The Great Escape 2016: buzzwords


May 18, 2016

Festival season kicks off in 2016 for Wicksteed Works down in Brighton, a place director Jessie Scoullar proudly calls her second home, since becoming a music business tutor at BIMM last year. Now in its 11th year, The Great Escape Festival has established itself as the biggest showcase of new bands in Europe and largest music convention in the UK.

As more than 450 emerging artists and 3500 music industry professionals from all over the world prepare to descend on the seaside town between May 19 and 21, Jessie is also getting ready to hit the beach for her 8th year attending the festival.

Drowning in data? Learn how to swim

Jessie is delighted to be chairing an exciting session included in one of the key strands taking place on day one, Thursday 19th May at Dukes at Komedia – Transparency! Data! Blockchain! Let’s make buzzwords happen!

The strand will be addressing the discussion on data in the music industry, broken into five sessions spanning the day. Jessie chairs the first session “Drowning in data? Learn how to swim!”, between 10.45am and 12.15pm. During this time, we will hear from data providers Jordan Gremli from Spotify, Aly Gillani from Bandcamp, Christopher Elkins from MUSO and Liam Negus-Fancey and James Ponnusamy from Street Team, alongside data users Lyndon Stephens from Champion Sound, Adam Scrimshire from Wah Wah 45s and Jennifer Roberts from Festival Republic.

What else is happening?

Led by industry experts, the convention will be packed with presentations, panels and talks, giving delegates a chance to learn, discuss and network. Besides data, other main topics to be covered over the course of the three days will be What if YouTube actually is the future?, CDs! Vinyl! T-shirts! Who the hell is buying this stuff? and What has the music industry ever done for you?


On Saturday, CMU:DIY presents a mix of lectures, interviews and panel discussions for emerging talent. This year’s theme is Going Live and there’s a full day of content from some great industry representatives. Among them will be Jessie, taking part in a panel titled “Beyond The Venue: Engaging Fans And Maximising Revenue”. This discussion will address how artists can build a fanbase and keep the conversation going, and also includes Sam Taylor of Tunecore, Joe Porn from Music Glue, and singer-songwriter Little Boots, chaired by Juliana Meyer of SupaPass.

There’s also music

Outside of the convention, The Great Escape is known for having a diverse line up, featuring artists both new and emerging, local and international, hosted in intimate venues across the city. You can catch us at the conference and once that’s done, we’ll be heading to the festival to catch as many gigs as we can – hope to see you there!

Our picks include Aldous Harding and Nadia Reid. What do you recommend? Tweet us @wicksteedworks!

To find out more about The Great Escape, including full convention programme and music line up, visit the website here.

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