The The’s Matt Johnson will take part in The Fireside Sessions on Thursday at The Great Escape.

The The’s Matt Johnson will take part in The Fireside Sessions on Thursday at The Great Escape.

The sessions, curated by design and packing specialists Modo and Essential Music & Marketing, with support from For The Record, take place at The Basement as part of The Alternative Escape, the official fringe programme of the Brighton festival.

Johnson will be in conversation with Music Business Worldwide founder Tim Ingham, as part of the Fireside Chats. Jeff Barrett, founder of legendary independent label Heavenly Recordings, and Lohan Presencer, CEO of Ministry of Sound, will also be in conversation earlier in the afternoon, from noon.

In the evening, singer/songwriter C Duncan, East London rapper Ghetts and Christopher Smith’s Dralms will perform live.

Tim Bevan, joint managing director of Modo said: “As a Brighton-based company and one that is involved in the cultural life of the city, Modo felt it was important to participate in The Great Escape. This event, which is part of The Alternative Escape will combine conversation and insight from key figures involved with the independent music sector alongside performances from three of the most interesting artist around at the moment. We hope TGE 15 delegates will come along and enjoy what we hope will be a relaxed and enjoyable event.”

Mike Chadwick, managing director of Essential Music and Marketing said: “We are really looking forward to The Fireside Sessions, which promises to be an opportunity to enjoy a great day of music and performance by the seaside. 

“We are proud to be associated with TGE 15 and have worked with our friends at Modo and Steve Rowland at For the Record to curate a programme of educational and inspirational industry chat combined with music from three of the amazing labels we represent namely Fat Cat Records, Disrupt and Full Time Hobby.” 

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