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.


Sigrid lived up to the hype created around her at The Great Escape this weekend. Sigrid is from a tiny town in Norway and has the whole of the music industry wanting a piece of her. Signed to Island Records, the Norwegian talent performed three times across the weekend, each time leaving her audience wanting a whole lot more. After seeing her live, there’s no doubt Sigrid is one of the world’s next big popstars.


Another stand out act at The Great Escape 2017 were Dutch band Klangstof. Influenced by the likes of Radiohead and Tame Impala; this trio are journeying towards the top of festival bills both in Europe and across the pond. The Amsterdam-based group are signed with Mind of a Genius, home to ZHU and Gallant. Their debut album Close Eyes To Exit is full of melodic hooks and spacey beats – sounding atmospheric, dark and brooding when performed live.


Thursday’s spotlight show saw Slaves cap their unstoppable rise to festival headliner status by taking over Brighton Palace Pier. What Slaves do particularly well is prove that political spirit is alive and well in contemporary British music.

Mount Kimbie

Ambient electronic duo Mount Kimbie played Soundcloud’s exclusive showcase at The Great Escape, where they debuted new single Marilyn, featuring East London artist Micachu. Marilyn moves Mount Kimbie further from the overcrowded mainstream. This new distinct, harder and distorted sound makes them the perfect headliner for smaller stages at eclectic, boutique festivals.


Against an awesome laser-show backdrop, Kano’s effortlessly catchy flow and profound lyrics were given wings by an incredible production featuring full band: guitar, drums, keyboard, tuba, trombone and string quartet. There’s no doubt that Kano is a future headliner.