The Great Escape Festival 2018

Thu May 17 2018 - Sat May 19 2018

10:00 AM

Various Venues, Brighton

City Centre Brighton BN1

£1.00 - £65.00

Ages 18+

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The Great Escape Festival 2018

Thursday 17th-Saturday 19th May 2018

Various venues across Brighton

Ages 18+

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The Great Escape Festival 2018

  • The Great Escape Festival

    The Great Escape Festival


  • Aine Cahill

    Aine Cahill


  • Alex The Astronaut

    Alex The Astronaut

    Alternative Folk

  • Alexander Biggs

    Alexander Biggs


  • Ama Lou

    Ama Lou


  • Aquaserge


    Avant-Garde Rock

  • Awate



  • Bad Gyal

    Bad Gyal


  • Bakar



  • Benny Mails

    Benny Mails


  • Big Tobz

    Big Tobz


  • Billy Lockett

    Billy Lockett


    Everything was looking up for Billy Lockett’s burgeoning career as a singer-songwriter. He’d dreamed of forging a life in music since childhood, when his father’s unconventional home stereo system would boom out classic records from Neil Young, Bob Dylan and Cat Stevens to every single room in the Northampton townhouse in which he was raised.

    By March 2014, Lockett was truly making a name for himself with support tours with the likes of Lana Del Rey, Birdy and KT Tunstall which, in turn, saw his headline shows grow in scale across Europe. His schedule was hectic to the point where he hadn’t realised how drastically his father’s cancer had advanced. Fortunately being near home for a gig in Milton Keynes granted the pair a day to bond over songs, drinks and conversation.

    But as Lockett recalls solemnly, “As soon as I left the house for the gig, I got a call to say that he’d gone.”

    In keeping with his father’s wishes, Lockett completed the tour and then retreated into the basement of his childhood home. It was a setting that would only amplify the already indescribable sense of grief, given that each room was packed – not only with his artist father’s 600 unsold paintings, but also with countless other items that had been hoarded over the years.

    For almost every day over a two-year period, Lockett would sit in the basement writing songs with only his piano and his producer friend Phil Clark for company.

    “For the first three months, I was thinking I need to write a song about my Dad, and I kept trying and trying but it just wasn’t happening. So I gave up and just started writing what came naturally.” By the time he came to the end of the process, both Lockett and Clark discovered something unexpected. “When we looked back at the songs, we both realised that all of these songs were subliminally or accidentally about him. They’re love songs, but they’re all about missing someone.”

    Soon enough, Lockett was writing about “moving on and starting again” while also going through the cathartic process of getting the house back in order. That reinvention extended to his music too. He deleted all of the tracks he had online, moved his focus from guitar to his father’s preference for the piano, and concentrated on developing his previously undiscovered falsetto. It’s a sound which uses the pure songcraft of Oh Wonder, Coldplay’s strident anthems and the economical style of Ludovico Einaudi as touchpoints.

    His father’s influence even impacted upon a comparatively laidback new approach for his live show, which was debuted with a nerve-wracking yet ultimately spine-tingling sold-out headline show at St. Pancras Old Church.

    “When I was young, I thought that a good gig was being an entertainer and everyone would be dancing and having a good time,” he recalls. “But my Dad always taught me, ‘You’ve got to make them laugh and make them cry.’ I think when you’re pouring your heart out, as long as you mean what you say, it doesn’t matter if it’s fast or slow. If people are engaged, that’s why they’ll buy a ticket and come back.”

    Such engagement requires songs that move, astound and inspire in equal measure, and they’re something that Lockett has in abundance. And nowhere is that more striking than in his upcoming single ‘More’ in which Lockett ruminates on loss, longing and regret with a voice that can convey a spectrum of sensitive emotions.

    “It explores the idea that words can’t really explain how much you miss someone,” he says of a song which relates a personal story to a universal experience. “Deep down it’s much more than just ‘I miss you’ or ‘I need you’. It’s a shame that all we have is words that can’t do justice for just how much that means.”

    BBC Introducing are backing Lockett for big things, especially Huw Stephens who recently championed him as a Tip of the Week. Further support  has also included Tom Robinson at 6 Music and the crowd-pulling rock ‘n’ roll club night This Feeling where Lockett laughs, “I’m like their token piano guy.” To maintain such upwards momentum, the blend of Lockett’s revealing songwriting with Clark’s intimate production has now been boosted with mixing courtesy of Mike Crossey (The 1975, Arctic Monkeys).

    Despite the trials and tribulations of his story, the Billy Lockett that we see today is a young musician with a personality that contrasts the sombre tone of his music. On first impressions, his towering afro and eccentric sartorial choices make him a magnetic personality, while his animated and undeniable enthusiasm for his work is perfectly complemented by a cheeky, ever-present glint in his eyes. Three years on from where we first took up the story, Billy Lockett has battled tragedy and radically evolved his style. There’s no changing the past, but it informs a future rich with potential for the young musician.



    Indie Pop

    West-London born and raised, BLOXX are already showing all the right signs of becoming on the UK’s most exciting new prospects. They’ve already been picked out by Radio 1 (Mistajam / Phil Taggart / Huw Stephens) and had nearly a quarter of a million streams on ‘Your Boyfriend’ on Spotify. BLOXX follow in the footsteps of MØ, Sundara Karma, Skott and Wolf Alice in releasing their debut single through the London-based Chess Club Records. If things carry on this way, it looks like little will be able to stop BLOXX’s ascension – stay tuned.

  • Bobii Lewis

    Bobii Lewis


    Bobii Lewis grew up in Tottenham, North London and as a kid was hypnotised by the reggae and motown records his parents would be play. Bobii has been working on his music, crafting his sound and attracting a lot of attention. Now working with Producer KZ on his highly anticipated debut album, it promises to masterfully fuse his influences of R&B, hip-hop and reggae with some high-level collaborations also in store. 2018 promises to be an exciting year for Bobii Lewis.

  • Boniface


    Electronic Pop

    Micah Visser named his band after the Winnipeg neighbourhood where he grew up and spent his childhood learning violin and saxophone, guitar, piano, computer programming, until he could no longer remember when he stopped playing other people’s songs and began writing his own. His stunning debut single “I Will Not Return As A Tourist”, released via Transgressive Records last Autumn, sets out his stall: a song that presses quiet lyrical introspection against a furious pop swell, that is at moments frayed and wild and at others immense and gleaming. With early praises from the likes of Sunday Times Culture, NME, and DIY magazine alongside early spins across Radio 1 (Huw Stephens and Annie Mac); you should check out this bands early days. “An instant Classic” says The Sunday Time Culture.




    The second full-length from BØRNS, Blue Madonna, is proof of the strange magic that can be made from embracing instinct and wonder.  In creating the album, singer/songwriter Garrett Borns found his curiosity sparked by sonic phenomena of all kinds: impromptu recordings of nocturnal creatures near his parents’ house in Michigan, early-60s AM pop, Brian Wilson’s teenage symphonies to God, the mariachi music constantly echoing through his former L.A. neighbourhood.  As on his debut album Dopamine-a 2015 release featuring the platinum-selling breakthrough single “Electric Love”-BØRNS transforms his kaleidoscopic fascinations into dreamlike pop music that bears a classic sensibility but ultimately feels like some glorious future.

  • Bossy Love

    Bossy Love

    Electronic Pop

    Glasgow based enigmatic duo, singer-come-mechanical scientist Amandah Wilkinson (formally Operator Please) and ex Dananananaykroyd drummer/ BBQ restaurateur John Baillie Jnr, Bossy Love aren’t your typical RnB/Pop pair.

