Brighton has always had something of a pulsating music scene with the likes of Black Honey and The Magic Gang breaking through over the last year. As well as being home to one of the most famous Pier attractions, the seaside town of Brighton is often the provider of melodic indie bands and The Great Escape Festival provides the perfect opportunity for them to break through. Labelled with the acclaim ‘The Festival For New Music’, The Great Escape has become one of the UK’s most popular small festivals over the last few years. This year’s line-up has just been announced and the excitement has not dampened to say the least, the festival will take place between the 18th and 20th of May.
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The famous Brighton Pier will host two eye-catching ‘Spotlight Shows’ which will be headlined by Tunbridge Wells punk duo Slaves and Brits Critics Choice Award Winner, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man. This once again further highlights the immense variety displayed across the three days, continuing it’s reputation as being something for everyone. Everyone is familiar with the raw, yet charming and rather British sound that Isacc and Laurie possess in the form of Slaves, while Rag ‘N’ Bone Man has transformed into a staple dignitary in the UK charts.
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As well as showcasing some of the best new bands across the United Kingdom, The Great Escape has drawn in artists from across the world. The festival does not only cross continents, there seems to be no boundary to genre, highlighting why this festival has become so well respected. Ainslie Willis, who has been described by Elbow’s Guy Garvey as one of the musicians he’s most excited about at the moment, will make the trip from Australia as well as Betty Who. The latter has been depicted as something of a shape shifter between the genres of indie and pop to create a very bold sound.
L.A. Three piece Cherry Glazerr will also be making an appearance at the festival and have just released their new record ‘Apocalipstick’ and will be joined by fellow American’s Diane Birch and two piece band Kolars. Those who are scanning the lineup for more familiar faces will be pleased to see that Brighton band The Magic Gang will be playing the festival as well as Abattoir Blues. The two have also today announced a headline tour alongside each other across the United Kingdom, which will run before and after their appearances at The Great Escape. The Japanese House have become somewhat more of a household name after seeing popularity rise after supporting The 1975 on their UK Tour, will be heading down to Brighton in May as well as London band Swimming Tapes and hotly tipped pop artist Will Joseph Cook. With these acts set to make their mark in 2017, a band that certainly has in the last few months, Cabbage, will be bringing their brooding, rebellious post-punk aura with them to the festival as well.
For more news surrounding The Great Escape Festival 2017, keep an eye on GIGSoup over the next few months in the build-up to May’s event.
Tickets for The Great Escape Festival are already on sale, with tickets for the Spotlight Shows being sold separately. You can get your hands on all tickets and more information here: http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/feature/thegreatescape/