Creative Scotland and Wide Days will host an international networking reception at this year's Great Escape Festival, allowing Scotland’s music industry and musicians to meet with invited international guests from all areas of the music industry.
Wide Days was previously voted Best Networking Event at The Great Escape.
Eight top Scottish acts - Be Charlotte, Emme Woods, Saint PHNX, Shogun, Spinning Coin, TeenCanteen, The LaFontaines and The Van T’s – will also perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts supported by Creative Scotland.
The 2017 line-up demonstrates a diverse mix of styles from pop, indie, rock, grime and hip-hop offering up grungy guitars, sparkling synths, sugar-pop harmonies, catchy choruses and raw lyrics.
One of the most important platforms for new music in the world, the festival and music convention (18-20 May) attracts over 3,500 attracts key industry figures on the hunt for new talent, including high-profile festivals looking to book acts, agents, label executives, promoters, and media.
Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland commented: “Creative Scotland is delighted to be working closely with The Great Escape to present this year’s showcases. Every May, the eyes and ears of the music industry turn towards Brighton, where the festival has become a fantastic springboard to launch emerging talent into European territories and beyond. The Scottish acts on the bill are at the top end of 2017’s ones-to-watch lists and cover an impressive range of styles and genres. This is a partnership that will deliver a tangible boost for music-making in Scotland.”
Michael Lambert, Born To Be Wide/Wide Days, Director commented: “We are delighted to be working with Creative Scotland to present the Scottish networking reception at the Great Escape festival in Brighton. For many acts who have performed at Wide Days, including Fatherson, Honeyblood, Elle Exxe, Be Charlotte and The Van T’s, The Great Escape is the next stop and we are pleased to be able to provide a focal point to connect Scottish musicians and music businesses, with the international industry.”
The Showcasing Scotland concerts, hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, will take place on Thursday 18 May and Friday 19 May at Brighthelm, Brighton:
Thursday 18 May (12:00-16:00), Brighthelm:
12:30: Emme Woods
13:30: The LaFontaines
14:30: The Van T’s
15:30: Be Charlotte
Friday 19 May (12:00-16:00), Brighthelm:
13:15: Saint PHNX
15:15: Spinning Coin
These shows will take place in addition to the artists’ official Great Escape showcases and will offer those attending additional opportunities to see the Scottish artists perform. The Great Escape 2017 will also see performances from Edinburgh’s Callum Beattie: http://callumbeattie.co.uk