Artist registration: tips from our festival programmer

The Great Escape’s Artist Registration process is open in association with Sentric Music and applications have been flooding in. The TGE team are having a great time perusing the applications and we’ve already uncovered some great new artists. On the flip side, there are also some artists that could use some help so we asked our Festival Programmer Adam Ryan for some insider tips on how to improve your applications, increasing your chances of being selected to join The Great Escape 2018 line up.

Don’t rush your application
Our artist registration is open until 12th February 2018 so there is still plenty of time to get your application into us. Don’t leave registration until the last minute and end up submitting something that doesn’t do your band justice. Take your time compiling your info to ensure that it is something that represents your band well.

Your tracks
Keep things simple. We don’t need to hear the last 3 albums you self recorded at home and your experiential period which is hard to play live as your harpist works weekends. Only include links to a few tracks that best represent you and your current direction. Try and make sure the sound on your included tracks is of a good quality, things don’t have to be high tech but a clear recording is definitely essential.

Artist Bio
Again, keeping things to a minimum is best. Inspirations, influences, previous shows played and upcoming dates are useful information to share. The drummer’s favourite type of food or how the band met aren’t so important. Try to keep it short and concise, or you risk losing your reader.

Press Shots
I personally hate band press shots and from my experience they just get posted up on office walls and ridiculed (not in the TGE office of course). That picture showcasing your mum’s hairdressing skills while you lean against a wall might seem like a good idea but they tend to date quickly. Just a simple, decent quality photo that best represents your band / artist is all that is needed.

We receive a huge number of applications each year so make sure you are using your application to prove to us why you stand out from the rest. The Great Escape is an international festival which attracts 16,500 festival goers and 3,500 music industry delegates from across the globe every year. Playing TGE is a great opportunity to get yourself in front of new audiences who can help open many other doors for you. Bear this in mind when creating your application as this could be the first step towards a fantastic career for you and your band. Good luck!