Alabama Shakes, Soak, Tobias Jesso Jr, Slaves, Dan Bodan, and Django Django lead the first acts announced today for The Great Escape which will be returning to Brighton, from Thursday 14th until Saturday 16th May 2015.
As in previous years, a small number of shows will take place at The Dome in Brighton. Alabama Shakes plus support are the first Brighton Dome show to be announced taking place on Friday 15th May.
In 2012, they played to just 400 people, the same year that they delivered their hit debut album Boys & Girls. The band said of their appearance this year, "We are very happy to return to Brighton for The Great Escape. We had a blast last time. We just finished our new record and very excited to share it with the TGE audience."
To ensure guaranteed access to Dome Shows, attendees will be able to top up their festival wristband for a small fee, or purchase separate gig tickets soon.
The tenth edition of the festival will feature a line-up of up and coming artists from all over the world as well as some special guests to help celebrate the 10th edition with more than 400 bands in total, performing in more than 35 venues spread across Brighton over the course of the three days.
The first names confirmed are 1987, 36?, Acollective, Adam French, Admiral Fallow, AK/DK, All Tvvins, Alo Wala, Andrea Balency, Andy Shauf, Apes, April Towers, Aquilo, Aurora, Awesome Tapes From Africa, Bad Breeding, Bad Dreems, Banoffee, Bella Figura, Black Honey, Black Peaks, Boothroyd, Bully, C.A.R., Cairobi, Charles Howl, Charlie Straw, Chelou, Choir Of Young Believers, Clarence Clarity, Close Talker, Cosmo Sheldrake, Creeper, Creepoid, Dark Moon, Demob Happy, and Dutch Uncles.
Other acts confirmed today includeElder Island, Ewert and the Two Dragons, Fantasma, Fismoll, Flo Morrissey, Flyying Colours, Forever Pavot, Formation, Fraser A. Gorman, Freddie Dickson & The Guard, From Indian Lakes, Gabrielle Papillon, Gengahr, Girl Band, Groenland, H.Hawkline, Haelos, Happyness, Honne, Human Hair, Ibeyi, Ivy & Gold, Jack Garratt, Jagaara, Jasmine Thompson, Jordan Klassen, JP Cooper, Kagoule, Kevin Devine, Kiko Bun, Klaus Johann Grobe, Lake Malawai, Lapsley, Laura Doggett, Lazytalk, Le Galaxie, Lee Bains III, Les Big Byrd, Life, Little Mary, Little Simz, Louis Berry, Louis Mattrs, Low Roar, Loyle Carner, Lubomyr Melnyk, Mapei, Meat Wave, Menace Beach, Monica Heldal, Moumoon, Mt. Wolf, My Baby, Nick Brewer, and Oceaan.
Also heading for the Brighton bash will be Orla Gartland, Osca, Oscar & The Wolf, Passepied, Pierce Brothers, PINS, Popstrangers, Pretty Vicious, Prom, Rag n Bone Man, Rat Boy, Real Lies, Remi, Rolls Bayce, Saint Motel, Saskwatch, Seinabo Sey, Shelter Point, Silences, Single Mothers, Songhoy Blues, Sunset Sons, Sway Clarke II, Tei Shi, Thabo & The Real Deal, The Bohicas, The Garden, The Hearts, The Lytics, The Magic Gang, The Merrylees, The Picturebooks, The Riptide Movement, The St Pierre Snake Invasion, Young Benjamins, This Be The Verse, Thomston, Thurston Moore, Tops, Tor Miller, Turbowolf, Twerps, Twin Wild, USA Nails, Verite, Vilde Tuv, Vodun, Vogue Dots, Walking on Cars, Ward Thomas, Yak, Yosi Horikawa, and Zun Zun Egui.
The festival will cast the spotlight on the United Kingdom at this year’s tenth event.
Festival Director Kat Morris said, "The Great Escape is extremely proud to champion emerging talent and creativity across the entire music industry. For the past decade, TGE has given upcoming artists the opportunity to perform for 18,000 passionate fans each year who are all hugely supportive of new music. To mark this very special 10th anniversary, we are excited to be bringing back some very special guests who have all performed iconic and memorable shows in previous years to play alongside 400 of 2015s hottest emerging artists from across the world."
Tickets are available priced at £49.50. A 3-day Festival ticket gives you access to the core venues, subject to each venues capacity.
Alabama Shakes plus support are the first Brighton Dome show to be announced taking place on Friday 15th May. Access to the Show can be done by topping up a festival wristband for £8 or by purchasing separate gig tickets priced at £19.50 on the link below from 10am today.
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The venues are all a close walk from each other with each venue equipped to an international showcase standard.
As well as the live music, there's also a number of interviews with luminaries from the world of Music and Media, to show the way in which success is achieved, as well as educational panels, workshops and networking sessions.
The industry event will focus on four key topics: Music Licensing – Explained At Last!’, ’Music Marketing Is Broken – Let’s Fix It’, ‘How To Sell Out Gracefully – Better Brand Partnerships’ and ‘What's The Point Of A Record Label Anyway?’. These divisive topics will be explored in depth via a series of panels,presentations, debates and keynote speakers. The speakers for these events, plus the series of In Conversation sessions, are still to be announced.
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