The Great Escape announces first bands for 2009 festival

Brighton bash is set to welcome the likes of Metronomy and Esser

Brighton festival The Great Escape has announced the first wave of acts set to play this year’s bash.

The festival, which once again takes place across a number of venues in and around Brighton between May 14-16, will see the likes of Future Of The Left, Micachu And The Shapes, The Soft Pack and VV Brown all take part.

“We’re delighted to be presenting some of the best new music from all over the world at this year’s Great Escape,” said the event’s


director Jon Mcildowie. “Each year we’ve been fortunate to have early shows with artists such as The Ting Tings, Klaxons and Gossip. We expect this year to be even better.”

Acts confirmed to play The Great Escape so far are:


Kissy Sell Out

Future Of The Left

The Big Pink


Passion Pit

Micachu And The Shapes

It Hugs Back


VV Brown

Ben Kweller

Johnny Foreigner


Let’s Wrestle

The Chapman Family

Your Twenties

Golden Silvers

Bell X1


The Soft Pack

An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump

Vivian Girls

Middle Class Rut Pulled Apart By Horses

A Grave With No Name

Tin Can Telephone

Yves Klein Blues

John Steel Blues Band

The Joy Formidable

To The Bones

Cassie And The Cassettes


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