Unmissable: The Great Escape 2019

The Beths

The New Zealand quartet released one of our favourite albums of 2018 and are now back playing in the UK. Ahead of their massive show at The Dome in Tufnell Park, they will be playing two intimate shows across the weekend.

Friday 15:30 - Horatio's Bar

Saturday 21:15 - Horatio's Bar


Having been named in DIY Magazines 'Class of 2019' and supporting Nilüfer Yanya on her UK tour, Westerman has been gaining fans at a incredible speed over the past 6 months. His experimental pop sounds are influenced by the likes of 80s synth sounds, stripped back and with a real elegance.

Friday 16:00 - Hideout

Friday 20:15 - Patterns Downstairs


Feet are one of our favourite new discoveries of 2019, ever since the release of their debut single 'Petty Thieving'. Since then they have also released exceptional singles 'English Weather' and 'Ad Blue', showing off their wonky-indie-pop style perfectly. Their debut album is set to be released this summer, so expect to hear some new songs in their set as well. This is definitely not one to miss.

Friday 16:15 - The Deep End - Beach Site

Working Men's Club

Ever since the release of their debut single 'Bad Blood', Working Men's Club have been receiving more and more recognition by the day. With plays on BBC Radio 6 Music and supporting Fat White Family on a number of dates, there is no doubt that their rise is going to continue.

Friday 17:30 Hideout

Friday 19:15 Paganini Ballroom (The Old Ship)

Pip Blom

22 Year old Pip Blom has been making and releasing music online since 2016, which has created quite a following. Since then she has recruited a band and is now one of the best indie acts currently on tour in the UK. Her latest single Ruby' is just another example of her exciting indie-pop, and their live show is definitely not one to miss either.

Friday 16:45 Hideout

Friday 20:15 Coalition

Emerson Snowe

A former member of Australian band The Creases, Jarrod Mahon is currently working under the pseudonym Emerson Snowe. His romantic indie-pop style has received praise from the likes of So Young magazine and he has supported the likes of King Krule and Ariel Pink. His debut EP is set to be released on the Friday of Great Escape and it is another incredible release from the Brisbane-based artist, why not see it live the same weekend of its release?

Thursday 12:20 Komedia Bar

Friday 20:15 The Haunt

Saturday 13:20 - The Ditto Stage (Beach Site)

Viagra Boys

Viagra Boys is a Swedish punk sextet based in Stockholm. As a band they have definitely found their own punk sound bringing a bit of comedy to the punk music scene. They released their debut album 'Street Worms' in 2018 and have been touring pretty much constantly since.

Friday 21:15 The Haunt

Walt Disco

As frontmen go, Walt Disco have one of the best at the moment. After touring with Sports Team (who also sport an excellent frontman) it was clear how good lead singer James is on stage. Their shimmering guitar riffs and synths mixed with James' vocals produce an absolutely incredible live show.

Thursday 14:30 One Church

Thursday 21:15 Horatio's Bar

The Murder Capital

For a thrilling and exciting live performance, The Murder Captial's art-punk is definitely one to check out. After supporting IDLES at Electric Ballroom and now going out on their own UK tour, they had an almost meteoric rise in popularity. With only two releases on streaming sites, you will have to go and see them live if you want to hear their full repotoir of punchy punk.

Thursday 16:00 The Prince Albert

Thursday 21:15 Paganini Ballroom (The Old Ship)

Friday 23:15 Green Door Store

Hotel Lux

Hotel Lux bring their mixture of post-punk and pub-rock to The Great Escape after the release of their single 'English Disease'. Having heard people describe the band as being "the most brexit sounding band ever", they might be the absolute opposite. Excellent lyricism filled with dissatisfaction delivered by frontman Lewis Duffin with emotion and an anger that makes the performance everything you hoped for.

Saturday 18:15 The Deep End (Beach Site)


Du Blonde

One of the best albums released this year so far, Du Blonde brings her own style of rock to The Great Escape. Her album is her own personal account of growing up in your 20s and any sort of stability being a pipe dream and success being measured based on popularity and fame. If you haven't checked her music out, go and do it now and make sure you see her play live over the weekend.

Saturday 21:15 One Church

Fat White Family

After playing to a sold-out Concorde 2 just over a week before The Great Escape, there is no doubt this is going to be a busy performance at the festival. Now having released three excellent yet differing albums, Fat White Family are again producing unforgettable and mesmerizing live shows, and I am sure their Great Escape performance will be no different.

Saturday 22:15 The Deep End (Beach Site)

Other notable performers

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Lady Bird

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Our Girl





Pom Poko

Gently Tender


Julia Bardo

Sports Team

You can plan your weekend on the official Great Escape planner HERE

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