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By | Published on Wednesday 29 March 2023

The Great Escape 2023


B2B streaming company Tuned Global has expanded its team with six new hires in the EMEA region, including the appointment of Jonas Norberg as a new Head Of AI. Norberg, who is also the co-founder of Pacemaker, the DJ mixing app recently acquired by Tuned Global, says: “My mission is to get Tuned Global to use its data and other relevant assets in combination with the latest AI developments to strengthen its platform and grow our customers”.

Ticketing platform Dice has appointed Katie Soo as Chief Business Officer. “Katie understands how to build global brands”, says CEO Phil Hutcheon. “Dice has grown quickly in the past two years and this role consolidates the business initiatives and marketing efforts. It’s huge, and I’m very excited to work closely with Katie to achieve the big ambitions we have ahead of us”.



The UK’s Association Of Independent Music has launched its Amplify apprenticeship programme in partnership with Amazon Music, Women in CTRL and All Things People & Talent, with the aim of improving diversity and inclusion in the independent music sector. Apprentices will work with six AIM label members in Label Assistant roles. Nina Radojewski, Head Of Membership at AIM, says: “Launching Amplify is a landmark moment in AIM’s ongoing commitment to levelling the playing field for independent music businesses in the UK … Thanks to the support of Amazon Music, we’re also excited that we’re able to provide access to funding for independent labels to upskill their workforces and to support their ambitions to develop the women and non-binary artists on their rosters”.



Showcase festival and music conference Sound City has announced a two-year partnership with Universal Music’s Virgin Music Artist & Label Services business to support and drive opportunities for young creatives. The collaboration will debut at this year’s Sound City event. Sound City’s MD Becky Ayres says: “We’re delighted to be working with Virgin Music … It’s so exciting that our audiences will be able to learn more about how they work and their diverse and innovative roster of artists”.



The Smashing Pumpkins have released new single ‘Spellbinding’, and confirmed that they will put out the third part of their ‘Atum’ trilogy of albums on 5 May.

Connie Constance has released a new new version of her song ‘Kamikaze’, featuring Jason Williamson of Sleaford Mods. “I love Connie’s energy and message in this track”, says Williamson. “Although the initial concept was for me to come in as an additional voice from her perspective, I felt it was disingenuous to present myself as someone with first-hand experience of the patriarchy, so I came at it from the other angle: the male counter, the gatekeeper”. Constance has also announced that she will play London’s Village Underground on 15 Sep.

Clt Drp have released new single ‘New Boy’. Vocalist Annie Dorrett says: “‘New Boy’ reflects a very manic immediate post-break-up brain. As if I was sitting in therapy desperately trying to figure out why it didn’t work. I was switching from hyper-independence to then trying to find love literally anywhere else around me”. The band will be touring the UK in May and will release their debut album later this year.

Pozi have released new single ‘Pest Control’, taken from their new album ‘Smiling Pools’, which is out on 19 May. They’ve also announced a UK tour in June, including a performance at the 100 Club in London on 14 Jun.



140 more acts have been added to the line-up of this year’s Great Escape festival, including The Pretenders, Future Utopia, Moonchild Sanelly, Anna B Savage, Petite Noir, Marina Herlop, Albertine Sarges, Debby Friday, Lvra, Deadletter, Donna Thompson and Minor Conflict. Get your delegate pass here.

Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds have announced UK arena dates in December. Tickets go on sale on Friday. New album ‘Council Skies’ is out on 2 Jun.

The Walkmen have added more UK and Ireland dates to the two London shows they have scheduled this August. They will play Glasgow, Manchester and Dublin, as well as an extra third show at London’s Koko on 31 Aug.

Debby Friday has announced UK show in May, including a performance at Corsica Studios in London on 3 May. She’s also put out the video for her track ‘What A Man’.

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