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Ireland named country partner for Great Escape 2011

United Kingdom United Kingdom | by Daniel Fahey | 14 October 2010

Each year, organisers place the spotlight on the emerging talent from one nation with Canada, France, Norway, New Zealand and Australia focused on it the past.

Eugene Downes, CEO of Culture Ireland, commented: "More than ever before, Irish artists are defining Ireland's global reputation as a leader in imagination and innovation.  Irish musicians and bands are great ambassadors for Creative Ireland at important international showcase events such as The Great Escape.

"We were pleased to welcome the TGE team at Hard Working Class Heroes last week, following which, we are delighted that Ireland has been chosen as the spotlight country for 2011. We look forward to working with the organisers and our partners at FMC through Music From Ireland to generate further opportunities for Irish bands to reach new audiences and markets."

No names have been confirmed as yet but a mix of live bands and DJs are expected towards the tail end of the year.

Super early bird tickets are already on sale priced at £35 with delegate passes, which give entry to the festival’s conferences and gigs, available for £80.

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