With Brighton’s Great Escape Festival just over a month a way GIGsoup have selected 15 artists we feel you simply shouldn’t miss.

Mai Kino is a London-based singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Portugal’s culture-soaked capital of Lisbon.  Her distinctive voice is utterly intriguing on her two singles, ‘Burn’ and ‘June’, weird and hypnotic electronic pop. Her third single and debut EP will be out this Spring on Bad Life Artists (Petite Noir, Ten Fé, Whitey, Attaque, D/R/U/G/S). The tracks are the first cut from sessions with producer Luke Smith (Foals, Petite Noir, Anna of The North, Depeche Mode)

We spoke to the artist about the festival and threw a random Gwen Stefani question her way…

How does it feel to be playing The Great Escape 2016?

Feels great…  Brighton’s such a special place and the line up looks really good. Hope I get to watch some of the other acts.

How has your 2016 been so far?

Very busy and creative so far… I’ve been writing new music and directing my first video, exciting times. 

Describe yourself in 1 word


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What’s your essential go-to beach accessory? (Spade, towel, beers, Game Boy Colour etc)

A guitar

“The Great Escape” is also the name of a bonafide Gwen Stefani classic, aside from that what is your Gwen Stefani tune of choice?

Don’t Speak

If you weren’t a musician, what would you be?

A dancer, or an astronaut

If you could have your dream festival (dead or alive), who would be the three headliners and why?

Maybe Nirvana, Janis Joplin and Portishead, some of the artists I grew up listening to

What can we expect from your set at The Great Escape?

Intimate, dreamy vibes on experimental beats. I’ve got two beautiful band members on all sorts of synths. And a toy keytar

If you could recommend 3 other acts to check out at this year’s festival, who would they be?

There’s so much good stuff this year…  Isaac Gracie,  Loyle Carner, Mura Masa…

If you could be playing anywhere in the world in 12 months time, where would it be?

A big church in Tokyo

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