The Great Escape reveals first fifty


The Great Escape Festival has revealed its first fifty artists for 2023. Taking over East London venues on November 15th, the First Fifty live shows are your chance to discover new music ahead of festival season next summer. Ones to watch include MEYY, The Dinner Party, She’s In Parties and Girls Of The Internet. Read on to find out where they’re playing.

LICKS Magazine is set to take up residency for the FIRST FIFTY live launch at Hackney Social with Scottish noisemakers Redolent, Perth-based nu-funk outfit LUCI, and the shimmering UK duo Girls Of The Internet.

DIY will host an exciting evening of new music at Moth Club with the ethereal sounds of six-piece The Dinner Party, dream-pop innovators She’s In Parties and the fast-rising Irish singer-songwriter Nell Mescal.

The doors of Hackney’s OSLO will open to new music fans in partnership with Ticketmaster New Music, showcasing Brighton rockers The Heavy Heavy, the fresh, funky alt-pop of Artemas and the blissful surf-pop of Wales natives Melin Melyn. The partnership continues with a second show at Folklore with TikTok star Áine Deane, bedroom-pop star Sarah Kinsley and the Italy-via-London genre-fluid San Soucis.

Notion will take over the Sebright Arms to showcase Grove, Jessica Winter’s gothic-flecked pop, psych-influenced Liverpool newcomer Mickey Callisto and MEYY’s spectral R&B.

BBC Introducing will present an eclectic mix of up-and-coming artists at Paper Dress Vintage with Seraphina Simone’s confessional pop, spellbinding dark grit-pop from Bambie Thug and the tongue-in-cheek post punk of Shelf Lives.

Dork will be at The Shacklewell Arms to host performances from hip-hop’s rising stars Joey Valence & Brae, NY electro-punk embracers LIP CRITIC and London’s multi-instrumentalist Deyaz.

Upset will welcome some heavy riffs and licks from performances by the punk-laced doom rock of Witch Fever, Lozeak and the fierce, energetic Alienblaze at The Victoria in Dalston.

Synonymous with new music discovery and acting as a springboard for rising artists, The Great Escape is the festival for new music. Playing host to more than 450 up-and-coming artists and hotly tipped talent across 35+ walkable venues, TGE will kick off the 2023 festival season from 10 – 13th May 2023 in Brighton, England.

Tickets for The Great Escape Festival start from £70 and are on sale now.