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.

Bos Angeles Interview by Seeks Music


Full first line up announcement:

Africa Express Sound System/ Dry The River / Spector / We Are the Ocean / Friends / Howler / Zulu Winter / Grimes / DZ Deathrays / Nils Frahm / A Winged Victory For The Sullen / Jamie N Commons / Django Django / Eagulls / Perfume Genius / Com Truise / (Alt-J) / When Saints Go Machine / Sonic Boom Six / François And The Atlas Mountains / Bos Angeles / Young Dreams / Doldrums / Weird Dreams / Young Magic / The British Expeditionary Force / Max Cooper / Jinja Safari / College / Graphics / Slow Down / Molasses / Mojo Fury / Mallory Knox / Hawk Eyes / Peace / Yukon Blonde / Emma Louise / Juveniles / Binary / Sing Tank / The Soft / Karlmarx / Inland Sea / Half Moon Run / Owlle / Princess Chelsea / Mesparrow / Stranded Horse / Avalanche City / Trust / The Darcys / Jordan Cook


Relive last years festival with the Seeks Great Escape 2011 show packed with interviews and the best acts I caught last year

You can get still get Early Bird tickets for a limited time here