The band will play Concorde 2 in May alongside Blaenavon and Boniface
Shannon COTTON
09:00 2nd April 2019

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Foals are the latest band announced to be heading to the seaside for this year’s Great Escape festival. The Oxfordshire quartet will be playing a special show at the 600 capacity Concorde 2 alongside Blaenavon and Boniface. 

The intimate show is part of the Transgressive independent music company’s 15th anniversary celebrations and marks 12 years since Foals last played the event in 2007. The UK-based powerhouse is renowned for forward thinking when it comes to their roster and have previously worked with Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club, SOPHIE and Flume.

Foals ascent has been reaching dizzying heights since the release of their latest record Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost Part 1, in which we proclaimed “Foals have recalibrated and returned with a newfound creative synergy, culminating in something phenomenal and compelling, transcending us all.”

Blaenavon will also no doubt provide one of the most anticipated sets of the weekend ahead of the release of their second record. Singer Ben Gregory’s sharp and astute songwriting is as prevalent as ever on their latest single ‘Catatonic Skinbag’ in which we declared they had swapped “ethereal, intelligent indie for a soaring, stomping gripper.” Winnipeg natives Boniface will also make the journey to the English South Coast for the event in the midst of making their debut album. 

In addition to the show at Concorde 2, Transgressive will also be teaming up with Fender to co-host an evening of music on Thursday 9 May at The Old Market in Hove, with the line-up for that still to be announced. 

Speaking about the announcement, Transgressive co-founder Toby L says, “The Great Escape is easily one of the world's most progressive and exciting showcase platforms and since Transgressive always endeavours to unearth and support brand new artists that offer something to say, it felt entirely apt to kickstart a year of parties, special releases and other birthday related gimmickry in Brighton at an event we've supported since its inception.” 

“It's fair to say we wanted to do something pretty big to launch our birthday year, and I guess that's how/why we've landed here... Foals have some incredible history with Concorde 2 and it seemed like an absolute dream to reunite them. We'll have some new artists from the roster in support on the night, too, plus some friendly faces behind the decks. And we'll hopefully be well warmed up by then as we are looking forward to staging another event the night before at The Old Market, co-hosted with our friends at Fender... More on that one soon, too."

Tickets for the Foals show will go on sale on Wednesday 3 April at 9am. 

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Photo: Alex Knowles