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Review :: The Great Escape Festival 2018

For music industry professionals, the annual trip to Brighton for three days of drinking, schmoozing and live music feels a lot like Christmas. With no Glastonbury this year and a sunny forecast, it seems everyone was ‘OOO’ for The Great Escape Festival.

Stepping off the train, Brighton’s sea breeze instantly lifts your spirits. The colourful city comes to life in the sunshine as crowds of delegates and media flock towards Jubilee Square. After breezing through accreditation and dropping our bags at a quirky Airbnb, we head straight to the end of the pier where Scottish punk band LUCIA are serving up a frantic set, with a punchy attitude.

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Interview with Dermot Kennedy ahead of The Great Escape

Every so often you come across an artist who pushes a genre forward in a new direction. Dermot Kennedy is that artist. Equal parts rustic folk and soulful grit with a hip-hop influence, Ireland’s Dermot Kennedy offers his own blend of passionate, introspective songwriting.

I gave Dermot a call to talk about his latest EP, and find out what we can expect from his forthcoming set on the YouTube Presents stage at The Great Escape.

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One week to go until The Great Escape 2018

Festival season 2018 is here. With only one week to go The Great Escape is getting ready to unleash the hottest upcoming artists upon Brighton, from indie, pop and rock to grime, hip-hop and jazz and everything else in between, with over 700 shows it’s safe to say the streets, beach and venues of Brighton will be alive with musical furore.

For the first time, FADER lands from the US at The Great Escape adding extra flames to the line-up by the way of South London rapper Novelist. As one of grime’s freshest MCs the independent artist will undoubtedly raise the roof as he showcases tracks from his highly-praised debut album Novelist Guy.

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The Great Escape 2018 top picks & playlist

Among the popular artists performing at The Great Escape this year including Tom Grennan, IDLES, Tom Walker, Ten Tonnes, Pale Waves, Joel Baker, Soccer Mommy and Yellow Days – we’ve highlighted our top picks for the 2018 seaside festival.

These include Alma, Dermot Kennedy, Grace Carter, Hockey Dad, Hatchie, Moss Kena, Au/Ra, Ross From Friends, Nao, Nilufer Yanya, Sophie And The Giants, Superorganism, and Tom Tripp.

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Au/Ra

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The Great Escape 2018 adds NAO, Liv Dawson, Dream Wife + more

The amazing NAO will headline the YouTube Presents Stage on 18th May down on THE BEACH for The Great Escape 2018, showing Brighton the biggest party on the pebbles it’s ever seen.

The festival promises top performances from the UK’s hottest artists over two venues, pop up food stalls and even bespoke cocktail beach huts… Currently working on new music, NAO will no doubt mesmerise crowds with her own self-styled “wonky funk”.

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The Great Escape 2018 adds IDLES, Soccer Mommy, G Flip & more

With only six weeks to go until festival season kicks off (YAY), The Great Escape, Brighton’s festival for new music, has added a further one hundred artists to the line-up.

Bristolian five-piece rabble IDLES will ensure wall-to-wall commotion with their raucous punk-rock. IDLES said: “TANANEE TANANEE TANANEE TANANINGTING BOOYEH… with a little bit of luck you’ll be at The Great Escape festival to taste the rainbow with us morons. DGG”

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The Great Escape 2018 :: LINE UP :: The Go! Team, Alma, Milk Teeth

Ramping up the pace and ready to unleash the hottest upcoming artists on Brighton for three days of discovery and musical mayhem, The Great Escape announces even more artists across every musical style, all set to define the emerging soundtrack of 2018.

The Go! Team, Brighton’s very own 6-piece will bring the party vibes on Saturday down at the brand new beach site with their critically acclaimed new album Semicircle. Alma, the Finnish powerhouse known for her extraordinary soulful voice, electric-neon hair, baggy punk attire and a charismatic attitude is also an addition.

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The Great Escape 2018 launches new festival site on Brighton beach

The Great Escape Festival has launched its very own 2000 capacity festival site – right on Brighton beach, debuting in 2018. Adding to the festivals family of 30 venues, the brand new festival site will be home to two music venues to watch the very best new artists. Watch this space for more news soon.

Rory Bett, MAMA Festivals CEO said: “Creating our first, very own festival site on the beach is the most exciting news in TGE’s history and we couldn’t have a more perfect spot than right on the seafront. The Beach will become a magnet for music lovers during the festival and we can’t wait to open the doors.”

