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Festival Guide: The Great Escape’s First Fifty

November has arrived and festival season is a distant memory... Or is it? First Fifty is here to save us from the doom and gloom.

Good news everyone! First Fifty is returning to East London for its second year. Brought to you by the new music tastemakers behind The Great Escape festival – it’s going down on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of November. Here’s what you need to know.

What’s First Fifty then?

The Great Escape festival has been breaking the best and brightest new talent for over 12 years. First Fifty is designed to give you a sneak peek at who will be playing the world-renowned Brighton-based festival this year.

The line-up is made up of the first fifty acts announced for The Great Escape 2018. Radio stations, music mags and even the BBC get involved in order to get the first look at the soundtrack to our future. Twelve gigs will take place over the three days in some of East London’s best music venues.

Where’s it happening?

After the roaring success of last years gig series, your favourite hipster haunts are hosting awesome shows again. These include; Birthdays, Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, The Old Blue Last, The Courtyard Theatre and Zigfrid Von Underbelly.

Who’s playing?

There’s incredible diversity within this group of fifty acts, there are bands, duos, rappers, DJs, singer-songwriters and everything in between. Genres galore – there’s something for everyone. You can check out the full selection of acts here. 

First Fifty is an unrivalled opportunity to see the next big thing up close and personal. Last year a relatively unknown Ray BLK played the Old Blue Last. IDER played the TicketWeb showcase – one of their first gigs, they’re now a great streaming success and have a large passionate fan base. Another 2016 success story was Gothic Tropic who also played the TicketWeb showcase, frontwoman Cecilia is currently on tour with Beck.

In 2017 the future looks bright for all of the First Fifty artists booked. Three acts that we’re particularly excited about are playing the TicketWeb showcase at Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen on Thursday, November 23. This is going to be a sick show, get listening folks!

City Calm Down

Australian indie-pop makers with a penchant for the british alt 80s. Read more.

Wild Front

Hampshire 4-piece hooked on New Wave indie-pop. Read more.


Soul influenced Irish singer-songwriter building his own powerful sound. Read more.

You don’t get booked for The Great Escape unless you have a bangin’ live set so, you can be sure that there’s going to be some serious skills on show. Tickets are only a fiver + booking fee, so it’s no surprise that some nights are already sold out.

I want in! First Fifty sounds great and I want a ticket.

We’ve got you covered. Check out the full gig schedule and grab your tickets here: ticketweb.co.uk/firstfifty

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