The Great Escape 2018 | Festival Preview
Brighton’s Great Escape festival is back once again with all the renegade mastery it can muster, bringing the masses a multi-venue festival of epic proportions. With a truly diverse line-up showcasing some of the hottest emerging talents on a global scale, 17th – 19th May looks set to be one of the most exciting weekends of the year.
WHAT HAPPENED LAST YEAR?
The Great Escape is well-known for its focus on emerging artists. Delivering a heady mix of brand new and more established acts, 2017 saw some serious music emanating out of Brighton & Hove.
20,000 music fans descended on the South coast town, for what turned out to be a hell of a weekend, if the rave reviews are to be believed. Dream Wife, Inheaven, and Kojey Radical were all present to demonstrate the diversity that the festival has to offer, while simultaneously blowing heads off at venues around Brighton.
See what went down, below.
A more pertinent question would probably be who isn’t playing at TGE this year. The line-up is brimming with talent, with Dream Wife returning for some further rioting, while The Romance, Ady Suleiman, and Dermot Kennedy will also be in attendance.
Elsewhere, Pale Waves will be bringing some Mancunian indie-pop goodness, while Superorganism give them a run for their money. Honestly, the line-up is spectacular and will have something to satisfy all tastes.
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ONES TO WATCH
Techno and electro fans will be delighted to hear that Erol Alkan is on the cards to play TGE on the Friday. Those who are familiar with Alkan‘s brand of grungy electronica will know exactly what kind of night you’ll have, throwing yourself around in front of him while he throws down some serious party music. The Phantasy label head is known for his exciting sets, so be sure you don’t miss him.
More techno, this time from Berlin-based Laurel Halo, who will be asserting her Germanic influences upon the baying crowd with an exclusive DJ set. The Wire were astute enough to brand her debut long-player, Quarantine, the album of the year accolade in 2012, and the following six years have seen her rise to the pinnacle of her game. (Sunday, 1:30am, Patterns)
808 Ink will be in full effect, with their leftfield rap antics sure to twist your melon entirely off your neck. The originators of “gully” will be no doubt dropping nugs from their latest album, When I’m About, You’ll Know It, a masterful example of U.K. rap music, with lyrics that represent life in the London borough of Deptford. (Saturday, 8:30, Beach House)
On a live electronics tip, we have four letters for you; AK/DK. Fans of the likes of Battles will lap up these electronic, psychedelic math-rockers with aplomb. Expect swirling pads, fuzzed up lyrics, brain-beating drums, and some of the most outrageous synth sounds you’ll hear. Check out their 2017 album, Patterns/Harmonics if you don’t believe us! (Saturday, 8pm, The Arch)
CAN I STILL GET TICKETS?
Yes! Here’s the link, now get a move on, they’re only £70 for a full three days!
Check out the full schedule, here.