The Africa Express Soundsystem headlines The Great Escape On Saturday May 12 at the magnificent Brighton Dome. If you were at Standon Calling last year you’ll know what you’re in for. If you weren’t, it went a little something like this:

Featuring truly mindblowing African and Western artists such as Spoek Mathambo, Noisettes, Mim Suleiman, Jesse Hackett (Gorillaz/ Owiny Sigoma), Diabel Cissokho, Jon McClure (Reverend and the Makers), Ghanaian hip hop pioneer M3NSA, Thristian Bpm (Boiler Room) and British singer/songwriter Terri Walker (plus, if you can believe it, many more – some of which we’re not allowed to tell you about yet).
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