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”

Credit: Lindsay Melbourne

Also joining the line-up are Minneapolis’s masters of emo electro-pop NOW NOW, LA teen garage rockers The Regrettes, and Naomi Scott. Other highlights include Nashville’s Sophie Allison aka Soccer Mommy – who has earned high praise for her “chill but kinda sad” indie-pop bedroom jams, and absolutely smashed it at SXSW.

Also Brighton-bound are Connie Constance – set to inspire TGE with her jazz and soul flavours, husky vocals, and emotional intelligence beyond her years, and Edinburgh’s melodic indie rockers Vistas whose energetic shows have caused a clamour.

Local talent at this year’s festival includes Brighton’s funky electronic rockers Demob Happy and The Magic Gang who will raise the roof with their infectious indie-pop, while Grime’s newest sensation Izzie Gibbs is ready with his witty wordplay and limitless energy, and Australian multi-instrumentalist G-Flip who also majorly impressed at SXSW earlier this year.

Elsewhere, gravel-voiced Snail Mail will transport festival goers down Route 66, and Kenyan-born Danish rapper K-Phax will grace the festival with “happy rap” – his unique brand of bubblegum hip-hop.

The Great Escape will be taking over 60 venues, with 500+ artists and a brand new festival site on Brighton Beach. Discover the very best in new music over 3 days this May with over 3,500 industry delegates and 16,000 music fans. Tickets available now.