It’s officially the week of The Great Escape, and we cannot wait to get started. Before we pack our bags and head to Brighton for a weekend of adventures, we wanted to highlight a showcase that’s happening at this year’s TGE for the first time ever.

Launched in 2017, RUSH is a not for profit Russian organisation headed up by industry experts, set up to help provide an international platform for Russia’s shining contemporary artists on the rise. In the first showcase of Russian music in The Great Escape’s history, this year RUSH have invited four very special artists to the helm. The official RUSH showcase will take place on Friday May 18th at the Queen’s Hotel from 12.30pm, keep reading to learn a bit more about the line up…


Bright experimental pop from an RBMA Tokyo graduate, Kate NV released her debut album in 2016 via Orange Milk. Kate brings her playful production and sugar vocals to TGE as part of a slew of bookings across Europe this summer, one of which will see her debut her new collaboration with Angel Deadoorian, “Decisive Pink”, at Sonar Festival.
TGE show times:
17th May / The Volks / 22:30
18th May / Queen’s Hotel / 12:30


A four piece band from Moscow headed up by fashionista Eva Vostroknutova, Wet Red make high energy pop-punk with catchy melodies and rhythms. They’ve got five singles under their belt, and the band have become regulars in Moscow’s glittering fashion circle, performing at invitation only fashion parties as well as at major international festivals. Their debut album is expected this year.
TGE show times:
18th May / Queen’s Hotel / 13:30
19th May / The Arch / 18:00


An electric queer collective now based in Berlin, SADO OPERA are inspired by the sonic landscapes of Parliament Funkadelic and the stage presence of Prince. Combining electro and electro, the collective’s live shows are liberating, kinky as you like, and fun with no holds barred. The debut SADO OPERA album is due later in 2018.
TGE show times:
18TH May / Bau Wow / 02:00
18th May / Queen’s Hotel / 14:30


A former student of nuclear physics, Kirill Richter is a self-taught composer and instrumentalist who has earned himself a reputation as one of Russia’s most celebrated neoclassical musicians. With achingly beautiful solo piano compositions and spine tingling orchestral pieces to his name, Esquire have even described Richter as “an apostle of modern times”. This is sure to be a breath-taking end to the RUSH showcase on Friday.
TGE show times:
18th May / Queen’s Hotel / 15:30
18th May / St Marys / 19:45

Don’t miss the RUSH showcase at The Great Escape Festival