The Great Escape 2013: first acts announced

The first acts have been announced for The Great Escape, which returns to Brighton from 16th-18th May.

Jayne Robinson

Date published: 12th Feb 2013

Established as the UK's leading showcase of new music, which brings over 16,000 music lovers together to see bands perform across more than 30 venues in the city, The Great Escape presents the hottest emerging talent and the unique opportunity to witness rare, career-establishing performances in intimate venues.

With the foundations of another taste-making line-up already in place the first acts announced sees an eclectic collection of genres come together to form a compelling hybrid of sounds; from the melodies of dreamy lo-fi pop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra to the reflective and rapturous compositions of critically acclaimed Tom Odell to the immersive soundscapes of King Krule and thrashing guitars of US melodic hardcore outfit Title Fight

The preliminary program also includes performances from Eddi Front, AlunaGeorge, David Rodigan, Scrufizzer and electro-pop threesome Chvrches.

This year’s festival will also see the return of the magnificent BΔSTILLE*, who two years after wowing a tiny crowd in one of Brightons' smallest venues will now storm the festival's biggest stage - the Brighton Dome.

The line up so far also includes THE 1975 / ALLAH-LAS / ALUNAGEORGE / AWAKEN I AM / BΔSTILLE / BEAR'S DEN / THE BLACK HEART REBELLION / BLACKEYE / BLAUDZUN / BRODKA / CAITLIN PARK / CHARLIE STRAIGHT / CHILDHOOD / CHRISTINE AND THE QUEENS / CHVRCHES / CLOUD BOAT / COUSINS  / CUB SCOUTS / DAN CROLL / DARK STAR / DAVID RODIGAN / DEL BARBER / DINGUS KHAN   / DINOSAUR PILE-UP / DRENGE / DUNE / EAGULLS / ECHO AND THE EMPRESS / EDDI FRONT / ED HARCOURT / ELIZA AND THE BEAR / FIST CITY /  FOAM LAKE /  GALLOPS / HOW TO DRESS WELL / HUMANS / HUNGRY KIDS OF HUNGARY / INDIANS / JACCO GARDNER / KING KRULE / LAB COAST / LAWRENCE ARABIA / LEWIS WATSON / LUKE SITAL-SINGH / MAC DEMARCO / MADE IN JAPAN / MARMOZETS / MØ / THE NATURALS / THE NEIGHBOURHOOD / NEIGHBOURHOOD YOUTH / NICK MULVEY / NIGHT ENGINE / PHOSPHORESCENT / PORTASOUND / RAINY MILO / ROYAL CANOE / RYAN KEEN / SAN ZHI / SKATERS / SKIP&DIE / SLEEPMAKEWAVES / SNAKADAKTAL / SOAK / SPECTRES / STONEFIELD / SUPERFOOD /  SWEET BABOO / SWIM DEEP / TELEMAN / TO KILL A KING / TOM ODELL / TOMORROW'S WORLD / TOWNS / TRES B / THE TROUBLE WITH TEMPLETON / THE UPSKIRTS / UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA / VELCRO HOOKS / VELOCIRAPTOR / WALL / WOLF ALICE / YOUNG RIVAL with many more to be announced soon.

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