FAYE WEBSTER ANNOUNCED FOR THE GREAT ESCAPE’S FIRST 2024 SPOTLIGHT SHOW

The Great Escape announces indie singer-songwriter Faye Webster as the first artist performing one of the festival’s Spotlight shows at the Brighton Dome Concert Hall, while celebrated US-Indian star Sid Sriram will top the bill at the BBC Asian Network Stage.

A further 26 artists have also been revealed to complete the ‘First Fifty’, featuring some of  the most promising emerging artists that will be gracing The Great Escape in 2024.

SPOTLIGHT – FAYE WEBSTER:

Faye Webster is set to shine at The Great Escape at a special Spotlight show. With a unique blend of folk, indie pop, and R&B influences, Faye’s music is characterized by her heartfelt songwriting and soulful vocals. Since her debut at the festival in 2019, her critically acclaimed albums “Atlanta Millionaires Club” and “I Know I’m Funny haha” have established her as a fresh and compelling voice in contemporary music. She will bring her captivating live show to the Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Friday 17 May.

Access to the Spotlight shows will be via standalone tickets, available now via www.greatescapefestival.com.

BBC ASIAN NETWORK – SID SRIRAM:

Sid Sriram is a multifaceted artist, celebrated for his enchanting blend of R&B, soul, and Indian classical music. Born in India, and raised in the United States, Sid’s unique background has heavily influenced his distinctive sound. His velvety, soulful vocals and heartfelt lyrics have earned him a dedicated global fanbase, aided by collaborations with Jon Batiste and Quincy Jones. The Great Escape is pleased to announce that he will play the headline slot at the BBC Asian Network Stage in May 2024. As a stage host and partner of the event, BBC Asian Network will present festivalgoers with some of the finest talent in British Asian and popular South Asian music and culture.FULL FIRST FIFTY ACTS REVEALED:

The Great Escape has also shared the final 26 names to complete the line-up of the FIRST FIFTY artists performing at the festival – one of the hottest tip lists of the year for the industry’s freshest emerging talent.

Many of the artists will be performing in the FIRST FIFTY live launch this evening as The Great Escape hosts gigs across eight East London venues, showcasing these exciting artists ahead of their festival appearances in Brighton next year. Highlights including Babymorocco taking to the stage at Shacklewell Arms, Picture Parlour rocking The Victoria and Big Special gracing MOTH Club.

The acts announced include experimental four-piece Automotion, Canadian singer-songwriter Aysanabee, chugging Aussies Battlesnake, energetic punk band CARSICK, indie-pop Mancunians Corella, folk-electronic artist Eve Owen, New York indie-rocker Malice K, Spanish-American singer songwriter Victoria Canal, alt-pop singer Olivia Lunny, eclectic Worldbeat group Sirens Of Lesbos, indie-pop artist Zach Templar and more.

The FIRST FIFTY is completed by the addition of Bishopskin, Cosmorat, DARTZ, Ebbb, En Attendant Ana, ENOLA, Fiona-Lee, Food House, Rum Jungle, Sailor Honeymoon, SILA LUA, Ugly and YHWH Nailgun.

Synonymous with new music discovery and acting as a springboard for rising artists, The Great Escape is the festival for new music. Playing host to over 500 up-and-coming artists and hotly tipped talent across 35+ walkable venues, alongside the music industry-led TGE conference, the festival will kick off the 2024 festival season from 15 – 18th May 2024 in Brighton, England. Tickets for The Great Escape festival start from £89.25 and are on sale here.

CONFERENCE REVAMPED:

Today The Great Escape also announces a revamp of its famous music industry conference. The event is bringing onboard new collaborators from across the industry to shape and elevate its programming. The Council of Music Makers host Thursday 16 May, with the Night Time Industries Association on Friday 17 May and both BBC Introducing LIVE and Youth Music on Saturday 18 May. The BPI will host a welcome party on the beach on Wednesday 15 May to kick off proceedings.PARTNERS:

Spain is announced as The Great Escape’s Lead Country Partner for 2024. Led by The Spanish Wave and TGE, they will present a full programme with two showcases, panels on the Spanish music industry and industry receptions. Sila Lua, a Galician-born artist creating dance music with an experimental flair, is the first Spanish performer to be announced. The Great Escape’s first Spanish partners include: The Spanish WaveAIEFundaćion SGAEInstituto CervantesLive Nation SpainTicketmaster Spain and Mondo Sonoro.César Andión, Head of The Spanish Wave, said: “Everyone is looking at Spain and Latam at the moment. We are the gateway and bridge to Europe and Latinoamerica. Spain has a thrilling industry in talent and structure, a large and varied roster of festivals, venues, promoters and labels, so we are incredibly happy to coordinate Spain as Lead Country at the most exciting, well curated showcase festival and conference in the United Kingdom. After years bringing The Spanish Wave showcase to Brighton, now it’s time to highlight our vibrant industry with receptions, panels and the freshest and hottest music. ¡Nos vemos en Brighton!”

Finally, the festival has announced that AudioActive, the Brighton-based non-profit that creates social change through developing emerging music talent, has come on board as 2024’s charity partner while leading music school BIMM returns as the education partner.

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