The Great Escape Ones To Watch

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And it’s that time of year again – The Great Escape Festival! Now into it’s 12th year, with over 400 acts in showcase scattered about the city of Brighton, it always offers a prime opportunity to discover new music. Across these 3 days we’ve shared our ‘Ones To Watch’ – by this day next week, you’ll be indulging in these festival highlights. Enjoy Part 3 of our top 30 artists; a combination of both The Great Escape (wrist-band entry) and The Alternative Escape (FREE entry)…

SATURDAY 20TH MAY

Bryde

She describes herself as just “a girl and a guitar, singing fierce but fragile songs”. But she’s so much more than that. Bryde, whose latest EP was produced by The Coral’s Bill Ryder-Jones, clearly takes influence from the likes of P J Harvey, Daughter, and Ben Howard. Live, she delivers her message with a tender authenticity which is enough to silence audiences.*

Komedia, 1.45pm 

Flamingods

Tropical quintet from Bahrain, have similar sensibilities to Cairobi, exotic ethnic pop, a mosaic of influences capture a myriad of cultures, helped through their multicultural instruments ranging from the Middle East to South Asia. They capture high energy, hallucinogenic rhythms and have had consistent festival slots with Glastonbury, Latitude Festival and Green Man – and when you listen to their African rhythms and Asian textures you’ll see exactly why these are festival favourites! **

Komedia Studio, 2:15pm (Thursday 18th 7:30pm at The Haunt) TGE

Babeheaven

The London pair connected over a mutual love of music via Ladbrook Road, where they both worked, Nancy, at her granny’s antique shop, and Jamie, at the organic farm store. Nancy’s soulful vocals paired with Jamie’s effected guitar chords and Hugo’s drum machine create a fresh trippy soundscape, filling the air with sparse arrangements and poignant lyrics, conjuring something understated and effortless. Securing recent supporting slots with upcoming Londoners Loyle Carner and Palace, these are without doubt one of the most exciting new bands. **

The Haunt, 6:45pm (TGE)

Black Peaches

You might recognise founder, Rob Smoughton as the live bassist for Hot Chip. In this project he pools in a whole bunch of influences and together as a sestet they take jazz fusion and psych-tropic to another level. Imagine Broken Bells collaborating with White Denim and you’re almost there – throw in some Latin rhythms and a 70’s style production, some classic rock vibes and you’ll be away…You can feel how well ‘Raise High’ and ‘Fire & A Water Sign’ are going to transcend live, can’t you? **

Cafe Plenty, 7:30pm (ALT)

Marc O’Reilly 

This Waterford Musician vocal range would give James Vincent McMorrow a run for his money, delicate, then husky reaching the warm bluesy depths and instrumentally heavier on occasions; a strong songwriter that blends Folk, Blues and Roots with such ease – we sure can’t get enough of latest track ‘Compromise’!**

The Hope & Ruin, 7:30pm (and Thursday 2:15pm at The Prince Albert) TGE

Glass

These captured us this time last year at Moth Club when they supported Flyte and have been our longstanding favourite electronic duo since then! These are incredible live, the chemistry between Jessica Winter and Scott Remington, mirrors in melodrama and 80’s synth-pop effervescence and in stage presence parallels the legend that is, Kate Bush, whilst remaining firmly idiosyncratic. Strong supporters include Screaming Peaches and Strong Asian Mothers. We love their latest dark anthem ‘Vulnerable’ produced by Dan Grech (Lana Del Rey)! **

Cafe Plenty, 8:30pm (ALT)

Brent Cobb

This Georgia native modernises Americana, narrating with rich bluesy vocals in such laid back rhyming couplet style, with an almost Ryan Adams footing, yet with much deeper earthiness, delving into societal/political issues, it’s honest, relatable and timeless. Kick back and enjoy our favourite tracks: ‘Black Crow’ and ‘Shine On Rainy Day’. **

Unitarian Church, 8:30pm

Asgeir 

His first album, 2012’s ‘Dýrð í dauðaþögn’ was written and sung entirely in Icelandic, which may have limited Asgeir’s appeal outside his Nordic homeland (although it did sell so well in Iceland that apparently 1/10th of the population now own the record!). But since his 2014 follow up ‘In The Silence’ and the recently released ‘Afterglow’, this folktronica songwriter’s career has flourished. There’s a hint of Bon Iver, an undertone of Sigur Ros, and a delicate likeness to RY X. We like it. *

The Arch, 9.45pm

Writers: *Will Steadman@steadman_will and **Rachael Crabtree: @eccentric_eejit

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