The Great Escape Festival

Must See Bands

Tuesday 16th May 2017

Nadia Rose performing at The Great Escape 2016. Photograph by C. Faruolo

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 3 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.

The longtime Subculture favourites will be playing Brighton Palace Pier at 21:45 on Thursday. If you've yet to see them live then this is your chance, the punk duo are cathartic and intense. Check out our exclusive photos of their performance at The Ace Hotel, London to kick off Record Store Day 2017

Cosmo Pyke
Recent SubcultureLive graduate Cosmo Pyke will be playing the Prince Albert at 21:30 on Saturday. The London-based songwriter and multi-instrumentalist describes his sound as “Spacey, beautiful and lazy”, with his live set following with a similarly summery, laid back feel. Check out our exclusive gallery from his performance at The 100 Club, London below.

The Moonlandingz
The Moonlandingz started life as a semi-fictional psych-pop group featuring the alter ego's of Lias and Saul from the Fat White Family. "Beyond shame and utterly free" they play The Haunt at 21:30 on Thursday.

Our Girl
This will be a hometown show for the (mostly) Brighton based shoe-gazing garage trio who are fronted by Soph Nathan of The Big Moon. Catch them at Sticky Mike's Frog bar 20:30 on Saturday.

Nova Twins
South East London duo who self-described their sound as urban punk. A perfect summation as they blend elements of punk, rock, grime & hip hop. They play the Prince Albert at 19:30 on Saturday.

Hailing from Peckham this London 5-piece play a form of caustic post-punk and garage rock. Simultaneously brutal, wry and macabre they play Bleach at 21:30 on Friday.

Blue Lab Beats
London duo who fuse jazz and soul with contemporary electronic elements and hip hop beats. For a more chilled vibe head to the Marine Room, Harbour Hotel at 14:30 on Saturday.

Welsh indie rockers we first picked up on our Sound of Cardiff blog in 2016. They're playing 2 sets on Friday, first being 15:15 at Bleach and then at 23:15 at Green Door Store.

Rebooting British punk circa '76 for a new generation by capturing the essence of disaffected youth. The indie punk outfit from Guildford will play Queens Hotel at 18:30 on Friday.

Arguably the break-out band of 2017 so far; anti-establishment, social commentators leading the charge in the current post-punk revival; catch the Manchester outfit playing Horatio's on Thursday at 20:45 or The Haunt at 21:30 on Friday.

The Blinders
Noisy, visceral and political post-punk trio from Doncaster. Check out some exclusive photos of their instore performance at the Fred Perry shop in Nottingham below. You can catch them at The Hope & Ruin at 00:30 on Saturday.

Dream Wife
New wave riot grrrl punks with a dash of electro and pop. The London 3-piece were another hotly tipped act to break-through in 2017. They'll be performing at Wagner Hall at 23:00 on Friday and Sticky Mike's Frog bar at 21:30 on Saturday.

London's avant-garde, glam-infused, post-punk outfit with an ever-growing cult following. Thanks in no small part to their energetic and hypnotic live performances which you can witness yourself at either The Haunt on Friday at 20:30 or at the Prince Albert on Saturday at 23:30.

Monico Blonde
Well crafted indie pop from the Cardiff quartet who formed less than a year ago. Tipped by This Feeling to be Big In 2017 they play twice on Thursday, firstly at 13:15 at the Latest Music Bar and secondly at the Queens Hotel at 18:15.

A fast-rising indie-pop quartet from London. Anteros only formed at the start of 2016 have already played the prestigious Other Stage at Glastonbury. You can catch them playing in Bleach at 14:30 on Thursday.

Callum Beattie
You'll have two chances to see this exciting, powerful and soulful singer/songwriter from Edinburgh - 12:00 on Thursday at One Church or 14:45 on Friday at Jubilee Square. 

Also a tip of the hat to our British New Wave 2017 artists who are performing at this year's Great Escape Festival that we didn't have room to mentioned above:

Cassels, Bad Sounds, Goat Girl, The Amazons, The Big Moon, Casi, Jamie Isaac, Shame, Jagara, LIFE, InHeaven, Luxury Death, Dead Pretties, Girl Ray & XamVolo

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