As festival season rapidly approaches, Brighton music fixture The Great Escape has announced a sea of upcoming artists to take to their seaside stages this Summer. With Slaves and Rag ‘n’ Bone Man taking the spotlight this year, we’ve picked out our favourites from the 100-strong lineup.
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Recently appearing on Troye Sivan’s LGBT saturated Heaven music video, Miss Who’s music is dreamy, airy and everything you need to survive this year. Candy floss in the form of music, Betty’s Australian pop translates brilliantly onto the British stage. 2017 asks not who Betty is, but where, as she enters the year as one of the most desired names in dream pop.
A HISKIND favourite and dominant name on our sound of 2017, Cosima marries R&B with indie to create something worthwhile. The Peckham born and raised cool gal impressed in December with South of Heaven, a lengthy EP offering a much desired introduction to the songstress you need to know. Armed with a shadowy aesthetic and the ability to dress herself like a goddess, you’d be silly to miss out on this one.
A favourite to Laura Marling, Marika Hackman’s dark femininity is a creature of curiosity and sonic pleasure. Following on from the release of her shadowy Christmas EP, Marika’s 2017 comeback comes this week with the announcement of her attendance to the seaside festival. Formerly supporting the likes of alt-J, Hackman is the name 2017 yearns for. And, if we do get a second album, this year won’t be too bad after all.
Guaranteed to better your mood no matter the situation, Norwegian heralding Dagny is here to save modern pop. Making waves with her debut single ‘Backbeat’ (a real banger), Dagny has since gone on to collaborate with the likes of BØRNS and teased at better things with the release of her debut EP; Ultraviolet. There’s a fresh and welcoming feel behind Miss Sandvik’s energetic tones who cites everyone from Tom Petty to Aqua in her influences. It doesn’t get much better than this.
Will Joseph Cook
The boy on everyone’s lips, Mr Cook is the handsome burst of colour expected to ignite brilliant music across the coming year. Every once in a while an artist comes along and leaves us no choice other than to focus solely on them; Will Joseph Cook does this in many ways, his voice being the main element, and the ability to look so great dressed up in drag for his music videos being the other. A stage with Will on is a stage worth attending.
Following on from being declared as BBC’s Sound of 2017, Ray BLK’s name ignited excitement within the British music scene. Ray is the answer to so many questions about music, already releasing a flurry of sophisticated tracks that leave you wanting more. Not attending Ray’s show at The Great Escape would be a bad move indeed.
The Japanese House
Former the 1975 support act, The Japanese House’s chill and clean sound add a melancholic beauty to the UK’s music scene. Amber Bain on the gas bill, dream pop meets electronic in the realm of her EPs. 2017 demands to see an album from this rising star. For those who want euphoria in the saddest way possible, this is the stage for you.
The Great Escape, Brighton, UK. 18-20 May 2017.