The Great Escape is the festival for new music, showcasing 450 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ venues across the city of Brighton. It’s the first place to discover your new favourite artist and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages.
Naturally, a whole host of Island Records artists will be performing at The Great Escape 2017 – so many in fact that we thought we’d better let you know when and where you can catch them. We’re good like that!
Sigrid is from a tiny town in Norway but has a mind, attitude and voice bigger than most 20-year-olds. She’s just released her debut EP, ‘Don’t Kill My Vibe‘ and has picked up huge support from Radio 1, The Guardian, i-D and just about everyone! Don’t miss her on the VEVO stage at 4:30 on Friday.
Joe Fox is perhaps best known as the weary, old soul voice that punctured through much of A$AP Rocky’s 2015 album ‘At.Long.Last.A$AP’. This year, Fox is poised to show his unfiltered songwriting skills to the world with his debut solo EP ‘Acoustic Alley Sessions‘. Joe plays the Marine Room in Brighton’s Harbour Hotel on Thursday at 8pm.
Flyte are Will Taylor (vocals, lead guitar), Nick Hill (bass, vocals), Sam Berridge (keyboards, guitars, vocals) and Jon Supran (drums, vocals). The band has spent the first months of 2017 in Australia putting the finishing touches to their debut album with ‘Courtney Barnett’ producer Burke Reid. They’ll be playing tracks from said album at The Brighthelm Centre/East Wing on Thursday night at 10:15.
“Remarkable” say The Guardian, “wow” say Sunday Times Culture, “stunning” say The 405. Peckham vocalist Cosima is definitely one to watch at this year’s festival. Her captivating live performance marks sets Cosima out from the competition. Check out her audio-visual mixtape ‘South Of Heaven‘ and cover of Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Dreams‘, and don’t miss her on the i-D stage at the Brighthelm Centre, 11:30pm.
East London trio Ellie Kamio, Paul Taylor and Simon Milner have a penchant for treading strange and intriguing ground with their lyrics is partly a result of their eclectic influences, which range from The Neptunes to Grimes via Mean Girls. You’ve got two chances to catch them – Sälen play the Brighthelm Centre at 12:30am, Thursday and Wagner Hall at 12:30pm, Friday.
Norwegian pop singer and songwriter Dagny hails from the northern city of Tromsø. Relovating to London, her debut single ‘Backbeat‘ appeared in September 2015 and quickly became a streaming hit, garnering half a million plays in its first week and millions more in the months that followed. She plays Brighton’s Wagner Hall twice this Friday – catch her at 2:30pm or 10:00pm.
Antipodean quartet Tired Lion have had a great couple of years; winning Australia’s prestigious triple j Unearthed Award, claiming the WAM Award for Best Rock Act and supporting the likes of The 1975. Having signed to Island Records in the UK the band are bringing their sound to TGE 2017 as well as Glastonbury and Latitude Festival. They’re playing at Komadia (12:50pm Thursday), Bleach (10:30pm, Saturday) and Patterns (12:50pm, Saturday).
Influenced by the likes of Justin Timberlake, Prince, Bruno Mars, Pharrell and his musician father August Darnell (Kid Creole & The Coconuts), Youngr is a music graduate and accomplished musician who initially began to make a name for himself online with his unique and spectacular one-take live videos. His impressive live show has recently seen him embark on a sold out European & US tour, and he’s now bringing it to Coalition – catch him at 10:30pm on Friday.
Formed in October 2015, Ryan Hennessy and Jimmy Rainsford formed Picture This because of their song ‘Take My Hand‘ which they released and got a huge reaction on social media. As their fan base grew, they went on to sell 10,000 tickets in their first year as a band. Catch Picture This this Saturday at Komedia (3:45pm) and The Hope & Ruin (9:30pm).
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