The TGE Conference is the programme of events presented especially for the 4000 music industry professionals that attend The Great Escape each year. It includes insightful panels and discussions lead by key industry collaborators, keynote conversations, the Partner Programme, and more. New for 2024 TGE introduces a transformation of its UK-leading conference with the introduction of new expert collaborators from across the music industry who will shape and elevate the programming of the event.

The 2024 Conference will take place from Wednesday 15th to Saturday 18th May at the Leonardo Royal Waterfront Hotel in Brighton.


The 2024 Conference programming will be elevated with the collaboration of some brand new partners. Association of Independent Music (AIM), The Council of Music Makers, Night Time Industries Association (NTIA), BBC Introducing and Youth Music are set to bring their expertise and networks into play. Together, they’re poised to transform the Great Escape conference into a powerhouse platform, connecting music professionals, and ensuring they stay ahead of the curve with the latest industry trends.

The week will kick off on Wednesday 15 May on our TGE Beach site with AIM, bringing the Big Conversation, with a host of expert discussions and conversations looking at the State of Independence, past present and future. We will also launch with the typical welcome party setting the tone, hosted by the record labels association BPI.

Thursday 16th May will focus on the people behind the music, in collaboration with The Council of Music Makers. The umbrella organisation represents everyone from songwriters to artists, managers, composers and musicians through its membership (Ivors Academy, FAC, MMF, MPG and the MU) – each covering different areas of expertise for music creators. To see the themes of this day click here

On Friday 17th May, The Night Time Industries Association will highlight the importance of the UK’s fifth biggest industry, bringing the unique concerns of venues, live entertainment and the night time economy to the fore at one of the UK’s biggest showcases of live music. To see the themes of this day click here

Saturday 18 May will see both BBC Introducing and Youth Music presenting a day focused on professional development for the next generation of emerging artists and music business entrepreneurs. To see the themes of this day click here


A raft of music legends and industry leaders join us as keynote speakers for the newly revamped conference, including Lauren Mayberry from Chvrches, Colin Newman from Wire, Warner Music UK EVP Darcus Beese OBE and Tom Gray & YolanDa Brown OBE DL, Chairs of the Ivors Academy and BPI respectively.

They join our previously announced keynote speakers: Lauren Mayberry, the lead singer of CHVRCHES, Sacha Lord, Chair of the NTIA, co-creator of Parklife Festival and the Warehouse Project and Night Time Economy Adviser for Greater Manchester and They Think It’s All Sober podcast will record a live episode with creators Jamie Osman and Tom Hollings in conversation with a special guest to be announced very soon. You can find more info on our keynote speakers here.

The full conference schedule is now live on the TGE free mobile app.


Delegates also have access to a series of panels, parties and networking events presented by TGE’s industry partners – putting the focus on more industry topics and providing opportunities to meet other delegates. You can see our partner programme here