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Showcasing Scotland line-up at The Great Escape 2016

Anna Meredith, Photo: Kate Bones

Scottish acts are set to make an impression on music industry professionals from across the globe at The Great Escape 2016, Europe’s leading festival for new music.

Representing music across a variety of genres from classical, indie, pop, glam rock, psychedelia, folk and traditional music, delegates will enjoy performances from Anna Meredith, Catholic ActionIsleJR GreenMan of MoonTuff Love and White at two Showcasing Scotland concerts presented by Creative Scotland. The gigs will be hosted by BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway on Thursday 19 May and Friday 20 May at Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton.  

Callum BeattieElle Exxe, Holy Esque Kloe, The Telermen, Vladimir and Yorkston, Thorne and Khan will also be performing at the festival. Performance times can be found below. 

Running from 19 – 21 May, the 11th edition of the festival opens its doors to 3,500 music industry professionals on the hunt for the next big thing, 450 of the best new bands, and 100+ influential speakers.

In celebration of 40 Years of Punk, Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream, a documentary looking back at the post punk movement in Scotland will also be screening as part of the Raindance Film Festival programme at The Great Escape.

Tuff Love, Photo via Lost Map 

Alongside the live music, The Great Escape presents the UK’s leading music business convention, bringing together thousands of music industry practitioners for three days of insight sessions, panels, conversations and networking.

As part of the convention Creative Scotland is hosting a networking event on Saturday 21 May (2-3pm) at Jubilee Gardens focusing on developing the profile of Scottish music with attending industry delegates. If you wish to attend the Meet Scottish Music event, then please email david.weaver@creativescotland.com

Ahead of hosting the Showcasing Scotland gigs, BBC Radio Scotland’s Vic Galloway, said: "It's an exciting time for contemporary Scottish music just now, with a wide range and depth of styles and genres to choose from. The seven acts supported by Creative Scotland playing at 'The Great Escape' demonstrate that diversity across indie, acoustic, electronic, classical and pop. I'm delighted to be hosting two afternoons of cutting edge, new music in Brighton at one of Europe's most exciting and respected showcase events."

David Weaver, Music Officer at Creative Scotland, who will be joining the delegates and bands in Brighton, said: “The Great Escape continues to be one of the key events in world music for developing acts; it is undoubtedly Europe's most important showcase and networking festival.

“As well as hosting some of the key figures in the music industry from around the world, the city of Brighton bursts into life with some of the most exciting new music being produced today.

“Scotland repeatedly hits above its weight when it comes to producing contemporary music, and the lineup for the two Scottish Showcases on Thursday and Friday show just how ahead of the game Scotland continues to be."

White, Photo: Martin D Baker 

The Showcasing Scotland concerts presented by Creative Scotland, Thursday 19 May and Friday 20 May at Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN1 1YD:

Thursday 19 May, Brighthelm: 
13:30: Tuff Love  
14:30: Catholic Action 
15:30: Anna Meredith

Friday 20 May, Brighthelm
12:30: Isle
13:30: JR Green
14:30: Man of Moon
15:30: White

Set times for the Scottish acts performing at The Great Escape: 

Anna Meredith
Thursday 19th - 15.30-16.00 - Brighthelm
Saturday 21st - 21.15-21.45 - Paginini Ballroom

Callum Beattie
Friday 20th - 19:30-20:00 - Unitarian Church

Catholic Action
Thursday 19th - 14.30-15.00 - Brighthelm
Friday 20th- 19.15-19.45 - Green Door Store

Elle Exxe
Friday 20th - 19.15-19.45 - Concorde 2

Holy Esque
Friday 20th - 22.00-22.30 - Green Door Store

Friday 20th - 12.30-13.00 - Brighthelm

JR Green
Friday 20th - 13.30-14.00 - Brighthelm
Friday 20th - 21.30-22.00 - Uniterian Church

Thursday 19th - 20.00-20.30 - The Arch
Saturday 21st - 14.30-15.00 - Wagner Hall
Saturday 21st - 22.30-23.00 - Wagner Hall

Man of Moon
Friday 20th - 14.30-15.00 - Brighthelm
Friday 20th - 18.15-18.45 - Concorde 2

Tuff Love
Thursday 19th - 13.30-14.00 - Brighthelm
Thursday 19th- 19.15-19.45 - Green Door Store

The Telermen
Thursday 19th - 21:15-21:45 - Concorde 2

Friday 20th - 15.30-16.00 - Brighthelm
Saturday 21st - 20.15-20.45 – Patterns

Friday 20th - 21.00-21.30 - St Georges Church

Friday 20th - 23:00-23.30 - Green Door Store

Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream the winner of the audience award at the 69th Edinburgh International Film Festival, takes a look back at Fast Product an independent record label, established in Edinburgh.  Featuring candid interviews with those behind the scenes, those on the periphery and the main-players - Rezillos, Scars, Fire Engines, Josef K, Dirty Reds, Flowers, Thursdays, Boots For Dancing, Associates, The Twin-Sets, Joy Division and The Human League, and of course the city itself - Edinburgh in the late 1970’s is painted in all its dark and gritty realism.  Supported by Creative Scotland through the Targeted Screen Fund the documentary was Directed by Grant McPhee and produced by Wendy Griffin.

