3rd wave of bands crash into The Great Escape 2012 line up…

141 BANDS JOIN THE 2012 LINE-UP

The Temper Trap confirmed for Brighton Dome show. Seeks favourites We Are Augustines, Cloud Nothings, Riz MC, Theme Park and many more

The full program by day and venue is online at www.escapegreat.com today.

The full list of new artists announced today after the jump…

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THE GREAT ESCAPE 2012 – Interactive Video Poster

See the full size version here http://www.thinglink.com/scene/230838058084204546

91 BANDS JOIN THE 2012 GREAT ESCAPE LINE-UP!!

In case you missed the news earlier today I wrote the headline in capitals. 91, yes 91 new bands were announced for The Great Escape 2012 this morning.

The second wave of artists announced for Europe’s leading festival for new music (I didn’t make that up) are as followed:

MAXIMO PARK** (Brighton Dome show) /MYSTERY JETS / BOOKA SHADE / ALABAMA SHAKES / NATTY / LIANNE LA HAVAS / EMA / FOREST SWORDS / MADEON / ERRORS / WILLY MASON / ROLO TOMASSI / FOY VANCE / BETH JEANS HOUGHTON & THE HOOVES OF DESTINY / MICACHU & THE SHAPES / MAXXI SOUNDSYSTEM / WE HAVE BAND / LONEY, DEAR / TANLINES / NEW LOOK / KORELESS / SHABAZZ PALACES / TOY / LOWER THAN ATLANTIS / KWES / GROSS MAGIC / DISCLOSURE / DUOLOGUE / JONQUIL / EXITMUSIC / SPOEK MATHAMBO / HAIM / PALE SEAS / FOXES / SWIM DEEP / THE COMPUTERS / THE SKINTS / ANTLERED MAN / CHEW LIPS / HOODED FANG / PETS WITH PETS / TALL SHIPS / HOLY STATE / WIM / RICH AUCOIN / VONDELPARK / MILAGRES / MESPARROW / NZCA/Lines / DILLON / DON BROCO / BOY / ODONIS ODONIS / EIGHT AND A HALF / WET NUNS / MIKILL PANE / THE NIGHT / CUT RIBBONS / PAWS / BEN CAPLAN & THE CASUAL SMOKERS / I CHING / OLIVER TANK / GOLD & YOUTH / PSYCHOLOGIST / HOT PANDA / FICTION / STEP-PANTHER / PIKACHUNES/ BEN SALTER / BOXES / FILMS OF COLOUR / ALUNAGEORGE / FLIP GRATER / GRASS HOUSE / HUSKY /JD MCPHERSON / JOSH KUMRA / LULU JAMES / MY BEST FRIEND / SEASFIRE / SHIELDS / 22 / JAGUAR SHARK / VIOLET / LAST DINOSAURS / JORDAN COOK aka REIGNWOLF / JACKSON FIREBIRD / MASSMATIKS / MARTHA PATON

Particular highlights for me are Alabama Shakes who rocked The Boston Arms last week in London (pictured) ,  EMA who featured on both the Seeks Music review of the year show and Musica Musicas review of 2011 and the boy genius Gross Magic who we caught at the 100 club last year. Hear that interview again below.

Brighton Rocks: The Great Escape 2012

The first line up announcement for The Great Escape 2012 was announced this morning and here at Seeks we couldn’t be more excited.

This year’s Escape kicks off on Thursday the 10th of May and climaxes on the night of the Saturday.

It’s 30 venues, 300+ bands, loads of fringe events, late-night club nights and a conference. So it’s a bit like South by Southwest on the beach but far cheaper and more accessible and you’re still likely to see the next big thing in a pub on the pier several years before they headline an O2 near you.

I’m most excited about the haunting Perfume Genius, When Saints Go Machine and Seeks favourites Dry The River.

I spoke to Matt of ‘Dry The River’ about the festival:

“We’re massively stoked to be playing The Great Escape.We had an awesome time there last year playing with The Antlers and Okkervil River and losing our 2ps on the pier. Prayin for sunshine again!! Good for drinking Brighton, too.”

Hotly tipped artists by Seeks that are appearing are Grimes, Spector, Zulu Winter, Friends, (Alt-J), François And The Atlas Mountains and Bos Angeles.

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