    Lauded by critics as ‘one to watch’ after they self released tracks ‘Sweat It Out,’ and ‘Body’ last year, both quickly earned the band a dedicated following.

    The powerful debut single that followed, ‘Want Some’ released on Nightwave’s tastemaker label Heka Trax this March treated listeners ears to their next dose of ‘tropical R&B’ meets hard hip hop beats, with remixes from the label boss herself and Big Dope P (Ninja Tune / LuckyMe). Securing plays across BBC Radio 1Xtra, Beats 1, Kiss FM as well as a whole lot of love from the blogosphere; Dummy, Fader, Clash, Earmilk, GOLDFLAKEPAINT and more all boarding the Bossy train.

    Live Bossy Love are a force to be reckoned with. Experienced touring artists they come without trepidation ready to convert the new and excite the faithful. Creamy sounds, samples and lyrics delivered with a zero-fucks magnetic punk attitude, “It’s a brave band that allows Bossy Love to open for them. Pure heat from the very first bar, the Glaswegian trio transform a sparse, early doors crowd into a fully fledged front row dance party.” - The Skinny

  • Boy Azooga

    Boy Azooga


    Boy Azooga, is piloted by Davey Newington, a young man with much musical heritage. One of his granddads was a jazzer who played drums for the Royal Marines. Davey’s dad (violin) and his mum (clarinet) both played, and met, in the BBC National Orchestra Of Wales. Influences on the band include Sly & The Family STONE, Caribou, Outkast, Van McCoy, Ty Segall and The Beastie Boys. It’s a range of listening that reflects how Davey moved on from a school-days love of Nirvana and Run-DMC – which was partly down to an inspirational art teacher.

  • Broadstrokes



    Nottingham is known for it’s HI-NRG dance music and is not commonly associated with smooth, soulful jazz. Broadstrokes might be about to change that. A true vinylphile, he has already made a name for himself in his hometown for his DJ sets, which consists of jazz, funk and hip-hop. He is now branching out by creating his own music, with his first release being the blissed out “Clean”.

    “Phenomenal…like the Cannonball Adderley for the now generation” – Gilles Peterson, founder of Brownswood Recordings.

  • City Calm Down

    City Calm Down

    Indie Rock

  • COIN


    Indie Pop





    When the light hits the rusting disco ball and green laser hearts float through the smoke-filled club air, CRIMER’s distinct style of dancing begins to hypnotise and entrance. With his warm, unforgettable voice, he casts a spell on audiences, entraps them with his relentless beats, and carries them away with a captivating refrain. CRIMER has an undeniable fable for the sound of decades past. With Cure-like guitars and a centre parting taken straight out of the boyband handbook, his melancholy-tinged songs manage to distil several decades of music into one sound.

  • Crooked Teeth

    Crooked Teeth

    Noise Pop

    CROOKED TEETH are a three-person synth propelled noise pop band hailing from East London. The last three years have involved numerous gigs and seen their sound evolve, with analogue electronics and distorted guitars driving what could almost be described as pop music. The group have already received radio play from Amazing Radio and featured in CLASH and Louder Than War amongst others.

    “Right from the gorgeous opening electronica throb, you know you are in for something very special hereCountry of Origin: UK” Louder Than War

  • D.A.N.


    Electronic Pop

    D.A.N. were formed in the summer of 2014 in Tokyo. Their unique and thoroughly modern sound, sitting somewhere between the minimal alt-pop of The xx and the live dance music dynamic of Caribou has won them fans throughout their home country, and an offer to appear at the prestigious Fuji Rock Festival in 2016 has been swiftly followed by the band opening for international artists including James Blake and The xx in Japan. Late 2017 took the band to London, where they spent some time recording with Floating Points at his personal studio, appeared on Giles Peterson’s Worldwide Radio and performed at the legendary Hackney hipster haunt The Shacklewell Arms. With influences ranging from underground house and techno through to psychedelic and African music, the three piece are equally at home in the club as they are on a festival stage, and are being widely touted as the most exciting prospect to emerge from the Tokyo scene in many years.

  • Dan Stock

    Dan Stock

    Indie Rock

  • Daysormay




    If you had the unicorn opportunity to see daysormay perform when they started back six years ago, you would have known even then that they weren’t just fooling around.  Now 18 and 19 years old, the alternative five-piece band from Vernon, BC continues to amaze with their epic sounds and impressive songwriting chops. Unsatisfied to churn out simple three-minute rock standards, they continue to challenge their craft by hiking to new songwriting heights and attacking each new live show with a relentless energy of a band on the verge.

  • Declan Welsh & The Decadent West

    Declan Welsh & The Decadent West


  • Denzel Himself

    Denzel Himself


  • Dream State

    Dream State


    For the last few months, a song has been bouncing from playlist to playlist around the world, an old-school victory of word-of-mouth recommendations taken flight in the age of streaming. Equal parts beauty and brutality, White Lies has so far racked up over a million plays on Spotify and well over 3.5million on YouTube, but for the song’s authors – South Wales’ Dream State, comprising vocalist CJ Gilpin, guitarists Aled Evans and Rhys Wilcox, bassist Danny Rayer and drummer Jamie Lee – it’s only the beginning.

    Formed in late 2014 in South Wales, Dream State signed to UNFD a few hours before playing Reading Festival for the first time in 2017. In the interim they developed a fierce following around the UK and beyond; 2015’s sharp EP Consequences hinted at what they were capable of but when White Lies landed (recorded in summer 2016 with Jonny Renshaw) it showed what the band were really capable of.

    “It’s about temptation, denial, hitting rock bottom and surrendering to yourself,” explains CJ. “There’s a line in the song – ‘Why won’t you give up?’ – that is really personal to me because I’m questioning myself as well someone close to me. I had to watch a person I love destroy themselves slowly over time and that line is for the both of us.”

    Now backed with new acoustic and piano versions of the original track (recorded with Grumble Bee’s Jack Bennett), the light and shade afforded by these new renditions demonstrates the band’s musicality and creativity, as well as the sheer power of CJ’s voice.

    “White Lies is a naturally bold and aggressive song, so revisiting the track from a more delicate angle initially felt like we were moving against the grain,” says CJ. “Once we stripped things back, the more vulnerable elements started to shine through and guide us forward in the process! It brought about another dimension to the sound which was really interesting to explore and develop.”

  • Durand Jones & The Indications

    Durand Jones & The Indications


    Bayou-born soul sensation, Durand Jones got his start in the church, after being forced to sing in the choir of his rural hometown Hillaryville, Louisiana because his Grandmother thought he sang too much at home. When his music career took him to Bloomington, Indiana, he was selected to join the legendary Indiana University Soul Revue, and it was through his involvement that he met writer/producer duo Aaron Frazer and Blake Rhein. The three began writing original soul music, recording themselves straight to tape in the basements of Bloomington – and their debut album is now available on our record label, Colemine Records.

  • Easy Life

    Easy Life

    Indie Rock

    Easy Life are a Leicester five-piece whose early material explores that push and pull between the promise of a simpler existence, and the hedonism or temptations which occasionally threaten to get in the way. Singer and front-man Murray first met the band’s bassist and sax player, Sam, at school in the Midlands, where they bonded over a mutual love of early hip-hop, funk and jazz. Having signed up the rest of the band on the local scene, they soon began to write songs as Easy Life, mixing these more transatlantic influences with elements of indie, punk, and the less-exotic realities of rainy middle England.

