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We look back at our last evening of performances at The Great Escape.

Saturday night marked our last evening of performances at The Great Escape. With a crowd hungry for show-stopping performances, the Notion stage was the place to be.


Badgirl$, Manchester’s latest and most promising indie-trap hopes were the first in the line-up to stun the crowd with their awe-inducing performance. The trio redefined the meaning behind being a band hailing from North England – usually synonymous with the Gallaghers. Their sound explores the rap aesthetic from a rock band’s perspective, settling into a scuzzy, slurred and anthemic spot in the middle.

Next up on the mic was West London rapper Lava La Rue, the founder behind the ultra-inventive NiNE8 collective. She blasted a set infused in her autonomous richly textured, thoughtful mixture of woozy hip-hop and R&B.

With a more stripped back approach, Notion alumni Biig Piig reaffirmed herself as a performer on the cusp of breaking into her own. Closing off our 3-day stint at The Great Escape was a cumulus of the above in the form of NiNE8 collective.


They performed a group set extravaganza featuring Biig Piig, Lava La Rue and Bad Girl$ kicking it off.

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