Craig David, Stormzy and The Joy Formidable announced for The Great Escape 2016

More than 150 acts join the bill for this year's Brighton bash

Craig David, MC Stormzy and The Joy Formidable have been announced among 150 acts at this year’s The Great Escape festival in Brighton. 

Formation, Eagulls and Eska have also been added to 2016 line-up, which takes place in a number of venues in the coastal city, from May 19-21.

The urban festival celebrates its 11th anniversary this year with a line-up of more than 400 new and established acts expected to perform.


Last year’s event saw Paul Weller, The Cribs and former Supergrass frontman Gaz Coombes perform.

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Meanwhile, Craig David recently covered Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’ on BBC 1Xtra.

David appeared in the Live Lounge as part of Trevor Nelson’s show and performed an acoustic version of his single ‘When The Bassline Drops’ alongside Big Narstie as well as the ‘Love Yourself’ cover. 

‘Love Yourself’ features on Justin Bieber’s album ‘Purpose’ and was co-written by Ed Sheeran.

This is not the first time Craig David has jumped on a Justin Bieber track. In 2015 he performed a new version of his single ‘Fill Me In’ set to Bieber and Jack Ü hit ‘Where Are Ü Now’. 


David’s career underwent a revival in 2015, including a performance at Bestival in September and joining Major Lazer onstage at a gig in London in October. David also made a surprise appearance on the final of The X Factor, performing his breakthrough single ‘Re-Rewind’ during a medley with Reggie ‘N’ Bollie and Fuse ODG.

He is expected to release new album ‘Following My Intuition’ in 2016, his first since ‘Signed Sealed Delivered’ in 2010.

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