  • Ebenezer



  • Elsa Hewitt

    Elsa Hewitt


    Elsa Hewitt has been songwriting since 2003, then venturing solo into electronics and experiments from 2011, following the first forays with bands Prince Harry and Tender. Elsa Hewitt’s artistry is uncompromised, unconventional, unpredictable and sincere. “If there is one thing I am not, I know that it is not pop”.

  • Eves Karydas

    Eves Karydas


    After studio sessions in Brixton everyday for months, writing countless demos, with countless loose ends, ‘There For You’ suddenly clicked. Arriving in London at 20-years-old, having moved from Brisbane on her own, Eves pushed herself into unfamiliar relationships and environments, which brought a remarkable maturity, sense-of-self, and sensuality to her effervescent pop music, while collaborating closely with Claire Gillen (Rihanna, Blood Orange) on the creative direction and alluring visuals.

  • FEET


    Indie Rock

  • Figure Walking

    Figure Walking


  • Fine Creatures

    Fine Creatures


    “When we first started, I always said that I wanted to be ‘the dirty Beatles’,” laughs Fine Creatures frontman James Hall. “That’s a good way to describe us.”

     It’s that rough and ready blueprint of pop, grunge and psychedelia where melody meets menace that makes Fine Creatures such a bright shining hope. They make inescapable earworms, but with a nasty bite.

     Formed of three friends studying at university in 2013, the inception of Fine Creatures took place through sharing a student house and a love of ‘60’s pop and ‘90s alt-rock. With the later addition of Malte Henning on guitar, the Brighton four-piece were complete – and things really started to pick up.



    Indie Rock

  • Freak Heat Waves

    Freak Heat Waves


    In the two years since their last release, Freak Heat Waves have continued a perpetual process of transformation. Shedding familiar influences from the heavily excavated histories of post-punk and krautrock, the band has now beamed into uncharted territory with the otherworldly sound of their third album, Beyond XXXL. Beyond XXXL matches the artifice of its alien pop with lyrics describing chameleonic performers sinking into their self-created costumes. Lind introduces this intention on opener “Self Vortex” as he intones “it ain’t an escape / I want a way to transform tonight.” The slowly swirling “Bad Mutation” brings a more cynical view, as he describes “an ugly subculture” with “more banter for the audience” from someone “so realistic your sanity twisted.” Lind lets his guard down on the glittering romance of “Soothing Limbo”, but by “I Can’t Tell” it’s no longer possible to recognize a loved one who has begun to “simulate the taste and the smell.”

  • Fred Well

    Fred Well

    Electronic Pop

  • Freya Ridings

    Freya Ridings


    Freya Ridings released her debut single Blackout in 2017. Produced by Rich Costey, it has flown past 1m Spotify streams. Her latest single, Maps (a breathtaking version of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs original song) is already proving to do the same as word begins to spread of this young talent. Fast forward a few months and she has secured numerous summer festival bookings, sold-out her first headline show at St. Pancras Church in London and now she will be playing her biggest London show on the 29th October at St Giles on the Field; both shows promoted by Communion.

  • Gaffa Tape Sandy

    Gaffa Tape Sandy

    Alternative Rock

    Formed in 2015 by three friends with a desire to do something loud and exciting, GAFFA TAPE SANDY’s popularity quickly escalated thanks to a series of incendiary live shows and a seemingly endless succession of instantly memorable garage-punk/rock tunes. Influenced by a diverse range of music, from The White Stripes, The Pixies, Violent Femmes, to Pulled Apart By Horses, Slaves, Thee Oh Sees; GAFFA TAPE SANDY seem to have carved their own niche in the garage punk/rock genre, often winning over crowds of all ages and musical tastes.

  • George Glew

    George Glew

    Indie Pop

    If contemplative singer songwriters are your taste, you will fall head over heels in love with George Glew. The easy comparison might be someone like early Ed Sheeran or Rag’n’Bone Man, but Bristol based Glew has his own style. Championed by Elton John on his popular Apple Beats1 show and fresh from having gone viral on the Spotify Charts; George Glew is here with vocals to give you chills.

  • Girlhood



  • Grace Carter

    Grace Carter


  • Gus Dapperton

    Gus Dapperton


  • Hak Baker

    Hak Baker




    French Pop


    Halo Maud was revealed to the public in 2015 by ‘La Souterraine’, a collective determined to uncover and promote French talent. Her high-brow pop, which she sees as a kind of lab in which she examines the passage of time, has already garnered the attention of French newspapers Libération, Le Monde and Les Inrocks magazine, and led her to perform with her band at La Route du Rock in August 2016, a highly influential and renowned festival in Britanny. If the forest and boulders among which she grew up have left a mark on her inner world, it manifests itself first through her obsession with time, which “never passes at the right speed”, and her marked inclination for the weightless melodies that guide her writing.

  • Happy Meals

    Happy Meals

    Synth Pop

    “Glasgow-based duo in thrall to minimalist Euro disco, who sing in French and are huge in the Russian underground scene, sounds like some sort of hideous hipster fantasy. Having met at high school, it was eight years before Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook started formulating ideas that would become Happy Meals—ice cold synths and smooth grooves, all built around abstract ideas rather than pre-determined structures. Their sultry synthpop and cosmic take on Italo is sure to bring them wider recognition in 2017 though, so watch out for one of electronic music’s best-kept secrets tearing up a dance floor or a party near you soon.” – Drowned In Sound 2017

  • Hatchie


    Dream Pop

    Hatchie is the world of Harriette Pilbeam. To hear her music is to step inside her mind; a dreamy landscape where cascading synths, jangling guitars, propulsive rhythms and white noise undulate beneath undeniable and irresistible pop melodies. Rather than focusing on the external world of her daily life in Brisbane, Pilbeam instead turns her gaze inwards, making a soundtrack out of her daydreams, setting her emotional life to song.

  • Hello Delaware

    Hello Delaware


    Hello Delaware is the other woman. With syrupy sweet, yet gritty vocals. Edgy, danceable melodies, and lyrics everyone can get behind. Hello Delaware just released their debut album, “My Mistake” which was nominated for “Pop Album of the Year” at ECMA 2017.

  • Her's


    Dream Pop

    As outsiders from sleepy coastal towns several countries apart, Stephen Fitzpatrick from Barrow in Furness and Norwegian Audun Laading met for the first time in Liverpool as students. The pair bonded over a love of peculiar, sardonic humour and wide eyed observations. Dream-pop outfit Her’s is the natural extension to the solitary decoding of the cultures they grew up in. Together they create 80s indie influenced songs with nods to Orange Juice and the capriciousness of Ariel Pink-ish pop. 

  • Hero Fisher

    Hero Fisher


  • Hillsburn


    Alternative Folk

    Hillsburn is a powerhouse. Their songs are timeless, their sound every bit as anthemic as Florence + The Machine’s, but with soaring three-part harmonies thrown in for good measure. After touring extensively in support of their award-winning debut in Canada and the US, the band will release a follow-up, The Wilder Beyond, in 2018.

  • Hockey Dad

    Hockey Dad


    Best mates first, band mates second – the heart of Hockey Dad has always existed in the friendship between duo Zach Stephenson and Billy Fleming, who first met in early childhood, growing up two doors apart in the unassuming, laid back coastal town of Windang, NSW. The foundations for the band began in early 2013, where an underage Fleming and Stephenson would sneak into their local live music haunt to catch their favourite bands. Eventually they were granted regular slots playing to an ever-growing crew of enthusiastic friends turned fans, and quickly picking up the attention of local Wollongong indie label Farmer & The Owl. In 2014 they released their Dreamin’ EP and were finalists in the triple j unearthed high competition.

