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The Great Escape: Smoke’s Picks

Music, Radio

The Great Escape: Smoke’s Picks

1 year ago
By Matthew Smith Avatar

Smoke’s picks – The Great Escape

Smoke Radio are heading to The Great Escape, the UK’s biggest festival for new music. If you’re making the trip down to Brighton, here’s who we’re most excited about seeing.

Gizmo Varillas

Varillas makes his way to Brighton from Spain via the University of Westminster. A former Commercial Music student at Harrow, after graduating he released debut album El Dorado in 2016 to critical acclaim. He’ll have new singles in his set next weekend, and few acts will sound as good in the sun.

Friday, 9:45, The Hope and Ruin

Phoebe Bridgers

Bridgers’ debut album, Stranger In the Alps was heralded as of the best indie records of last year, and since then she’s supported Bon Iver and sold out shows across the UK and back at home in the USA. She comes hyped by Julien Baker, Ryan Adams and Conor Oberst, so it’s time to see what the fuss is about.

Friday, 9:15, Komedia

The Orielles

Hailing from Halifax but influenced by 90’s American indie rock, The Orielles are an exciting blend of nostalgia and naivety. Their debut album Silver Dollar Moment won acclaim from across the board, including from Clash, The Quietus and The Guardian and their lives shows are already selling out across the country.

Thursday, 2:30pm, Beach House
Thursday, 9pm, Horatios

Boy Azooga

The leader of Cardiff’s Boy Azooga, Davey Newington, describes the project as “a celebration of loads of different types of music. I wanted the album to be more like a mixtape or something.” They’re playing all over Brighton for the festival ahead of the release of 1,2 Kung Fu!. Expect queues out of the door at all three of their shows.

Thursday, 12pm, Latest Music Bar
Thursday, 2pm, Dr. Martens Stage
Thursday, 9:15pm, Patterns

Goat Girl

Pitchfork described the South London four piece’s debut as “absurd, playful, and more than a little unsettling.” Their dark sound was crafted through live performances so expect anger and absurdity in abundance.

Thursday, 9:15pm, The Arch


Perfect for the festival season, Nao’s pop-funk has established herself as one of the UK’s most exciting R&B acts. She’s one of the biggest artists on the bill and expect the _ stage to be packed out for this one.

Friday, 10pm, Beach Club


It’s no secret that Superorganism have been covered a lot on Smoke this year, but their live shows build upon the positivity of their records. Expect projections, streamers and some of the finest indie pop around.


Friday, 10:15pm, The Old Market

Here’s a playlist of some more of our favourites from the festival. 

The Great Escape takes place Thursday 17 – Sunday 20 May
Last tickets are still available at