The hectic, packed schedules of most music festivals are a great place to expand your listening horizons. This is our pick of 2023’s best events to hear new music.
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The Great Escape
Various venues, Brighton
Are your playlists due for a refresh? Immerse yourself in cutting edge sounds at this world-renowned festival of new music. Like a seaside-set South by Southwest, TGE doubles as a music industry conference, so it’s the best place to discover up-and-coming bands out to impress. Previous editions have seen the likes of Adele, Vampire Weekend and The 1975 grace Brighton’s smallest stages – this year, see Debby Friday and Enumclaw before they get big.
Dot to Dot
Various venues, Bristol and Nottingham
Discover your favourite new band over the May bank holiday at this pair of all-dayers. Mercury-nominated Leeds upstarts Yard Act and Toronto noise rockers Alvvays are the headliners, but we’d encourage you to embrace the Dot to Dot spirit and turn up early for some of the lesser known acts. The festival takes over multiple venues in Bristol on Saturday, before moving to its original home of Nottingham on Sunday.