  • Hotel Lux

    Hotel Lux

    Alternative Rock

  • Hunter & The Bear

    Hunter & The Bear

    Indie Rock

  • Ida Mae

    Ida Mae


    Ida Mae’s magic lies in the sensuous dovetailing of two voices and the intimacy of their songs. Their chemistry on stage isn’t just a dramatic pose and is a truly captivating sight to behold. Chris’ vocals are reminiscent of a Face’s era Rod Stewart or Steve Marriott,
while Stephanie combines the delicacy of Patty Griffin with the effortless rock-chic of Alison Mosshart. Singing together, the couple have an unusual ‘which-is- which’ dynamic.

  • Iguana Death Cult

    Iguana Death Cult

    Indie Rock

    Rotterdam’s rousing Iguana Death Cult has claimed its own dominion inside the Dutch port’s concrete jungle. The foursome’s high-octane protopunk and acid-drenched psychedelics create havoc not unlike a ferocious horde of bees. Iguana Death Cult is likewise hyperproductive, not to mention stronger as a whole that the sum of parts. And once you poke their nest a bit too hard, the band’s sheer propulsive force engulfs you from all sides and angles. Oh, and don’t worry: and the band’s signature ragged fuzzbox-inflictions rear their ugly head aplenty. With its massive, juggernaut-like torque, the Mutterschiff 308 shoots you into space before you can properly brace yourself.

  • Jack Vallier

    Jack Vallier

    Indie Pop

    Born and raised in Bournemouth, Jack Vallier’s humble beginnings can be traced back to a very recent February 24th, 2017 and the self-release of his debut single, Rebekah. Quickly finding fans with playlist support from BBC Introducing and supporting Bruno Major at his sold out London show, Jack then signed to Method records, Now with the release of his Rebekah EP, he is setting out his stall as one of the most exciting singer-songwriters to emerge this year and he is literally only just getting started.

  • Jaz Karis

    Jaz Karis


    In 2017, 19 year old South-Londoner Jaz Karis penned her debut EP ‘Into The Wilderness’ and paired up with producers Sillkey & Blue Lab Beats to make it a reality. Picked up by Salute The Sun and released independently, this talented Brit School alumna rapidly caught the attention of key tastemakers at Radio 1xtra, i-D, Noisey, Afropunk, Line of Best Fit, Viper Mag, BRICK, GUAP, Mahogany, COLORS and LinkUp TV. Premiered by Jamz Supernova (1xtra) and The Line Of Best Fit, ’Into The Wilderness’ topped iTunes R&B charts around the world and has set the tone for a very exciting 2018.

  • Jerry Williams

    Jerry Williams


  • Joshua Burnside

    Joshua Burnside

    Alternative Folk


    Northern Irish experimental folk songwriter and producer Joshua Burnside is something of a regional anomaly. With a brooding, powerful sound echoing artists of places afar and time long gone, his enthralling craft defies local comparison in striving towards an aesthetic as much as visual as it is sonic. Recorded at home in Lisbane, Co. Down, his new single ‘Black Dog Sin’ is the current distillation of his increasingly unmistakable approach; a fragile, yet ultimately commanding, chamber folk sound gloriously underpinned with unique zeal.

  • Joy Crookes

    Joy Crookes

    Pop Vocal

  • JoyCut


    Indie Rock

    JoyCut looks and sounds very attractive on stage. Two drummers sitting face to face and a guy with machines, both a conductor and author in between them. Electronic, post-rock and dark-wave, often experimental but accessible. “Sounds like: A future where robots and humans share organic meals and feelings of hope.” – MTV Iggy.

  • Kamaal Williams

    Kamaal Williams


    Kamaal Williams is the latest project led by prolific South London artist Henry Wu. As the mastermind behind Yussef Kamaal, Wu released a landmark album for British jazz with 2016’s Black Focus. This latest collective continues the tradition of fusing jazz with the sound of urban London, with a live show that captures all the raw energy for which Wu has become known. The ensemble features Josh McKenzie aka McKnasty on drums, a formidable force who was playing and touring with acts such as Dennis Rollins and Robert Glasper from the age of 17 and Pete Martin on Bass, an original member of Courtney Pine’s infamous line up in the late 90’s. With shows at Glastonbury and Koko, as well as worldwide festival appearances behind them, the band have already become an in-demand outfit in their own right.

  • Kate NV

    Kate NV

    Electronic Pop

    Electronic avant-pop with a Far East vibe from a young Moscovite

    In her solo project “Kate NV”, the singer of the boisterous Moscow-based rock band GSh/Glintshake Katya Shilonosova explores completely different musical territories. Having completed an internship at the Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo, Katya Shilonosova transformed her musical passions into inventive pop music that balances between complex and approachable. Her album “Binasu” (meaning “Venus” in Japanese) was released on the US record label Orange Milk, and garnered a lot of enthusiastic acclaim from the Russian and international music press.

  • Katie Von Schleicher

    Katie Von Schleicher

    Indie Rock

  • Kid Katharsis

    Kid Katharsis


    A singer-songwriter and vocal artist as well as 1/4 of Cul De Sac; a hiphop collective hailing from Manchester.

  • King Nun

    King Nun

    Indie Rock

  • Kirill Richter

    Kirill Richter

    Adult Contemporary

    Kirill Richter is currently one of Russia’s brightest neoclassical composers. His album On the Way to Beloved City begins with a sequence of moving and emotional piano waltzes that always leave a strong impression on the audience. Kirill believes that his pieces became popular with listeners because of the deep feelings they evoke when he performs his works. “My music is a soundtrack to life, it reflects things that happened to me. The stories that I tell somehow resonate in lives of others.” He currently collaborates with cellist August Krepak and violinist Alena Zinovieva. Together they experiment with articulation of classical instruments. Their next album Chronos expresses the sincerity of life, bridging physics and dialectics.

  • Kofi Stone

    Kofi Stone


  • Kops


    Electronic Pop

  • Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

    Kyary Pamyu Pamyu

    Japanese Pop

  • Last Train

    Last Train


    The best French band you have never heard of. They have played 250 concerts in the last two years, bringing their brand of heavy alternative rock across the world with Huffington Post calling them the “live revelation of the year”. With praise like that, their 251st show is sure to be a good one.

    {Photo credits:  Lucie Rimey Meille}

  • Leah Dou

    Leah Dou

    Chinese Pop

    Leah Dou is a 21 year old singer /songwriter /music/producer.

    Born into one of the great musical dynasties of China (mother is the legendary singer Faye Wong and father Dou Wei – a leading pioneer of the mainland Chinese indie rock scene in the 90’s ), Leah learnt guitar and was song writing from an early age.  

    She has already written, produced and released 2 critically acclaimed albums  “Stone Café” and “Kids Only” on her very own Grey Waters label.

    With her live band, she has performed at many major music festivals including Summersonic, Clockenflapp (Hong Kong), Strawberry Festival & Simple Life, (China) and Spring Wave (Taiwan). In late 2016, Leah was invited as support act for Bastille’s UK arena dates and in 2017, she headlined a sold out club tour of North America.

    Representing the spirit of a young, modern, independent China, Leah has already collaborated with Chanel, Gucci, Shu Uemura, Beats and SKII. 

