Oh we do like to watch band's beside the seaside... Each May, for the past 8 years Drowned in Sound and 1000s of you have done just that down at the multi-venue bandageddon that is The Great Escape festival in Brighton.
This week another 150 acts have been added to the bill, which already had 100 acts confirmed on it and there are still another 100 names to added in the run up to the event. The thought of so much music is as daunting as it is thrilling. However, looking at the bigger names, we're leaning toward the latter.
England's south coast will be treated to a line-up featuring the likes of DiS favourites Wild Beasts, These New Puritans, Jon Hopkins, Kelis and Phantogram, as well as new bands we love such as two-time single of the weeker's Woman's Hour, the rambunctious Femme, the wonderfully named Nordic genre-shredders Deathcrush, and ANTI's haunting new signing Broken Twin; plus the much talked about likes of Charli XCX, Courtney Barnett, Augustines, East India Youth and Ella Eyre. The full line-up is below or you can click through profiles for the acts and hear their SoundCloud/YouTube tracks, on the Great Escape website.
Great Escape's mix of names you love and acts you're intrigued to see, is bolstered by an 'international showcase' element to the festival, which brings a whole host of extra new names to these shores to give the music business - including festival bookers from across Europe, American journalists, Canadian indie label types, French publishers and loads more - a taste of their tunes. Even to people who work in music full-time, the humungous line-up can be an overwhelming beast to decipher, let alone decide who to see, so in the run-up to the multi-venue event in May, DiS will be compiling a series of playlists to slowly introduce you to the bill (which once again will include a DiS-curated evening, which we can't announce that just yet, but we can confirm at least two of the names in bold above will be playing our stage).
Here are the 150 names added to the bill this week.
A PLASTIC ROSE / ADULT JAZZ^ / AFTERPARTEES / AGES AND AGES / AISHA ORAZBAYEVA / ALBERT HAMMOND, JR. / ALEC BENJAMIN / ALL WE ARE / ANGEL AT MY TABLE / ANNA MEREDITH / ÁSGEIR / AUGUSTINES / AZEKEL / BARBAROSSA / BAT AND BALL / BEAR HANDS / BEATY HEART / BEST FRIENDS / BIG SIXES / BIG UPS / BLESSA / BLOODY KNEES / BOKKA / BOY JUMPS SHIP / BRAWLERS / BRIDIE JACKSON AND THE ARBOUR / BRYCE HACKFORD / CASUAL SEX / CATS ON TREES / CHAMPS / CHEERLEADER / COASTS / DEATH AT SEA / DEATHCRUSH / DRY THE RIVER / EAST INDIA YOUTH / EAVES / ELECTRIC EYE / ELLI INGRAM / EMILIE NICHOLAS / EVA STONE / EYEDRESS / FAMY / FÉ / FICKLE FRIENDS / FRANK HAMILTON / FRENCH FOR RABBITS / GALLERY CIRCUS / GAMBLES / GENERATE / GEORGE BARNETT / GEORGE EZRA / GIRL BAND / GLASS OWLS / GNARWOLVES / GO WOLF / GORGON CITY / GRAND ANALOG / GΔRTMΔLEN / HARLEIGHBLU / HAWK HOUSE / HERO FISHER / HEY ROSETTA! / HOZIER / HUDSON TAYLOR / JAMES BAY / JAMIE ISAAC / JAWS / JIMI GOODWIN / JOEL BAKER / JOEL COMPASS / JON HOPKINS / KAN WAKAN / KIESZA / KIT / KYAN / LAKE STREET DIVE / LAURA WELSH / LAZYTALK / LE VASCO / LET THE MACHINES DO THE WORK / LITTLE MATADOR / LIZZO / LOUIS AGUILAR AND THE CROCODILE TEARS / LOVE ZOMBIES / LYGER / LYLA FOY / MIGHTY OAKS / MILKY CHANCE / MIREL WAGNER / MIRROR SIGNAL / MNEK / MOODOÏD / NEØV / NOTHING BUT THIEVES / OLIVER COATES / ONLY RIVALS / PABLO NOUVELLE / PATTEN / PHANTOGRAM / PHORIA / PORT ISLA / PS I LOVE YOU / PUP / RAE MORRIS / RAH RAH / RALEIGH RITCHIE / RATKING / REBEKA / RM HUBBERT / RYAN VAIL / SAM FENDER / SAY LOU LOU / SEA CHANGE / SEAN MCGOWAN / SHINY DARKLY / SIVU / SOLIDS / SOUTHERN / SPRING KING / STONEFIELD / SUN GLITTERS / SUVI / SYD ARTHUR / TAYMIR / TELEGRAM / TENNIS / THE BOHICAS / THE CLAMEENS / THE DISTRICTS / THE DUMPLINGS / THE JOHN STEEL SINGERS / THE NEIGHBOURHOOD / THE NEW TIGERS / THE PEOPLE THE POET / THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON / THESE NEW PURITANS^ / THOMAS AZIER / TIGERTOWN / TRISTESSE CONTEMPORAINE / TRUST / UNKNWN / VON HERTZEN BROTHERS / WE WERE EVERGREEN / WEED / WILD BEASTS^ / WILD CUB / WONDER VILLAINS / YEARS AND YEARS
...And here's the first 100 names announced:
AMBER RUN / ANDY SHAUF / ARC IRIS / ARTHUR BEATRICE / AS ANIMALS / AUTOBAHN / BABY IN VAIN / BABY STRANGE / BEARD OF WOLVES / BEAUTIFUL BOY / BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE / BLACK CITY LIGHTS / BLAENAVON / BROKEN TWIN / CHARLI XCX / CHERUB / CHLÖE HOWL / CIRCA WAVES / CLEO T / COURTNEY BARNETT / D/C / DARK FOR DARK / DARLIA / DENAI MOORE / DIVE IN / DOLOMITE MINOR / DOOM SQUAD / DOUGLAS DARE / DUNE RATS / ELLA EYRE^/ EROTIC MARKET / FABIENNE / FAT WHITE FAMILY / FEMALE SMELL / FEMME / FLUX PAVILION / FLYTE / FTSE / FUTURE ISLANDS / FYFE / GIANNA LAUREN / GINGER AND THE GHOST / GLORY GLORY / HANNAH GEORGAS / HERMITUDE / HOLY STRAYS / HSY / HUMAN PYRAMIDS / JAAKKO EINO KALEVI / JAY ARNER / JEREMIAH JAE / JEREMY NEALE / JUNGLE / KELIS^/ LABYRINTH EAR / LEON T PEARL / LONELY THE BRAVE / LOVEPARK / MAJOR LEAGUES / MARIKA HACKMAN / MATTHEW AND THE ATLAS / MAX MARSHALL / MICKEY LIGHTFOOT / MONEY FOR ROPE / NEW DESERT BLUES / OLIVER WILDE / ORVAL CARLOS SIBELIUS / OY / PAWWS / PHOX / POWDER BLUE / REJJIE SNOW / ROSIE LOWE / ROYAL BLOOD / RUSSIAN RED / SAINT RAYMOND / SAMARIS / SATELLITE STORIES / SEPTEMBER GIRLS / SHOPPING / SHY NATURE / SIN COS TAN / SLAVES / STUBBORN HEART / SUNDARA KARMA / THE BONY KING OF NOWHERE / THE CREASES / THE CROOKED BROTHERS / THE DARLINGTONS / THE OSCILLATION / THE SCENES / THEO VERNEY / TOVE LO / TRAAMS / TRAUMAHELIKOPTER / TRAVIS BRETZER / WET / WHITE LUNG / WILSEN / WOMANS HOUR / YOUNG SUMMER / YOUTH MAN / YUMI AND THE WEATHER
Acts with an ^ beside their name will require you to 'top-up' your ticket to see their sets. Order your tickets for the festival now from The Great Escape website.
DiScuss: Who do you recommend people watch?