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see the future at the great escape

Run away from responsibility, take the rest of this week off and head to Brighton! For the next four days the city will play host to a ridiculous amount of talent – artists, bands and producers will take over all manner of venues and show music fans a real good time. Known to be the ideal place to discover emerging acts, we’ve put together a list of gigs you should definitely make it down to. These guys will go far.

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Text Francesca Dunn


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  • le1f

    First off, if you haven’t seen our A-Z of dance you’re seriously missing out. Not only is it incredibly impressive, but the dancers are stepping, twisting and twerking to the sounds of Le1f. Made especially for i-D’s film, Wut is easily one of our favourite tracks of the year so far and secures the New York rapper a place in our hearts and on our TGE schedule.
    Brighthelm, 9th May, 1:30am-2:00am.

  • Marika Hackman

    Ever since 22 year old Marika recorded a super exclusive Christmas Day cover for us, not a day goes by that she’s not unknowingly soundtracking the i-D office. Sister of drum and bass producer Hackman, she proves that talent runs in their family and makes the rest of us feel slightly inadequate but very much in awe. Although they’ve already toured together, we see her as the Laura Marling of her generation. Check out our interview with her here.
    The East Wing, 9th May, 7:45pm-8:15pm

  • This great Dane has all of the attitude and energy we want for ourselves. Watch as the 24 year old rides through the desert in a crop top and a cape empowering women and being impossibly cool as she goes. MØ’s the kind of girl you should/could/would totally be friends with. Go to her gig, see what we’re talking about and flip your plaited ponytail around like you really mean it. 
    The Warren, 10th May, 7:30pm-8:00pm.
    The East Wing, 10th May, 10:00pm-10:45pm.

  • Ratking

    These guys make music that sounds like it’s spent the weekend traversing opposing coordinates of the Brooklyn-Queens metro-line and getting adequately blunted at squat parties that could’ve come imported direct from a Harmony Korine film. And it probably has. Ratking are a NY hip-hop collective who came on the scene in 2012 with a mixtape of homemade beats and bars that slowly but surely earned them the dedicated following they have today.
    The Haunt, 9th May, 9:15pm-9:45pm

  • Sivu

    Making honest, simple music drenched in fun, 24 year old singer-songwriter Sivu is brilliant. Having first discovered him on tour with Marika Hackman last year, we caught their duet and fell hard and fast. The talented Londoner already has two impressive EPs under his belt and is currently working on his debut album with long-term collaborator and Mercury-Award winning producer behind Alt-J’s An Awesome Wave, Charlie Andrew. The Jack Steadman remix of new track Can’t Stop Now is also well worth a listen.
    Brighthelm 9th May, 8:30pm-9:00pm