Clash combines with The Great Escape – First Fifty to launch a new party on November 15th.
Europe’s key new music showcase event, The Great Escape brings together 100s of artists on the streets of Brighton, spread across more than 35 venues.
The First Fifty is a kind of preview, an entree into proceedings – featuring, appropriately, the first fifty names from the upcoming line-up.
Taking place at venues around East London, The First Fifty looks ahead to The Great Escape 2024, while acting as a fantastic place to discover new music in its own right.
Clash will be returning as stage partners, hosting a special night at Paper Dress Vintage in Hackney. A vintage shop by day, a bar and venue by night, it’s one of our favourite independent venues and we’re delighted to be returning.
It all takes place on November 15th, and here’s the run-down…
Alt-pop visionary Gia Ford recently signed to Chrysalis Records, while Self Esteem personally invited her to play a support slot at a recent home city show in Sheffield. It’s easy to see how people have been falling hard for Gia’s alluring alt-pop blend – mature yet riddled with innocence, there’s a sweeping grandeur to the sonic appeal.
Recent single ‘Alligator’ is a case in point – spending months on the lyric sheet, Gia Ford manages to nail a form of communication that is both direct and urgent, while containing real hidden depth.
20 year old Essex songwriter Erin LeCount speaks with a pure sense of honesty. Debut EP ‘Soft Skin, Restless Bones’ contained a diaristic quality, her autobiographical pen paired against a floral, fragrant sense of melody.
Continually evolving, Erin LeCount has kindly agreed to play this intimate show for Clash x First Fifty, a wonderful chance to catch her in her natural element.
Perhaps the newest name on the line-up, but also one of the most talented. Edinburgh based Jacob Alon gently sculpts his work, a songwriter who filters folk and indie through a highly personal lens. Worth comparing to Big Thief, for example, his incisive lyricism cuts straight through to the heart of the matter.
Recently playing Connect Festival in Scotland on the Tiny Changes stage – the charity set up in honour of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison – he also recently played an intimate showcase in London. Your new favourite songwriter? Only one way to find out.
Tickets for First Fifty are on sale now.