In May 2016, Arts Programme Manager Camelia Harahap visited Brighton, UK to attend The Great Escape Festival (TGE). Here she shares her experience of the festival and her top music recommendations.
A leading festival for new music
The Great Escape Festival in Brighton has cemented itself as one of the leading festival platforms for showcasing new artists and new music from all over the world, from shoe gaze, to synth pop, to Israeli alternative rock.
Add in the conferences, the showcases and the networking lunches…it is already quite overwhelming for the industry-goers who head over to Brighton year after year, so imagine what it was like for someone who went there for the first time!
There is so much to discover and to explore at TGE, that three days really isn’t enough."
I went to Brighton with our brilliant team of music delegates from Indonesia. You might know some of them already:
- Robin Malau, founder of Musikator and now leading some of the major Music Cities programmes across Indonesia
- Anton Wirjono, seasoned DJ from Future 10 but also the force behind the creative dynasty known as the Goods Dept
- Ratih Suryahutamy or Neonomora, the female songstress with a powerful voice that won Rolling Stone’s best Indonesian album award and NET TV’s new breakthrough artists awards last year
- Ryan Novianto – co-founder of Frisson Entertainment who is leading the way for developing some of the exciting new talents in Indonesia’s music ecosystem
- Michael Budiman, a young composer and music critic who writes for ‘MusicalProm’ and currently doing his masters at Goldsmiths, University of London.