HMV’s acclaimed Next Big Thing festival for new and emerging artists is extending its platform even further by hosting a brand new stage at this year’s The Great Escape festival, which takes place in Brighton 12th – 14th May.
Each of the three nights will see four new and returning acts drawn from around the world and a wide range of music genres take to the hmv Next Big Thing stage, which will be supported by Ted Baker.
These will include a number of artists who successfully played at this year’s hmv Next Big Thing festival in February.
Thursday 12th May will be an out-and-out pop-hip-hop-grime night, and will be headlined by Example, fresh from his top five album.
Friday 13th will be the more traditional skinny- jeans-indie-night, featuring the red-hot Ed Sheeran and The Phoenix Foundation, climaxing with The View, who are back and on fire again with their third studio album Bread & Circuses.
The Saturday night is the hmv Next Big Thing’s take on an indie-fused-Americana, with performances by Dry The River and The Antlers culminating in a gig by Okkervil River, who have recently been on both the David Letterman and Conan O’Brien’s shows in the US (see below for full artist line-up & schedule).
Tickets to The Great Escape can be purchased through The Great Escape website and box office or via hmvtickets: online (www.hmvtickets.com), by phone (0843 221 0100) or at hmvtickets box offices at selected HMV stores.
HMV’s annual Next Big Thing festival is now firmly established as a definitive start-of-year showcase for new and emerging talent and takes place each February at HMV-owned MAMA Group venues in London, incl. the Borderline, Heaven, the Jazz Café and the Relentless Garage, as well as the hmvInstitute in Birmingham and the hmv Picture House in Edinburgh.
The festival was set up to give fans an early and affordable opportunity to see many of the acts tipped by HMV and media commentators, including the BBC in its Sounds Poll, for breakthrough success.
Artists who have appeared to date include Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith, Professor Green, Eliza Doolittle and recently Jessie J, Clare Maguire and Wretch 32.
The hmvNBT festival, which has been supported by Ted Baker and Gaymers and media partners Xfm and Time Out, also comprises special label nights in association with the likes of Communion, Moshi Moshi, Mute and Transgressive Records.
hmv Next Big Thing at The Great Escape line-up:
Thursday, 12th May
Friday, 13th May
The Phoenix Foundation
Saturday, 14th May
Dry The River
hmvlive manager, Jason Legg, comments: “We’re delighted that the hmv Next Big Thing festival has established itself so quickly as the definitive start-of-year showcase for new and emerging talent.
“It’s proved a big hit with fans and bands alike, and in bringing it to the seaside in Brighton for The Great Escape we hope to reach the attention of an even wider audience.”
“Ted’s always on the lookout for fresh new talent,” says Craig Smith, brand communication director at Ted Baker. “As no ordinary designer label, we like to engage with audiences in extraordinary ways, and that’s why we’re proud to support the up-and-coming musicians taking part in HMV’s Next Big Thing – including now at The Great Escape.”
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About the hmv Next Big Thing festival
HMV’s annual Next Big Thing festival is now firmly established as a definitive start-of-year showcase for new talent, and takes place in February at HMV-owned MAMA Group venues in London, including the Borderline, Heaven, Jazz Café and Relentless Garage, as well as at the hmvInstitute in Birmingham and the hmv Picture House in Edinburgh.
The festival was set up in 2010 to give fans an early and, at just £10 a ticket, an affordable opportunity to see many of the acts tipped by HMV and media commentators, including the BBC in their Sounds Poll, for breakthrough success.
Artists who to date have appeared to great acclaim include Ellie Goulding, Paloma Faith, Professor Green, Eliza Doolittle and recently Jessie J, Clare Maguire, Lauren Pritchard and Wretch 32.
The festival, which has been supported by Ted Baker and Gaymers and media partners Xfm and Time Out, also comprises special label and dance nights in association with the likes of Moshi Moshi, Communion, Mute and Transgressive Records.
About Ted Baker
Established in 1988, Ted Baker London has grown from its humble roots as a shirt specialist in Glasgow, to a global lifestyle brand with over 100 locations in Europe, the U.S., Australia, Middle East, Far East and Southeast Asia.
No ordinary designer label, Ted Baker offers menswear, womenswear, accessories (and everything in between), and is renowned for its quality and distinctive use of pattern and colour.
The brand’s unconventional approach to fashion, irreverent sense of humour and, above all, unswerving attention to detail appeals to style-conscious men and women who trust Ted to deliver that certain something… a little out of the ordinary.
HMV is one of the UK and Ireland’s leading entertainment brands, enabling comprehensive access to much of today’s popular culture through its chain of stores and online and digital sites as well as through its growing live venue, festivals, ticketing and promoting and artist management operations.
Established in 1921 through its landmark store in Oxford Street, and famous for its iconic ‘dog-and-gramophone’ trademark, 90-years-on entertainment brand HMV gets customers even closer to the artists and to the music, film and games they love whether in the home, on the move or via the ‘live’ experience.
Unique in its ‘360-style’ offer, HMV enables choice through 250 stores offering a specialist selection of entertainment content and technology products; an online store at hmv.com and a download service at hmvdigital.com powered by 7digital (50 per cent HMV-owned).
HMV is now also the country’s second-largest live music and ticketing operator: through its ownership of MAMA Group it has 13 venues and bars, including the iconic hmv Hammersmith Apollo, the hmvforum, the Jazz Café, Heaven, the Borderline, the Relentless Garage and Upstairs at the Relentless Garage in London as well as the hmv Picture House in Edinburgh, the hmvInstitute in Birmingham and the Ritz in Manchester, while it also operates G.A.Y. nights/bars in London and Manchester in association with legendary promoter, Jeremy Joseph.
HMV’s MAMA Group also owns and stages the annual Lovebox, High Voltage, The Great Escape, Global Gathering, Wilderness and the hmv Next Big Thing festivals, and also has an artist management division – SuperVision, that is home to the likes of Franz Ferdinand and The Kaiser Chiefs.
HMV’s ticketing operation – hmvtickets offers an extensive range of tickets for sale online at hmv.com and via instore and phone box office kiosks to gigs, events and festivals – whether at HMV/MAMA owned or third-party venues and sites.
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