BBC Music today announced they are once again heading to The Great Escape continuing its partnership with the annual festival in Brighton between May 17-19, taking with them BBC Radio 1 and 1Xtra, BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Music Introducing.
BBC Music will be providing the best in new music, putting on live showcases in the beautiful Paganini ballroom with ‘6 Music recommends’ kicking off the musical spectacular on Thursday 17th May, starting at 7.15pm with:
Australian band Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever
Johannesburg-via-Doncaster solo artist Skinny Pelembe
The glorious mystery that is Whyte Horses
Manchester musical explorers Virginia Wing
Amsterdam-born singer Pip Blom
Known for its commitment to new and unsigned music, BBC Music Introducing will also be hosting their showcase on Friday 18th May starting at 7.30pm with:
21 year old singer songwriter Ten Tonnes
Also known as the ‘Hot Shot’ Alicai Harley
Scottish-based artist ONR
Leicester-born RnB act Mahalia
BBC Radio 1Xtra will be bringing high energy to Jubilee Square where DJ Target will be broadcasting live on Thursday night (7-9pm) and BBC Radio 6 Music presenter Steve Lamacq takes over the reins on Friday (4-7pm). Both shows will have live music and guests.
As well as providing some of the biggest new names in the UK and some of the best taste makers in the music industry, two special ‘BBC Music In Conversations’ will take place in Brighton’s The Old Courtroom:
BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens chats to Richard Russell, recording artist, producer and co-founder of XL Recordings (Thursday 17th May , 5.30-6.30pm).
BBC Radio 1Xtra’s grime ambassador Sir Spyro chats to Mobo nominee Novelist, who has just self-released his debut album (Friday 18th May, 5.30-6.30pm).
These ‘BBC Music In Conversations’ will be open to all delegates and festival goers.
The BBC Music News team will be out on the streets of Brighton and across the TGE venues, soaking up the atmosphere, chatting to artists and picking up all the latest news across the thought-provoking topics at the convention and reporting on what’s hot and what’s not.
For the first time, BBC Music Introducing will take the four bands it’s showcasing at The Great Escape on a UK tour which ends on stage at The Biggest Weekend.
After the Great Escape, the tour will split into two legs and visit several grassroots venues across the UK. One leg of the tour will feature Mahalia and Alicai Harley who will play Sheffield (Monday 21st May, Leadmill), Oxford (Tuesday 22nd May, Bullingdon) and Newcastle (Wednesday 23rd May, The Cluny) and Ten Tonnes and ONR will play Leeds (Monday 21st May, Headrow House), Bristol (Tuesday 22nd May, Fiddlers) and Reading (Wednesday 23rd May, Purple Turtle). Each night will feature support from a new local artist working in conjunction with Local BBC Music Introducing shows.
James Stirling, Head of Content, BBC Music says: “BBC Music is proud to bring The Great Escape to our audience. The festival is all about discovering exciting new musical talent, something BBC Music does on a regular basis through BBC Music Introducing, our radio stations and music TV shows.”