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The Great Escape 2018 :: LINE UP :: Lewis Capaldi, MoStack…

Festival season 2018 starts with The Great Escape. Internationally renowned for breaking the best and brightest new talent and an industry hotbed for music networking, The Great Escape is now in its 13th year.

Joining the line up for 2018 is not one but two MOBO nominated headliners. Arguably one of Birmingham’s biggest rappers, MIST is making waves with his honest and thoughtful lyrics. Joining him is North London MC MoStack whose catchy hooks and Afrotrap sound have been gaining him attention.

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The Great Escape Festival 2018 :: FIRST FIFTY

Festival season 2018 starts here: The Great Escape, the festival for new music renowned for breaking new talent. Now in its 13th year, TGE is here to provide the soundtrack to your future with the second instalment of FIRST FIFTY.

FIRST FIFTY is a series of exclusive gigs, across 5 venues over 3 days in East London from the very hottest new artists around. The artists announced today (Sept 19th) give a first glimpse of the talent lined up to play TGE 2018 and take next year’s festival season by storm.

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Review :: Uncovering Tomorrow’s Headliners at The Great Escape 2017

With 450 performances held across forty venues; for 20,000 festival goers and delegates – navigating The Great Escape festival in Brighton is no small task.

The Great Escape Festival plays a vital and relevant role in forecasting future trends in music business, and more importantly, uncovering tomorrow’s headliners. Read on for the five main acts from this year’s festival we’re tipping as future headliners.

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The Great Escape 2017 :: Mount Kimbie Headline Secret Show

With only days to go before The Great Escape kicks off, more exciting additions join the festival’s killer line-up.

Opening The Secret Show, hosted by SoundCloud Go, is Kojey Radical, a London-based musician, spoken word poet, and visual artist with a bold aesthetic vision and compelling lyricism.

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The Great Escape 2017 :: Ones to Watch

The Great Escape promises to be an outstanding introduction to 2017’s festival season. This year’s international line up is jam-packed with emerging acts from every corner of the music industry.

With only two weeks to go until Brighton’s biggest music event officially kicks off a long, festival-filled summer, we’ve chosen 17 “must see” acts performing at The Great Escape 2017.

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The Great Escape 2017 :: Swiss Artists

The country maybe small, but it’s music scene is mighty with 9 acts ready to make their mark at The Great Escape as Switzerland takes centre stage as the focus country. This is a music scene worth delving deeper into as some of the artists may just surprise you.

Here’s a list of some of the talent you can expect to see from Switzerland at The Great Escape Festival 2017.

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The Great Escape 2017 :: LINE UP :: Liv Dawson, Fickle Friends…

With just 7 weeks until The Great Escape kicks off festival season, another 150 artists have been added to the already kaleidoscopic line up with over 450 artists performing in 30+ venues across Brighton.

Added today is Rejjie Snow, music collective The Fedz, grime poet Kojey Radical, Disclosure collaborator Liv Dawson, neo-soul singer Charlotte Day Wilson,  Rat Boy, Gabrielle Aplin, Brighton five-piece Fickle Friends, Dan Caplen, Darlia, Jagara and loads more.

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The Great Escape 2017 :: LINE UP :: Zak Abel, Raye, Mullally…

More acts announced for The Great Escape 2017, taking over Brighton from 18 – 20 May. Favourites include Alyss, Flyte, Douglas Dare, Frank Gamble, Isaac Gracie, Leo Stannard, Girli, Paris Youth Foundation, Raye, Will Heard and Zak Abel. Tickets on sale now.

Today’s newly announced acts join spotlight headliners Rag n Bone Man and Slaves (sold out), plus other favourites Ray BLK, Cabbage, Cherry Glazerr, L.A. Salami, Yonaka, The Japanese House, Dan Croll, Mullally, Parcels, Stefflon Don, Stevie Parker, Swimming Tapes and Tom Grennan.

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The Great Escape 2017 :: LINE UP :: Rag N Bone Man, Ray BLK…

Entering its twelfth year, The Great Escape returns to Brighton 18th – 20th May 2017. Today, organisers announced the first fifty artists performing over the 3-day festival of new music discovery.

Having graced The Great Escape stage for the last two years, Rag’n’Bone Man heads up the first Spotlight Show of The Great Escape 2017.

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