The Great Escape, End of the Road, Parklife reveal line-up details

TGE lines up 100 new acts including an exciting Scottish contingent; Vampire Weekend top the EOTR bill, and Parklife announce a typically eclectic line-up

Preview by The Skinny | 01 Feb 2018

As festival announcement season hits high gear, there are more day-long (or longer) musical blowouts on offer than you can shake a stick at. The past seven days have seen line-up info drop from two of Scotland's biggest electronic music festivals, with FLY Open Air and Riverside Festival each confirming a host of huge names, while Kelburn Garden Party have announced the first wave of a line-up which will eventually feature a Skinny-curated stage. Oh, and the Arctic Monkeys announced their first UK show in years for TRNSMT Festival before Sigrid, IAMDDB and Confidence Man joined the line-up later in the week. But there have also been a few other notable announcements in recent days, which we've recapped below.

The Great Escape announce 100 new acts for 2018

The multi-venue showcase in Brighton frequently posts one of the year's most overwhelming and intriguing line-ups, and the hundred-strong crop of new acts suggests that it'll be the same story again this year. The Scottish contingent announced thus far for TGE is an eclectic bunch: there's the funky R'n'B of Bossy Love, the art-pop of The Vegan Leather, the sultry synths of Happy Meals and the cool songwriting of LUCIA, as well as the BBC Sound of 2018 longlisted singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi. Also on the bill are Phoebe Bridgers, Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever and Her's; get the full details at

Vampire Weekend headline End of the Road

Ezra Koenig and co are back, and their first gig in four years will be as headliners for this year's End of the Road festival in Dorset. Vampire Weekend top the bill alongside Yo La Tengo, St. Vincent and Feist; the lower lines of the bill are also packed with quality, from Wilco frontman Jeff Tweedy and Super Furry Animals leader Gruff Rhys to sets from Julien Baker, Aldous Harding and Japanese Breakfast. End of the Road takes place at Larmer Tree Gardens from 30 Aug - 2 Sep; details and tickets via

Parklife unveil 2018 line-up

The Warehouse Project-programmed festival in Manchester's Heaton Park is back for 2018, with a line-up that should have something to offer for most music fans. The xx, Skepta, Liam Gallagher and N.E.R.D headline, while a typically strong DJ line-up includes The Black Madonna, Nina Kraviz, Peggy Gou and Jackmaster. The returning CHVRCHES are also on the bill, as are three of the artists who made the top ten in our Albums of 2017 – Lorde, Vince Staples and Sampha. 9-10 Jun; tickets via