Wednesday, 18 April 2012

THE GREAT ESCAPE 2012 - PRESS RELEASE




THE GREAT ESCAPE 2012:

AFRICA EXPRESS SOUNDSYSTEM TO PLAY ONE-OFF SET AT THE BRIGHTON DOME ON 12th MAY

•REVOLUTIONARY MUSIC COLLABORATION PROJECT FEATURING THE FINEST MUSICIANS FROM AFRICA AND THE WEST
•ONE-OFF SHOW IS UNIQUE CHANCE TO SEE AFROTRONICA, A CROSS-CULTURAL EXPLOSION OF GENRES ON ONE STAGE

Africa Express Sound System (AESS) brings together the best and brightest musicians from Africa and the West to collaborate in hugely-acclaimed one-off shows. Each one is different, with new artists coming together to explore new frontiers and develop new sounds. Now Brighton’s Great Escape Festival is giving you the chance to catch this convention-defying collective on 12th May at the Brighton Dome.

Among those artists coming along for their Great Escape gig* are the following - and there will be more:

Diabel Cissoko - long one of the most intriguing figures on the Senegalese music scene, combining diverse influences with traditional instruments and heritage.

Jesse Hackett (Elmore Judd / Gorillaz / Owiny Sigoma ) - acts as musical director of AESS when not providing keyboards for Gorillaz.

Spoek Mathambo - MOBO-nominated DJ and producer hailing from South Africa and making huge waves around the world for both his tunes and his amazing videos.

John McClure (Reverend and the Makers) fast-talking frontman of British indie sensations Reverend & the Makers, about to release their much-anticipated third album.

M3NSA - Ghanaian hip hop pioneer, dividing his time between producing and rapping. Currently can be heard on the new Rocketjuice and the Moon album.

Shingai Shoniwa (Noisettes) - The charismatic front woman of the Noisettes is one of the most distinctive voices in contemporary British indie.

Mim Suleiman - from Zanzibar, she defies categorisation but has been described as ‘Miriam Makeba meets Aretha Franklin’.

Thristian ‘bpm’ (Boiler Room) – DJ and Producer with world-leading underground music show The Boiler Room.

Terri Walker - Legendary British singer/songwriter and a cornerstone of the UK soul scene.

Jesse Hackett said “Africa Express has been a truly life changing experience. Since Mali in 2006 it’s had a profound effect on me spiritually and musically. Becoming musical director for the Africa express sound system is an honour..... The Africa Express Sound System is hitting Brighton on the 12th of May for a night of deep African electronic exploration. Featuring master Cuban and Gambian percussionists, a Senegalese kora virtuoso, vocalists from Ghana, Zanzibar and Soweto, the finest producers / DJs and a whole host of amazing UK singers and surprise artists . Expect a joyous spontaneous heavy and mind altering journey into the unknown”

Mensa said “Brilliant! I can't wait to see what we cook up this time! Free spirited super talented artists all in one magical cooking pot! I'm always as pleasantly surprised as the audience themselves!”

The Great Escape will return to the bustling British seaside city of Brighton from 10th-12th May 2012, presenting festival-goers with over 300 new local and international artists across 30 different venues throughout the city. Running alongside this is the Great Escape convention programme hosting a variety of insightful industry talks, panel debates, targeted networking sessions and key note interviews for industry professionals and music business fans.

To ensure guaranteed access at the Africa Express Soundsystem performance, attendees can top up their festival wristband for £7 per show, or purchase a separate gig ticket at www.escapegreat.com

*Artist line up subject to change without notice
THE GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL
BRIGHTON, WEST SUSSEX, UK
THURSDAY 10 – SATURDAY 12 MAY 2012

3-DAY FESTIVAL TICKETS £49.50

SINGLE & TWO DAY FESTIVAL TICKETS from £22.50

AFRICA EXPRESS SOUNDSYSTEM - TOP UP (BRIGHTON DOME SHOW) £7
(top up a 3-day festival ticket to ensure guaranteed access to Africa Express Sound System show)

AFRICA EXPRESS SOUNDSYSTEM - SINGLE TICKET (BRIGHTON DOME SHOW) £18.50
(guaranteed access to Africa Express Soundsystem show only)


Access to a number of our shows including AFRICA EXPRESS SOUNDSYSTEM is available to a 14+ audience.
Please see the website for further information
http://escapegreat.com/festival-line-up/14+shows


TO PURCHASE TICKETS and for further information:
www.escapegreat.com/buyTickets/ & SEE Tickets: 0870 264 3333

Book Festival Accommodation for the weekend from £90 for three nights:
http://escapegreat.com/book-hotel/festival-accommodation

Artist Registration is now closed

3-DAY DELEGATE TICKETS (SAVER - limited availability) £150
Delegate tickets allow access to TGE industry convention & networking programme and priority
access to all core programme gig venues, subject to each venues capacity

Book the Industry Delegate Hotel for the Weekend from £420 for three nights:
http://escapegreat.com/book-hotel/book-industry-delegate-hotel

For further information please contact Borkowski Arts & Ents: +44 (0)203 176 27 00
Louise Thompson: 07932 652 495 / louise@markborkowski.co.uk
Giles Cooper: 07850 769 189 / giles@markborkowski.co.uk
Festival Accreditation: thegreatescape@markborkowski.co.uk

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