The Great Escape 2019

Must See Bands

Tuesday 7th May 2019

Kojaque at All Our Tomorrows. The 100 Club, London. 2018.

The Great Escape has established itself as one of the UK's most important inner-city festivals, showcasing the very best emerging talent from around the world at over 30 venues across three days in the city of Brighton.

We've picked out just a few of the hundreds of artists playing this year, who we recommend you should check out. Plus when and where to see them.

Combining her acute lyrical observations on adolescence with her chilled out electronic R&B sounds Biig Piig conjures up the perfect after-party vibe. You can catch the rising London based singer at 19:15 on Thursday at The Deep End - Beach Site or at 20:15 on Saturday at Shooshh.

The enigmatic London outfit has grown their online presence lately, purposefully keeping it low while they built their reputation on London's underground via word mouth and their frenetic and beguiling live shows. They demand to be seen and you get two chances at this year's festival; Firstly at 14:30 on Saturday at Komedia Studio Bar and then again at 21:15 on Saturday at The Deep End Beach Site

Canadian mixed-media collective formed as a creative outlet to aid addiction and rehabilitation with startling results. Currently performing as a septet, catch them at 13:20 On Thursday at Green Door Store or at 23:15 on Thursday at Horatios.

Hotly tipped South London rapper following a breakout 2018. Currently taking the UK Rap scene by storm Flohio is as fierce as she is vital. She'll be performing at 21:15 on Thursday at The Deep End - Beach Site.

Irish 5-piece breaking new ground in the sonic playground that is the genre of shoegaze. They'll be playing two sets at The Great Escape this year, so you can see them delivering their cacophony of sound at 14:00 on Thursday at Prince Albert or at 19:15 on Friday at Horatios.

South East London singer and rapper with a proclivity towards sparse bedroom-style production whilst still managing to convey a disparate range of influences, from Lauryn Hill to Bon Iver. Keyah/Blu will be taking to the stage at 18:30 on Friday at Shoosh.

Sensational East London starlet with a unique voice crafting youthful and exuberant pop songs having been raised on a healthy diet of Paloma Faith and Florence + The Machine. She'll be playing at 18:30 on Thursday at Patterns Downstairs.

Brooklyn outfit who channel all the right amount of garage, sleaze and thrash from the '80s punk scene but still remain totally relevant with the statements they make with their music. And they sure know how to have fun doing it too. They're playing at 17:15 on Thursday at Jubilee Square and then at 00:30 on Friday at The Haunt.

Fine art graduate, filmmaker and musician, Kevin Smith is a rapper whose music deals with modern life and personal identity; sometimes in abstract forms. One of the standout performers at All Our Tomorrows in 2018, the Dublin MC will be on stage at 20:15 on Saturday at Patterns Downstairs.

Check out our playlist and interview with Kojaque here

A 4-piece based out of New Cross with a fresh blend of Post-Punk, Goth and the darker side of New Wave. Complete with angular guitars and menacing vocals, there is a combustible energy bubbling away underneath that's barely containable. See it take hold at 19:15 on Saturday at The Deep End - Beach Site.

Check out our playlist and interview with Talk Show here

A visual artist, rapper and musician hailing from West London, Aiwa Laurel is a true creative spirit who co-founded and heads up the NiNE8 Collective. Her music is a mix of heady beats with old school R&B that pulls in elements from jazz and funk to '90s Hip-Hop. Catch her at 19:15 on Saturday at Shooshh.

Brighton 5 piece making music that is tumultuous and exciting, sharing various elements with krautrock and baring similar DNA to art-punk predecessors like XTC, Television and the Talking Heads. You'll have two chances to see Squid this year, first at 17:30 on Friday at Hideout and then again at 21:15 on Friday at Horatios.

Check out our playlist and interview with Squid here

Beth Jeans Houghton is a multi-disciplinary artist with a relentless creative appetite, working as sought after illustrator as well as a musician. Catch her latest musical evolution at 21:30 on Saturday at One Church.

Check out our playlist and interview with Du Blonde here
Find out more about her visual art here

Glaswegian quintet with a reputation for their theatrical live shows; elements of new wave, glam rock and indie pop coalesce to create their unique sound inspired by 'love, glamour and androgyny'. You'll have two chances to see them this year at 14:30 on Thursday at One Church or at 21:15 on Thursday at Horatios

Check out our playlist and interview with Walt Disco here

Black Country, New Road were one of the standout bands from the line up of All Our Tomorrows last year. The London based band (hailing mostly from Cambridge) defy any mundane formulas and comprise of a refreshingly unconventional line up: Drums, violin, guitar/vocal, saxophone, synth and bass. You'll be able to see them perform at 20:15 on Saturday at the Deep End - Beach Site.

If you're still looking for more recommendations you check out some of our previous features with even more of the artists performing this year below.

Alligator | Babii | Bang Bang Romeo | Bilk | Black Honey | Blaenavon | Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard | Dan D'Lion | Emerson Snowe | Fat White Family | Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes | Fur | Haze | Hockeysmith | Hotel Lux | Italia 90 | Jockstrap | Lady Bird | Life | Lucia | Master Peace | Nia Wyn | Our Girl | Peeping Drexels | Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs | Pip Blom | Pregoblin | Sports Team | The Amazons | The Murder Capital | The Mysterines | The Ninth Wave | The Rhythm Method | The Snuts | The Van Ts | Thyla | VC Pines | WhenYoung | Yak | Zuzu

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