The Great Escape, Europe’s biggest festival for new music, returns to Brighton, on Thu 14 – Sat 16 May to celebrate its impressive tenth year. For the past decade, The Great Escape has produced international and diverse line-ups flecked with the stars and sounds of the future, establishing this 3-day festival as the ultimate destination of discovery for music-lovers.

The first 150 artists to join the 10th anniversary festival line-up include southern soul-rock quartet Alabama Shakes, the first Brighton Dome show artist to be announced. As one of the most anticipated artists in 2012, they played to just 400 people, the same year that they delivered their hit debut album Boys & Girls. The band will triumphantly return in 2015 to bring their powerful live show to The Great Escape’s biggest stage.

The band said, “We are very happy to return to Brighton for The Great Escape. We had a blast last time. We just finished our new record and very excited to share it with the TGE audience.”

“The Great Escape is extremely proud to champion emerging talent and creativity across the entire music industry,” Festival Director Kat Morris said. “For the past decade, TGE has given upcoming artists the opportunity to perform for 18,000 passionate fans each year who are all hugely supportive of new music. To mark this very special 10th anniversary, we are excited to be bringing back some very special guests who have all performed iconic and memorable shows in previous years to play alongside 400 of 2015s hottest emerging artists from across the world.”

The venues, churches, pubs, streets and bandstands that make up the 30+ venues in use across Brighton will be bursting with future sounds across every genre including experimental folk singer SOAK, reflective LA-dwelling songwriter Tobias Jesso JR., alt-punk BBC Sound of 2015 nominees Slaves, disarmingly emotive hip hop artist Loyle Carner and lovelorn electronic soul artist Dan Bodan.

Also amongst the first 150 artists joining the line-up today is North London’s dreamy electronic trio Real Lies, wistful and soaring melodies from Flo Morrisey, Brighton born producer and Chase & Status collaborator Louis Mattrs, futurist electropop from Jack Garratt, Winnipeg hip hop collective The Lytics, heavily textured synth soundscapes from Oceaán, Swedish pop-noir songstress Seinabo Sey, powerful evocative vocalist Laura Doggett, Essex teenage talent Rat Boy, Welsh indie-rock group Pretty Vicious, Swedish-American pop innovator Mapei, Dublin four-piece Girl Band, Malian desert punk band Songhoy Blues and, returning to the Great Escape after their legendary debut in 2012, London-based folktronica foursome Django Django (pictured).

The full list of artists announced today is as follows: 1987, 36?, Acollective, Adam French, Admiral Fallow, Ak/Dk, Alabama Shakes, All Tvvins, Alo Wala, Andrea Balency, Andy Shauf, Apes, April Towers, Aquilo, Aurora, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Bad Breeding, Bad//Dreems, Banoffee, Bella Figura, Black Honey, Black Peaks, Boothroyd, Bully, C.A.R., Cairob, Charles Howl, Charlie Straw, Chelou, Choir Of Young Believers, Clarence Clarity, Close Talker, Cosmo Sheldrake, Creeper, Dan Bodan, Dark Moon, Demob Happy, Django Django, Dutch Uncles, Elder Island, Ewert And The Two Dragons, Fantasma, Fismoll, Flo Morrissey, Flyying Colours, Forever Pavot, Formation, Fraser A Gorman, Freddie Dickson & The Guard, From Indian Lakes, Gabrielle Papillon, Gengahr, Girl Band, Groenland, H.Hawkline, Hælos, Happyness, Honne, Human Hair, Ibeyi, Ivy & Gold, Jack Garratt, Jagaara, Jasmine Thompson, Jordan Klassen, JP Cooper, Kagoule, Kevin Devine, Kiko Bun, Klaus Johann Grobe, Lake Malawaiy, Lapsley, Laura Doggett, Lazytalk, Le Galaxie, Lee Bains Iii & The Glory Fires, Les Big Byrd,Life, Little May, Little Simz, Louis Berry, Louis Mattrs, Low Roar, Loyle Carner, Lubomyr Melnyk, Mapei, Meat Wave, Menace Beach , Monica Heldal, Moumoon, Mt Wolf, My Baby, Nick Brewer, Oceaán, Orla Gartland, Osca,Oscar & The Wolf, Passepied, Pierce Brothers, Pins, Pop Strangers, Pretty Vicious, Prom, Rag N Bone Man, Rat Boy, Real Lies, Remi, Rolls Bayce, Saint Motel, Saskwatch, Seinabo Sey, Shelter Point, Silences, Single Mothers, Slaves, Soak, Songhoy Blues, Sunset Sons, Sway Clarke Ii, Tei Shi, Thabo & The Real Deal, The Bohicas, The Garden, The Hearts, The Lytics, The Magic Gang, The Merrylees, The Picturebooks, The Riptide Movement, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, The Young Benjamins,This Be The Verse, Thomston, The Thurston Moore Band, Tobias Jesso Jr, Tops, Tor Miller, Turbowolf, Twerps, Twin Wild, Usa Nails, Vérité, Vilde Tuv, Vodun, Vogue Dots,Walking On Cars, Ward Thomas, Yak , Yosi Horikawa and Zun Zun Egui

Announced last week, The Great Escape will this year be focusing on the vibrant and varied music scene of the United Kingdom. Having cast the spotlight on lead international partners for the last ten years, including Finland, Australia and Ireland, this year the attention will be strongly on the British music scene to coincide with the 10th anniversary event.

The festival is supported using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and will also be supported by UK Music, the campaigning and lobbying body which represents every part of the UK music industry.

Running alongside the official festival programme is The Great Escape convention, the UK’s biggest industry event which will focus on four key topics: Music Licensing – Explained At Last!’, ’Music Marketing Is Broken – Let’s Fix It’, ‘How To Sell Out Gracefully – Better Brand Partnerships’ and ‘What’s The Point Of A Record Label Anyway?’. These divisive topics will be explored in depth via a series of panels, presentations, debates and keynote speakers. The speakers for these events, plus the series of In Conversation sessions, are still to be announced.

3-day festival passes, now at saver prices, which give access to all core TGE gigs over three days are on sale now for just £49.50 + booking fees. Delegate passes, which give additional access to all TGE convention events and priority access to live shows, are still available at a heavily discounted early bird price of £145.00

The Great Escape comes to venues across Brighton on Thu 14 – Sat 16 May 2015

For tickets and further information, visit www.greatescapefestival.com

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