Foals and Lewis Capaldi both headline the spotlight shows for The Great Escape this year. The Brighton-based festival always feature a blend of big-name and fast-emerging international artists, this year spanning over 30 venues. The Great Escape has become a weekend renowned for growing talent and a celebration of the full spectrum of music across the globe.

Festival ticket-holders can register for free entry to the Lewis Capaldi gig, and with Capaldi having recently spent seven weeks at number 1, he is undoubtedly the UK’s most popular artist right now. He is just as loved for his sense of humour on social media, and his chat between songs is often equally as hysterical. Foals have long been festival favourites, and fans can expect to see additions from Everything Not Saved Will be Lost on the spotlight setlist.

Black Honey are familiar to the festival circuit but promise to bring an updated set along with their usual captivating performance. The Amazons and Blaenavon are similarly no strangers to a festival stage and will be injecting some more gutsy guitar music to the line-up. Both bands are busting with new material and The Great Escape is the perfect place for them to practice these tracks live.

It is not just indie music coming to Brighton however; R’n’B and Grime is also well represented with artists such as AJ Tracey and Little Simz hitting the stage. Having both released albums already this year – and to great acclaim, their setlists can be expected to be nothing short of pure fire.

The Great Escape has always placed great emphasises on new, emerging talents in music. Our podcast guests APRE are one of the most promising small indie bands falling under this. Having just supported Sea Girls on tour, the band are bringing euphoric singles such as ‘Everybody Loves You’ to Brighton.

Easy Life – another band to grace our podcast and Manchester four-piece Corella join them as two promising bands rapidly gaining hype. Easy Life have been speedily growing in popularity with their laid-back pop sound, and Corella already have a dedicated fan base built on singles such as ‘Barcelona Girl’ and ‘Say Something’.

This is just a brief introduction to some of the bands we will be racing to see in Brighton this year but be sure to check out the full line-up here.

Tickets for The Great Escape are available now and you can apply for the spotlight shows online too.

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