Most exciting acts of The Great Escape Festival 2016

The Great Escape Festival, hosted throughout a number of Brighton’s best music venues each Summer is a great opportunity to see the best up-and-coming acts from within the UK and overseas. This annual weekend has a reputation for showcasing the best of what’s to come in music each year, and we’re very excited to see what they have in store this year. Here are my personal favourite choices out of the line-up.

Band of Skulls

Slot: Friday 20th May | 9:15-10pm | Concorde

Genre: Blues/indie rock

First heard of ’em: Came across them last year on a random blog article, knew I’d love them instantly.

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This Southhampton band, consisting of Emma, Russell and Matt have been playing the long, character-building game with the music industry since 2004, and it is good to see this band finally get the recognition they deserve. Each of their albums demonstrates a level-up in professionalism, creative expression, and band identity and I cannot wait to see them both at Brighton in May and at the Boileroom this Thursday!

You can check out their website Here.

You can check out their soundcloud here.

 

 

Beach Baby

Slot: Thursday 19th May | 9:15-9:45 | Horatios

Genre: Indie-pop/psych-pop

First heard of ’em: Got their single through the post with Flying Vinyl

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This London four-piece are a perfect band to see on a (hopefully) sunny day in Brighton. These guys create a fun sound that could well become the sound of Summer 2016, with their dreamy, grunge-pop (if that can be called a thing?) hooks coming from every angle.

You can check out their facebook here.

You can check out their soundcloud here.

 

 

Black Honey

Slots: Friday 20th May | 8:30-9pm | Wagner Hall AND Friday 20th May | 10-10:30pm | Horatios

Genre: Indie-rock

First heard of ’em: Got their single through the post with Flying Vinyl

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With heavy rock guitar riffs, and a Blondie-esk front woman (Izzy B), this group ooze the coolness and attitude that entices the audience into a trance. This group are known for their love of mystery. Indeed, Izzy B has been quoted saying “if it was my way, we’d still be a secret band” (NME) and that they love to live in the moment regarding their career.

You can check out their website here

You can check out their soundcloud here

 

 

Get Inuit

Slot: Friday 20th May | 9-9:30pm | Latest Music Bar

Genre: Heavy indie-pop

First heard of ’em: After being recommended them by thnksfrthrvw, I followed them online for a long time and finally saw them live at the Boileroom in February

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This group from Kent have rose to fame swiftly, and boy, do they deserve it. With a great live reputation and smash pop-punk hits such as Pro Procrastinator, this band are not one to miss this summer. You’ll be dancing with indie-rock hooks in your head all night long.

You can check out their website here.

You can check out their soundcloud here.

 

 

Kim Churchill

Slots: Friday 20th May | 12:30-1pm | Concorde 2 AND Saturday 21st May | 2:15-2:40 Concorde 2

Genre: Folk/blues

First heard of him: He was playing one night at the Boileroom while I was on bar shift. Fell in love instantly.

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This Australian singer/songwriter burst onto the UK music scene with his acoustic tunes and unique vocals blaring. This guy’s delicate melodies accompanied by his beautifully honest stories told within his lyrics is something that you have to see live. If he can silence the audience at the boileroom, I’m sure he’ll have no trouble in Brighton.

You can check out his website here

You can check out his soundcloud here

 

 

Nimmo

Slot: Friday 20th May | 11:30pm-12:15am | Komedia

Genre: Electronic/ambient

First heard of ’em: Found them online and then got to see them do their thing at the Boileroom live.

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This unique five-piece spawned from a decade-long friendship. After transitioning between different genres, they found their sound within hypnotic electronic music. Their emotional lyrics paired with uplifting, layers of experimental beats creates a booming sound that fills every corner of the room. Perfect after a day of running frantically around Brighton.

You can check out their website here

You can check out their soundcloud here

 

 

The Big Moon

Slots: Saturday 21st May | 12:30-1pm | Komedia AND 7:15-7:45pm | Corn Exchange

Genre: Alternative-rock

First heard of ’em: Got their single through the post with Flying Vinyl and was drawn in from then.

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This angst-fuelled girl-group give off a 70s vibe in their grunge magic. Their bass-riffs and heavily layered voices create sounds that resonate through every member of the audience. Known for being a fun-loving, relentlessly energetic act live, this is a definite must for The Great Escape.

You can check out their facebook here

You can check out their soundcloud here

 

Baker out

 

 

 

 

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