  • Lewis Capaldi

    Lewis Capaldi

    Indie Pop

    When Lewis Capaldi’s debut single Bruises exploded in mid-2017 it seemed from an outside perspective to have all the hallmarks of an overnight sensation. How could this 20-year-old with a soul-wrenching voice that sounded like it had been hewn from granite seemingly emerge from nowhere with a song of such emotional depth? A stripped-back and almost painfully raw meditation on love and loss from a writer who seemed like he’d already lived several lives and had the scars to prove it, within weeks it had racked up an astonishing 20 million Spotify plays and topped streaming charts around the world.

  • LION



  • Lo Moon

    Lo Moon

    Indie Pop

    The first track on Lo Moon’s self-titled album is ever so gentle in its clarion call. Starting softly with light beats, ’80s synths and the controlled vocals of lead singer Matt Lowell, it eventually erupts in a stadium-ready chorus cry of “This is it! This is it now!” For Lowell and his two main bandmates Crisanta Baker (guitar, bass, keys) and Sam Stewart (guitar), Lo Moon is it: the moment they’ve each individually been working towards their entire musical lives. Their music almost bridges a gap between those two generations of soft experimental rock and near atmospheric electronic pop.

  • Louis Baker

    Louis Baker


    Independent soulful singer songwriter Louis Baker is inarguably one of the most compelling voices to emerge in recent years from New Zealand’s fertile musical landscape. Working with the bare essentials and crafting his work with a deep artistic integrity, Louis has gathered a loyal following that spans the world over. Everyone from India Arie (“Louis Baker, you sing my soul,”) to the international music community (BBC 6 Music, Clash Magazine, The Line of Best Fit, Earmilk) have shown love for what he is, and has become.

    Inspired by vintage soul bands, Baker’s new band features some of the tightest, funkiest, and most solid of rhythm sections in the Wellington music scene, with Baker on acoustic and electric guitar with his voice a tool that he’s able to wield to jaw-dropping effect.

  • Love Ssega

    Love Ssega

    Electronic Pop




  • M.I.L.K.


    Dream Pop

  • Magic Island

    Magic Island


    After releasing her first full-length LP ‚Like Water’ earlier this year, Magic Island throws us a (albeit utterly heartbreaking) curve ball with her new single ‚Easy Babe’. The track is fully loaded with vulnerability and anxieties, and while still clinging to her sweet pop songwriting, breaks her usual structures and aesthetics. With a powerful vibrato barely affected, Magic Island sings with a confidence and provocateur to give you shivers. With simple, direct lyrics – ‚Easy Babe – I wanna know if the world’s worth saving? Easy Babe – I wanna know if it’s just not working? And I try to convince you that I will go on for you, I try to believe that a change is gonna come’ Easy Babe hits the truth, that life is fucking hard and this world is looking fucking grim. It is pure, powerful and introspective.

  • Mahalia



  • Maisie Peters

    Maisie Peters

    British Folk


    One of the most exciting new discoveries of the year, South Downs songwriter Maisie Peters is quickly refining her ability to write in ways which transcend her 17 years. Born and still raised in “an Enid Blyton village, with a Co-Op” – Maisie has written music for as long as she can remember…and even felt bold enough to enter the Guardian’s Short Story competition aged 9, with an admittedly terrible submission. It was this voracious appetite for fiction that first offered her a window into alternate realities, in which making music professionally may also be reachable. From F Scott Fitzgerald and Donna Tartt came a love for sometimes bittersweet, sometimes bolshy storyteller-pop, with early influences on her music ranging from Carly Rae Jepson and Lorde to the strong female figures in Maisie’s own life (her mother, her polar-opposite twin sister).

    Maisie Peters’ early tracks – beginning with ‘Places We Were Made’, and ‘Birthday’ – offer a startling mature yet enduringly innocent introduction. Currently exploring new sounds at a pace befitting a child of the Internet, her songs examine the changing outside world her generation must now navigate, whilst unknowingly offering a bright musical hope for its future. Meet British Pop’s next Bright Young Thing.

  • Mali Hayes

    Mali Hayes


    Jamie Cullum, BBC Radio 2 –
    “A really great new British female vocalist from Manchester. She’s got a real un-flashy kind of approach which I really like. Kind of a milder Jill Scott / Erykah Badu, definitely one to watch. We’ll be hearing a lot more from her I’m sure!”

  • Malory



    Having performed at BBC Radio2’s Hyde Park festival, Standon Calling, alongside countless gigs across London’s top venues and having supported George Ezra, it’s no surprise Malory is set to bring her bold and beautiful multi-coloured alt-pop to TGE 2018.

    The 23 year old songwriter releases her debut EP Dystopia ahead of this year’s festival, having already garnered acclaim for singles Rapture & Nuclear Brandy from Wonderland Magazine, Dork, The405 and more as well as bagging herself Metro AOTD in 2017.

    Really brilliant. A star is born.’  Chris Hawkins BBC 6Music

  • Mansionair


    Indie Rock

  • Manu Crooks

    Manu Crooks


  • Mavi Phoenix

    Mavi Phoenix


    The 22 year-old, hailing from Austria with her roots in Syria, could be proclaimed as the most unlikely backgrounds for a credible, traditional rapper, but talent like this nonetheless rises regardless of geography.

    Mavi Phoenix started singing, rapping and producing at the young age of just eleven. In that time she’s developed her own, distinctive style of music production. Her refreshing sound has saw previous songs on her Young Prophet EP be heralded in international tastemakers such as The FADER and placed her #1 on global Hype Machine Charts. Be sure to earmark her as One To Watch in 2018.

  • Megan Nash

    Megan Nash


    On her new album Seeker, Saskatchewan singer/songwriter Megan Nash collaborates with ambient/alt-rock unit Bears In Hazenmore with brilliant results. In sharp contrast to the starkness of her previous acclaimed album Song Harvest Volume One, Seeker takes Nash’s roots-based songwriting into bold new sonic territory, displaying the undeniable chemistry she has forged with the group over the past year. That shared excitement was the hallmark of the sessions that produced Seeker over the winter of 2017 with engineer Orion Paradis (Library Voices), held at Soul Sound in Regina, a space shared with a contemporary dance studio. The flexibility of the location offered Nash the freedom to fully explore the range of her new material, from the atmospheric “Girl Vs Ocean” and “Summer,” to the anthemic “Lavender & Leather” and “Bad Poetry.”

  • Michael Jablonka

    Michael Jablonka


    Michael Jablonka is a musician so prolific you’d think he devotes every waking hour to his art. In addition to performing as Michael Kiwanuka’s guitarist on arena tours worldwide, Jablonka parades his own powerful 21st-century take on soulful indie. Proof there’s nothing to tingle the spine like mastery of raw electric six-string, Jablonka’s intricate guitar skills bely the anthemic intent of his rootsy songcraft. Two recent singles – ‘Peacefully’ and ‘I Found You’ – earned him abundant acclaim and airplay, from the likes of Afropunk, Clash, BBC Introducing and Radio X. New material will make 2018 Jablonka’s breakthrough year.

  • Mikaela Davis

    Mikaela Davis

    Folk Rock

  • Moncrieff


    Indie Pop

  • Naaz



  • Nashe xx

    Nashe xx


    “Tinashe, known professionally by his stage name Nashe xx Is an English singer / songwriter, producer and designated “Wave curator”. After drawing early comparisons to the likes of Frank Ocean and The Weeknd – Nashé has become soulful trap mixed with English feels. The Sheffield-raised act first came through via Brownswood Recordings’ Future Bubblers programme, which saw the label mentoring emerging artists admired by Gilles Peterson and the label.”

