The Great Escape Festival Preview

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It’s nearly that time again. Next weekend, the Great Escape rolls into town again, turning everywhere that you could fit a stage, and a lot of places where you can’t imagine a stage normally, into venues for a few days. We’re not going to go through the whole line up – first of all there are literally hundreds of bands playing, but also most of them aren’t from Brighton. Also, a lot of the good local stuff happens as part of the Alt Escape. What we’ve done instead is compiled a list of what we think is every Brighton band who are playing as part of the main festival, and asked a few of our favourite bands for their recommendations for the weekend. We’ve also got a list of what we believe is all the facebook events set up for Alt Escape gigs, which will provide you with a lot more information than you’ll get from anywhere else.

AK/DK (The Arch, 8pm Saturday + Fortune of War, 8.30pm Friday)
Tshegue – a Congolese / Parisian act that bring a brilliant Afro-electro post punk show, awesome!

La Lune (North Laine, 12:15 Saturday + Beyond Retro, 1:50pm Friday + Jubilee Square, 8pm Saturday)
My tips would be RYD, The Yellow Bellies, Amelia Caesar, and Currls.

LibraLibra (North Laine Brewery, Saturday 10pm + Brighton Electric Alt Escape Afterparty)
I just saw Idles at Liverpool sound city and they blew me away the performance was electric and there was this fierce buzz from the crowd, I couldn’t take my eyes off them.
Slugabed is also playing with his full live band and that’s an experience in itself, definitely check that out!
Black Futures – I am desperate to go to one of their shows, it’s fully Immersive and engages the audience – they sound huge!

Yumi & The Weather (Café Plenty, 8pm Thursday, White Rabbit 5.30 Saturday)
Hey Buddy, Alabaster dePlume, LU’AMI, Jouis, Cousin Kula, Bloom, Family Fiction, 47 Soul, Kaamal Williams, Ross From Friends, Slugabed, AK/DK, Sons of Kemet, Puppy, Yussef Dayes, Libralibra

Dark Horses (Hope & Ruin, 5.30 Thursday)
Say Sue Me and Deep Throat Choir

Frost (Marlborough, 7.45 Friday, Johanna Bramli solo sets Seven Stars 5pm Thursday as well as part of the Rose Hill’s Fake Escape)
Alice Boman, AKDK, Drahla, Jimothy Lacoste, Lisa Morgenstern, Men I Trust

Brighton Bands at the Great Escape:

Thursday:
Scuffle / Walrus / 13:00
Orchards / Hope & Ruin / 15:15
Noble Jacks / Jubilee Square / 16:00
Grace Carter / Sallis Benney / 21:30
Underwater Boys / Patterns Upstairs / 22:00

Friday:
Grace Carter / Beach Club / 18:00
Fine Creatures / The Hope & Ruin / 20:45
Underwater Boys / Green Door Store / 21:15
Maisie Peters / Unitarian Church / 21:30

Saturday:
Breathe Panel / One Church / 14:15
White Room / Prince Albert / 14:40
Fur / Beach Club / 17:30
Demob Happy / Beach Club / 18:30
Gender Roles / Sticky Mike’s / 19:30
La Lune / Jubilee Square / 20:00
AKDK / The Arch / 20:00
Hungry Joe / Green Door Store / 20:15
The Magic Gang / Beach Club / 20:30
The Go! Team / Beach Club / 21:45
Scuffle / Latest / 21:45
Lucy Barat / Hope & Ruin / 22:45

Alt Escape gigs (at least the ones that we know about):
Thursday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1453689638069309/
https://www.facebook.com/events/864800190389318/
https://www.facebook.com/events/169609673727417/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1683189081723972/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1774018765951577/
https://www.facebook.com/events/155049268380059/
https://www.facebook.com/events/198659490741798/
https://www.facebook.com/events/794408047411431/
https://www.facebook.com/events/235263460383150/
https://www.facebook.com/events/202842330341062/
https://www.facebook.com/events/157498285090881/

