The Great Escape has announced that the Netherlands will be its lead international partner at the 2018 event.
Dutch Music Export and The Great Escape will be highlighting the Netherlands’ music industry from May 17-19.
The festival will feature performances from some of the country’s rising stars, including Naaz and Pitou, whose self-titled debut EP was released last year on Scottish-Dutch label Mink Records. Further acts from the country will be announced.
Dutch Music Export producer Ruud Berends said: “Dutch Music Export is proud to be the focus country at TGE 2018. Our country has supported and attended TGE from year one with both the Dutch Impact Party and through various promotional support for our artists and industry.
“The UK is one of the most important countries for us to present the best the Lowlands has to offer and The Great Escape provides the best platform to showcase, support and promote Dutch musical talent to not only the UK but international music industries and audiences.”
Rory Bett, MAMA CEO, added: “At last we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on one of our strongest, most longstanding partners, the Netherlands. Since the birth of TGE in 2006 the DME has worked alongside us to bring the best Dutch artists to the festival, our convention and line-up has grown from strength to strength with their support and incredible music scene. 2018 is the perfect time to put the very best The Netherlands has to offer at the forefront of our festival.”
International partnerships have played a key role in the festival, which is globally renowned for helping to break international talent. Previous lead international partnerships have included Canada, New Zealand, France and Switzerland, bringing acts such as Alvvays, Broods, Christine And The Queens and Carnival Youth to the UK.
Last year's Great Escape stars included Dead Pretties, Rag'N'Bone Man and Ray Blk.