When: 21st – 23rd November 2017 (7.30pm – 11pm)
Where: At various East London venues; Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen, Courtyard Theatre, Birthdays, The Old Blue Last and Zigfrid von Underbelly
£: Tickets cost £5 in advance, £7.50 on the door
What is it?
The First Fifty will see a series of exclusive gigs, across five venues over three days in East London, from Tuesday 21st to Thursday 23rd November.
The line-up will include Copenhagen-based pop rhythm wizard KOPS, Australian singer-songwriter Stella Donnelly, Ireland’s Aine Cahill, and George Ezra’s brother Ten Tonnes with his Indie guitar wheedling songs.
Spanish rapper and ‘Dancehall Queen’ Bad Gyal has been responsible for some of the biggest Hispanic urban releases this year, has collaborated with artist Dubbel Dutch, and been supported by the likes of Murlo and the Mad Decent Crew. Bad Gyal will be making her first live festival performance in the UK at First Fifty.
Also performing at the festival is Denzel Himself, a 22-year-old artist and producer, whose debut EP Pleasure offers a unique, thoughtful interpretation of the genre, through classic R’n’B to more resonant, aggressive punk.
Other artists in the First Fifty line-up include eighteen-year-old singer-songwriter Joy Crookes from South London, with her pop and R’n’B-soaked sounds and unique lyrics; Sam Fender with his euphoric and heart-wrenching songs, as supported by BBC Introducing; and Coventry indie-rockers FEET.
There will also be music from eighteen-year-old Dutch/Kurdish singer-songwriter Naaz, who will relay tales of personal struggle, a common theme among many musicians of a migrant background.
Finally, Amsterdammer Pitou, will bring her array of influences – ranging from Bulgarian choir music to Sparklehorse and Joni Mitchell – to the festival.
More info: greatescapefestival.com/first-fifty