Willy Mason heads up bill for the return of The Great Escape
The first artists for this years’ enhanced capacity Great Escape Festival have been confirmed.
The new music event last year saw 180 bands play at 20 venues in just three days.
This year will see Willy Mason, CSS, and Blood Red Shoes play.
There will also be two larger venues -The Corn Exchange and The Pavilion Theatre - added to the circuit, increasing the number of artists and fans able to attend.
The event running from May 17-19, will also have keynote talks from leading artists, including DJ Norman Cook who will be put under the spotlight from Sunday Best founder and renowned Radio 1 DJ Rob Da Bank.
More bands and guest speakers will be announced in the coming weeks.
New artists are also being encouraged to submit applications to play a gig at the festival.
For the second year running, The Great Escape has teamed up with Windows Live Spaces, to offer a unique registration process for bands wishing to submit unsolicited applications to perform.
The Windows Live Spaces mechanism is free for artists and enables them to register their details and maintain their Spaces profile for viewing by the public as well as The Great Escape Bookings Team.
As an incentive to new bands that might try to get a slot, a reminder that The Great Escape last year, featured many of this years’ multi-selling acts, when they were still relative unknowns.
Bands like The Fratellis, The Kooks and songwriter Paolo Nutini all played sets last year.