Words: Ellie Ward
Before most of us have still to get over The Great Escape festival of 2016, already things are gearing up for 2017.
Next year's event at venues across the seaside town of Brighton will take place between May 18-20 MAY 2017. For the first time organisers have launched a series of gigs at venues in east London between, November 22– 24 this year to showcase some of the first announced acts for 2017's festival.
The artists announced to play the 'FIRST FIFTY' are:
Abattoir Blues, Be Charlotte, Brian Deady, Cabbage, Carys Selvey, Drones Club, Eat Fast, Fil Bo Riva, Gothic Tropic, Hannah Georgas, Husky Loops, IDER, Indigo Husk, James Hersey, Jameszoo, Klangstof, L.A. Salami, MarthaGunn, Matt Maeson, Miles from Kinshasa, Moses, Nilufer Yanya, Plaitum, Pote (Live), Ray BLK, Saint PHNX, Sarathy Korwar, Shells, Shitkid, The Age of L.U.N.A and Tigertown.
Tickets for the live shows are priced at £5 per show and are now on sale. Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, The Old Blue Last, Kamio, Zigfrid von Underbelly and The Courtyard Theatre will all play host to shows.
Festival season 2017 starts here: The Great Escape, the festival for new music internationally renowned for breaking the best and brightest new talent for over 10 years, is here to provide the soundtrack to your future with the 'FIRST FIFTY' - a series of exclusive gigs over 3 days in East London from the very hottest new artists around. The artists announced today give a first glimpse of the talent lined up to play TGE 2017 and take next year’s festival season by storm.
Mama Festivals CEO, Rory Bett says: “Over the last 11 years The Great Escape has been providing the soundtrack to our future with over 3,750 artists showcasing in Brighton and today’s announcement of the 'FIRST FIFTY' previews the next wave of artists set to go down in TGE history. No other festival out there launches in this way with 10 live gigs and the best thing is that this is just the start, we’ve still got another 400+ bands to announce in the new year!”
BBC Music Editor, James Stirling says: “We’re delighted to be in partnership with The Great Escape and 'FIRST FIFTY'. Helping to establish British artists on both a national and global stage is a primary objective for BBC Music, so working with one of the world’s premiere new music festivals on this unique new venture is a hugely exciting opportunity. Over 90 acts have signed to a major label after taking their first steps via BBC Introducing.”
For tickets to all 'FIRST FIFTY' shows, click here. Advanced tickets are £5, and unless sold out, will then be £7.50 on door.
Tickets and further information: THE GREAT ESCAPE
EARLY BIRD GREAT ECAPE 2017 FESTIVAL TICKETS - £55
EARLY BIRD GREAT ESCAPE 2017 DELEGATE PASSES - £165
EARLY BIRD GREAT ESCAPE 2017 YOUNG ADULT TICKETS (16 & 17 YEAR OLDS) - £32