|Creative Scotland will support nine top Scottish acts to perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts at The Great Escape 2018 – one of the most important platforms for new music in the world attracting over 3,500 key industry figures on the look-out for new talent.
What’s most impressive about The Great Escape 2018’s Scottish contingent isn’t just the quality – though Bossy Love, Colonel Mustard & The Dijon 5, Declan Welsh & The Decadent West, Happy Meals, LUCIA, Rascalton, The Ninth Wave, The Spook School and The Vegan Leather and are all fantastic – but the sheer diversity of sounds and styles on offer.
Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, agrees: “We’ve got incredible musical talent in Scotland, and it would be unfair to keep it just to ourselves. That’s why we’re delighted to partner with The Great Escape and present two Scottish Showcases in Brighton, giving the best of our emerging acts a springboard to launch into the UK, Europe and beyond. There’s an impressive range of styles and genres on offer amongst these nine acts, all of whom are ready to move up to the next level in the industry.”
One of the key international music industry events, taking place in Brighton 17 -19 May, The Great Escape will present indiepop, rock, R&B, hip hop, electronica, and experimental psychedelia – all from just nine incredible Scottish acts on the rise.
Creative Scotland and Born to be Wide will host an international networking reception on Thursday 17th May at the Old Ship Hotel in Brighton, at which Scottish music industry delegates and musician will make direct contact with key international music industry figures.
“Wide Days and our Born To Be Wide music-business seminar evenings, have a long track record of bringing the international industry to Scotland,” co-director Born to be WidesaysOlaf Furniss. “Our partnership with Creative Scotland provided a fantastic opportunity to build on this work at one of Europe’s biggest events. There was a genuine interest in and excitement about the Scottish music scene at last year’s reception that attracted over 300 delegates from more than 20 countries.”
Showcasing Scotland concerts, hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, will take place on Thursday 17th May (Horatio’s Bar) and Friday 18th May (One Church).
Thursday 17 May (doors 12:00)
Horatio’s Bar, Brighton Pier, Madeira Drive, BN2 1TW
12:15: The Spook School
13:45: The Vegan Leather
15:30: The Ninth Wave
Friday 18 May (doors 12:00)
One Church, Gloucester Pl, Brighton, BN1 4AA
12:30: Declan Welsh and the Decadent West
13:30: Happy Meals
14:30: Bossy Love
15:30: Colonel Mustard and the Dijon 5
Showcasing Scotland sets will be additional to the artists’ official Great Escape shows and will offer those attending further opportunities to see Scottish artists at The Great Escape 2018.
The festival will also see performances from other Scottish emerging talent, including West Lothian singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, Dunfermline indie pop quintet Dancing onTables, raucous Clackmannanshire gang VIDA, melodic Edinburgh indie rockers Vistasand Glaswegian pop duo Love Sick.
Ahead of the festival, on Wednesday 16th May, rising stars of the Scottish alternative scene WuhOH, Pronto Mama and Man of Moon will also play at Hope and Ruin – 1-12 Queens Rd, Brighton BN1 3WA.
About Creative Scotland
Creative Scotland is the public body that supports the arts, screen and creative industries across all parts of Scotland on behalf of everyone who lives, works or visits here. It enables people and organisations to work in and experience the arts, screen and creative industries in Scotland by helping others to develop great ideas and bring them to life. It distributes funding provided by the Scottish Government and the National Lottery. For further information about Creative Scotland please visit www.creativescotland.com. You can find Creative Scotland on Twitter @creativescots and Facebook www.facebook.com/CreativeScotland
Born To Be Wide stages music business seminars, the award-winning Wide Days convention/showcase and the Off The Record youth events. The company also organises bespoke talks and workshops for other conferences, festivals and organisations. You can find them at www.borntobewide.co.uk Follow Born to be Wide on Twitter @Borntobewild and on Facebook www.facebook.com/borntobewide
For further information about The Great Escape please visit www.greatescapefestival.com.
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Showcasing Scotland artists performing on Thursday 17th May (Horatio’s Bar) and Friday 18th May (One Church) include: