Showcasing Scotland gigs announced for The Great Escape 2019

Showcasing Scotland gigs announced for The Great Escape 2019


Kobi Onyame, OK Button, Cloth and LUCIA are among the acts headed to Brighton

The music industry will once again gather in Brighton this May for The Great Escape, the UK's annual festival for new music which showcases around 500 emerging artists from all over the world. The three-day event takes place in venues all over the city, giving attendees the chance to catch future stars and their next favourite musicians in small-scale settings, alongside panels, speeches, debates and more.

Up-and-coming Scottish artists heading to the festival this year will be supported by Creative Scotland, with 10 emerging acts from varying genres set to play in front of top industry figures and music fans. Aaron Smith, ALLIGATOR, Cloth, Heavy Rapids, Kobi Onyame, LUCIA, OK Button, Tamzene, The Snuts and Walt Disco will play Showcasing Scotland sets at One Church (Thu 9 & Fri 10 May) as well as additional Great Escape shows.

As an event used annually by the music industry to hunt for their next big act, the Great Escape offers a fantastic opportunity for artists to meet and play to industry stakeholders. In addition to the two showcases, Born to be Wide and Creative Scotland will be hosting a Scottish Networking Reception at the Old Ship Hotel on Thu 9 May, where fans and delegates can meet Scottish industry figures as well as the acts playing the showcases.

'Over the past two years we have hosted two of the busiest receptions at The Great Escape, connecting the delegates from around the world with each other, the Scottish music industry and an exquisite mixture of malt whisky, deep fried Mars bars and haggis,' says co-director of Born to be Wide Olaf Furniss. 'We can't wait to return to Brighton next month!'

Other Scottish acts appearing at the festival include Lewis Capaldi, who will be playing a sold-out Spotlight Show at the Brighton Dome on Thu 9 May, and The Ninth Wave, The Van T's and Wuh Oh, who will perform at venues across the weekend.

Jamie Houston, the Music Officer at Creative Scotland said: 'From hip-hop to alt-rock, this year's line-up once again showcases the strength and diversity of talent across a variety of genres, all of whom are ready to take the next step in their careers.'

'Working with our partners Wide Days, the showcases and networking reception provide an important opportunity for our home-grown musical talent to gain national and international exposure. Importantly these opportunities can lead to future income, either through subsequent tour bookings, festival invitations or record-release deals for international markets.'

Thu 9 May
One Church, Gloucester Pl, Brighton
12pm – Alligator
12.45pm – Aaron Smith
1.30pm – Cloth
2.30pm – Walt Disco
3.30pm – Heavy Rapids

Fri 10 May
One Church, Gloucester Pl, Brighton
12pm – Tamzene
12.45pm – OK Button
1.45pm – Lucia
2.30pm – Kobi Onyame
3.30pm – The Snuts

The Great Escape, various venues, Brighton, Thu 9–Sat 11 May.

The Great Escape

Over 500 up and coming artists from around the world showcased across 30+ venues in Brighton. Running alongside the festival is a convention that features panels, debates, speeches and networking opportunities with industry insiders.