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Saturday 12 May 2018

Showcasing Scotland At Brighton's Great Escape Festival 2018

Creative Scotland will support nine top Scottish acts to perform at two Showcasing Scotland concerts at The Great Escape 2018, in Brighton - 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 festival'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 worth checking-out – but the sheer diversity of sounds and styles on offer.

Alan Morrison, Head of Music at Creative Scotland, agrees: 

"(The Great Escape) will be 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." 

At one of the key international music industry events, taking place between 17th -19th May, The Great Escape will present indiepop, rock, R&B, hip hop, electronica, and experimental psychedelia – all from just nine 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," says Olaf Furniss. 

"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."

The festival will also see performances from other Scottish emerging talent, including West Lothian singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, Dunfermline indie pop quintet Dancing on Tables, raucous Clackmannanshire gang VIDA, melodic Edinburgh indie rockers Vistas and Glaswegian pop duo Love Sick.

For further information about The Great Escape please visit Follow the festival on Twitter @thegreatescape #TGEScot and on Facebook

by: Mike Cobley


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