The Great Escape showcase its ‘First Fifty’

The Great Escape is a festival in Brighton and Hove which showcases the best in new music across a wide variety of genres. Taking place in May, around 300 bands play across 30 venues within the city. The first 50 artists have been confirmed to perform at the 2017 event and for the first time and a selected assortment of them performed across East London in one of ten shows over the past week.

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Photographs: Anna Straker, shot by Phoebe Fox.

After attending three days of the event, I spoke to Joe Hamm, lead singer of Indigo Husk who headlined Kamio on November 24.  He’s a fan of First Fifty. “It’s good because it allows people more time to get to know who’s playing and to get gassed for Brighton,” he says.

The First Fifty allows festival goers to get a head start on who they want to see in May, giving the keen individuals who attended a taster into what May has to offer. “Husky Loops’ enthralling studio sound enticed me to the First Ffty,”  says audience member Calum Cashin. “And I’ll almost certainly be there in Brighton following them around.”

There’s no doubting that six months before the event, there’s already a buzz surrounding The Great Escape 2017.

Photographs: Indigo Husk at Kamio, shot by Phoebe Fox.

Kevin Moore, Event Manager of The Great Escape, said: “TGE continues to break the mould and here we come again with the first fifty bands confirmed to play in 2017 that demonstrate what a unique and diverse festival we are…It’s our mission to give everyone the opportunity to discover their new favourite artist.”

Photographs: Indigo Husk at Kamio, shot by Phoebe Fox.

The fifty artists announced are: ABATTOIR BLUES / ALMA / ANNA STRAKER / BE CHARLOTTE / BRIAN DEADY / CABBAGE / CARYS SELVEY / CASI / CHERRY GLAZERR / CROOX / DRONES CLUB / EAT FAST / FIL BO RIVA / GOAT GIRL / GOLD CLASS / GOTHIC TROPIC / GURR / HANNAH GEORGAS / HUSKY LOOPS / IDER/ INDIGO HUSK / JACQUES / JAMES HERSEY / JAMESZOO / KLANGSTOF / L.A. SALAMI / LOWELL / MARTHAGUNN / MATT MAESON / MIDDLE KIDS / MILES FROM KINSHASA / MOSES / NILÜFER YANYA / PLAITUM / POTÉ / RAG’N’BONE MAN / RAY BLK / SAINT PHNX / SARATHY KORWAR / SHAME / SHELLS / SHITKID / SIGRID / SKOTT / SLØTFACE / SOPHIE HUNGER / STURLA ATLAS / THE AGE OF L.U.N.A / THE MOONLANDINGZ / TIGERTOWN / YONAKA

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Words By Phoebe Fox

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