The Great Escape, the festival for new music, will be kicking off festival season by playing host to over 450 up and coming artists and music-led convention. This year, The Great Escape’s coveted Spotlight show is set to showcase the most exciting new artists destined for success in 2022 and beyond: presented by The Face, experimental Nigerian singer-songwriter Tems, South London lyricist ENNY, and LA trio Gabriels
Nigerian R&B singer-songwriter and producer Tems has seen meteoric success since leaving her job to pursue a career in music in 2018 and releasing her breakout single, the self-produced Mr Rebel. 2021 saw Tems add her distinct and powerful vocals to the chorus of Wizkid’s hit Essence, which stormed the charts globally and garnered a Justin Bieber remix, collaborate with Drake on Fountains from his recent hit album Certified Lover Boy, and the release of her second EP If Orange Was A Place.
Rising Southeast London rapper and singer ENNY is set to become one of the leading voices of the UK rap scene. Following the release of debut single He’s Not Into You, and an introduction to Hackney-based collective Root 73, lockdown track Peng Black Girls quickly became a viral sensation with a remix featuring Jorja Smith seeing ENNY amass more than 20 million streams.
LA trio Gabriels’ fusion of 60s R&B and gospel with contemporary electronica has been lauded by famous fans Elton John and Annie Mac, sold-out a London residency, and led to an appearance on Later… with Jools Holland before a record deal was signed in 2021. The soulful three piece, fronted by a gospel singer and choir director alongside two producers, recently released their second EP Bloodline as a follow up to debut EP, the word-of-mouth sensation Love And Hate In A Different Time.