Thurston Moore, Alabama Shakes, Boothroyd and Girl Band are among the avalanche of acts announced.
The Great Escape in Brighton is one of those city-wide, multi-venue festivals that arms you with a wristband and allows you to stumble from pub to club to pub again, discovering a bunch of your new favourite bands while get stuck into a three-day bender by the seaside.
The festival returns on May 14-16 to celebrate its tenth year, and organisers have just announced the first 150 acts on the bill. As well as the usual selection of up and coming artists, the festival has decided to bring back a few of the acts who performed memorable shows in the past, among them soul-rock quartet Alabama Shakes, who return for a big show at Brighton Dome after playing to just a few hundred people in 2012.
Other acts playing Brighton’s venues, churches, pubs, streets and bandstands that weekend include promising Irish punk oddballs Girl Band, art-rock artisans Django Django and Tri Angle producer Boothroyd. You’ll also find blogger-turned-DJ Awesome Tapes From Africa, XL-signed French-Cuban twins Ibeyi, London MC Little Simz and the self-explanatory Thurston Moore Band.
Running alongside the official festival programme is The Great Escape’s industry convention, this year focusing on the ins and outs of music licensing, how to “fix” music marketing, the art of “selling out gracefully” and the role of record labels.
Check out the full line-up so far and grab early bird weekend passes for £49.50 from The Great Escape’s website. One and two-day tickets will go on sale later this year.
Line-up so far:
1987 / 36? / Acollective / Adam French / Admiral Fallow / Ak/dk / Alabama Shakes / 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 / Dan Bodan / Dark Moon / Demob Happy / Django Django / Dutch Uncles / Elder 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 / Hælos / 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 & The Glory Fires / Les Big Byrd / Life / Little Mary / Little Simz / Louis Berry / Louis M^ttrs / Low Roar / Loyle Carner / Lubomyr Melnyk / Mapei / Meat Wave / Menace Beach / Monica Heldal / Moumoon / Mt Wolf / My Baby / Nick Brewer / Oceaán / 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 / Slaves / Soak / 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 / The Young Benjamins / This Be The Verse / Thomston / The Thurston Moore Band / Tobias Jesso Jr / Tops / Tor Miller / Turbowolf / Twerps / Twin Wild / Usa Nails / Vérité / Vilde Tuv / Vodun / Vogue Dots / Walking On Cars / Ward Thomas / Yak / Yosi Horikawa / Zun Zun Egui