BBC Music announces new Great Escape partnership
By Chris Cooke | Published on Tuesday 4 April 2017
BBC Music has announced a big new partnership with The Great Escape, which will see the broadcaster have a much bigger presence at the showcase festival this year. The tie-up will include a take over of the Paganini Ballroom venue, live broadcasts from BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music, and BBC radio DJs doing some of that DJing at the Festival Hub in Jubilee Square.
The BBC will also present a number of in-conversation events as part of the TGE Convention programme, alongside the CMU Insights @ The Great Escape conferences. BBC Music will be among the industry partners presenting sessions for delegates in the Old Courtroom, with Mary-Anne Hobbs in conversation with Kojey Radical; Tom Robinson chatting with John Grant; and Huw Stephens speaking to a special guest TBC. For the first time, these particular convention sessions will also be open to festival wristband holders.
Confirming the new partnership, BBC Music Editor James Stirling says: “BBC Music is dedicated to discovering and nurturing new British artists and The Great Escape is one of the best festivals to do this on the UK music scene. I’m very happy to be bringing TGE to life for our audiences across Radio 1, Radio 3, 6 Music, BBC Music Introducing and our digital platforms”.
Meanwhile TGE Event Manager Kevin Moore adds: “The announcement of this extended BBC Music partnership is great news for TGE – together we share a commitment to discover and nurture new music and we can’t wait to share our ideas and see this collaboration grow. As we approach our twelfth year it’s important that we work with broadcast partners who share our vision and BBC Music do just that – which makes them a perfect partner for the festival”.
Industry delegates also get access to the CMU@TGE conferences at Dukes@Komedia, of course, which this year include The Media Conference, The Drugs Conference, The Export Conference and The Royalties Conferences. Look out for a bunch of updates on whose speaking at the latter in tomorrow’s CMU Daily. The Great Escape takes place from 18-20 May in Brighton and you can get your delegate passes here.