  • nêhiyawak


    Electronic Pop

    nêhiyawak hails from amiskwaciy (Edmonton)on Treaty 6 territory. Comprised of Kris Harper, Matthew Cardinal, and Marek Tyler – three Indigenous musicians coalescing at the intersection between traditional and contemporary music. Their sound at times loud and sweeping, and in moments – reticent and careful. Recording their first EP in November 2016 with Colin Stewart (The New Pornographers, Black Mountain, Destroyer), the music balances the band’s heritage with the present. Indie-rock guitar and dance floor synths blend and walk alongside the steady beats of carved cedar log and hand drums. nêhiyawak tells stories – their story – capturing time through honeyed and haunting vocals, swaying in and out of the cacophony of electronic and analog sounds.

  • Nikhil D'Souza

    Nikhil D'Souza


    Nikhil D’Souza grew-up in Mumbai at a time when original music was never really encouraged. “No-one really gave a damn about it; it was all covers bands all of the time, aside from a few metal bands”, Says Nikhil. “As a singer-songwriter, one guy with a guitar and introspective lyrics – I knew I was out of place”. His discovery of the inspiring sounds of Jeff Buckley led him to America and finally to a record deal with East West in the UK. His debut single on East West ‘Beautiful Mind’ was release late in 2017.

  • Noah Kahan

    Noah Kahan


    20-year-old singer/songwriter, Noah Kahan, laces his music with a youthful wisdom; nostalgia and whimsy taking a back seat to honesty and wit. His debut single, “Young Blood,” reads as a letter of encouragement to himself as he embarks on this adventure of unexpected challenges and revelations.

    Of his songwriting and his surroundings, Kahan explains “My music plays on an introspective space. I’ve learned about the realities of being in the real world but being in the countryside holds a lot of nostalgia for me. I try to capture that. I’m just telling stories while being heartfelt.”

  • Olympia


    Dream Pop

    “I don’t refer to myself as a singer-songwriter,” Olivia Bartley says. “I’m interested in ideas and trying to create something that will move people; disrupt everyday ideas. It’s more about sounds. The music leans on language but the songs don’t follow traditional form at all.”

    Olympia is the project of Melbourne based singer songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Olivia Bartley, who drives a mix of widescreen sweep, rich harmonies, dissonant minimal guitar with raw, commanding vocals. Drawing on influences including the everyday, Pedro Almodovar, Pele, or even Carl Sagan’s Golden Record, the songwriting brims with imagery and ideas.

  • Only The Poets

    Only The Poets

    Indie Pop

    Only The Poets are 4 piece Indie-pop band from Reading & London. Having spent 2017 recording, playing festivals and supporting the likes of Coasts and The Hoosiers. Only The Poets are ready to put out bigger songs and play more shows.

  • Paceshifters



    Inspired by the grunge movement decades ago that shook the foundations of alternative music, PACESHIFTERS bring an innovative twist on the genre whilst also boasting the complete unadulterated attitude that it was renowned for. Possessing a no-nonsense mentality since their inception, PACESHIFTERS have evolved into a very devoutly passionate new grunge-rock band with a sound that is sure to enthrall any listener who enjoys the heavier side of Nirvana with doses of powerful Incubus-esque melodies and riffs along with the grit and energy of Chevelle.

  • Pale Waves

    Pale Waves

    Dream Pop

  • Partner


    Indie Rock

  • Peach Pit

    Peach Pit

    Indie Pop

    Indie pop quartet, Peach Pit found success in February of 2017 when their self-titled track, “Peach Pit” blew up on the Internet. The group quickly started to amass an international fan base and booking requests followed.

    Melding teenage angst with bummer summer vibes have them sounding somewhere between Mac Demarco and Homeshake with their laid-back vibe and lush lead vocals.

    Peach Pit’s renowned music videos, quirky online persona and campy norm-core uniforms have ignited a highly engaged fan base. They’ve now released their debut LP, “Being So Normal” on the Vancouver based indie label Kingfisher Bluez in September of 2017.

  • Phoebe Bridgers

    Phoebe Bridgers


    You would have already heard Phoebe Bridgers music without even realising it. Bridgers, who hails from California, music has been featured in adverts for iPhones to episodes of Switched at Birth and Castle. Signed to Ryan Adam’s PAX AM label, her music evokes Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, with a nice dose of emo sadness for good measure. Her songs are powerful and affecting, with already having been interview by The Fader and The Guardian. 

  • Pitou



  • Poppy Ajudha

    Poppy Ajudha


    Poppy Ajudha is a 22-year-old singer, songwriter and model from South London. Her unique vocal tone and melodies that reminisce of many classic jazz and soul singers combined with her ability to sound fresh and exhilarating sets Poppy apart and places her at the forefront of the South London music scene.

    Being influenced by the soulful rare grooves and reggae of her childhood she marries jazz and blues with funk beats in the 6 – piece band she sings in, as well as slow and soulful when performing acoustically.

  • Promiseland



  • Raheem Bakaré

    Raheem Bakaré


  • RAHH



  • Rascalton


    Garage Rock

    Garage rockers Rasclaton hailed from Scotland, but sound straight out of 1970’s NY (or Camden, 2002). Influenced by The Strokes, The Libertines, Q Tip and Mike Skinner amongst others, the band formed while at school and now are supporting the likes of The View and brushing shoulders with Radiohead and Arctic Monkeys with their new booking agents 13 Artists. The Scottish Sun described them as “one of the most happening bands in Scotland right now”.

  • River Matthews

    River Matthews

    Alternative Folk

    River Matthews, is an artist for whom the stars seem to have aligned since the days of playing cover songs in local pubs. A career as a musical therapy teacher, and no small amount of heartbreak.. Has led to working with world renowned songwriter Jamie Scott and more recently, supporting Rag ‘N’ Bone Man on his sold-out ‘Human’ tour. Now, the Surrey-born songwriter is stepping out on his own with his new EP “Sunshine”. Already receiving critical appreciation from plaudits and a notable feature on Spotify’s New Music Friday, it’s a release set to cement River Matthews in the nation’s hearts this summer.

  • Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

    Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever


    Since the band’s inception, Rolling Blackouts C.F. have carved out a unique place in the local musical landscape with their penchant for hooky guitars and undeniable melodies, married to lyrics that are intelligent and wide-eyed, with an unmistakably-Australian dry wit. The French Press EP landed on many ‘Best Of 2017’ lists, including The Guardian/The Observer ‘Hidden Gems’. Meanwhile, lead single ‘French Press’ made countless end of year lists including coming in at #10 on Rolling Stone’s Best Songs of 2017, while the band came in at #13 in Paste Magazine’s Best New Artists.

  • Rosemary & Garlic

    Rosemary & Garlic

    Alternative Folk

    In just a few years, the Netherlands-based duo Rosemary & Garlic managed to enchant an ever-growing audience with their music, rooted in folk and singer-songwriter tradition, but exceeds all categories too.  Januari 2018 their debut album was released worldwide via Nettwerk Music Group. Rosemary & Garlic’s songs aren’t part of a specific genre, adding layers of paint from both electronic and vintage palettes, whether it’s a subtle change of chords (like Nick Drake) or distancing sounds and rhythms with echoing electric guitars (like Sufjan Stevens). But always with a melancholic heart, in which some may recognize the old Sandy Denny.

