

12.30 – 13.00 Louis Culture

13.30 – 14.00 RarelyAlways

14.30 – 15.00 Grove

15.30 – 16.00 English Teacher

Find out more about Selector Presents with Jamz Supernova at The Great Escape.

 

Mestizo Collective at The Great Escape

Mestizo is a collaboration between some of the most exciting musicians in UK and Colombia – a project we’ve been supporting for many years now, designed to unite artists and producers from both countries. Musically, Mestizo combines Colombian folk traditions, London jazz and hip-hop and features jazz stars including Theon Cross, musicians from the Steam Down community and is led by the London saxophonist, Ahnansé. The project – co-produced with La Linea and supported by the PRS Foundation – began in Bogotá in late 2019 when the UK and Colombia counterparts met for the very first time.

The self-titled debut album, Mestizo, is due for release on Mais Um records on 5 May 2023 and they’ll be performing at The Great Escape too so don’t miss it!

 

More about Mestizo

You can find out more about Mestizo at The Great Escape at The Great Escape website. You can also hear Ahnansé in conversation with Selector Radio’s Jamz Supernova on Selector’s April 2021 show – 29 minutes in – delving into the collaboration. And if that's still not enough, we talked about Mestizo in our Music Team Spotlight series during Covid and you can watch Mestizo in action here.

 

Previous years with the British Council at The Great Escape

The Great Escape 2021: International Delegation

Meet the international delegates visiting The Great Escape in 2021

 

The Great Escape 2021 Playlist

We asked TGE booker Adam Ryan to pick his top UK tracks, inspired by his years with the festival, for the Selector at 20 playlist celebrating 20 years of our very own Selector Radio show. Check out Adam's playlist.

The playlist below was the official playlist for the festival that same year.

 

The Great Escape 2019: International Delegation

Meet the international delegates visiting The Great Escape in 2019

 

The Great Escape 2019: Playlist

 

The Great Escape 2018: International Delegation

ARGENTINA: PAULA RIVERA, DIANA GLUSBERG

AUSTRALIA: MAGGIE COLLINS

BRAZIL: FABIANA BATISTELA, ANA GARCIA, PEDRO SEILER, MARCELO DAMASO

EGYPT: BASEM ABUARAB

GREECE: STEFANOS PAPAGKIKAS

INDIA: VARUN PATRA

KENYA: RIZWAN IBRAHIM

MOZAMBIQUE: JESS WHITE

PORTUGAL: LUÍS MONTEZ SÍLVIA BRAGA

SPAIN: PAU CORBALÁN

THAILAND: PIYAPONG MUENPRASERTDEE

TURKEY: ELIF CEMAL

UGANDA: KEMIYONDO COUTINHO

UKRAINE: VALERIIA PERKOVA

VIETNAM: NGUYEN QUOC TRUNG

 

The Great Escape 2018: Playlist

 

The Great Escape 2017: International Delegation

EGYPT: Amina Abodoma

GREECE: Dionysios Tsonopoulos

COLOMBIA: Gustavo Garci

AUSTRALIA: Travis Banko

VENEZEULA: Maximiliano Manzano Wenzel

BANGLADESH: Nafis Ahmed

ALGERIA: Rachid Briki

INDONESIA: Madrim Djody, Rizka Maulita, Teguh Wicaksono, Sarah Deshita Affandi, Felix Dass

VIETNAM: Nguyen Quoc Trung

MOROCCO: Hind El Ouradi

 

The Great Escape 2017: Playlist

 

The Great Escape 2016: International Delegation

CHINA: Zhang Ran, Jef Vreys, Vincent Chen, Ni Bing, Li Ke, Archie Hamilton

INDONESIA: Robin Malau, Ratih Suryahutamy (Neonomora), Anton Wirjono, Michael Budiman

RUSSIA: Andrey Samorukov, Dmitry Zaretsky, Igor Tonkih

UKRAINE: Sergii Illin, Eugene Kibets, Vlad Malynovsky

VIETNAM: Mai Thang, Quoc-Trung Nguyen

 

The Great Escape 2016: Panel Discussion

Cathy Graham (Director, Music, British Council) introduced the session 'Going International' with Julia Payne from the Hub outlining research findings showing the state of play for UK music overseas. They were joined by a panel including Phil Patterson (UK Trade & Investment), Chris Tams (BPI), Paul Bonham (Arts Council England), Vanessa Reed (PRS For Music Foundation), Joel Mills (British Council) and Crispin Parry (British Underground).

 

The Great Escape 2016: Playlist

 

The 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

 

The 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

 

The Great Escape 2015: Playlist

 

The 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)

 

The Great Escape 2014: Playlist

 

 

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