The Great Escape First Fifty Live: Sam Fender, Jerry Williams, Love Ssega
The Great Escape continue their celebration of announcement of their first fifty artists for 2018’s upcoming festival in May, last night in collaboration with BBC Introducing with Love Ssega, Jerry Williams, and Sam Fender. The night was presented by Radio 1 favourite Huw Stephens, the lead tastemaker for emerging artists, making it an exciting night start to finish.
Love Ssega encapsulated the audience with his new soul infused pop. This wildly innovative and throwback style makes him incomparable to other artists performing in Shoreditch’s Pleasant Courtyard venue. He came on stage with his band behind him, adding the funk in to his otherwise soulful, deep voice. His eclectic movements on stage too made for an overall enjoyable introduction to the singer.
Jerry Williams followed. A long time favourite of BBC Introducing, playing at their monthly Lexington showcase just this summer gone, it was no surprise to see her on the line up. But she did come back stronger than ever, with more vibrant vocals, guitar strumming and her signature subtle dance moves showing us everything she’s got. Her new single ‘Grab Life’ just released this week was a highlight of her set, as well as ‘What Do You Want For Breakfast,’ which she performed without her guitar and we got to see how truly talented she is at taking over the stage.
Sam Fender headlined the night. A name who has begun appearing on bills left, right and centre lately, he brings the audience back to indie-rock that started off guitar music in the first place. A crystal clear voice that cuts over every other sound in the room, his vocals are head-turning and his lyrics poetic. Sam has only been releasing music for less than a year yet is already proving himself to be one of the most refined acts out there.
Make sure you hit one of the Great Escape First Fifty’s showcases to get ahead of the game of what’s going to be big in 2018!
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