Today The Great Escape announce legendary rock band The Pretenders are set to perform at the 2023 festival, presented by The Independent. Formed in 1978 and led by iconic vocalist Chrissie Hynde, the band remain one of the world’s most enduring and influential rock acts, and they will headline The Independent Stage as an exclusive set at this year’s festival on Friday 12 May 2023. Access to the show will be via a festival wristband, subject to the venue’s capacity. Day tickets, Friday and Saturday tickets, and 3 day festival tickets are on sale now.

The Great Escape, the festival for new music, will be kicking off the 2023 festival season, playing host to more than 450 up-and-coming artists and hotly tipped talent across 35+ walkable venues, alongside the music industry-led TGE conference, from 10-13 May 2023 in Brighton, England. Tickets for The Great Escape festival start from £40 for a day ticket, £105 for the weekend and are on sale below.

The Independent’s Culture & Lifestyle News Editor, Roisin O’Connor, says: “The Great Escape festival is one of the go-to events for anyone looking to discover just how much the UK music scene is thriving. From rappers to rock bands, experimental jazz to lively pop-punk, TGE never fails to send you away with at least one favourite new act. With The Independent being such a huge champion of new music over the years, partnering with TGE felt like an obvious choice!”

She continues: “Chrissie Hynde is one of the most iconic rock stars of all time and continues to influence generation after generation of musicians, many of whom will be playing the same stage as her this year. It's the biggest thrill to have The Pretenders headlining The Independent's stage at The Great Escape festival; we can't wait to see what will undoubtedly be a typically visceral live show from one of the most fearless and respected bands around.”

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