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CMU to return as convention programmers at Great Escape 2012

By | Published on Tuesday 22 November 2011

The Great Escape

The CMU team will once again programme the convention side of The Great Escape in 2012, it has been confirmed. Europe’s leading festival for new music and the UK’s premiere music business convention will return from 10-12 May 2012 in Brighton, with the conference side of the proceedings again based around the Brighton Dome complex in the heart of the city.

CMU Business Editor Chris Cooke and his colleagues took over the programming of the TGE convention this time last year, working closely with content partners such as PPL, MusicTank, the MPA, the MDA, LIVE UK, ACUMEN and, especially, PRS For Music, to create what was widely acclaimed as the best Great Escape convention yet. And Team CMU are now already working with The Great Escape guys to make the 2012 convention even better.

Says Cooke: “In 2011 it was all about the content, to truly capitalise on our incredible family of content partners, to bring new speakers and less well trodden topics to the table, and to pull our programme together in a more cohesive way. Our content will be second to none in 2012 too – we already have some great speakers and panel topics up our sleeves – though my top priority this time round will be the experience, ensuring that for those three days the Brighton Dome is the most effective, productive and fun place to learn, share, network and do business. I can’t wait to see it all come together next May”.

The Great Escape co-founder Martin Elbourne added: “Our convention has moved forward year on year ever since we launched The Great Escape and last year, with CMU’s involvement, we took an even bigger step. As I travel to festivals and conventions around the world it’s clear the music industry is changing as rapidly as ever, and that big opportunities are still out there, if sometimes in hard to reach places. By looking across the industry, and bringing together all the strands, and taking a truly global view, The Great Escape continues to be the best place to navigate the changes and identify the opportunities. I look forward to being enlightened yet again by the innovators and experts next May”.

A limited number of super early bird delegate tickets are already on sale for The Great Escape 2012 but, on the back of last year’s successes, are already close to running out. For just £80, this ticket gets you complete access to The Great Escape convention and priority-access to the festival, which will again feature over 300 new artists in venues across Brighton. Purchase your Super Early Delegate passes from here.