The Great Escape, the festival for new music and one of our highlights of the summer, is returning 19 – 21 May 2016 to transform Brighton into a mecca for emerging talent. For over a decade, The Great Escape has produced diverse line-ups flecked with the stars and sounds of the future, establishing this 3-day festival as the ultimate destination of discovery for music-lovers.
Today, The Great Escape announces 150 new bands and its final Spotlight show featuring gutsy grime artist MC Stormzy who celebrated his highest-charted single Shut Up last Christmas. Best known for his mic-chomping and often politically-driven lyrics, Stormzy is very much at the forefront of the latest resurgence of his genre. He will be joined by Newham rapper J Hus, hip-hop collective WSTRN who made waves with IN2, and fierce R&B trio M.O described as “the only girl group you need to worry about”.
Also joining the line-up is Brighton four-piece Black Honey blending pop with blurry shoegazing guitars, alongside indie-pop assembly Highasakite who will fly that Norwegian flag high with lead singer Ingrid’s enchanting melodies and serene soundscapes.
Packing a whole lot of attitude is bitter post-punk Leeds collective Eagulls, whilst providing a dose of disco inferno are South London brothers Formation who merge funk, northern soul and liquid grooves.
Expect the unexpected with experimental songwriter Aaron Maine aka Porches who always strives to create genre-binding tracks, recently pulling away from his earlier rock rhythms in favour of homespun electro.
To have a look at the full line-up click here.