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The Great Escape announces first 50 acts for 2021 edition

By | Published on Thursday 19 November 2020

Arlo Parks

The Great Escape has announced the first 50 acts that will play its 2021 edition next May. Details have also been announced about The Road To The Great Escape, special showcasing events taking place in Dublin and Glasgow in the week ahead of the main festival in Brighton.

Among the artists set to play what will be a belated fifteenth anniversary edition of the showcase festival are Arlo Parks, Holly Humberstone, Berwyn, Pa Salieuand AMA, 220 Kid and Bree Runway. As always, the showcases will take place in venues across Brighton, alongside the TGE Conference for music industry delegates, the core strands of which are programmed by CMU Insights.

The Road To The Great Escape shows will take place in Glasgow on 8 and 9 May, and in Dublin on 10 and 11 May, with TGE itself kicking off in Brighton on 12 May. The fifteenth anniversary celebrations that will be a key part of the programme should have taken place this year, of course, but the COVID-19 shutdown meant that the 2020 edition of the festival could not go ahead.

Looking ahead to 2021, TGE organisers say: “With development of the first two vaccines as well as the roll-out of government trials for mass testing and tracing, The Great Escape is confident that a full capacity event can be achieved. Through a mix of vaccine and testing, as well as trial events, the festival will be ready and eager to safely welcome people back to live music”.

Full details of the 50 acts announced today are here.