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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New Brighton Music

Here’s our first new music post for a couple of weeks. Who knows what was going on last week, but we were really light on releases. This weekend, being a bumper bank holiday weekend, we’ve got more tracks than usual to blog about.

Artist: Projector
Track Name: Go Ahead
Taken From: Go Ahead single
Release Date: 26/04/2019
Next Gig: multiple Great Escape gigs which we’ll cover in a bigger post soon.

Artist: La Lune
Track Name: Grape Soda
Taken From: Grape Soda single
Release Date: 26/04/2019
Next Gig: Jubilee Square Wednesday 8th May (another Great Escape gig)

Artist: Guru
Track Name: Fixation
Taken From: Fixation single
Release Date: 24/04/2019
Next Gig: 10th May Alt Escape gig We just read that Guru’s Great Escape gigs have been cancelled. Boo!

Artist: Something Leather
Release Name: Sip The Thrill EP
Release Date: out now

Artist: Bobbie Johnson
Track Name: Waves
Taken From: Waves single
Release Date: 17th April 2019
Next Gig: Great Escape

Artist: Emma Seeberg
Track Name: About You
Taken From: About You single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: right now at the Prince Albert

Artist: Holy Magick
Track Name: Even Though
Taken From: Holy Magick album
Release Date: 10th May 2019
Next Gig: 9th May at the Brunswick

Artist: Gulls
Track Name: Shop
Taken From: single
Release Date: 19/04/2019
Next Gig: 5th May Robin Hood Street Party

Artist: Launa
Track Name: You Make Me
Taken From: You Make Me single
Release Date: 26/04/2019

Artist: School Disco
Track Name: Dadada
Taken From: Dadada single
Release Date: 26/04/2019

Artist: Dreams of Empire
Track Name: Northern Lights
Taken From: Northern Lights single
Release Date: 26/04/2019

Artist: Kev Minney
Track Name: God is an Algorithm
Taken From: God is an Algorithm single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Shona
Track Name: Shape I’m In
Release Date: 17/04/2019

Artist: Georgie Femme
Track Name: (Yo Yo Yo You’re So So) Sweet To Me
Taken From: (Yo Yo Yo You’re So So) Sweet To Me single
Release Date: out now

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

New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music post, which starts a bit differently from normal because the first track I wanted to share isn’t online as far as I can see – It’s the Record Store Day release from Blood Red Shoes’ Jazz Life record label, and the release is called AA Sessions Volume One. It features contributions from AK/DK, Blood Red Shoes, Tigercub, Sick Joy and Projector. Hopefully by the time you read this they might still have a copy at Resident. If not, give Cult Hero, Vinyl Revolution or Rarekind a try. There’s only 500 for the whole country though, so good luck.

Artist: Penelope Isles
Track Name: Chlorine
Taken From: Until The Tide Creeps In
Release Date: July 12th
Next Gig: at least three dates over Great Escape weekend

Artist: Alex Banks
Track Name: Chasms
Taken From: Beneath The Surface
Release Date: single out now, album due 6th June

Artist: Bloom
Track Name: Ground
Taken From: Ground / Escape double a side
Release Date: 26/04/2019
Next Gig: Afternoon single launch gig on 27th April at The Brunswick

Artist: Larry Marks Band
Track Name: Warts and All
Taken From: Warts and All single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Hare
Track Name: Another Mistake
Taken From: Another Mistake single
Release Date: 12/04/2019
Next Gig: right now at Pipeline

Artist: Moth
Track Name: Cloud Nine
Taken From: Cloud Nine single
Release Date: 12/04/2019

Artist: Leo Aram-Downs
Track Name: The Grand Complication
Taken From: The Grand Complication single
Release Date: out now

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.

Brighton Music Blog 2018 Highlights

I’m not a fan of end of year lists. There’s the forced ranking of things, introducing subjectivity and pitting people against each other. There’s the fact that you might not remember things from the start of the year as well as recent tracks, or that some songs sounded great in the sunshine but right now it’s cold, wet and miserable. So instead, here’s a few tracks from 2018 that are highlights for us. No particular order, no claims that one is better than another, just what we think are a bunch of great tunes. There’s a few maybe more obvious bands missing (naming no names) – it’s been a brilliant year for Brighton Music – but some of the bands you might be thinking of haven’t been in touch, or haven’t got back to us when we’ve been in touch. Given how successful they’ve been they obviously haven’t needed a blog like us, and it’s not like we’ve been short of great music to post this year. Anyway, we’ve tried to post bandcamp links where we can, so if you like what you can hear, you can click through and buy from the site where the biggest proportion of the price goes back to the artist: 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