The Great Escape 2010: Preview

Returning for its fifth year, The Great Escape is now firmly established as a one of the most interesting and important new music festivals with more than 300 bands appearing in a plethora of venues in Brighton across 3 days (13th-15th May). Additionally, it continues to carve out a place as a convention and networking arena, attracting more than 5,000 industry professionals each year to engage in debates fundamental to the industry’s future, as well as offering vital advice to artists, and entertain the music fan at large with stimulating stories and tales.

A full gig list can be found here — with full listings of the showcases on offer, as well as the breakdown of bands by nation down at the bottom of the article. Highlights, however, include indie collective Broken Social Scene, US favourites The Walkmen, local boys Eighties Matchbox, noise-makers Rolo Tomassi as well as zb! favourites The Fiery Furnaces. Classic artists include The Slits and Seun Kuti and the Egypt 80 and recent impressors appear in the form of The Big Pink, Ellie Goulding, Marina and the Diamonds and Wild Beasts. Others to look out for include the comic Darwin Deez, former Pipette Rose Elinor Dougall and Welsh popstress Cate le Bon, but the best thing to do is just go wandering.

This year the industry convention program has moved to the more regal Dome complex and the venue will be hosting panels, discussions, Q&As and networking events — the latter in the huge atrium space. Highlights of this years conference include infamous music journalist Nick Kent and author of “Kill Your Friends” John Niven both being interviewed by The Observer’s Gary Mulholland (both of these talks are held in conjunction with this year’s wider Brighton Festival). Check here for the full programme.

You can find out more information on the festival, the artists, the gigs, the conventions, the talks, the parties and on on and on and to buy tickets all from the official website.

Aussie BBQ Showcase featuring Blackchords, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Bluejiuce, teenagersintokyo and Bridezilla

ACM Showcase featuring The Dirty Disco, The Hall of Mirrors, Cubrik, Linda Harrison, Deville, Deadlight, Arcady Bliss and Felix Fables.

Bristol Music Foundation and Generator Showcase featuring Jackie Oats, Chapman Family, Rachelle Van Zanten and Detroit Social Club

Canadian Blast and Canadian Music Week Showcase featuring Joel Plaskett, Final Flash, Jason Collet and Zues

Ja Ja Ja Showcase featuring Susanne Sundfor (Norway), Jaakko & Jay (Finland) and For A Minor Reflection (Iceland)

It came From Japan Showcase featuring Natcuu, Sunset Drive and Lillies & Remains

Les InRocks Showcase featuring Curry&Coco, The Shoes, The Bewitched Hands

M for Montreal Showcase featuring Final Flash, Lets Go To War and Think About Life

Made In Brighton Showcase featuring Sophie Madeline, Sweet Sweet Lies and Pope Joan

Music Nova Scotia Showcase featuring Ghost Bees, Rich Aucoin and Joel Plaskett

Music From Ireland Showcase featuring General Fiasco and The Chakras

Netherlands Showcase featuring Awkward I, C-Mon and Kypsky, Bettie Serveert and Moss plus Silent Disco and DJ’s

Polish showcase featuring Indigo Tree, Car is On Fire and Kamp

Summer Sundae featuring Liam Bailey, Isbells, Goldheart Assembly and Fionn Regan

Australia: Blackchords, Bluejuice, teenagersintokyo, Sarah Blasko, Dappled Cities, Violent Soho, Philadelphia Grand Jury, Paul Dempsey, Art vs Science, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Eskimo Joe, Birds of Tokyo, Larissa McKay, Angus & Julia stone

Belgium: Isbells

Canada: The Rural, Alberta Advantage, Young Rival, Basia Bulat, Memoryhouse, Timber Timbre, Pack A.D, Japandroids, Joel Plaskett, Final Flash, Jason Collet and Zues, Final Flash, Lets Go To War and Think About Life

Catalonia: Mujeres, John Talabot

Denmark: Choir Of Young Believers,

Finland: Vuk, Manna, Joensuu 1685, Jaakko & Jay

France: Kid Bombardos, Fortune, Chateau Marmont, Pony Pony Run Run, John & Jehn, Revolver, Curry&Coco, The Shoes, The Bewitched Hands, Jamaica and Ritch Kids

Iceland: Seabear, Feldburg, For a minor reflection

India: The Raghu Dixit Project, The Supersonics

Ireland: General Fiasco, Villagers, The Chakras, andsoiwatchyoufromafar, and Fionn Regan

Japan: Natcuu, Sunset Drive, Lillies & Remains and Ling tosite sigure

New Zealand: The Ruby Suns, An Emerald City

Norway: The Megaphonic Thrift, Susanne Sunfor, Ingrid Olava and Simon Says No

Netherlands: Awkward I, C-Mon and Kypsky, Bettie Serveert and Moss

Poland: Indigo Tree, The Car is On Fire and Kamp

Sweden: Erik Hassel

USA: 1, 2, 3, Active Child, Best Coast, Chief, Class Actress, Cold Cave, Crocodiles, Darwin Deez, Dead Confederate, Frontier Ruckus, Ganglians, Gringo Star, Harper Simon, Here we go Magic, Hesta Prynn, Jaguar Love, Jessie Murphy, Princeton, Real Estate, Sleigh Bells, Surfer Blood, The Dodos, The Dutchess & The Duke, The Fiery Furnaces, The Phenomenal, Handclap Band, The Postells, The Walkmen, Theophilus London, Warpaint, Wax Fang, White Rabbits.

Brighton (UK): The Agitator, Thomas White, Blood Red Shoes, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, Esben and the Witch, Peggy Sue, Citadels, Mount Kimbie, Rose Elinor Dougall, Bad For Lazarus , The Lyrebirds

Bristol and Newcastle (UK): Fitness Club Fiasco, Kill it Kid, Lets Buy Happiness, Nadine Shah, Frankie and the heartstrings, Jackie Oats, Chapman Family, Rachelle Van Zanten and Detroit Social Club

Wales: Cate Le Bon

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