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Vamos a Brighton! The final Spain lead country line-up at The Great Escape 2024 is announced

¡Vamos a Brighton! The final Spain lead country line-up at The Great Escape 2024 is announced, including Spanish Wave showcases, Mad Cool parties and conference panels.

With the new addition of Divorce From New York, nine young, upcoming artists representing the best of Spanish talent will play at the international showcase festival.

Listen to The Spanish Wave TGE playlist here

The final Spain as lead country line-up at The Great Escape 2024 is announced today, including showcase times, two parties - one hosted by Madrid festival Mad Cool - and two conference panels. Full info below!

For the Spain lead country campaign, nine young, upcoming artists representing the best of Spanish talent will perform in Brighton 15th - 18th May as part of The Spanish Wave line-up. The majority female line-up includes introspective new wave pop from Depresión Sonora, rnb star, actress and model Eva Ruiz, the entirely fabulous alternative pop star LaLa Hayden, Balearic pop sensation Ona Mafalda, dream pop artist MAVICA, melodic power pop band Mujeresthe wonderfully provocative pop artist Sila Lua and Fat White-style punk band The Gulps. Joining the previously announced eight artists is San Sebastian's Divorce From New York, who will be DJing at the Mad Cool party at DUST late on Thursday night and into the small hours of Friday.

The Spanish Wave has a great mission to promote Spanish musical talent across the globe. Together with The Great Escape, The Spanish Wave presents a complete program that will include two showcases featuring our nine excellent artists, parties and receptions sponsored by official Spanish partners to all accredited international delegates and panels on the Spanish music industry at the TGE conference.

The following sections give a full rundown of the Spain as lead country program at Great Escape.



21:30 : MAVICA 
20:30 : SILA LUA 
19:30 : EVA RUIZ 

FRIDAY 17th May @ Horatio’s

15:30 : LALA HAYDEN 
14:30 : THE GULPS 
12:30 : MUJERES

Please see below for the full lowdown and their artists biogs, and above for a Spanish Wave playlist featuring all nine awesome artists.


1) Meet the Spaniards reception. Spain trade mission and partners party @ Hotel Leonardo, Brighton seafront, 4 -6pm Thursday 16th May.

Join us for speeches, drinks, tapas and presentations with partners + Divorce From New York DJ set. RSVP HERE for delegates is available on request.

2) Fiesta! Mad Cool Party @ Dust 11pm - 2am, Thursday 16th May

Drinks, music and surprises plus DJ set from Divorce From New York.


1) Altafonte presents: Spain, Europe, Latam…Joining the dots. Thursday 16th May @ 10am, Hotel Leonardo

Moderated by Tomas Crespo from Altafonte, featuring esteemed guests from the vibrant Spanish and UK Music industry including Maxime Dodinet (Sony Music), Beatriz de la Guardia (Planet Events at Live Nation Spain), Chiara Hellquist Martínez (senior music and talent manager at VEVO Spain), Jose Luis Seijas (Candela Records / Latino Life UK), Mar Rojo (Sonido Muchacho), Fernando Montes (William Morris Endeavour UK) and Carlos Abreu (United Talent Agency).

This panel discusses Spain as a hotbed of musical talent, so much so that it can provide a business bridge between the Latam continents and Europe. What are the first steps and recommendations for European artists trying to cross the bridge to Latam territories? Our experts will discuss the do's and dont's in attempting to break the Latam market. Also on the agenda: is so-called “Latin Music” really happening in UK and Europe? Or is it just a USA phenomenon?

2) DIY PresentS: Spain Land of Festivals. Friday 17th May @ 10am, Hotel Leonardo.

Moderated by Rupert Vereker of DIY Magazine, featuring esteemed guests from the booming Spanish live sector including Cindy Castillo (Mad Cool Festival), Sebastian Vera (Mallorca Live Festival), Maria Arias (Ticketmaster Spain and Artist and Promoter Relations Lead at Ticketmaster Music), Israel Perez (Productions Baltimore: Warm Up Festival, Murcia; Low Festival, Benidorm), Ruben Gutierrez del Castillo (Function SGAE VP) and Tali Acosta (Sonidos Liquidos, Lanzarote).

Spain is the land of many festivals and many varied festivals at that. The festival season is a huge international draw for music lovers across the globe, from Mad Cool in Madrid to Warm Up Festival in Murcia or Sonidos Liquidos boutique festival on the beautiful island of Lanzarote. The panel will discuss how the Spanish festival scene benefits from enormous variety, thanks to regional differences to be enjoyed in the different landscapes, languages and cultures across the country. Climate change is an undeniably important challenge to the festival landscape, which means that a traditionally hot country is getting even hotter. Can the Spanish live industry share their expertise of dealing with climate change with European colleagues and help them climate proof their productions? Our panel can offer logistical, sound advice to make today's outdoor events a success, no matter what the weather.

The two panels will join one-off keynotes by music legends and industry leaders at this year's conference, including Warner Music UK EVP Darcus Beese OBE and Tom Gray and YolanDa Brown OBE DL, Chairs of the Ivors Academy and BPI respectively. Full details of the revamped TGE conference is here.

The Great Escape welcomes more than 500 artists from around the world every year, who will take to its 30+ stages in venues throughout the beautiful South coast city of Brighton. The festival has established itself as the place to discover new artists who will be the big stars of tomorrow. This year's edition is almost sold out, announcing that they have sold out of Thursday and Friday tickets for the three day event.

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