  • Ruby Empress

    Ruby Empress

    Electronic Pop

    Dreamy falsetto vocals, beat driven psyche-disco and a soundscape that combines organic grandness, minimalistic pop, dark eerie choirs and classical music. Ruby Empress, a young four-piece from Gothenburg Sweden, has gotten massive attention in just a short time for how they combine different musical genres and bring the eclectic Scandinavian indie-electro pop to a new exiting place. Ruby Empress is equally super-light and super-deep. They don’t shy away from guilty pleasures, they embrace them.

  • S4U



  • Sado Opera

    Sado Opera


    SADO OPERA is a queer music band known for their extravagant and eccentric stage shows. Originally coming from St. Petersburg, Russia, the band has now become one of Berlin’s craziest and most expressive music imports. The legendary US talk show host Conan O’Brien selected SADO OPERA as a musical symbol of Berlin and joined them onstage for his TV special about the German capital. The resident band of Wilde Renate – one of Berlin’s most notorious nightclubs – SADO OPERA also plays shows throughout Europe, spreading their propaganda of unrestrained, gender-ambivalent love. Their songs offer a mix of disco, boogie and electro-funk.

  • Sam Fender

    Sam Fender

    Indie Rock

  • Sassy 009

    Sassy 009


    The young trio makes mystical, intimate and minimal music, that effortlessly floats between references of house, pop, techno and experimental as it came straight out of a Berlin nightclub basement. The Norwegian combine strange visuals with dark, danceable music creating an enthralling end product. They have been featured in The Fader who called ‘Pretty Baby’ a “throbbingly sweet dance track”.  

  • Say Sue Me

    Say Sue Me

    Korean K-Pop

    Say Sue Me are a surf-inspired indie rock quartet from Busan, South Korea. Friends since 5th grade Jae Young (Bass) and Kim Byungkyu (guitar) met drummer kang Semin at high school and played in band’s together until the winter of 2012, when one day they were drinking tea and beer at a tea shop in Nampo-dong, when Sumi arrived. They liked her speaking voice and immediately offered her a spot as the vocalist in a new band that would become Say Sue Me. Sumi Choi turned out to be a natural at songwriting.

    “Twee, but not too twee, Busan, South Korea four-piece Say Sue Me is my favorite recent random discovery. They released this endearing, 18-song self-titled album in April. Really sweet, melodic rock that makes me feel like I’m in high school.” The Fader

    “The quartet play an addictive amalgam of sugary indie pop and gritty surf that showcases a finely-tuned sense of melody and technical skill. Frontwoman Sumi Choi is a witty lyricist, and she writes songs about normal things such as going to work, drinking too much, feeling lonely (“Long Night and Crying”), or being a problem child (“One Week”) in relatable, humorous way. Nary a song on Say Sue Me isn’t a total ear worm.”

  • Shiners



    SHINERS are an East London 4-piece Brit Wave band who grew up listening to their parent’s punk and new wave records, while at the height of Brit Pop. They write catchy pop songs drenched in post-punk angular guitars, driving bass, 60s keys and punchy drums. Songwriter Jamie Delaney knows how to take pristine melody and gleefully smash it to bits. First championed by BBC Introducing Norfolk, SHINERS picked up a coveted featured artist slot on BBC Introducing London in 2015, before heading to Scotland to entertain crowds at T-in the Park Festival in 2016. Huw Stephens played two live tracks from their set on his show, plus Sophie Little played their single ’19 Again’ while sitting in. They capped off an incredible year with a session for BBC Introducing Norfolk in December 2016. 

  • Skegss



  • Skinny Pelembe

    Skinny Pelembe


    With a sample-hunting, studio-meddling mindset, Skinny Pelembe’s music roams hazy afro-tipped soul with psychedelic tangents. Born in Johannesburg, growing up in Doncaster, he’s a sparkling multi-instrumentalist who blends his production, guitar, singing and MCing to tap into a unique, influence-weaving sound.

  • Sports Team

    Sports Team


  • Stella Donnelly

    Stella Donnelly


    Stella Donnelly has forged her way to the forefront of the new guard of songwriters in Australia. She has most recently achieved her own identity with the release of her first critically acclaimed EP Thrush Metal. The first song from the EP, Mechanical Bull, has spread like wildfire since Stella was recently Triple J’s Unearthed Feature Artist. 

    Her brutally honest lyrics combined with jazz-folk sensibilities will leave you feeling like you've known Stella all your life. 

  • Stereo Honey

    Stereo Honey

    Indie Rock

  • Suzi Wu

    Suzi Wu



    A cocktail of Ian Dury, Happy Mondays and Patti Smith, Suzi Wu, AKA 19 year old North Londoner Suzie McDermott, has clearly been hugely influenced by the visceral connection between pop, performance, personal empowerment and self-education. Having released her debut EP ‘Teenage Witch’ in September, Suzi’s captivating storytelling and refreshingly unique sound has found her fans across the board, earning her ‘World Record’ and ‘World First’ on Zane Lowe’s Beats1 show, Radio 1 support from Huw Stephens, Annie Mac and Phil Taggart, a top 10 spot on the UK Spotify viral chart and a number 1 on Hype Machine.

  • Tamino



  • Ten Tonnes

    Ten Tonnes

    Alternative Rock

  • The Creases

    The Creases

    Indie Pop

    Two friends out of school, Joe Agius and Jarrod Mahon, uploaded a couple of demos from a Brisbane share house and caught the attention of legendary UK record label Rough Trade Records. With the addition of guitarist Aimon Clark and later Gabe Webster, The Creases were born. The band released their debut EP ‘Gradient’ in 2014 and earned slots on Australia’s Laneway Festival and Splendour in the Grass as well as The Great Escape Festival in UK and SWSX Festival in the US. With a string of singles to follow, they’ve become a staple on Australia’s youth radio station, triple j ever since. In 2017, The Creases released their long-awaited debut album. ‘Tremolow’. A critically acclaimed body of work, heavily influenced by their love of eighties and nineties indie pop. It has recently been nominated for the Australian Music Prize 2017.

  • The Modern Strangers

    The Modern Strangers

    Indie Pop

    The Modern Strangers appeared out of nowhere, dropping the incendiary demo that grabbed people’s attention on new years day 2016. Their debut ‘Vanilla’ dropped at the end of last summer, quickly picked up by that arbiter of taste “Made in Chelsea”. The Modern Strangers (brothers Max and Archie) keep the tempo high; their unique brand of spiralling, euphoric electronic indie is continuing to inject a sense of fun back into guitar music.  Their mission to get people dancing and partying has marked them out as a band who put smiles on all who see them.

  • The Ninth Wave

    The Ninth Wave

    Noise Pop

  • The Orielles

    The Orielles

    Indie Rock


    Hailing from Halifax, The Orielles are sisters Sidonie B and Esmé Dee Hand Halford and their best friend Henry Carlyle Wade whom they met at a house party just a few years ago. The then teenagers bonded over their shared love of alternative US bands from the 90s such as Sonic Youth & Pixies as well as pioneering filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino (The Orielles have cited his work in their songs and consider his work a major lyrical and aesthetical influence). Keen proponents of the DIY aesthetic, they learned their instruments on the road through gigging and the band have spent the past few years polishing their sound. Now signed to Heavenly Recordings with whom they have released 2 singles to critical acclaim ‘Sugar Tastes Like Salt’ and ‘I Only Bought It For The Bottle’.

  • The Psychotic Monks

    The Psychotic Monks


    The Psychotic Monks express themselves in a uncontrolled but deliberate chaos. A life split between experimentations in their own studio and concerts when they hit the road.