The screening will feature a Q&A hosted by Heavenly Record's Paul Kelly and featuring Grant McPhee, Bob Last and Douglas Hart (The Jesus and Mary Chain).

On screening at the festival Director Grant McPhee, said: “I'm delighted Raindance and TGE are showing our film as part of the 40 years of punk celebrations.  It's a story that was only partially told, even in Scotland so to have it screened rather than a film about the more well known players - Sex Pistols, Clash or Damned is amazing and says a lot about the quality of music that was produced in Scotland in the late 70s and early 1980s.  It's going to be a great night. Bob Last, who was one of the key figures in the music scene will be at the Q+A, along with the Jesus and Mary Chain's Douglas Hart which will be hosted by Heavenly Film's Paul Kelly.”

Tickets to Big Gold Dream: Scottish Post-Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream can be booked now. This screening takes place on Thursday 19 May at The Bosco Theatre.

The documentary will then go onto have two US screenings at New York University, and the New York Rough Trade store as part of the NYC Pop Fest. Find out more about Big Gold Dream on the Facebook page

Big Gold Dream - Post Punk and Infiltrating the Mainstream. EIFF Promo from grant mcphee on Vimeo.


Notes to Editors

For further information about The Great Escape please visit www.greatescapefestival.com.  Follow the festival on Twitter #TGE16 www.twitter.com/thegreatescapeand on Facebook www.facebook.com/greatescapefestival

Creative Scotland is the national development agency for the arts, screen and creative industries. www.creativescotland.com. Follow us @creativescotsand www.facebook.com/creativescotland

Band Information:

Anna Meredith
After building an established career in the classical world and two critically acclaimed EPs, composer Anna Meredith released her much-anticipated debut album, Varmints on Moshi Moshi Records in March 2016. Find out more: www.greatescapefestival.com/artists/anna-meredith.  

Performing: Thursday 19th - 15.30-16.00 - Brighthelm and Saturday 21st - 21.15-21.45 - Paginini Ballroom 

W: www.annameredith.com
 FB: www.facebook.com/annahmeredith
 T: www.twitter.com/AnnaHMeredith
 S: www.soundcloud.com/annameredith

Callum Beattie
A singer, songwriter and musician born in Edinburgh Scotland, Beattie has a unique sound flawlessly showcasing his innate musicality while letting his Scottish rooted accent shine through. Find out more: http://greatescapefestival.com/artists/callum-beattie/

Performing: Friday 20th - 19:30-20:00 - Unitarian Church

W: http://beattieofficial.com FB: www.facebook.com/callumbeattieofficial T: www.twitter.com/callumbeattieuk

Catholic Action
Glasgow’s Catholic Action bring their unique brand of glam rock noise to TGE16. Centered around the singular talents of vocalist and guitarist Chris McCrory – a full-time producer and recording engineer helping many of the artists in Glasgow’s burgeoning DIY scene. Find out more: www.greatescapefestival.com/artists/catholic-action

Performing: Thursday 19th - 14.30-15.00 - Brighthelm / Friday 20th- 19.15-19.45 - Green Door Store 

W: www.facebook.com/catholicactionband
 T: www.twitter.com/_CatholicAction
 S: www.soundcloud.com/catholic-action

Elle Exxe
Since one year of Elle Exxe’s birth, she has gone on to achieve many things. Her four singles have received raving reviews from the likes of Pop Justice, The Line Of Best Fit, The Quietus, & Clash. Find out more: http://greatescapefestival.com/artists/elle-exxe

Performing: Friday 20th - 19.15-19.45 - Concorde 2

FB : www.facebook.com/ElleExxe S: https://soundcloud.com/elleexxe

Holy Esque
Holy Esque was formed in 2011 by four young Glaswegians: vocalist and guitarist Pat Hynes, Keir Reid on Keyboard, Guitarist Hugo McGinley and drummer Ralph McClure. Find out more: http://greatescapefestival.com/artists/holy-esque/

Performing: Friday 20th - 22.00-22.30 - Green Door Store

FB: www.facebook.com/HolyEsque T: www.twitter.com/holyesque  S: https://soundcloud.com/holyesque

ISLE are multi-medium musicians based in the stark Scottish Borders. Comprising of producer Liam John Rutherford and drummer Ben Singer, ISLE are avid self-producers who partner audio and visuals to create an all-encompassing experience. Find out more: www.greatescapefestival.com/artists/isle

Performing:  Friday 20th - 12.30-13.00 - Brighthelm

W: http://isle.fm
 FB: www.facebook.com/thisisisle 
T: www.twitter.com/thisisisle
 S: www.soundcloud.com/thisisisle

