The Great Escape – Day 2 begins

This afternoon throws up a wealth of possibilities. Peter von Poehl, who supported Camille at KOKO on Wednesday, serenades delegates attending the wonderful French Music Bureau’s reception about now – I’m about to head there at a dash, as I’ve yet to catch him live.

In about half an hour from now, Mr Hudson and Soweto Kinch will take to the Theatre Royal Balcony for a secret gig collaboration. It’s where The Noisettes played last year – so far the weather’s holding as overcast rather than wet, so it should be possible to look up without being drenched.

Various bands are being interviewed all over the place, though not by us. We don’t have enough writers here to take on all the opportunities, alas, but if you’re out and about at Horatio’s at the end of the pier, look for semi-famous faces.

Up at the Old Vic, Annie Nightingale will be charing a panel on, of all things, Acid House at 2pm. Phil Hartnoll is among the panelists. Later still, Sire Records co-founder and A&R legend Seymour Stein gets interviewed. Both look like they’re worth witnessing.

We’ll work out our evening plans a little later… Any recommendations?

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