The festival for new music The Great Escape (TGE) has announced that the Netherlands will be its lead international partner in 2018. The live event is organised by MAMA Festivals and will take place on 17-19 May in Brighton, UK.

TGE has teamed up with Dutch Music Export for the next year’s show and together will be highlighting the Netherlands’ music industry with performances from a selection of the country’s rising musicians.

The Great Escape festival is internationally renowned for breaking the best of emerging talent from around the world, and by having a lead international partnership, the focus will be on the chosen country of that year. For over 13 years, the festival’s international partnership have played a key part reforming this ethos to enable new artists from diverse music markets.

Previous lead international partnerships have included the likes of Canada (2006), New Zealand (2009), France (2007) and Switzerland (2017).

“Dutch Music Export is proud to be the focus country at TGE 2018,” said Rudd Berends, Dutch Music Export producer.” Our country has supported and attended TGE from year one. The UK is one of the most important countries for us to present the best the Lowlands has to offer and The Great Escape provides the best platform to showcase, support and promote Dutch musical talent to not only the UK but international music industries and audiences.

The partnership has been made possible by the coming together of Dutch Music Export, powered by Eurosonic Noorderslag, Dutch Performing Arts and Buma Cultuur, with support of the embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Rory Bett, MAMA CEO commented: “At last we are thrilled to shine a spotlight on one of our strongest most longstanding partners, the Netherlands. Since the birth of TGE in 2006 the DME has worked alongside us to bring the best Dutch artists to the festival, our convention and line-up has grown from strength to strength with their support and incredible music scene. 2018 is the perfect time to put the very best the Netherlands has to offer at the forefront of our festival.”