May 23, 2016
Last week the ticketscript team traveled to Brighton for Europe’s most exciting new music festival, The Great Escape. With three action packed days of live music, talks and seminars, and some serious networking, we made it back to London in one piece. Here are some of our highlights.
After picking up our passes and taking in what was an extremely busy and energetic Jubilee St, it was time to get to work. It felt like everybody in the music industry was here to play and we were certainly up for mixing. Much of the afternoon was spent pitching and meeting with numerous record labels, venues and promoters to spread the message that there is an alternative to third party ticketing platforms. It certainly felt good to see some eyes light up and take on board the ticketscript ethos! Hours of networking can take its toll, so we were also excited to get out and see some live music.
After a phenomenal comeback from Craig David in late 2015 into 2016, it was very exciting to see him on the line-up. The rest of Brighton were also very eager to see the ‘Born To Do It’ star and it was not an easy gig to get into but with some perseverance and patience we made it! After some serious worldwide success in his earlier years it did seem a little strange that such a star was performing at an emerging festival but no complaints here! We certainly made the most of this intimate show in the Vevo sponsored Wagner Hall.
It was a slow start to the day after a productive Thursday evening but the energy and buzz throughout Brighton means it’s difficult to stay down!
New Zealand’s Anthonie Tonnon impressed the small but dedicated room of fans with an energetic set at the Queen’s Hotel. A combination of getting amongst the crowd, convincing the audience to be his backing singers, and pulling of some exquisite dance moves made for a very fun set. Declan McKenna who is just 17 years old also impressed. After winning Glastonbury Festival’s Emerging Talent competition in late 2015 he has captured quite the fan base and the BBC have been a big supporter of his since. The teenager brought the house down at Wagner Hall and showed us that he has a very bright future ahead of him. Best of luck Declan!
We were also lucky enough to see the extremely talented hip-hop collective from Canada, Queen City Stoop Kids. They seemed to have a lot of buzz around them the entire weekend and it was clear why. Keep your ears out for this group in the near future.
We were invited to be part of the CMU:DIY conference which played host to an impressive range of seminars and panel discussions. Our Marketing Manager, Mark Kelliher took the stage to discuss the basics of ticketing which was well received by the audience who managed to make it out of bed in time for the 11am start. Pushing the message that it’s extremely important for artists to harness their own community and have ownership over their ticketing and data seemed to strike a chord with those in attendance. There is an alternative to using third party ticketing agents or discovery platforms! Mark was part of a wider group of panelists including representatives from MAMA Festivals, Tru Thoughts and Islington Assembly Hall.
As well contributing knowledge to the festival we also managed to see some more great music including Copenhagen’s Palace Winter who packed out the Hope and Ruin for a midday set. An impressive achievement considering the late night nature of TGE.
France’s Siska was also a highlight with her fusion of trip-hop, soul and folk music, alongside the UK’s Franko Fraize who delivered his poetic tales of living in middle England with such style and grace.
It’s needless to say we had an absolute blast at The Great Escape and it was great to inform the music industry of the ticketscript offering, meet a lot of new contacts, and take in some of the best emerging music the world has to offer. We’re already looking forward to next year!