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The Great Escape 2013 names Poland as lead international partner

Tina Hart
The Great Escape

The Great Escape has teamed up with Poland’s Adam Mickiewicz Institute as its lead international partner for the 2013 festival in Brighton.

The Institute will present Don’t Panic! We Are From Poland and will transport the best of its home-grown talent to showcase during the festival for new music.

The eight-year-old Festival’s international partnerships have enabled new artists and musicians from across the world to come to the attention of the varied and influential audience that attend the event.

Previous lead international partners include Catalonia & The Balearic Islands (2012) Ireland (2011), Australia (2010), New Zealand (2009), Norway (2008), France (2007) and Canada (2006), with international acts such as The Temper Trap, Madeon, Ladyhawke, Broken Social Scene, The Naked and Famous and James Vincent McMorrow being brought to the event.

Pawe Potoroczyn, director of the Adam Mickiewicz, said: "Since we established the first Don`t Panic! We Are From Poland event in 2008, this showcase of current Polish music has become an identifiable brand throughout Europe and North America. Its recognition and reputation opens the door for music from Poland to be presented at the most important global music business events.

“The Adam Mickiewicz Institute is delighted to strengthen its relationship with The Great Escape, as host country, having being involved with the festival for the last four years. Absolutely don’t panic! And pay attention to Central Europe.”

Festival director for The Great Escape, Kat Morris added: "We’re thrilled to be presenting Poland as lead country partner for The Great Escape 2013. We have showcased Polish artists at TGE for the last four years and have been greatly inspired by the new talent and music businesses that have emerged during that time. 2013 feels like the perfect opportunity to put the spotlight on Poland and we’re really looking forward to unveiling the full line up in the New Year."

The Great Escape has welcomed many Polish bands and artists in previous years such as Paula & Karol, Novika And The Lovefinders, Bueno Bros, Tres B, Rebeka, Indigo Trees, The Car Is On Fire and Kamp!

The 2012 Great Escape Festival hosted 16,000 attendees over the three-day event, of which 3,000 attendees were also registered delegates, representing 25 countries respectively.

Artists wishing to be considered for TGE 2013 should register via the TGE website - please note artist registration closes on February 15, 2013.

The event will return to Brighton from May 16-18 2013, presenting over 350 new artists, from local to international acts, across 30 different venues throughout the city.

Running alongside this is the Great Escape convention which hosts a variety of industry talks, panel debates, targeted networking sessions and keynote interviews for industry professionals and those interested in music business. 2012’s festival saw over 100 high-profile speakers including Rob da Bank and Michael Eavis in conversation, Brian Molko of Placebo, XFM DJ John Kennedy and spotlight sessions presented by Arts Council England.

Previous years have seen now-established acts cutting their teeth at TGE including: Adele, Alabama Shakes, Alt-J, Bombay Bicycle Club, Bon Iver, Chase & Status, Crystal Castles, CSS, Ed Sheeran, Ellie Goulding, The Enemy, Friendly Fires, Glasvegas, The Gossip, Hurts, Klaxons, Ladyhawke, Laura Marling, Lianne La Havas, The Maccabees, Marina & The Diamonds, Mumford & Sons, Mystery Jets, Noah & The Whale, Raghu Dixit, SBTRKT, Tinie Tempah,,Vampire Weekend, Warpaint, Wild Beasts, The XX and Yeasayer.

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