The Great Escape has announced the first batch of names to be added to its 2018 line-up, with each to one play its First Fifty event in November.
The three-day showcase is spread across five East London venues between November 21-23, with Joy Crookes (pictured), joined by an array of acts including KOPS, Stella Donnelly, Ten Tonnes, Feet and Aine Cahill. Spanish rapper Bad Gyal will make her first UK festival appearance.
The Great Escape worked on the line-up with input from with Amazing Radio, BBC Music, Clash, DIY, The Line of Best Fit, London In Stereo and So Young. The shows will take place at Hoxton Bar & Kitchen, Kamio, Old Blue Last, The Courtyard Theatre and Zigfrid Von Underbelly, with full details and line-ups at greatescapefestival.com/first-fifty.
Mama Festivals CEO, Rory Bett said: “It feels great to be announcing fifty amazing artists to play TGE18 and to launch the show with its very own festival yet again. This is a really exciting time for new music and we’re fortunate to be able to showcase some of the greatest new talent from around the world. Since TGE started 13 years ago, we have always maintained that the foremost objective of the festival is to produce an international programme that is genuinely representative of the full range of emerging talent in music. This is such a really good start and look out for lots more to come from across all music genres.”
The full line-up for First Fifty is as follows:
Áine Cahill / Awate / Bad Gyal / Benny Mails / City Calm Down / Coin / Dan Stock /Daniel OG / Denzel Himself / Ebenezer / Feet / Freak / Fred Well / Hotel Lux / Hunter & The Bear / Jerry Williams / Joy Crookes / Katie Von Schleicher / King Nun / KOPS / Love Ssega / M.I.L.K / Maisie Peters / Mansionair / Mikaela Davis / Moncrieff / Naaz / Pitou / Promiseland / Ruby Empress / S4u / Sam Fender / Sports Team / Stella Donnelly / Stereo Honey / Tamino / Ten Tonnes / The Ninth Wave / The Orielles / Wild Front
Advance tickets are priced at £5 and are available from greatescapefestival.com/first-fifty. Tickets will be £7.50 on the door.
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