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):

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Saturday

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Guest Post : Bee Adamic’s Great Escape Picks

Now Europe’s most talked about showcase festival, is taking place in a matter of days in our fantastic city. The Great Escape Festival is seen as a ‘mecca for music lovers’. It’s baby sister the Alternative Great Escape will soon be eclipsing the main event.. with the 2016 lineup proving to be even stronger. One of the things I love about the alternative events, is not only are they in your standard live music venues, but you’ll also see them hosted in at your favourite bagel bar, vintage clothes shop or even courtyard. Here are my top 10 highlights for this year’s Alternative Escape: Continue reading

Great Escape Festival 2014 Announcement

Yesterday the best New Music festival in the country made its first line up announcement. The Great Escape Festival, taking place from 8th-10th May this year, released a list of over a hundred names, including a good representation of local talent. Royal Blood, Theo Verney and Yumi & The Weather are in there, as well as honorary Brightonians (by virtue of their Source cover feature) Traams. There’s still a chance to apply – Artist registration is open until the end of January, and more details can be found here.

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Here’s the full list of acts announced so far:

AMBER RUN / ANDY SHAUF / ARC IRIS / ARTHUR BEATRICE / AS ANIMALS / AUTOBAHN / BABY IN VAIN / BABY STRANGE / BEARD OF WOLVES / BEAUTIFUL BOY / BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE / BLACK CITY LIGHTS / BLAENAVON / BROKEN TWIN / CHARLI XCX / CHERUB / CHLÖE HOWL / CIRCA WAVES / CLEO T / COURTNEY BARNETT / D/C / DARK FOR DARK / DARLIA / DENAI MOORE / DIVE IN / DOLOMITE MINOR / DOOM SQUAD / DOUGLAS DARE / DUNE RATS / ELLA EYRE*/ EROTIC MARKET / FABIENNE / FAT WHITE FAMILY / FEMALE SMELL / FEMME / FLUX PAVILION LIVE / FLYTE / FTSE / FUTURE ISLANDS / FYFE / GIANNA LAUREN / GINGER AND THE GHOST / GLORY GLORY / HANNAH GEORGAS / HERMITUDE / HOLY STRAYS / HSY / HUMAN PYRAMIDS / JAAKKO EINO KALEVI / JAY ARNER / JEREMIAH JAE / JEREMY NEALE / JUNGLE / KELIS*/ LABYRINTH EAR / LEON T PEARL / LONELY THE BRAVE / LOVEPARK / MAJOR LEAGUES / MARIKA HACKMAN / MATTHEW AND THE ATLAS / MAX MARSHALL / MICKEY LIGHTFOOT / MONEY FOR ROPE / NEW DESERT BLUES / OLIVER WILDE / ORVAL CARLOS SIBELIUS / OY / PAWWS / PHOX / POWDER BLUE / REJJIE SNOW / ROSIE LOWE / ROYAL BLOOD / RUSSIAN RED / SAINT RAYMOND / SAMARIS / SATELLITE STORIES / SEPTEMBER GIRLS / SHOPPING / SHY NATURE / SIN COS TAN / SLAVES / STUBBORN HEART / SUNDARA KARMA / THE BONY KING OF NOWHERE / THE CREASES / THE CROOKED BROTHERS / THE DARLINGTONS / THE OSCILLATION / THE SCENES / THEO VERNEY / TOVE LO / TRAAMS / TRAUMAHELIKOPTER / TRAVIS BRETZER / WET / WHITE LUNG / WILSEN / WOMANS HOUR / YOUNG SUMMER / YOUTH MAN / YUMI AND THE WEATHER

Great Escape Gallery

What a weekend – I saw over thirty bands over the weekend, many of which were local. Here’s a gallery of them all. We’ve got: Jennifer Left, Justin Saltmeris, Curxes, Kinnie The Explorer, Us Baby Bear Bones, Anushka, Fear of Men, Martin Rossiter, The Bobby McGees, IYES, Jacko Hooper, Kins and The Beautiful Word. As usual, click on the image to view large:

 

 

Curxes Great Escape Interview

Brighton Music Blog favourites Curxes played twice at the Alternative Escape yesterday. We caught up with them just after they came off stage at The Mesmerist:

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Brighton Music Blog : Hello Curxes! How was the gig?

