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Festival Guide: The Great Escape’s First Fifty

Autumn 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 this November. Brought to you by the new music tastemakers behind The Great Escape festival – it’s going down on the 13 and 14 November 2019. 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 15 years. First Fifty is designed to give you a sneak peek at who will be playing the world-renowned Brighton-based festival next year. 

The line up is made up of the first fifty acts announced for The Great Escape 2020. Radio stations, music mags and even the BBC get involved in order to get the first look at the soundtrack to our future. Ten gigs will take place over two days in some of East London’s best music venues.

Where’s it happening?

Across six venues in the heart of East London. Colours, The Macbeth, The Old Blue Last, The Courtyard Theatre, Sebright Arms and LP @ The Curtain Hotel. 

Who’s playing?

There’s incredible diversity within this group of acts – there are bands, duos, rappers, DJs, singer-songwriters and everything in between. Genres galore – there’s something for everyone. 

Head to the bottom of this page for the full line up. 

In 2019 the future looks bright for all of the First Fifty artists booked. Three acts that we’re particularly excited about are playing the Ticketmaster New Music showcase at The Macbeth on Thursday 14 November. This is going to be a sick show, get listening folks!

Soul Jazz maker Joseph Lawrence & The Garden 

Belgian pop duo YellowStraps

London based groove makers Lunch Money Life

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. 

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

We’ve got you covered. Tickets are available now through Ticketweb.co.uk


Here’s the full FIRST FIFTY line up, all of which will also appear at The Great Escape Festival in May 2020:

Wednesday 13 November 2019

The Sebright Arms – In Stereo presents 

  • Sarathy Korwar
  • Chlobocop
  • Layfullstop

The Old Blue Last – Metropolis presents 

  • Oscar Land
  • Molly Payton
  • Somebody’s Child
  • Amber Van Day

The Macbeth – Clash presents 

  • Silverbacks
  • Master Peace
  • Sons of Raphael
  • NOISY

The Courtyard Theatre – BBC Music Introducing presents 

  • Weird Milk
  • AVAERA
  • full colour

Colours – Live Nation Source presents 

  • JOHN
  • Lazarus Kane
  • WARGASM

Thursday 14 November 2019

The Courtyard Theatre 

  • SASSY 009
  • Lucy Lu
  • Moyka

The Sebright Arms – Amazing Radio presents 

  • Boy Scouts
  • Nardeydey
  • Hana Vu

The Old Blue Last – DIY Magazine presents  

  • Do Nothing
  • Girls In Synthesis
  • The Cool Greenhouse

The Macbeth – Ticketmaster New Music presents 

  • Joseph Lawrence & The Garden
  • YellowStraps
  • Lunch Money Life

The Curtain Hotel – GRM Daily presents 

  • House of Pharoahs
  • Ayo Britain
  • Knucks

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