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CMU’s guide to Saturday at the Great Escape Convention

By | Published on Tuesday 15 May 2018

The Great Escape 2018

With The Great Escape about to be unleashed once again, the CMU Daily is guiding you through the wider convention programme day-by-day. Today: Saturday’s activities.

CMU celebrates its 20th birthday right in the middle of this year’s Great Escape. It was in May 1998 that CMU first began reporting on music, music people and the music business, just as the record industry was about to peak and then catapult itself into a decade of freefall. But we’re pretty sure that’s a coincidence.

To mark the occasion, Team CMU has picked the 20 biggest stories we have reported on over the last two decades, and TGE delegates will be able to read a recap of each of them in the CMU Great Escape Special magazine that will be in this year’s delegate bag (or you can access a digital copy of that magazine here). Each of those stories will also get the Setlist treatment at some point over the next twelve months, kicking off with the final chapter of EMI next Monday.

But why is this relevant to Saturday at the Great Escape Convention? Well, because the day will finale with Heroes & Villains, the popular panel that closes the TGE convention programme each year. Four industry veterans talk about the highs and lows of their careers to date, and the heroes and villains they met along the way.

This year H&V has a CMU 20th birthday theme, with CMU co-founder Chris Cooke joined by three people who were big supporters of the magazine back in the late 1990s: broadcaster and DJ Edward Adoo, artist manager Sumit Bothra and Pat Carr from Remote Control. Journalist and talent scout Stephen Jones moderates. It all takes place at 4.30pm in the Old Courtroom.

Elsewhere on Saturday at the TGE Convention the focus is very much on new talent with the Great Escape’s DIY sessions. A number of key music industry partners will be dishing out advice galore for those at the start of their careers as artists or songwriters, or in the music industry or music media. Partners include Loud & Quiet, Live Nation, Box Plus, Sentric, AWAL, Vevo, Generator and Brighter Sound, with sessions in The Old Courtroom and the Networking Lounge in the Brighton Dome.

Elsewhere there are two quizzes – The Great Escape Pop Quiz at Al Duomo and the AIM x FAC Quiz at AIM house – plus the Yearly Music Conference Awards will be presented at an invite-only shindig late afternoon. So, lots to be getting on with alongside all the great music that will be playing across the city.

Check out our guides to WednesdayThursday and Friday at the Great Escape Convention.