JR Green
JR Green are two brothers from Strontian, a remote Scottish village a few miles from the most westerly point on mainland Britain, bringing a more youthful, virile edge to folk and traditional music. Find out more: www.greatescapefestival.com/artists/jr-green


Performing: Friday 20th - 13.30-14.00 - Brighthelm / Friday 20th - 21.30-22.00 - Uniterian Church 

W: www.jrgreenmusic.co.uk
 FB: www.facebook.com/jacobandrorygreen
 T: www.twitter.com/JRGreenMusic
S: www.soundcloud.com/jacob-and-rory-green

KLOË is an 18 year old pop artist from Glasgow, Scotland. With an EP set for release in 2015, KLOË has already shot up the Hype Machine, sold out her debut show and opened eyes worldwide with her debut track ‘Grip’ and follow-up ‘Feel’. Find out more:  http://greatescapefestival.com/artists/kloe/

Performing: Thursday 19th - 20.00-20.30 - The Arch / Saturday 21st - 14.30-15.00 - Wagner Hall / Saturday 21st - 22.30-23.00 - Wagner Hall

W: http://www.kloemusic.com FB: www.facebook.com/mynameiskloe T:  https://twitter.com/kloemusic  S: https://soundcloud.com/kloemusic

Man of Moon
Man of Moon are a two piece psychedelic rock band from Edinburgh. Debut single ‘The Road’ released in 2015 via melodic Records, was a gliding, motortik-driven piece of neo pop sychedelia, produced by Frightened Rabbit’s Andy Monaghan. Find out more: www.greatescapefestival.com/artists/man-of-moon

Performing:  Friday 20th - 14.30-15.00 - Brighthelm / Friday 20th - 18.15-18.45 - Concorde 2

W: www.manofmoon.net FB: www.facebook.com/manofmoonband T: www.twitter.com/Man__of__Moon S: www.soundcloud.com/man-of-moon

The Telermen
A rock alternative quartet from Glasgow, consisting of Dillon Squire, Johnathan Boyd, Antony Behirspahic and Matthew Aitchinson. Find out more: http://greatescapefestival.com/artists/the-telermen/

Performing: Thursday 19th - 21:15-21:45 - Concorde 2

FB: https://www.facebook.com/thetelermen T: https://twitter.com/thetelermenUK S: https://soundcloud.com/the-telermen

Tuff Love
Hailing from Glasgow Tuff Love are Julie Eisenstein (guitar, vocals) and Suse Bear (bass, vocals) plus live drummer Iain Stewart (also a member of The Phantom Band). With dazzling, sun-streaked guitar pop songs and mesmerising lyrics, heart-wrenching vocals and dreamy melodies they offer the sound of pure summer.  The band released their debut compilation album Resort on in January 2016 via Lost Map Records. Find out more: www.greatescapefestival.com/artists/tuff-love

Performing:  Thursday 19th - 13.30-14.00 - Brighthelm / Thursday 19th- 19.15-19.45 - Green Door Store

W: www.lostmap.com/tuff-love
 FB: www.facebook.com/ReallyTuffLove
 T: www.twitter.com/reallytufflove
 S: www.soundcloud.com/Tuff-Love


WHITE are a hurtling juggernaut of synth stabs, razor-sharp guitars and even sharper attire. A cacophony of pink noise, huge drums, infectious hooks & an explosive frontman channelling Jacques Brel & Nick Cave. Find out more: www.greatescapefestival.com/artists/white

Performing: Friday 20th - 15.30-16.00 - Brighthelm / Saturday 21st - 20.15-20.45 – Patterns

W: www.calledwhite.com FB: www.facebook.com/calledWHITE T: www.twitter.com/calledwhite S: www.soundcloud.com/calledwhite

Yorkston/Thorne/Khan are an experimental group that includes James Yorkston, one of the most “influential singer/songwriters on the Scottish folk scene”, Suhail Yusuf Khan, award winning sarangi player and classical singer from New Delhi and Jon Thorne, best known as jazz double bass player with electro outfit Lamb. Find out more: http://greatescapefestival.com/artists/yorkston-thorne-khan/ 

Performing: Friday 20th - 21.00-21.30 - St Georges Church

W: http://yorkstonthornekhan.com/  FB: https://www.facebook.com/jamesyorkstonathletic T: https://twitter.com/jamesyorkston

2015 saw the band finish on a high playing tour supports with The View, Mark E Smith & The Fall, and The Libertines, shortly after slots at Festivals such as Belladrum, GoNorth and Stag & Dagger. Completing the year with a UK Headline tour, Vladimir have established themselves as one Scotland’s most formidable live acts.  Find out more: http://greatescapefestival.com/artists/the-telermen/

Performing: Friday 20th - 23:00-23.30 - Green Door Store

W: http://vladimir.bigcartel.com/ FB: https://www.facebook.com/Vladimirdundee/ T: https://twitter.com/VLADIMIRdundee

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