Today Vevo announces its full stage line-up at this year’s The Great Escape, where it takes over Brighton’s Wagner Hall venue for two nights on the 17th and 18th May. 2018 marks Vevo’s sixth year curating its legendary stage at Europe’s biggest festival for new music, which continues to set the bar for showcasing the brightest and best emerging and unsigned acts, shoulder-to-shoulder with established talent.
Vevo returns with another unstoppable roster of new acts to showcase. Emo-pop Pale Waves will be taking to the stage alongside Italian art-rock trio Husky Loops and Dermot Kennedy, who has amassed over 200 million streams so far and sold out shows around the globe. Thursday’s line up will also include hotly-tipped rapper Izzie Gibbs, and Finnish pop sensation ALMA who is set to thrill the crowd with a performance as vibrant as her neon green hair.
Friday’s line-up boasts Netherlands-based prodigy bülow, the critically acclaimed ‘future of pop’ Rina Sawayama, rising R&B star Mahalia and East London rapper Kojey Radical. Birmingham afro-bashment duo Lotto Boyzz will also play the Vevo stage and the viral ‘No Don’ hitmakers promise an unforgettable show as they bring the two days of festivities to an epic close.
Line-up for the Vevo stage at The Great Escape 2018 with more acts TBA:
Vevo has created unforgettable music moments at its stage at The Great Escape for the past six years now, showcasing the most prominent soon-to-be success stories. Notably, Iggy Azalea made her first ever UK festival appearance on the Vevo stage back in 2013, whilst last year saw the likes of Stefflon Don, Sigrid, Rejjie Snow and RAYE take to the stage. Previous years have also seen sets from names including Craig David, Blossoms, MØ and George Ezra.
Vevo’s presence at The Great Escape is a continuing testament to the music video service’s support of emerging talent and brand new music. Vevo’s ‘dscvr’ programme has established itself as the go-to destination for the best in new music, bridging the gap between artist and audiences and offering music fans the chance to be the first to discover the next big thing. The results speak for themselves, with a veritable who’s who of names including Sam Smith, Years & Years, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Wolf Alice and James Bay having risen up the ranks from the Vevo launch pad.
TICKET AND INFO
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ABOUT THE ACTS
Alma’s extraordinary soulful voice and sharply observed lyrics hit somewhere between Sia and Amy Winehouse. Perhaps understandable the world wants to know where and the how the 22-year-old Finnish powerhouse (currently working with MNEK, Rudimental, Charlie XCX, Sub Focus, Tove Lo, Justin Tranter and 2 Inch Punch) began her career in music. “I don’t think I ever really started,” Alma recalls. “It’s just when I was little, I understood that singing made me feel things. It made me feel safe, it made me feel good, it made me feel better. It’s how I’ve survived everything, cliché as that sounds.”
A child of the globe, the German-born Megan Bülow has grown up across five countries including Canada, the UK, the US, and is currently finishing high-school in The Netherlands. The bright-eyed young singer first discovered her love for music while busking on the streets of London at just 10 years old. It was then that she realized that writing and performing was something she “really wanted to do forever.” Years later and three thousand miles away, she was discovered strumming an acoustic guitar at a summer camp in Canada in 2016. Her boundless creativity was apparent, and she began to attract top writing and production talent from around the world. With opportunity at her fingertips, bülow quickly rose to the occasion, meticulously crafting an astounding body of work in her three-song debut.
Since the release of his stunning April 2017 EP, Doves and Ravens, and follow-up single, ‘Moments Passed’, Kennedy has shot to over 80m plays on streaming platforms, been hailed as a ‘big, beautiful and bold’ new voice by Beats 1’s Zane Lowe, won praise from everyone from TIME Magazine to Wonderland. He’s also supported Lana Del Rey and worked his way on the radar of rap super producer Mike Dean, best known for his work with Kanye West and Travis Scott, with whom he’s currently cooking up a mixtape.
Husky Loops are a band set on breaking the rules, bending genre boundaries and stepping boldly into the unknown. Their tracks strike a perfect balance between the unhinged nature of their live shows and the meticulous detail that goes into every one of their studio recordings. Critically adored by musicians, bands and press alike – frequently described as unique, un-pigeonhole-able, visceral live, huge epic tunes and more recently “pissed off pop”.
Northampton’s finest Izzie Gibbs continues his output of club bangers with his latest track ‘Little Snitch’, the second official single taken from the much talked about forthcoming EP ‘96LS’. Following previous track ‘Flaca’ and fresh off the back of a much hyped British Takeover set with Muscalize at SXSW, whilst also supporting Stefflon Don on her UK tour dates this month, ‘Little Snitch’ further demonstrates Izzie’s no nonsense bravado-laden bars, befitting of an mc who is killing the game right now.
Kojey Radical is best described as a contemporary artist who uses music as one of his creative outlets. The 25-year-old East Londoner Explores his ideas with a mixed media approach: in his world content is king, and everything else is the vehicle. Drawing from his art school background Kojey views his career as a work in progress, each song, EP, video or fashion piece is a stimulus that carries him to the next idea, propelling him forward as a human being. His creative versatility has lead him to collaborate with a list of esteemed partners including Apple, Tate Modern, Adidas, SoundCloud, Places + Faces, Boiler Room, SSence and The British Council.
Lotto Boyz are a duo from Birmingham, UK made up of Ash and Lucas. They are part of the growing music scene that fuse Rap, Bashment and Afrobeats elements within the England and gained wide appeal in the UK with viral single ‘No Don’.
Mahalia Burkmar, better known by the stage name Mahalia, is an English singer, songwriter and actress, based in Birmingham. Mahalia has released a couple of EPs and an album, Diary Of Me.
Pale Waves are a four-piece indie pop band from Manchester, signed to Dirty Hit. The band are made up of Heather (vocals, guitar), Ciara (drums), Hugo (guitar) and Charlie (bass) and have been playing together for the past four years, releasing their debut single ‘There’s a Honey’ in early 2017. Following this, they went on to support The 1975 on their North American and European tour before selling out their own headline tours in the UK, US and Europe. Their debut ALL THE THINGS I NEVER SAID EP was released earlier this year and their debut album, due for release later this year, is set cement their status as one of the most exciting alternative British bands of recent years.
In today’s social media age of hyperbole where an artist’s every move is immediately labelled “iconic”, talking about how a new act is the future of pop music could seem disingenuous. In the case of 27-year-old Rina Sawayama, however, it’s actually the truth. Not only has she been labelled such by publications like Interview Magazine, Dazed and Confused, Noisey and INTO, but her debut mini-album RINA, released in 2017, saw her land on a heap of “Best Of…” lists, including those by The Guardian, The Needle Drop and Pitchfork.