20 Acts to see at this year’s Great Escape Festival (1/4)


The Great Escape is all about new music. Sure, there are bands like Slaves playing, but they’re just to sell tickets to the unassuming. Dig deeper and it’s all sweet, sweet new music.

“But I don’t know any new music!” We hear you wail, wiping your dribbling nose on the sleeve of your sweatshirt and trying not to cry. “What if I miss out on all the good bands?”

Well cry no more, hypothetical child. We’ve compiled a list of 20 acts to see at this year’s Great Escape festival, so all you have to do is work out where and when they’re playing, and how to smuggle enough beer into each venue to avoid paying the extortionate bar prices. Part one is below. Enjoy!

Stefflon Don

Her mix of Caribbean influences (both of her parents hail from Jamaica), combined with UK Grime and a whole lot of glamour mean Stefflon Don has been making waves for a while now. More comparable to J-Hus than anybody else around right now and fresh off of the back of a collaboration with Jeremih, she won’t be playing small venues for long.

Abra Cadabra

Abra Cadabra may have already won a MOBO for Best Single, but he’s going from strength to strength. With tracks like “Robbery”, Abra Cadabra has one of the most menacing delivery styles in the UK and his set at The Great Escape is sure to be a mad one.


Bad Sounds

This Bath-based band deserve a mention just for their rhyming of Papadopolous and Sarcophagus, but they’re also great fun and tipped for big things by none other than Annie Mac. Don’t miss out on their De La Soul-meets-Beck take on indie pop.

The Moonlandingz

The Moonlandingz are fronted by two members of Fat White Family, which might give you an idea of how over the top their live show is going to be. If you still don’t know, go and see them, you’ll soon find out. On stage antics aside, The Moonlandingz are a genuinely good band, veering from scuzzy psych-rock to twisted electro-ballads and back again. Their debut album also features a guest appearance from the Cowboy from The Village People, which makes them worth seeing on its own.

George Van Den Broek

17 year old George Van Den Broek is a bedroom producer with a difference. His voice conveys more emotion than most vocalists manage in a lifetime, and his debut EP doesn’t put a foot wrong. He’s also a bit of an industry darling at the moment, so it’s a good bet that he’ll blow up in the near future, and it’s always nice to say you saw them before they were big, isn’t it?

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