BBC Music unveils Great Escape line-up, XL's Richard Russell and more to appear

BBC Music unveils Great Escape line-up, XL's Richard Russell and more to appear

BBC Music has revealed details of its involvement at The Great Escape 2018, with a raft of new bands set to play and XL Recordings co-founder Richard Russell also lined up to appear.

Russell will appear in conversation with BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, while BBC Radio 1Xtra’s Sir Spyro will interview Novelist, in the wake of the South London MC’s self-released debut album.

The Great Escape takes place in Brighton from May 17-19, and BBC Music will take over Brighton’s Paganini Ballroom on May 17 and 18.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever, Skinny Pelembe, Whyte Horses, Virginia Wing and Pip Bloom will play on 17, while Ten Tonnes, Alicaì Harley, ONR and former Music Week On The Radar star Mahalia will perform on 18.

Stephens’ chat with Russell takes place on May 17 from 5:30-6:30pm, Spyro and Novelist will appear on Friday 18 at the same time.

BBC Radio 1Xtra’s DJ Target will broadcast live on Thursday night (7-9pm) and BBC Radio 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq takes over on Friday (4-7pm). Both shows will feature live music and guests.

James Stirling, head of content, BBC Music said: “BBC Music is proud to bring The Great Escape to our audience. The festival is all about discovering exciting new musical talent, something BBC Music does on a regular basis through BBC Music Introducing, our radio stations and music TV shows.”

BBC Music Introducing is also staging a tour after the festival, with four artists due to visit grassroots venues across the UK.

One leg of the tour will feature Mahalia and Alicaì Harley who will play Sheffield (May 21, Leadmill), Oxford (22, Bullingdon) and Newcastle (23, The Cluny) and Ten Tonnes and ONR will play Leeds (21, Headrow House), Bristol (22, Fiddlers) and Reading (23, Purple Turtle).

Each night will feature support from a new local artist working in conjunction with Local BBC Music Introducing shows.

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