What to expect at The Great Escape Festival, 17th-18th May

The twelfth installment of Brigton’s quintessential installment of new music showcases, The Great Escape Festival, is fast approaching (17th-19th May, hot mama) and is delivering countless up-and-coming talents the world over.

Most recently, they’ve announced hot new names including Bristol five-piece raucous rabble-punk group IDLES, irresistibly ferocious LA garage rockers The Regrettes and Nashville-via-New York Sophie Allison aka Soccer Mommy, whose debut “chill but kinda sad” bedroom indie-pop album Clean gained wide critical acclaim.

Joining them are some of the prolific indie-rock bands emerging from South London, including Goat Girl, fresh off the release of their debut self-titled albums full to the brim of refreshingly brief psych/post-punk jammers, and Sorry, who pair production with a lo-fi edge and jarring electronic sounds with romantic and eerie melodies.

On the line-up and emerging from our very own Leeds music scene are fuzz-heavy six-piece Team Picture delivering haunting vocals with a wall of driving guitar riffs, and Drahla, a bass-driven dark post-punk three-piece out of Wakefield.

Obviously, this won’t be it for the festival, who are hosting big names in the music scene today including (but not limited to) US infectious gravel-voiced indie rocker Lindsey Jordan aka Snail Mail, the groovy hazy dreamy pop of Gus Dapperton, South London lilting-yet-gritty lo-fi jazz-fusionist Jacob Allen aka Puma Blue (who will undoubtedly break your heart with his heart-wrenching vocals), celestial space sounds from Michelle Zauner & co. of Japanese Breakfast, and the dynamic sunshine-y indie-pop Halifax trio we all know and love as The Orielles.

The Great Escape, spread over 60 venues and with over 500 artists, looks like it’s going to continue the tradition of getting bigger and better than ever.

Tickets, news, the full line-up, and other info over at their website.

Francesca Tirpak

Image: Borkowski Press

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