The Brighton Music Blog guide to The Great Escape 2019

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Next week sees the return of The Great Escape, where we all get even less sleep than normal, and anywhere you could imagine a stage, and a few places you couldn’t, turn into venues for three days. It overshadows most other musical happenings in May, which is quite remarkable since May is also the month of Brighton Festival, so this post replaces our usual monthly gig preview.

There’s quite a few Brighton Bands playing as part of the main Great Escape, but there’s even more playing Alternative Escape gigs or unofficial gigs, none of which are listed in the Great Escape app. There’s over 60 of these gigs that I’ve managed to find, so rather than put them all into this post, I’ve put them into some Google spreadsheets which will help you find your way around.

Without further ado, here are Brighton bands playing as part of the main Great Escape:

Thursday
Projector / 12:45 / Queens Hotel
Gwenifer Raymond / 13:00 / Latest Music Bar Upstairs
Thyla / 14:30 / Three Wise Cats (Casablanca)
Projector / 15:15 / The Hope And Ruin
Freddie Long / 15:40 / Tempest
Zooni / 20:15 / The Walrus
Sick Joy / 21:00 / Volks
Penelope Isles / 21:15 / Green Door Store
Marthagunn / 22:15 / Fabrica

Friday
Bobbie Johnson / 18:15 / The Arch
Ak Patterson / 21:15 / Fabrica
Black Peaks / 21:15 / The Old Market
Gwenifer Raymond / 21:30 / Unitarian Church
Fur / 23:15 / Horatios
Black Honey / 01:45 / The Haunt

Saturday
Gaffa Tape Sandy / 13:00 / Prince Albert
Birthday Card / 13:30 / The Hope And Ruin
Orchards / 14:00 / Prince Albert
Ralph Tv / 14:30 / The Hope And Ruin
Garden Centre / 15:30 / The Hope And Ruin
Drowningboy / 19:15 / Queens Hotel
Ellie Ford / 19:30 / Unitarian Church
Garden Centre / 20:15 / Jubilee Square
Penelope Isles / 20:15 / Sallis Benney Theatre
Michael Baker / 21:15 / Marine Room (Harbour Hotel)
Porridge Radio / 22:15 / Green Door Store
Peggy Sue / 23:15 / Green Door Store

And here are the links to the other shows. Highlights include Love Thy Neighbour’s shows at the Hope & Ruin – they haven’t announced all their acts, but they always have a great bill, and the One Inch Badge vs Rockfeedback gig at the Haunt, which has had a fantastic every year (and needs signing up for, so click through to the facebook event):

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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Projector / Go Ahead single launch at the Rialto

We don’t get out to nearly enough gigs (if there weren’t other priorities we might be at the Hope & Ruin watching Arxx right now), and we certainly don’t get to enough gigs armed with a camera, but we did make it along to the launch of Projector‘s new single Go Ahead at the Rialto last Friday. Here’s our pics, click through to view large

April Gig Previews

It’s the start of a new month, so it’s time for us to share the local gigs with local bands that have caught our eye. This month, lots of launches and festivals:

First up, Jouis launch their new album Mind Bahn at the Rose Hill on Thursday 4th April. Support comes from Ellie Ford and ticket are £5.50 in advance.

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Our first festival to talk about is QM Records Moves Festival, which takes place at the Old Market on Saturday 6th April. There’s a fantastic line up of some of the finest Brighton based bands, headed up by Normanton Street and Kudu Blue.

Currls second single Let Down comes out at the end of this week, and the launch
party takes place at the Hope & ruin on Tuesday 9th April. Support comes from Winter Gardens who featured in our most recent Brighton Rocks.

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We mentioned Pete Fij in our new music post yesterday – he’s on tour currently midway through a tour of Europe, and plays at Latest Music Bar on Sunday 14th April.

Our second festival to mention this month is Bad Pond Festival, which is happening at Concorde 2 on Saturday 20th April. The overall line up features a lot of bands from across the country, but also includes Holyglam, Beach Riot, CLT DRP and Wild Cat Strike.

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The final gig to mention is the launch party for Projector‘s new single Go Ahead. It’s at the Rialto on Friday 26th April, the same day as the single comes out, and they’ll be supported by Heirloom and Murmur.

March Gig Previews

Is it the end of February? It feels more like the end of April with this weather at the moment. It’s definitely the end of the month though, which means it’s time for our regular gig preview post.

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This Saturday (2nd March) Demob Happy headline the Concorde 2 playing a homecoming gig at the end of their current tour, before they head off to conquer America in the spring. Support comes from Sick Joy and Heirloom, so get there nice and early. Continue reading

February Gig Previews

So, it’s been a while since we’ve done a gig preview post, what with taking a few weeks off around Christmas, but we’re BACK and so are the good gigs in Brighton.

51308375_2250277305003567_6401380572635070464_nFirst up is the eighth Brighton Noise all dayer at the Green Door Store, which takes place tomorrow (Saturday 2nd Feb) and has a huge line up featuring Inwards, Soft Walls, Garden Centre, Big Slammu, Fruity Water, Dubais, M. Butterfly, The Estate Agents, R. Dyer and The International Debt.

The big name gig this month is Steve Mason who’s on the road touring his new album About The Light. He’s already played Newcastle and Glasgow, and will take in Manchester, London and Bristol before the hometown date on Saturday 9th February, which is at St Barts Church just off London Road. Continue reading

November Gig Preview

Every other blog post made today is probably a spooky Halloween themed blog post, but for us the date being the thirty first signifies that it’s time for our next new music post. Sometimes we that by a day or two, but we’ve got our housein order because the first gig to plug is a night called In Heaven Everything Is Fine, being put on tomorrow night (Thursday 1st November) by Super8Sync at The Nightingale Room above Grand Central. Nick Hudson (from The Academy of Sun), Mudlow, Seadog and Blatnova are all on the bill, accompanied by visuals from Cinema Iloobia and TAOS films. Continue reading

October Gig Previews

October already. How time flies. We’re not quite as prompt as we would have liked with this month’s gig previews post – if we were we might have tipped the Platform B FM licence launch at the Green Door Store last night. Instead though we’ll kick off with a gig that’s been mentioned before tomorrow night.

Untitled (12)sMatters by Fröst came out last Friday and was named Resident’s album of the day . They’ve also made the launch gig their gig of the week too, so you don’t have to just take our word for it. It takes place at the Prince Albert, with support from Spill Gold.

There’s another album launch taking place next Wednesday too. The Haunt sees the return of 12 Stone Toddler and marks the release of their new album Idiolalia. Continue reading