FIRST FIFTY \\ Love Ssega + Jerry Williams + Sam Fender // Live Review

The days are getting shorter and the sun is almost hiding all day which makes it easy to think back at these glorious festival times during summer.

Thankfully ‘The Great Escape‘ festival team have helped fight the winter blues by hosting a series of warm up shows in East London to get excited for festival season!

Showcasing the ‘First Fifty‘ artists of the line up to play the actual The Great Escape Festival in May 2018, the warm up shows gave a great glimpse into the musical future of 2018!

On Wednesday 22nd November 2017 it was time to head down to the BBC Introducing showcase at The Courtyard Theatre in Hoxton, to discover the best hidden gems in new music!


Love Ssega

Kicking it all off was London boy Love Ssega who instantly caught the attention of the crowd with his exciting blend of new wave, funk and old school disco tunes.

Love Ssega whizzes across the BBC Introducing stage whilst belting out his hits from his recent EP ‘Emancipation!’ like the single ‘Hot Electrolytes‘ which is so groovy you just have to dance along.

Accompanied by his 5 piece live band Love Ssega puts on a great live show, giving his songs ‘Pray For Love‘ and ‘Minds‘ from his first EP the live treatment.

The singer is constantly smiling and so full of joy which leaves no doubt that he loves what he is doing.

And if you are blessed with such talent and a PHD in laser sensing, why wouldn’t you?


Jerry Williams

Next up on the BBC Introducing stage is former UMA winner Jerry Williams. The Indie-pop sensation from Portsmouth takes to stage and graces the crowds with her beautifully crafted indie tunes.

Jerry’s voice softly floats over the indie riffs of her song ‘Mother‘ and ‘I’m Not In Love With You‘ from her acclaimed EP ‘Let’s Just Forget It‘.

Treating her fans to some new material Jerry announces that tonight she has brought a new song with her, to which the audience cheers excitedly before Jerry launches into ‘Pistachio’.

Another highlight of Jerry Williams First Fifty set was her acoustic performance of ‘David At The Bar‘, a thoughtful song about an alcoholic that Jerry met by chance at a bar and made a deal with him.

He will give up drinking if Jerry writes a song for him. For now we only know that Jerry kept her word.

The set finishes on a high as Jerry Williams performs her recent single ‘Grab Life‘ and floods the entire room with pure happiness!

Do as Jerry says and grab life while you can!


Sam Fender

Headlining the First Fifty BBC Introducing set at The Courtyard this night was Sam Fender. The Geordie singer songwriter kicks his first ever London headline show off with a bang!

Sam Fender wows the audience with his single ‘Start Again‘ easily having the crowd in the palm of his hand right from the start.  Sam Fender owns the stage and has the crowd hanging onto his every word during his hits ‘Greasy Spoon‘ and ‘Millennial‘.

The singer songwriter convinces with his cleverly crafted indie rock anthems that lure you in and simply want to explore more about Sam Fenders witty songwriting.

Gracing the big crowd with a story about how he got punched in the face once on a Friday night out, Sam Fender launches into ‘Friday‘. ‘Continuing his set in ‘the hottest room in the world’ Sam Fender proved that his future looks bright and if he just keeps on doing what he does best, aka creating epic indie rock tunes, he will go far!

Keep your eyes peeled as you will most definitely hear more about Sam Fender in 2018!



That’s a wrap! The second night of The Great Escape First Fifty shows was just as amazing as the previous.

One thing is for sure, the actual festival in May 2018 in Brighton will be an absolute banger!

Don’t miss out on the Early Bird tickets and get your TGE tickets now!


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