The team behind Wales’ biggest events and festivals, including Inside Out and Colour Clash, have announced a major evolution for the company. Having previously operated as Climax Live, the launch of Escape Records is a huge development that sees the brand new record label, as well as all their existing festivals and club nights, fall under one exciting new brand. On top of this, there are bold plans firmly in motion for a brand new sure-to-be historic and much larger addition to their festival portfolio next year. Escape Records, then, is very much set to change the game in Wales and beyond.
The vibrant new label will be a diverse and exciting home to a vast array of sounds and genres. You can expect to hear the sort of cutting edge sounds that have always been championed across the collective’s iconic portfolio of festivals and events, across three genre focussed sub brands; Escape Tapes (Urban), Escape Jack (House), and Escape Anthems, with exciting releases from red hot artists including Glen Horsborough, Peter Chard and Local all confirmed.
Escape Records will officially launch on 17th May with a host of bold and adventurous activations that will showcase the sort of out-of-the-box thinking and real excitement the brand is all about.
The Escape Records team have undoubtedly established themselves as the leading event promoters in Wales over recent years, launching and firmly establishing three festivals across the country; Inside Out, Colour Clash and Party At The Park, as well as taking the reigns of one of Wales’ most loved legacy festival brands, Escape, each with capacities ranging from 5,000 to 20,000 people, with a huge new game-changing festival all set to be unveiled soon.
The collective has always strived to surround themselves and work with an array of amazing and creative people that are the heartbeat of what the brand stands for. Escape Records was very much a vision for the future, but after the enforced 2020 fallow year because of the pandemic, it now takes centre stage, as bold new challenges await whilst the team work on some very special new projects to be announced very soon.
Says Mark Hopkins, Director of Escape Records, “our mantra is trust and love the process. This means we’ve had an incredible ride, with many knocks along the way, but we have learnt from them all and improved each time and are now ready to take things to the next level. When this journey began, it was based in music and partying and the wider cultural impact in truth was not at the forefront of our minds. Fast forward 15 years and sadly the care free attitude of youth is starting to escape us, but this space is now filled with a more meaningful purpose. The creation of our academy to support and bring through the next generation of music talent in South Wales, our range of charitable and project work most recently supporting the building of a home in Cambodia. Giving back in all its forms to our community, the industry further afield and making sure we embody that in all that we do.”
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