Friday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/107050373462966/
https://www.facebook.com/events/131305364303885/
https://www.facebook.com/events/223989338152717/
https://www.facebook.com/events/613313565667774/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1777660202290696/
https://www.facebook.com/events/619373178396301/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1950840015211848/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1559882837414455/
https://www.facebook.com/events/751647691709071/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1667837779944366/
https://www.facebook.com/events/2117646471788950/
https://www.facebook.com/events/220473228722787/
https://www.facebook.com/events/438926903216057/
https://www.facebook.com/events/166237770717915/

Saturday:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1825025127802591/
https://www.facebook.com/events/229731457585767/
https://www.facebook.com/events/386368818502955/
https://www.facebook.com/events/121302828733190/
https://www.facebook.com/events/788538448002393/
https://www.facebook.com/events/197506027642482/
https://www.facebook.com/events/225476091341229/
https://www.facebook.com/events/245452679361458/
https://www.facebook.com/events/197414127679007/
https://www.facebook.com/events/1679538698805868/
https://www.facebook.com/events/185092965633332/
https://www.facebook.com/events/344476772739657/
https://www.facebook.com/events/182392552483349/

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May Gig Previews

May is both the quietest month and the busiest month for gigs. It’s the busiest because The Great Escape hits town on the 17th turning every pub and street corner into a venue. We’ll be making a full blog post about who to see nearer the time. Aside from that though, things are pretty quiet , but we have found a few things that you might fancy.

30623893_2147671231926661_7631411409960070976_nPaper Hawk launch their new EP The Tide (which featured in yesterday’s new music post) at The Marlborough tomorrow night (Wed 2nd May). Support comes from Jacko Hooper and Josh McGovern.

Another single launch we spotted, also from a band who were in last night’s post, is Yakul‘s launch of their single Realigned. It takes place at Patterns on Wednesday 9th May, and Yakul are joined on the night by Isle of CC and Chloe Badur playing live and Tru Thoughts’ J Felix DJing.

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May’s the only month that we get to mention gigs at the Spiegeltent, so we scoured their listings and spotted that you can see Resonators there on Thursday 10th May. They’ll be joined by Barnacles and Root Garden.

Our last gig to mention is the launch of Fierce Friend‘s album Lies The Comfort You, which is also on 10th May. It takes place at the Prince Albert, and Brighton Music Blog faves Fiction Aisle and Crayola Lectern are also playing.

New Brighton Music

We’re playing catchup again this week after our holidays last week, and it seems that we missed a flurry of activity, so once again we’re going to keep things pretty brief, limiting our words to just what you need to know about the tracks.

The biggest news this week is that Blood Red Shoes have a new single. It’s called God Complex and is out now on Jazz Life:
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New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music roundup, which comes with an apology to half of the bands included. We’re off on holiday at stupid o clock tomorrow morning and that means I should be spending my evening packing rather than blogging, so the tracks are included but half of my accompanying words aren’t, leaving you with just the words I note down before I flesh things out for some tracks. Sorry!

This weeks first tune is the new single from Orchards which somehow got missed from our last roundup. It’s called Luv You 2 and came out on 4th April. You can catch Orchards representing Brighton at the Great Escape next month

Next up is Underwater Boys who have a new single called Apricot. Underwater Boys next local gig will also be part of the Great Escape (get used to me saying this a lot over the next four weeks)

We can’t see Tuval mentioned in the line up for the Great Escape yet though. That doesn’t mean he won’t be playing (we know of at least one band who aren’t listed yet), or that he won’t pop up at an Alt Escape gig somewhere. Their My Love Don’t Worry EP came out last Friday and is released on download or limited CD:

Pandaux has a new three track EP out of effervescent electronic, called XYZ
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4snPKdEVqKKE934FUl1fws

Fractured / London Road – 21st April launch gig at the hope. I can’t get out of bed:

El MoonoKilling Time / Out 12th April

ContraTelic – debut EP Irreguate 13th April
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/4AqbWhorGnUTt3fNmb8n1V

TiltSo It Goes

Yumi & The WeatherLook at the Night

Dove HouseTeeth EP

Bad Pond Festival

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At the end of the month Small Pond, rehearsal and recording studio, label and all round good eggs, are putting on the third annual installment of their festival. Bad Pond Festival is taking place on 27th and 28th April at The Arch and features a host of bands from Brighton and beyond.

