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YMCAs return to The Great Escape – nominate now!

By | Published on Thursday 19 April 2012

The Great Escape

How about another update from the CMU-programmed Great Escape convention? Well, once again this May, The Great Escape will host the already legendary Yearly Music Conference Awards (or YMCAs to its friends), celebrating the great and the good of the world’s music business conventions and showcase festivals.

With The Great Escape taking place towards the end of the city-based showcase festival season, as the music industry prepares to head to the fields for the big summer events, the YMCAs looks back at the year just gone.

Presented at an exclusive ticket-only event as part of the final day of The Great Escape convention, the awards are also a chance for those agents, managers, bookers, business owners and export offices who visit many of these events, not to mention the people who organise them, to come together to eat, drink and be merry, and discuss the highs (and lows!) of the music year.

Nominations are already being accepted in all eleven categories. These can be emailed to Nominees for each category will then be announced and people will be invited to vote in each section.

This year’s prestigious categories:

Best Delegate’s Bag
Best Delegate Bar
Best Hotel/Convention Centre
Best App Or Digital Tool
Best Export Office
Best Networking Event Or Feature
Best Award Show
Best Regional Event
Best Panel Near Punch-Up
Accident (or Incident) Of The Year
Conference Junkie Of The Year

So get sending in your nominations – Ticket information for the YMCAs will go online at next week.

This announcement comes alongside a number of other updates from The Great Escape today, including the addition of 42 new bands to the festival line-up (look out for full planners going live at soon); confirmation that Red Stripe will be sponsoring this year’s programme of street gigs; that Ford will be recording Bands In Transit sessions at the event; that the open air stage on Jubilee Square, The Hub, will be back; and that 20 venues will appear in the Alternative Escape fringe programme this year. So much to digest – basically, it’s going to be awesome – get a ticket now!