The Great Escape has unveiled new additions to its convention line-up, with Live Nation UK president Paul Latham, Instrumental CEO Conrad Withey and BBC Radio 1Xtra’s MistaJam among those set to appear.
The convention, which runs across multiple Brighton venues during the festival between May 17-19, has added 25 more speakers and confirmed Vevo, AWAL Sessions and MistaJam as partners for the TGE:DIY programme.
The AI Conference will comprise a run of discussions putting the spotlight on technology used to automatically create music and videos.
FAC artist in residence Imogen Heap, Deviate Digital founder Sammy Andrews will be joined by Ticketmaster UK MD Andy Parsons to discuss artificial intelligence’s impact on music.
BIMM have been confirmed as lead education partner, while the Association of Independent Music (AIM) will stage AIM House, hosting panels, receptions and showcases at the Queens Hotel.
TGE:DIY day will feature panels, practical tips and advice for aspiring music business talent. Partners include: Vevo, Sentric, Metropolis Studios, AWAL Sessions, Loud And Quiet and The Exchange hosted by Mistajam and Live Nation Touring.
Music college BIMM will stage the school’s annual ‘BIMM Presents’ showcase at the Hope & Ruin, and will have over 50 street performers playing around the city. Students will also be working across the festival.
Rory Bett, CEO, MAMA Festivals said: “We’re passionate about instigating and leading discussions on the most important topics affecting the music industry today and our convention is a fundamental part of that. In 2018 our focus is future technologies, future markets and the future of music education. We also seek to support future music talent on and off stage, which is what our TGE:DIY programme is all about, and with AWAL, Loud & Quiet, Vevo and MistaJam all on board for that, that part of the convention will be stronger than ever this year”.
AIM CEO Paul Pacifico said: “AIM’s new partnership with The Great Escape recognises the importance of this key moment in the industry calendar for the independent music community here in the UK and abroad. AIM House will signpost an exciting new chapter in AIM’s story and unveil our key priorities for the future. AIM House will be a hub and home for independents at the festival with a packed programme of insightful sessions and top networking opportunities”.
Suzi Ireland, artist development & events manager at BIMM said: “BIMM are delighted to be lead educational partners for The Great Escape for the fourth year in a row. As one of the UK’s most important live music events, we are honoured to be invited back to showcase some of our best talent from across the seven colleges. This year looks set to be the best TGE yet”.
The full list of speakers confirmed today is below.
Andrew Parsons, MD, Ticketmaster UK
Chris Cooke, MD, CMU Insights
Cliff Fluet, Partner, Lewis Silkin
Conrad Withey, CEO, Instrumental
Dan Fowler, Strategy & Operations, JAAK
Diane Widdison, National Organiser For Education & Training, Musicians’ Union
Diarmuid Moloney, Founder & CEO, Rotor
Ed Newton-Rex, Founder & CEO, Jukedeck
Gideon Mountford, Global Head Of Video, Believe
Helienne Lindvall, Head Of Business And Songwriter Relations, Auddly
Ian Moss, Director Of Public Affairs, BPI
Jesper Skibsby, Founder & CEO, WARM
Joe Lyske, Co-founder & CEO, MXX Music
Manan Vohra, Head Of Product, 7digital
Mark Davyd, CEO, Rhythmix & Music Venue Trust
Mark Irwin, Dean Of Higher Education, BIMM
Mark Wood, Chief Architect, Ents24
Mel Thornton, Head Of Careers & Employability, BIMM
Neil Pollard, Founder, Ents24
Nick Matthews, Agent, Coda
Paul Latham, President UK, Live Nation
Rebecca Lammers, CEO & Co-Founder, Laika Network
Sam Taylor, Chief Commercial Officer, POP
Scott Cohen, VP International, The Orchard