The Great Escape presents the UK’s leading music business convention, bringing together thousands of music industry practitioners for three days of insight sessions, panels, conversations, networking and parties every May, in Brighton.

With its hub in the Brighton Dome complex, the convention runs alongside The Great Escape showcase festival, Europe’s leading festival for new music, which presents 400 artists from all over the world in 35 venues across the city.

A Great Escape delegate pass gets you access to all the core strands of the convention, including insight sessions, panels, conversations, networking events and parties, plus priority access into all festival venues subject to capacity. Delegate passes are currently available at the Super Early Bird price of £125 – click here to secure yours now.

By day delegates at The Great Escape attend a packed programme of panels, interviews and insight sessions, hearing and learning from, and debating with, leading figures in the new music industry, including artists, managers, promoters, agents, publishers, label owners and digital experts.

At TGE 2014 there were six key half-day strands, each covering a different area of the music business, and included insight presentations, interviews and panel debates.

In addition to the six core strands, TGE presented a programme of In Conversations, an expanded programme of networking sessions, and case studies and demo presentations from our industry partners.

Details of this year’s TGE convention sessions will be appearing on our website in the months leading up to the event.

Convention networking

While delegates can learn and debate via the convention sessions, The Great Escape is also a place for the music industry to do business, with thousands of delegates from across the world seeking to find new talent, new partners and new opportunities.

There are numerous formal networking sessions, allowing delegates to meet UK and international music business professionals from different strands of the industry.

Plus informal opportunities to meet, chat and do business abound. There are also several free parties exclusively for delegates, plus those specifically looking for meetings can register with and utilise the online delegates directory.

The main convention bars also provide a free meeting space, while bars and cafes to suit every persuasion fill the streets around the main convention venues.

Registered delegates will receive information about networking opportunities in early 2015, so buy your ticket now to ensure places at all the key networking sessions.

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The Great Escape is Europe’s leading festival for new music, with over 400 artists playing in venues across Brighton, with big names, the buzziest new acts, and brand new artists from across the world on offer. Delegates get priority access into festival venues, subject to capacity.

Various music companies, trade bodies and international export offices also host themed showcases both during the day and in the evening, selecting bands from The Great Escape’s festival programme. These can be helpful for delegates wanting to see as many new artists as possible during their three days in Brighton.

The festival programme, website, app and SMS service can also help delegates navigate all the great music on offer.

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Brighton is just one hour from London by train, with train services from both Victoria (Southern Trains) and London Bridge (First Capital Connect) station. The London train line also calls in at Gatwick airport, which is just over half an hour away from Brighton.

By road, London to Brighton takes about 80 minutes on the A23.

Brighton is full of hotels, B&Bs and hostels, meaning there is somewhere to stay during the three days whatever your budget. The official convention hotels are The Queens, right on the sea front and just fifteen minutes walk from the main convention venues, and My Hotel, in the heart of Brighton just minutes from all the convention action.

For those on a tighter budget, there is also an official Great Escape hostel, plus numerous hotels with rooms at many varying rates – though it’s best to book early.


• 3000+ industry delegates attend The Great Escape convention annually.

• 30% are from outside the UK and travel to TGE from all over Europe, the US, Canada, Japan, India, Australia and New Zealand.

• 54% of delegates are buyers and 46% sellers.

• Among the delegation you will find: A&Rs, agents, brand managers, broadcasters, colleges, composers, digital companies, distributors, event organisers, export offices, festival bookers, festival promoters, financial advisors, journalists, labels, lawyers, managers, marketers, merchandisers, music publishers, producers, promoters, trade bodies, venue operators and more.

• 71% of delegates saw business success as a result of attending the last TGE Convention.

The Great Escape convention is programmed by the team at CMU Insights, the training and consulting side of CMU, the biggest news provider to the UK music business.

With CMU reporting on and analysing the wider music industry on a daily basis, coupled with original research into trends and best practice, the Insights team are fully up to speed with the very latest developments in the new music business, and bring that knowledge and expertise to the convention’s programme.