Macaulay Hopwood : Amazing – sweaty, crazy – the usual festival fayre. Really Good.
Roberta Fidora : All powered by cough syrup.
MH : Cough syrup and beer
RF : Isn’t that a Flaming Moe?

BMB : You’re playing twice over the weekend. You’ve just played on the Les Enfants Terribles stage at the Mesmerist. What’s the other one?

MH : We’re also playing at the Black Dove, across town. That’s for Southsea Fest stage.
RF : It sounds slightly sinister, the name – “The BLACK Dove”
MH : Sounds a bit dark, but hopefully it’ll suit our sound.

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BMB : What other Brighton bands are you looking forward to seeing at the Great Escape?

MH : There’s a few bands that I really want to see – We managed to catch half of Us Baby Bear Bones who were on just before we were on a different stage. Hopefully we’ll catch them when they play again.
RF: And Chvrches as well (BMB : who Curxes remixed earlier this year)
MH : Hopefully we can get to hang out with them a bit
BMB : Anyone else, or are you just going to drop in and see what you find?
MH : Despite playing, I haven’t actually got a wristband! So it’s a bit limited as to what I can go and see! I’ll go and see as many as I can.

BMB : Your live set up now has three people

RF : That’s Raife from Strangers. Say hello Raife!
Raife : Hello!
MH : Raife is playing drums with us at the moment. I often moonlight playing bass with Strangers, so we’re doing a bit of band swapping.
BMB : When did the decision to beef up the band come about?
RF : When I couldn’t count in time!
MH : We thought it was cool having a drummer onstage. Raife is a really good mate anyway, we have a good time jamming together, so we thought he would be a good addition to the setup.
RF : It adds more to the spectacle…
MH : He’s a good looking chap as well. We never had too many girls come and see us before, but now that Raife’s with us…
RF : Now we have to clear loads of pants off stage after we play!

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BMB : You’re starting to be described as “Blitz Pop” in various places. What does that mean for people who haven’t heard you? Where did the name come from?

MH : An obsession with the second world war, and we’re quite poppy, I suppose. It’s noisy, it sounds like the blitz. It seems to fit the music pretty well.
RF : We leave a trail of destruction in our wake!

BMB : Your latest single Further Still was also out earlier this year. What’s coming up next?

MH : We’ve got another release coming out fairly soon, possibly with a single label, but nothing’s been finalised yet. It’s a song called Valkyrie which is what we close our set with at the moment. It seems to go down well – it’s noisy, it’s got a bad-ass trumpet in it. What more could you want!

The Brighton Music Blog Great Escape Special

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This week is Brighton’s biggest week for music. As if there wasn’t enough going on in Brighton with the Festival and the Fringe we also have The Great Escape, when the music industry takes a weekend away from London and decamps to our brilliant city. I won’t go on about how criminally under-represented Brighton bands are in the main festival, because most of the Alternative Escape is made up of local acts, and most of the Alternative Escape is free. Don’t take this as a slur on the value of the Great Escape – with tickets available for less than fifty quid, it’s no wonder that it was sold out weeks ago.

Here’s a some of the Brighton based musicians playing this weekend. I don’t claim that this is an exhaustive list (although if you’re not on this list, it could mean that Brighton Music Blog doesn’t know about you, so get in touch). And being a festival, there’s definitely no promises about stage times! There’s plenty more info over on the Great Escape Website, and on their smartphone app, and it’s worth signing up to the text alerts over the weekend too. And if you can’t make it, we’ll be posting up some of our photos next week (once we’ve recovered!)

Wednesday

At Jubilee Square, there’s Abi Wade at 5pm, and Jennifer Left at 7pm
Latest7 are hosting an event at Latest music bar, obviously – Warsaw Radio are 8.15 – 8.45, Simonne & The Dark Stars are 9 – 9.30, and Nick Williams 9.45 – 10:15
Pull The Plug are at the Mucky Duck, headlined by Luke Sital Singh
Never Been Kissed promotions are at The Hope, with a selection of Brighton and Hastings bands, headlined by Plasticine who are on at 10.45pm