    Noise and fury, their music is driven by the pulse of life. Against the idea of a charismatic leader, the four musicians are looking for a balance between neurotic madness contemplative melancoly.

  • The Saxophones

    The Saxophones


  • The Vegan Leather

    The Vegan Leather

    Indie Pop

    Described as Paisley’s answer to LCD Soundsystem/Arcade Fire, The Vegan Leather spent 2017 playing festivals across Scotland. Dropping singles Eyes and Shake it which reached number 3 in the spotify UK viral chart, self directing subsequent videos and launching their own live club night ‘Midnight Pink’. The four piece continue into 2018 with their eyes firmly set on releasing their debut LP later in the year.

  • Three Body Trio

    Three Body Trio

    Free Jazz

    Three Body Trio play groove-based electronic music with the sprit of free jazz. They use a mess of hardware, software and instruments to make beats inspired by the greats of jazz, funk and hip hop. They believe in improvised music that is charged with spontaneity and imperfection, and has the crackle and hiss of cables and machines.

  • Tors


    Dream Pop

    The Devon based group Tors produce soft, sun kissed acoustic songs of simple beauty. Their latest release “Seventeen” is an understand ode to youth, with great harmonies and emotive lyrics.

  • Touts



    TOUTS a three piece teenage punk band from Derry, Northern Ireland. The unhinged, angry and visceral teens are Matthew Crossan, Jason Feenan & Luke McLaughlin. ” A singer that can’t sing , A mod that can’t play bass & a drummer that can’t see”.

    The toils and tribulations of small town life is a path well trodden, but not in the way Touts do it, they’ve dug the path up and set fire to the rubble. Inspired by dodgy politicians, shitty school life and the sort of weekend politics that fries any teenage brain. This results in a set of incendiary two minute sub culture anthems.

  • Tshegue


    Garage Rock

    “Faty Sy Savanet is the lead singer of Tshegue, the hot new Paris-based band that mixes tribal sounds with garage rock. Born in Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Faty brings a powerful, worldly energy to her music and she sings with a refreshing passion. Tshegue’s debut EP is set to come out later this month and we’re certain it’s going to make waves across the globe.” – VICE US

  • Underwater Boys

    Underwater Boys

    Dream Pop

    Underwater Boys is Tom & Nick Klar – two brothers who make dreamy, fuzzy pop music in brighton. Drawing influence from Cocteau Twins, Beach House, The Cure, & Tame Impala, their sound is characterised by Tom’s sweet, otherworldly falsetto, and multi-instrumentalist Nick’s woozy, ethereal soundscapes. While on the surface an Underwater Boys song might sound bright and blissed out, their music is also bubbling with anxiety and tension, with lyrical themes of mental illness, existential dread and malaise. This dichotomy is at the heart of what Underwater Boys do. It is joyful, celebratory music about battling with the darkest parts of yourself – being vulnerable, and trying to get better.

  • Valeras


    Alternative Rock

  • Warmduscher


    Alternative Rock

    Comprising of members from bands such as Paranoid London and Fat White Family, Warmduscher have been described as a bizarre yet exciting band.

    Clams Baker (Mutado Pintado/Paranoid London)
    Lightnin’ Jack Everett (Fat White Family)
    The Saulcano (Insecure Men, Fat White Family)
    Mr. Salt Fingers Lovecraft (Childhood, Insecure Men)
    The Witherer aka Little Whiskers (Paranoid London)

  • Wet Red

    Wet Red


    Wet Red is an eye-catching rock band, which lives, rehearses, and performs just a short walk away from the Kremlin. By combining viral melodies with bold postpunk rhythms and glam rock stage personas, the band, under the leadership of its frontwoman Eva Vostroknutova, has become a favourite with the Moscow fashionistas for its whirlwind live performances and DIY videos. Throughout its two-year history, Wet Red has given dozens of performances, ranging from invitation-only parties of the international fashion brands to large Moscow festivals.  Having already released three singles, Wet Red — equally enamoured by testosterone music and haute couture — will soon finish the recording of their debut album.

  • whenyoung


    Indie Pop

    Whenyoung are Aoife Power (Vocals/Bass), Niall Burns (Guitar) and Andrew Flood (Drums) who originate from Limerick in Ireland but are currently based in London. First meeting as teenagers, sneaking into the only indie bar of their city in Ireland, they bonded over cheap vodka and The Velvet Underground. Soon after, Niall moved to London, with Andrew and Aoife quickly following, and here they began writing songs together.

    “It’s pretty miraculous for a band to be making such infectious pop music at such an early stage”
    - Felix White, The Maccabees

    “Bold and beautiful, we genuinely can't get enough."
    - Wonderland

  • Wild Front

    Wild Front

    Indie Pop

  • WWWater



    Humbling power, sacred shower. Soulwax-protégée Charlotte Adigéry washes over you like a force of nature with a progressive mix of spiky electronics, pulsing drums and an unstoppable voice. Joined live by Steve Slingeneyer (of Soulwax fame) on drums and Bolis Pupul (a DEEWEE regular) on synths, WWWater anoints both your soul and feet. Sometimes soothing, sometimes boiling, but always refreshing. WWWater has a taste of all of’s Adigéry’s influences, ranging from The Slits to Ryoji Ikeda, Shabazz Palaces, Geneva Jacuzzi and Solange.

  • Wyvern Lingo

    Wyvern Lingo


    Music is the glue that helped Wyvern Lingo stick together. Originally bonding over hand-me-down albums by Thin Lizzy, Led Zeppelin, Joni Mitchell and Simon & Garfunkel; then starting their own thread of music, which stitches together a rough but resilient tapestry of influences, taking in folk, hip-hop, rock and R’N’B, all united by the spectral chill triggered by their unique vocal harmonies. Writing together, sharing their hopes and fears in verses and choruses.

  • Yazmin Lacey

    Yazmin Lacey


  • Yukon Era

    Yukon Era


    Forming in June 2015, already the boys have caught the attention of The New Zealand Herald, Impose Mag, Vice’s Noisey, Under The Radar and Radio New Zealand, and have supported international acts such as The Cult, The Reubens, Mac Demarco, Viet Cong, and Mini Mansions. They also appeared at the Auckland leg of St Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2017. After releasing two EP’s, the boys are set to release their debut full length album, recorded at Red Bull Studios in Auckland, in early 2018.

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The Great Escape Festival 2018

Thu May 17 2018 10:00 AM - Sat May 19 2018

Various Venues, Brighton Brighton
The Great Escape Festival 2018

£1.00 - £65.00 Ages 18+

The Great Escape Festival 2018

Thursday 17th-Saturday 19th May 2018

Various venues across Brighton

Ages 18+

Event Terms & Conditions

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Ages 18+
limit 10 per person
Saver 3 Day Festival Ticket
£65.00 (+ £0.00 Fees)
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Saver 3 Day Festival Team Ticket
£54.17 (+ £0.00 Fees)
FareShare redistribute surplus food from the food industry to vulnerable people across Brighton and Sussex
£1.00 (+ £0.00 Fees)

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UK Post

Terms & Conditions

This event is 18 and over. Any Ticket holder unable to present valid identification indicating that they are at least 18 years of age will not be admitted to this event, and will not be eligible for a refund.

FareShare Sussex believes no good food should go to waste. They prevent perfectly edible food from ending up in landfill by redistributing surplus from the food industry to charities and community groups supporting vulnerable people across Brighton and Sussex. They currently support nearly 100 local projects including lunch clubs, food banks and hostels, delivering around 10 tonnes of food every week to people that need it most. Reg Charity number 1093245