Perhaps you're reading this from your dorm in San Jose, Costa Rica. Or maybe from the houses opposite the road from the Brighton Dome. Either way, if you're weren't able to get to The Great Escape 2017 I'm going to give you a quick reference guide to this years 'must be aware of 'cause the hype was intense and the shows alarmingly good' status. For the purposes of this piece I'm going to focus on pop, electro and indie but there were pockets of amazing rock and grime too that we can discuss another day.
From Colombian artist Lao Ra, whose Elliphant meets MIA approach to pop was highly attended, through to indie poppers Happy Accidents who became a favourite among people gig-hopping to see something cool, there was a lot going on. But not too much so that you couldn't see 90-95% of everything you wanted to. So many festivals suffer clash fatigue, but The Great Escape with it's many double featuring of acts and schedule that ran from midday through to the early hours enabled you to fit in most things.
While listening to this playlist, you can take note of some of todays global emerging talent, many of which our writers have supported in their own heart-felt pieces on Indie Shuffle. Let me stir up some jealously, as I tell you that I had the pleasure of seeing a great many of these bands at the British seaside with a decent bit of sunshine!