Thursday

Kinnie The Explorer take on a residency on Resonance’s stage – They’re every day at the Brighthelm Centre at 1.30pm
Noisescape is Brighton Noise’s all day event at Moshi Moshi – their line up is: 1pm Cat Fire Radio, 2.25 Monsters Build Mean Robots, 3.50 Black Black Hills, 5.15 Us Baby Bear Bones, 6.40 AK/DK, 8.05 Dark Horses, 9.30 Nordic Giants
Boon Magazine and Two Sisters Records are at Fitzherberts from 7pm : TigerCub 7.15, The New Union 8pm, The Red Lapels 8.45, IC1s 9.30 , Demob Happy 10:15
Spindle Magazine / Les Enfants Terribles are at The Mesmerist – TigerCub are on at 2.30pm, Curxes are at 6.55pm, with The Wytches headlining at 22:15
Fear of Men are on at Latest at 9pm at a night put on by London in Stereo and Fear of Fiction
Southsea Fest are hosting at the Black Dove, and Curxes are playing at 8.50

Friday

Emma Gatrill is playing at the Fountainhead for Neighbourhood’s all day event. No details of what time she’s on, but looking at the line up it’ll be mid-afternoon
The Wytches are on of the first bands on at Republic of Music‘s event at the Shipwrights Yard on Middle Street. They’re on at 12:55
The Line of Best Fit are hosting at the Unitarian Church – Luke Sital Singh is on at 9.45pm
Drowned in Sound at hosting three nights over the weekend. On Friday they’re at Saint Mary’s Church and Martin Rossiter plays at 8pm
Brighton Music Blog favourites IYES are on at the Blind Tiger at 8.30pm
The Wytches are at The Haunt at 9.15pm
Fiddlers Elbow have a few Brighton acts on – Luke Sital Singh is on at 4pm, Nick Williams is at 6pm
Beatcast and Dirty Bingo are at 10 Below (formerly The Jazz Place).  Fear of Mean play at 9.15pm
Alcopop records host twelve hours of music at the Pav Tav. Tall Ships and Jumping Ships are amongst the bands playing
Then if you’re still standing there’s an afterparty at Brighton Electric – From 20pm there’s Dog in the Snow (acoustic), Jacko Hooper (acoustic), Wild Cat Strike, Hundredth Anniversary, Us Baby Bear Bones, AK/DK, Spacenoid, and Physics House Band DJs

Saturday

The St Ann’s Well Gardens Festival is part of this year’s Alternative Escape – their bill includes Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer at 12.30, Jennifer Left at 1.40, Traams at 2.30, and Jake Shillingford playing a My Life Story set at 15:10
The Beautiful Word play Common Tongue‘s event at The Black Dove at 6.20pm
In ther afternoon The Fiddlers Elbow The Move Ons are on at 2pm, and Matt Carpanini is on at 3pm
The Recommender’s have their annual Blog Up Party at The Mesmerist. It’s not just and event for bloggers, there are bands for everyone and IYES play at 15:20
Kins play not one but two shows as part of the main festival on saturday, at the Green Door Store @ 15:30, and at the Brighthelm Centre at 20:30
Milk No Sugar cafe on Trafalgar Street sees Donna Fullman at 2:30, Warsaw Radio at 3:15 and Nick Williams at 4pm
Brighton Promoters Cable Club are at Sticky MikesTwo Jackals are on at 2:10pm and Written in Waters are on at 3pm
Fools Paradise vs Bad Math is at the Pav Tav , and Tyrannosaurus Dead play at 8pm
The amazing Physics House Band are on at the Concorde 2 at 8.30pm, and then at 9.15 there’s Tall Ships
80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster play at 9.45pm at Coalition
Last, but by no means least there’s an Under The Influence Billy Bragg special at Fitzherberts, and The Bobby McGees play at 10.10pm

Brighton bands at the Great Escape

If you hadn’t noticed, it’s just been The Great Escape Festival around town. What a weekend! Officially I was taking photos for the festival themselves, which I’ve done for the last few years. Unofficially, I made it my mission to get around as many Brighton bands as I could. Over the course of the weekend, I saw Abi Wade at Unitarian Church, Dear Prudence at Above Audio, Us Baby Bear Bones at Green Door Store, Abi Wade (again) at Latest, Catherine Ireton at Latest, Fear of Men at Queens Hotel, Nordic Giants at Komedia, Speak Galactic at Latest, Thomas White at Shipwrights yard, Us Baby Bear Bones (again) at Latest, Woodpecker Wooliams at the Fishbowl and Kinnie The Explorer at The Haunt. Phew!

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