The Great Escape Ones To Watch

The Great Escape 2017, Uncategorized


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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’re sharing our ‘Ones To Watch’ – by this day next week, you’ll be indulging in these festival highlights. Enjoy Part 2 of our top 30 artists; a combination of both The Great Escape (wrist-band entry) and The Alternative Escape (FREE entry)…


Ailbhe Reddy 

This Dublin Singer-Songwriter’s distinct tone and delivery on ‘Distrust’ really hooked me, there’s something very different about Ailbhe’s style and vocal ranges that engages on a level far surpassing any other alt-folk female on TGE schedule— which is why it’s a surprise to discover Ailbhe’s unsigned, by this time next week, that’s likely to have changed I’d say! *

Friday 1:15pm at Prince Albert (also Thursday at Bleach, 12:30pm) TGE

Beauty Sleep

This synth-dream pop trio from Belfast are on the rise, having recently supported our favourites, Orchid Collective (an amazing band that should no doubt, be on TGE list) and with a debut E.P due to arrive later this month, these hint to big things! They’re behind warming choruses and hazy guitars, their vibrant melodies of ‘The Dark’ are enough to hook you! *

Jubilee Square, 2:30pm (TGE)


London duo, Meadowlark, who recently supported Amber Run on their UK tour, stop off to play The Alternative Escape before they continue their sold-out headline UK tour. The endearing melodies of Kate McGill and Daniel Broadley’s experimental beats and electronic vibe, compliment one another, perfectly. After four years of experimentation and several EP’s to their name, their long anticipated debut album: ‘Postcards’ is released next month – June 30th on AllPoints (previously Believe Records). **

Fountain Head, 2:40pm (ALT) 

Spinning Coin 

This Glasgow lo-fi fuzzy four-piece have a lot of manic potential behind them – one listen to track: ‘Think Tanks’ and you can already predict the fuzzy whirlwind of a presence these are going to bring to TGE. Signed to Geographic, a branch off Domino Records, and with an upcoming debut (recorded with Edwyn Collins) due for release later this year, their unpredictable rough edged pop demands your attention! *

Brighthelm Centre, 3:15pm and Jubilee Square, 9:30pm (TGE)

Strong Asian Mothers

We’re really excited about London three-piece Strong Asian Mothers, who blend musical styles better than Kenco blends coffee. As well as The Great Escape, the band are playing Latitude festival and Standon Calling later this year. At this gig you’ll get hip hop, pop, indie, r’n’b and electro all in one frantic set. Expect serious stage presence and effortlessly cool attire. **

Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, 9.15pm Friday 19th (TGE)

Isaac Gracie

Isaac Gracie, who once belonged to the Ealing Abbey Choir, is a steadily growing singer-songwriter with such a distinct sound. And it’s this authentic, melancholic and raw bluesy delivery to his voice and guitar that makes it difficult to artistically compare; a creative to be reckoned with – alluring and timeless. *

Komedia, 9:30pm (TGE)

Hearts Hearts

Starting out as a duo in Vienna, it wasn’t long before they evolved into a full band after their routine sessions in their city’s cathedral. Sitting somewhere between Alt-J and Whilk and Misky, and at times, such as on track ‘Hunter Limits’, there’s a glimmer of early Foals to them, I’d say these might possibly be the festival’s hidden gem. *

Latest Music Bar, 9pm (also Thursday at Prince Albert, 1pm) TGE

Dan Croll

Having caught this Liverpudlian headlining the Communion Tour at the Omeara last week he brought such an upbeat vibrancy to the room – warm soaring vocals and a hearty full band, playing his score as though it’s his duty to uplift your spirits. With an aim to hit pop at an unusual angle, Croll and co summon infectious colours and capture an underrated light. *

Komedia, 10:30pm (TGE)

Tom Adams

Cambridge born, Berlin-based artist, Tom Adams, seamlessly blends his classically trained piano with his electronic music knowledge – not of a James Blake tuning, but of an improvisation on the keys that leads his voice to falsetto, with an intended imperfect leaning. Latest album: ‘Silence’, released earlier this month on Kawloon Records, is of heart wrenching beauty. We hope you’ll join us by lending your ear to Adams’ soothing piano and vocals, in the prime location of Unitarian Church, 10:30pm. (TGE) *

The Districts

Philadelphian indie rockers channel that raucous distortion superbly. Emotional, but not overdone, well balanced guitar-rock with vocals that vie for power over the guitar, almost Flaming Lips meets Dinosaur Jnr. They’ve travelled far since their high school classic rock covers band, just weeks before they started college they were signed to Fat Possum Records and have since been touring non-stop, gracing the SXSW stages and wowing the likes of Steve Lamacq with their brilliance. It’s such a treat to see them headline the Clash stage at their first Great Escape showcase. **

The East Wing, 10:45pm (TGE)

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


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