Ten Fe // Live Review // The Great Escape

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At the stroke of midnight we were on countdown in the gardens of Wagner Hall, kicking back in the bar, preparing ourselves for our beach bound venture to Ten Fé, a band who one of the team hasn’t stopped rating since their recent sublime Hackney show. Since checking them out myself, they’ve literally been SoundClouding my life, so as you can imagine, I was fair to excited to catch them live.

DSCF0036newHitting the seafront at 1am, we bumped into the most friendliest drunks you could meet. It was at the point we mentioned “The Arch” to the flyer lady who attempted convincing us that Coalition was the place tonight for wristband holders to gain half price drinks the Swiss chap to much delight chanted “Yes, Ten Fé, Ten Fé!!” We were in mirrored excitement and between us, it felt so good to share this band love. As one friend apologised for the other’s drunkenness, the other began singing along to ‘Elodie’ as the accompanying YouTube video started…“So we’ll see you later, we’re just helping the lady hand out the leaflets”. We sadly never spotted them again, although we had an inkling they made it into the gig – as I filmed Ten Fé’s performance of ‘Elodie’ we could see Ben smiling as he sang: “…singing the lines that were meant for me”. There was so much love tonight amongst us in the tightly packed beach alcove, for a band very much on the rise, owing to the recent release of their stunning debut: ‘Hit The Light’ (February 2017).




Possessing refreshing confidence without pretence and bravado and a sound that sites references from The Cure through to The War On Drugs whilst retaining that one of a kind sublimity achieved from the unique combination in having two very strong, and different, dual lead singer-songwriters, Leo Duncan and Ben Moorhouse, Ten Fé were all in all as engaging to watch, as to listen to; effortless guitar playing, expansive and harmonised vocals inhabiting an otherworldliness of high energy drama and contrasting poignant lyrics.

Often, when you build yourself up to see a band you almost lead yourself to a bit of a downfall for when that moment finally comes around, but I would be as bold to say Ten Fé were the band of the festival!

Despite delivering at least half their record, and it nearly hitting 3am, we were pumped for more; their high energy was palpable. But as we know, The Great Escape only permits a short lived showcase of each artist, providing no room for encores, so until next time, we’ll just be soaking up their LP: ‘Hit The Light’.

Discover our full photo gallery of Ten Fé via our Instagram: @spiral_magazine

In attempt to capture ‘Elodie’, here’s a video for you to enjoy/share, the sound isn’t as sharp because of my camera, but as you can see, these are exceptional live – go check them out this summer!

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Words and photography: Rachael Crabtree (@eccentric_eejit)

The Great Escape 2017 Review

Live Reviews, The Great Escape 2017, Uncategorized


To say we were excited for The Great Escape was a bit of an understatement, the festival is of course a chance to vibe off some of the best new music out there, so what better excuse for a weekend away by the seaside, the rain just added to the beautiful backdrop, naturally. Just off the train with our cases in tow, we narrowly missed out on the first gig of the day, Crimsons, 1pm at the Hope & Ruin. Diverting through Jubilee Square for our ticket to wristband exchange, we began flicking through the guide working out our gig circuit; a maze that very quickly became a welcoming part of daily routine.

Despite the odds against Wyvern Lingo on this years ambitious outdoor Fender stage – the incessant, heavy rain and delayed sound check wasn’t felt by the audience, we huddled together and everything was kept light with the Dubliner’s sense of humour. We were even treated to an exclusive premiere of their new single ‘I Love You Sadie’.

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Flyte at The Fidlers Elbow; Photographer: Rachael Crabtree

A last minute secret show announcement via Flyte’s Twitter arrived in perfect timing for shelter – so we headed to a pub we wouldn’t have otherwise known – The Fidlers Elbow, home to a fantastic PA, and a quaint setting to boot. The lighting and mirrors gave a beautiful backdrop to the quartets quasi-acoustic set. The intimate space housed their unbeatable harmonies allowing us that moment of heart warming solitude. Warming us into their set with the best cover of Bowie’s ‘Five Years’ we’ve ever heard, followed by their timeless ‘Faithless’ before touching on some exciting new material, hinting to the hotly tipped upcoming debut.

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Our latter accidental find, L.A Salami at the Unitarian Church was invitation enough after several alterations in gig timings and venues, and such a pleasant surprise too. Having recognised the singer from a Burberry Acoustic session on YouTube, as ‘When The Poet Sings’ began…It was incredibly well received; the intimate setting was silenced by his political poetry – a pensive wordsmith we look forward to revisiting a future full length show of, no doubt.

