Brighton’s The Great Escape have added a hundred new artists to the lineup for their 2020 edition. Here, we highlight some of our favourites.
Our favourite seaside festival for new music returns in May, offering up a diverse three day programme of over 500 artists across over 30 venues around Brighton.
2020 marks fifteen years of The Great Escape, the festival with a longstanding reputation for offering a platform for exciting new artists, highlighting new sounds that are bubbling not just in the UK but across the world – the latest lineup announcement features artists from 25 different countries.
Check out the highlights video from 2019 below, soundtracked by the brilliant Scalping.
We’ve picked five artists from the most recent announcement that we think are must-sees, from hazy R&B to wonky techno – The Great Escape has you covered.
18-year-old Arlo Parks made our New Sounds for 2020 list, so of course she’s up the top of our list to catch at this year’s TGE. With lyrics that convey wisdom far beyond her years and a palette that garners inspiration from R&B and soul, Arlo Parks is a sparkling young talent with a refreshingly honest view of the world.
Our New Sounds for 2020 cover star, who’s part of the NUXXE collective with Sega Bodega, delivers tongue in cheek jams that marry warped, glitchy club music with catchy pop riffs. Shygirl sings about the things we’re all thinking about – boys, sex, flirting, looking good, feeling good, and having the best time.
A fellow NUXXE affiliate and purveyor of heartfelt electronic pop, Oklou is a French producer based in London. After her The Rite of May EP landed on the London label in 2018, a few months ago new music – check the visual for ‘Forever’ below – brought promise of new material, and come the end of January we got more new material in the form of ‘Toyota‘, her collaboration with Flavien Berger. Don’t miss Oklou’s unique brand of hazy, melodic pop.
The Ilian Tape/Timedance/Mistry affiliate specialises in bass heavy sounds that are simultaneously hypnotic yet ominous; it’s a low-end leaning palette synonymous with the sound of that of he and his peers in Bristol. Listen to the excellent ‘The Amala Trick’ below, and familiarise yourself with one of the best for weighty, murky club tunes.
As he returns with new material, of course the twice Mercury Award-shortlisted Ghostpoet is on our must see list for this year’s festival. The follow-up to his 2017 record Dark Days + Canapés, next album I Grow Tired But Dare Not Fall Asleep is due on May 1st. Check ‘Concrete Pony’, the lead single to accompany the album announcement, below.
This year The Great Escape will take place from the 13th to the 16th May, check the full programme HERE, and find a list of the newest additions below:
ABBIE OZARD | ALI BARTER | ALICIA EDELWEISS | ALLMAN BROWN | AMA | ANDREW CUSHIN | ANGER | APRIL | ARLO PARKS | BAMILY | BANANAGUN | BEAUTY SLEEP | BELAKO | BESSIE TURNER | BIBI | BLANKS | BONIFACE | CECIL | CHARTREUSE | CHROMA | CONJURER | DAM | DANA GAVANSKI | DEAR-GOD | DISTRICT FIVE | DORIAN ELECTRA | EMMA-JEAN THACKRAY | EVE OWEN | FAR CASPIAN | FAY WILDHAGEN | FENG SUAVE | GHOSTPOET | GLOBAL NETWORK | GRACEY | HAPPYNESS | HAYLEY MARY | HOLLY HUMBERSTONE | HOWARD KAYE | HYYTS | ITHACA | JEREMIE ALBINO | KEEDZ | KID KAPICHI | KOKOKO! | L’IMPÉRATRICE | LAKSA | LIME CORDIALE | LITTLE QUIRKS | LIZZIE REID | LUCIA & THE BEST BOYS | LUCIFOUR M | LUNA | MABES | MALAKI | MATILDA MANN | MEHTOLA | MOTTRON | NAYANA IZ | OKLOU | OLIVER SPALDING | PEOPLE CLUB | PHFAT | PORCHES | PRESTIGE PAK | PURPLE PILGRIMS | PYRA | RAKKY RIPPER | RICHARD FAIRLIE | ROSEHIP TEAHOUSE | RYAN MCMULLAN | SAMUEL SEO | SCUTI | SHVPES | SHYGIRL | SILLY BOY BLUE | SONNY WINNEBAGO | SPACEY JANE | STATIC DRESS | STRANGE BONES | SVALBARD | TALULAH RUBY | TAY OSKEE | TAYLOR JANZEN | TEEN JESUS AND THE JEAN TEASERS | THE GOA EXPRESS | THE HARA | THE LAZY EYES | THE PALE WHITE | THE UMA | THELMA PLUM | THOMAS HEADON | VAIVES | VIOLETTA ZIRONI | WALT DISCO | WINNIE RAEDER | YOUR SMITH | ZULU ZULU