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Generator at The Great Escape

The Great Escape is Europe’s leading festival for new music and takes place in multiple venues in Brighton from  8th-10th May. Over 400 artists play across 35 venues, with the music industry flocking to discover the next big thing, to network, and to attend a packed convention programme.

Generator's Tipping Point Showcase (Saturday 10th May, 12-4pm) features 4 of the best new artists unearthed through innovative music blog and mailout The Tipping Point: Blessa, , Gallery Circus and Bridie Jackson and the Arbour.

And on Friday 9th May Generator presents a very special Artist Managers In Conversation panel featuring the best young managers in the UK and the BBC's Jen Long discussing breaking artists and building careers.

Joe Frankland, Artist Development Manager at Generator says,
“The Great Escape is an opportunity to discover buzz artists and to link with leading music industry figures. Having established a strong North East presence at the event, last year’s Tipping Point showcase was a highlight of the year and featured the likes of Eliza and the Bear and Nadine Shah – showing off what Generator does best. This year we return with our strongest lineup yet, a panel event a panel event featuring insight from managers on the frontline of artist development, and an exclusive Tipping Point delegate compilation in partnership with Killing Moon and Key Production. Needless to say, we can’t wait!”



Blessa, in its current and definitive guise, formed through a long standing friendship between Olivia (vocals) and Alex (guitar). Studying English Literature in the Steel City they began to be influenced by prose, poetry and the physical world around them; rather than by their musical contemporaries. Lyrically drawing references from the New York School poets such as Frank O’Hara and John Ashbery, and taking musical inspiration from the binaries of darkness/light and open/closed spaces, they set on forging a new Sheffield sound with the now completed line up of Andy (drums), Rob (guitar) and Jake (bass).

Following on from their debut single 'Between Times', the band release a new EP in June through Generator.


2.30 - 3.00pm

Sometimes a band comes along, and it’s hard not to just jump on the bandwagon. This is certainly the case with London based pop-rockers Fé. After releasing their single ‘Time’ in the Autumn of last year, it seemed everyone wanted to be the first to claim ‘discovery’ of Fé , with the BBC, The Guardian and XFM all piling in to champion the band- with just cause.

Fé was born out of the musical bond between Leo and Ben; who after years of writing together and performing on packed train carriages decided to grab Joss and Luca to create what has been called “pop perfection”. 

With each and every song, Fé have achieved a sense of wistful euphoria, which once heard cannot be forgotten with ease.  Encapsulating a sound which is woven into modern times, but somehow bettering it; Fé’s brand of washed out vocal’s and hammering drums already feels at home in most record collections.

Gallery Circus

1.30 - 2.00pm

Survivors of the San Francisco mini 2012 earthquake, identical twin brothers, Daniel and Graeme Ross, have returned to Newcastle to release their new single Supercell. Having spent the past couple of years chasing dollar, storms, and musical inspiration across America, the Geordies have returned to the UK with their white hot screeching beats in tow. With support from Jen long (BBC Radio 1), Amazing Radio and BBC Radio 6, Supercell oozes with the same power and intensity that crowds found so entertaining in their state-side shows.

Bridie Jackson and the Arbour

12.30 - 1.00pm

If there was ever music to listen to by the light of the full moon, perhaps while sitting by a window with billowing drapes, or something quite as enchanting yet grounding; Bridie Jackson and The Arbour have made it. This brooding, folk-influenced, four-piece Arbour place a listener into a dream-like state; lulling them into a false sense of tranquil security with hauntingly rich harmonies which are consistently overthrown by dark, melancholy lyrics

Winning the Glastonbury Festival Emerging Talent Competition in 2013, the Newcastle upon Tyne based ensemble wow’ed audiences, performing five times during the Glasto’ weekender. Their powerful harmony-heavy arrangements, coupled with impressive string sections, merge numerous musical styles such as blues, gospel, folk and jazz; taking the best from each and transforming them into a luscious sound that resonates with every note.

After the release of their debut album in 2012, a sell-out show at The Sage Gateshead and the successful securing of an Arts Council England grant; the success of this folk infused quartet seems to only be on the rise and their live performance is set to be as ethereal and moving as always.

Wristbands and delegate passes, and more information on the rest of the Festival can be found here

Artist Managers In Conversation
Breaking An Artist & Building Careers

This In Conversation panel event will feature anecdotes and practical advice from the best young artist managers in the UK - those in the artist development frontline, keeping ahead of industry trends and taking alternative approaches to breaking artists and building long-term careers.

Generator presents...
Artist Managers In Conversation - Breaking an Artist and Building Careers
Friday 9thMay, 12.00-12.45pm
Dukes Screen 2

with guests
Colin Roberts(Big Life, Chloe Howl, London Grammar)
Ellie Giles (Woman's Hour, Bill Ryder Jones, Ian Grimble, Richard Formby)
Ryan Lofthouse (George Ezra, James Bay, Port Isla)
Russ Tannen (Peace, Superfood)
Jen Long (BBC Radio 1, BBC Three, Kissability)

The Tipping Point and Killing Moon Compilation

Generator’s Tipping Point blog has joined forces with Killing Moon and Key Production for this year’s must-have CD compilation, available exclusively to industry delegates and showcase attendees at The Great Escape.

The Tipping Point unearths the best new music via a unique Tippers Network of reliable tastemakers across the UK. Tips are featured five days a week, with thousands of music industry figures receiving fortnightly email roundups. 
Killing Moon started life as a new music blog in 2011 and has rapidly expanded into one of the UK’s leading tastemaker blogs, labels, management companies and live promoters. In 2012 Killing Moon completed a deal with Turn First Artists/Universal Music Group to serve as its artist development platform.
Key Production are a well known music manufacturer established in 1990. They specialise in all types of music packaging, which includes CDs, DVDs, Vinyl Records, all associated printed parts, special packaging, band merchandise, as well as digital downloads and just about anything else in between you could imagine through sister company Think Tank Media!

The sought-after CD contains tracks from The Tipping Point and Killing Moon artists playing The Great Escape:
Fickle Friends, , Racing Glaciers, Blessa, Sons & Lovers,
Max Marshall, Honours , Bridie Jackson and The Arbour,
Looks, Gallery Circus, John J Presley, and D/C