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More sessions added to Great Escape convention programme as early bird deadline approaches

By | Published on Tuesday 10 April 2012

The Great Escape

More panels have been added to the line-up for this year’s CMU-programmed Great Escape convention, as the deadline for buying delegate passes at the special early bird rate of £120 approaches.

In addition to the previously reported strand of sessions putting the spotlight on DIY, another strand will focus on the music media in 2012, exploring how the music press and music radio are changing as media owners adapt to the digital and social media age.

Drowned In Sound’s Sean Adams, This Is Fake DIY’s Stephen Ackroyd and Vice’s Dan Miller will discuss the changing nature of the music press, while Amazing Radio’s Matt Jamison, Juice 107.2’s Daniel Nathan and Mr Trick And Wrongtom’s Darren Hemmings will consider radio and podcasting. Meanwhile Record Of The Day will lead a debate on the role of music reviewing in the digital era, involving Q’s Paul Stokes, The Sun’s Jacqui Swift, The Times’ Will Hodgkinson, The Line Of Best Fit’s Josh Hall and The Guardian’s Caspar Llewellyn Smith.

Joining the In Conversations programme – which already includes Xfm’s John Kennedy in conversation with 6music’s Jon Hillcock, and Glastonbury’s Michael Eavis and Bestival’s Rob da Bank taking part in the Great Festival Conversation – is Domino Records’ Richard King, who will be discussing his brilliant indie-label-reviewing book ‘How Soon Is Now?’ with The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis.

Once again a stack of great content partners will also return, presenting events as part of The Great Escape convention, led by PRS For Music, who will be hosting a whole day of sessions, including debates on the PR battle over copyright reform and opportunities that the second screening phenomenon offer the music business, plus the traditional TGE keynote from PRS For Music’s Chief Economist Will Page, which will focus on the emerging music market in Brazil. Elsewhere, PPL will present a panel asking what bands looking for a record deal need to do to make themselves ‘label ready’, and the Music Publishers Association will reveal some of the secrets about sync.

You will find a full overview of this year’s convention as confirmed so far on, or check out the schedule on Though take note, a final raft of sessions is still to be added, this time next week, with more partners, more topics, and more great speakers. Plus, of course, on top of all that there’s the fabulous festival line-up, also available via

All of which means you really ought to be getting your delegates passes sorted asap – and by tomorrow to benefit from the discounted early bird price of £120. Visit this URL to do so.

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