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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.

The Beach. Credit: Victor Frankowski

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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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