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The Great Escape Festival announce First Fifty artists

The new music showcase festival returns in 2020.

The Great Escape have announced the first wave of artists confirmed to play next year’s festival.

Building on previous years, FIRST FIFTY will see each newly announced act take to the stage across six east London venues from 13-14 November 2019, ahead of The Great Escape Festival which takes place in Brighton in May 2020.

Tickets for the FIRST FIFTY gigs will cost £5 each (plus fees).

2020 will see The Great Escape Festival celebrate its fifteenth year. The new music focussed weekender hosts an eclectic line-up, covering a huge range of sounds and styles.

The festival runs from 13 – 16 May 2020 in Brighton, taking over 30+ venues all within walking distance from each other.

Check out our galleries from 2019’s edition featuring The Snuts, Mosa Wild, APRE, Confidence Man and more here and here

Ticketmaster New Music will host one of the stages at this year’s FIRST FIFTY event, taking over The Macbeth on Thursday 14 November 2019.

On the bill is soul jazz maker Joseph Lawrence & The Garden, Belgian soul-pop duo YellowStraps, and New York synth-pop extraordinaire Grace Ives. Listen to all three below:

Joseph Lawrence & The Garden


Grace Ives

Here’s the full FIRST FIFTY line up, all of which will also appear at The Great Escape Festival in May 2020:

Wednesday 13 November 2019

The Sebright Arms – In Stereo presents 

  • Sarathy Korwar
  • Chlobocop
  • Layfullstop

The Old Blue Last – Metropolis presents 

  • Oscar Land
  • Molly Payton
  • Somebody’s Child
  • Amber Van Day

The Macbeth – Clash presents 

  • Silverbacks
  • Master Peace
  • Sons of Raphael

The Courtyard Theatre – BBC Music Introducing presents 

  • Weird Milk
  • full colour

Colours – Live Nation Source presents 

  • JOHN
  • Lazarus Kane

Thursday 14 November 2019

The Courtyard Theatre 

  • SASSY 009
  • Lucy Lu
  • Moyka

The Sebright Arms – Amazing Radio presents 

  • Boy Scouts
  • Nardeydey
  • Hana Vu

The Old Blue Last – DIY Magazine presents  

  • Do Nothing
  • Girls In Synthesis
  • The Cool Greenhouse

The Macbeth – Ticketmaster New Music presents 

  • Joseph Lawrence & The Garden
  • YellowStraps
  • Grace Ives

The Curtain Hotel – GRM Daily presents 

  • House of Pharoahs
  • Ayo Britain
  • Knucks

Tickets for the FIRST FIFTY shows are available now from our friends at

Tickets for The Great Escape Festival 2020 are available now through

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