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Africa Express Sound System among first TGE festival announcements

By | Published on Wednesday 1 February 2012

The Great Escape

The first line-up announcement has been made for the festival side of this year’s Great Escape, Europe’s leading festival for new music and the UK’s premiere music business convention.

Leading the first round of announcements is the Africa Express Sound System, which will appear as one of the high profile Dome shows during the three day festival in May. Also confirmed are Dry The River, When Saints Go Machine, DZ Deathrays, Spector, Grimes, Zulu Winter, Nils Frahm and many more. Meanwhile this year’s featured region is Catalonia and the Balearic Islands, with a partnership between TGE and the Institut Ramon Llull. The first bands confirmed to appear from that part of the world are Mujeres, Me And The Bees and Seward And Furguson.

Commenting on the first round of artist announcements, TGE Festival Programmer Natasha Haddad told reporters: “It feels great to be announcing such amazing acts right off the bat, and there’s plenty more artists of all genres to come. This is a really exciting year for new music and for TGE, and we’re fortunate to be able to showcase some of the greatest talent worldwide”.

As previously reported, the conference side of TGE is programmed by the team at CMU, and last week we confirmed that this year’s convention will mark Xfm’s twentieth year on air with an interview with the station’s longest standing DJ and acclaimed new music champion John Kennedy, who will be in conversation with another great radio presenter, Jon Hillcock.

Many more convention and festival announcements from The Great Escape will follow in the coming weeks. Meanwhile delegate passes getting you access to the whole convention and priority access to festival shows are still available here for the early bird rate of £120. Festival tickets are also available from, including a small number of super early bird bargain tickets.