The Great Escape have announced THE FIRST FIFTY a series of exclusive gigs over three days in East London.

Highlights include acts as diverse and brilliant as Áine Cahill, Freak, Hunter & The Bear, King Nun (see below), Ten Tonnes, The Ninth Wave, The Orielles and Wild Front. ALL of these acts and more will be performing at venues across London between the 21st and 23rd of November. But with so many names and so much talent surrounding them, we figured you might need some help with just where exactly to start when it comes to acquainting yourselves with these names, so, here are the facts.

Tuesday the 21st will be split across Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen (hosted by Live Nation Source), Kamio (Clash), The Old Blue Last (So Young) and The Courtyard (Amazing Radio). So as you can imagine, there’s already plenty to choose from…

Live Nation are playing host to Hunter and the Bear, Coin and The Ninth Wave, a dynamic trio of acts all set to undoubtedly stun. Hunter and the Bear have just smashed a UK tour, likewise, have Coin who are fresh from supporting PVRIS, whilst The Ninth Wave have just released their recent EP Reformation, which we highly recommend you wrap your ears around.

So Young have done us all a favour and gone and got The Orielles, Sports Team and Hotel Lux to play The Old Blue Last. The Orielles have had a very good year this year, playing here, there and everywhere in terms of festivals and gigs and clearly this isn’t about to stop anytime soon.

Particular highlights from Amazing Radios lineup at The Courtyard consist of M.I.L.K and Stereo Honey, both of whom will be joined on the billing by Ruby Empress and Stella Donnelly. M.I.L.K has been delivering smooth number after smooth number this year, something which most definitely transcends into his live performance… you really don’t want to miss it. Stereo Honey, on the other hand, have been gigging their way through some mighty support slots including that of Get Inuit and San Cisco. 

Wednesday, sees BBC Introducing host The Courtyard Theatre, with particular standouts including Sam Fender and Jerry Williams, with Love Ssega joining them on the bill. Sam’s new track ‘Millenial’ has just been Track of the Week on Radio 1 and Jerry’s is currently working her way through a series of great live dates, her headline at Electrowerkz has just been rescheduled for February 2018.

Wednesday also sees names such as Mansionair, Pitou, Barcelona’s Bad Gyal and Aine Cahill appear across the venues throughout the day, proving just in those four how wonderfully diverse these first few names for the festival are already.

Thursday, the final day of these series of exclusive gigs and they’ve definitely saved some of the best names til last. Ticketweb are taking over Hoxton Square Bar and Kitchen, bringing with them Wild Front and Moncrieff, alongside City Calm Down. Wild Front have been performing extensively since the release of their promising EP Physics earlier this year and there’s literally no excuse for them not being on your list of ones to watch.

DIY are bringing the big guns with them to KAMIO in the form of our faves Ten Tonnes, Feet, King Nun and Freak (they have done very well, haven’t they?!) This is evidently going to be non-stop from start to finish, Freak recently signed to Polydor and he’s about to head out on tour with King Nun (co-headline), this is sure to be a small taste of what’s to come, as we have no doubts that by adding Coventry’s Feet into the mix might just raise energy levels a bit too high almost? Don’t worry though because Ten Tonnes vocal melodies are enough to sooth any tired souls.

The Line of Best Fit will additionally be bringing Joy Crookes, Awate and Naaz with them to The Old Blue Last, a night that’s going to be subtlely powerful, 10/10 quality and ridiculously chill, in the absolute best way.

Advance tickets for the First Fifty shows are £5 or £7.50 on the door. Head here to get them and all the information you need on each of the acts.

Check out our review of the festival from last year here.