The Physics House Band headline the main stage on Friday night (with the other headliners being Alpha Male Tea Party, TTNG and USA Nails over the other stages / nights) with more local representation from InTechnicolour, Wild Cat Strike, Gender Roles, Delta Sleep, Cousin Kula, CLT DRP, Frank & Beans, Drip Gloss, Inwards, LibraLibra, Sit Down and Yumi & The Weather.

To get you warmed up for the festival Small Pond have shared a sampler with all the bands playing (see the bottom of the post, as well as a live video of Skin Remover by CLT DRP filmed at their studios:

Fans of The Physics House Band are hopefully already all over the band’s record store day release this weekend of a coloured vinyl edition of their album Mercury Fountain with additional bonus tracks.

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s New Music Roundup. We’re kicking things off with When She Flashes Her Smile at Me by Inwards. It’s taken from their forthcoming album Diesel which comes out on 27th April on Small Pond:

Jumanji headline the Haunt tomorrow night, playing the local date of their tour supporting their debut EP For Now which came out last Friday:

Next up is Heirloom with their new track Femme. You can catch them supporting Demob Happy this Saturday at The Haunt:

Ethan Barton is a songwriter originally from Devon but is now studying in Brighton. He released his More Happier EP in January, but didn’t promote it at the time and is now trying to get it out there, and we’re happy to oblige:

Luvia‘s debut single For You was released last Friday on My Little Empire records. If you’re going to the Great Escape then there’s a high chance of catching her – it seems that she’s playing at least three gigs over the weekend.

Scab Hand have a new EP out. Sparse Anatomy was released last week and was produced by Marc R Norris from Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. Here’s EP opener Turkey:

Also out last Friday was Elaina Bel‘s new release So Far:

Tim Woodbridge got in touch with us at the end of last month to tell us about his upcoming single. It’s called Outside and is out now:

Sit Down released their Cheap Luxe EP at the end of March. Here’s opener Mothership. The next chance to catch Sit Down in Brighton will be at Bad Pond Festival at the end of this month:

Black Peaks single Can’t Sleep came out a few weeks ago, but we’ve been a bit slow off the mark. Sorry guys. They’re off on tour soon, but with no Brighton date announced. They’re playing plenty of festivals over the summer though, and who knows what else is left to be announced:

Wine Days is the new single from Sweetmates which came out on 23rd March. The band are playing at the Walrus on Thursday 12th as part of the Brighton Girl Fundraiser:

Swoon release their new EP Fun Police on One Inch Badge records on 30th May. The video for the lead track is out now:

No Feathers invited us along to their single launch last week but unfortunately we couldn’t make it. Instead, the best we can do is share the single, FRD BOI, here:
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/1ttJSA8iJ8mkBqGGhZdU5T

Breathe Panel released their new track Carmine recently. The band have an album coming in July on Fatcat Records which you can probably hear some of live when they play at the Spectrum Record Store Day gig at the Dome on 21st April:

Peace in Protest put out their debut single Backwards on 15th March. Their next gig is supporting Dove House at their EP launch at Sticky Mike’s on 18th April
https://open.spotify.com/embed/album/7ja7Mlx9S2n1KrDvjmmhqz

Last, but by no means least we have Zofff who have put out their third album fff, continuing the psychedelic journey of their first two records. Live dates are in the pipeline, but nothing has been announced yet.