Back in September, some of the most hotly tipped musicians for 2017 had already been signed up for The Great Escape, taking place on 18-20 May. But now there are 100 more acts announced to perform at; the seaside event dedicated to new music! It is a huge event in Brighton, spanning 30+ venues, all within walking distance. There are secret gigs, spotlight shows and club nights which will be sure to make this a festival to remember!
On Thurs 18 May, Slaves return to the festival for ‘Slaves Pier Party’, where they will produce a spectacular spotlight show! Last year they pulled an amazing stunt by crowd surfing whilst still playing their instruments! This year they completely take over Brighton Palace Pier and fairground, where they will play one of the most unique shows ever to grace the city! They will join existing acts Rag’ n’ Bone Man, Ray BLK, Cabbage and Nilüfer Yanya at the festival.
“It’s brilliant to be able to get out of the traps in January, announcing 100 of the best new bands around joining the line-up for TGE 2017.” Were the words of Event Manager Kevin Moore, “we cannot wait for Slaves to perform at the end of Brighton Palace Pier, for what is going to be one of the biggest shows we have ever produced at the festival – it’s going to be one of those legendary ‘were you there’ moments, no doubt about that. Roll on May!”
Other acts added to the line-up today include: Stefflon Don who is currently conquering the UK rap scene. Tottenham lyricist Avelino, whose warm tone and clever wordplay have garnered praise from the likes of DJ Semtex and Stormzy. Elsewhere, Cosima’s rich, soulful sound stirs audiences with its honesty and intimacy, and Sampa The Great makes waves with her slick, confident mix of rap and hip-hop.
Having worked with the likes of The 1975, Amber Bain arrives with brand new project ‘The Japanese House’ in which she blends synth harmonies and ambient sounds with androgynous. Joining her on the line-up is folk-rock sensation Marika Hackman, who’ll showcase tracks from her hotly anticipated upcoming album, which features a heavier sound sure to add an extra dimension to her live show, and Native Dancer – who use acoustic instruments, synthesizers and samplers to fuse elements of pop, soul, jazz and electro funk.
HMLTD and Dream Wife, bring their own unique yet amazing styles. Synth-pop trio Off Bloom from Copenhagen arrive after collaborating with the likes of AlunaGeorge and Two Inch Punch. Salen offer infectious pop tracks with sugary sweet vocals. As well as Tom Grennan, who has already provided vocals for Chase and Status and is making a name for himself with his bluesy, soulful tone. Formed in Brighton – The Magic Gang – craft soulful, pop-driven songs with a 60s feel. Australian punk-rockers Tired Lion, and Belfast duo Picture This also perform.
“As we’re based in Brighton The Great Escape is always an event we look forward to playing. It’s a really great opportunity to see 20 bands in one night”- The Magic Gang
The Great Escape have also picked out some of the hottest artists from Switzerland, including French based artist Buvette whose reputation comes from his rap, reggae and dub-infused electro pop. Baba Shrimps’ concise synths, earthy folk, driving beats and catchy tunes will delight festival goers. While Zeal & Ardor creates striking, textured, atmospheric melodies.
Ticket Prices; Saver Great Escape Festival Tickets – £60 Saver Great Escape Delegate Passes – £195 Early Bird Great Escape Tickets (16-17 year olds) – £32 Rag’n’bone Spotlight Tickets – SOLD OUT Slaves Spotlight Show Tickets (Pier ride tokens included as part of their ticket.) – £22.50