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Penny Police; Will Steadman

Penny Police at The Marlborough Theatre; Photographer: Will Steadman

With a recent Line of Best Fit feature, and a storming Record of The Day piece under her belt, Nordic synth-pop wonder Penny Police (Marie Fjeldsted) took to the stage of the Marlborough Theatre with a warm wind of expectation rising around her, and she didn’t disappoint for a second. Accompanied by fellow Danes, producer Aske Bode and Copenhagen’s go to percussionist Asker Bjørk, Marie held the audience in the palm of her hand like they were a mountain of rare feathers. It was like witnessing a jigsaw’s final piece falling into place – it’s the second time we’ve seen Penny Police in the last 6 months, and the difference was astonishing. That she’s a writer and recording artist of upmost integrity has never been in question; but this was a 30-minute moment of an artist realising she’s about to hit bigger things. As one person put it, her delicate but captivating voice “could tease the hydrogen atoms from a teardrop” – melodies that flout gravity, and a personality that is so genuine, that it’s impossible to imagine her not making records for the next 20 years. As a fan of her earlier work, it’s a wonderful thing to see how this artist keeps getting better and better. New single ‘Fool Like Me’ is sublime. The song she closed the set with, ‘Don’t Ask Me About Love’, is crying out to be a follow up… fingers crossed!

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Ten Fé gave such sublime set at The Arch, check out our full review here!


When we finally climbed the last stair to the attic of The Prince Albert, we could barely squeeze in the side staff door for the Irish Showcase. Unfortunately our entry was only permitted towards the end of Ailbhe Reddy’s set who was every part the singer-songwriter we had hoped for, such a distinctly powerful vocal range, we were in awe of tracks: ‘Distrust’ and ‘Relent’.

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In quick succession Marc O’Reilly arrived. Now we knew he was going to be great, but woah, when O’Reilly & Co arrived we were completely overwhelmed. We were talking about this set for days after. You genuinely can’t beat the Irish (not being biased or anything here) but from their innate homeliness that cushioned us at The Prince Albert coupled with their natural wit and earthiness and complete lack of seriousness. In-between songs O’Reilly shared his car hire mishap that Ryanair refused to refund, forcing them to rebook the three new dates with another. Later extending the Ryanair banter as he introduced us to the band…“So as you can see that’s my brother on keys, same receding hairline as myself, another thing to blame Ryanair on”. The trio’s synchronised drums, keys and guitar, maintained off the scale rhythms, impeccable timings which accompanied O’Reilly’s commanding bluesy voice!

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Strong Asian Mothers at Sticky Mikes; Photographer: Rachael Crabtree

By the evening, we were on edge to catch the iridescent genre hip-hopping R’n’B Strong Asian Mothers who filled a capacity Sticky Mike’s. They sure knew how to shake a few souls, delivering the festivals most danceable of sets with their refreshing brass and electronica. Opening with a Queen cover “because who doesn’t love a bit of Queen?” Bringing to the table sharp wit and unabashed tomfoolery was enough to win our hearts times over – highlight moments were: ‘Don’t Let Go’ and ‘Sober’.

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Skipping across to Jubilee Square, the Belfast trio, Beauty Sleep, drew us in with their dreamy pop brilliance on the BBC Music Stage. We loved their fuzzy bass lines and warming chorus effects on the guitar. Bouncing back when their keyboardist broke her cable and none-standing nailing their infectious melodies and psych-pop hooks!

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The Unitarian Church each time offered a sanctuary of momentary pause in time and on this time around a special mention goes to the zany and mythological H.Hawkline who gave a really delicate stripped back performance here tonight. His voice and guitar alone accentuated the coyly romantic Belle and Sebastian-esque lyrics. Concluding with a delicate finale ‘My Mine’ hinted to the masterpiece that awaits us; latest record: ‘I Romanticise’ is released via Heavenly Records today (Friday 2nd June).

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The Districts at The East Wing; Photographer: Rachael Crabtree

Somehow nearly missing out on The Districts at The East Wing, we scrambled in, weaving in-between the masses to get a piece of the visceral rock. It was a much needed moment to bask in some decent guitar rock since Ten Fé, maybe it was me, but scattered about the daytime shows there was a lot of music on the brink of commercial pop. The Districts harness heavy guitars, moody and terrifically lush reverb-riffs. After so much recent airtime on BBC6Music, of latest single ‘Ordinary Day’ it was stunning to see them smash it live!

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Bryde at The Komedia was one of todays highlights for the sheer versatility in voice and guitar. Describing the artist as an folk singer-songwriter to the chap beside us, who popped by the venue on a whim, I quickly realised didn’t really hit the mark – Bryde is an exception to alt-folk, channelling more fiercer rock, and while at times, delicate, is far from the assuming fragile folk artist. The multiple textures created by the three-piece were as unpredictable as compelling.

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Flamingods were absolute legends, and very fortunately from Bryde’s set we could slip next door to catch them at an overflowing Komedia Studio. The contagious psychedelic vibes were wildly exotic and of their own magical making – as many alternating rhythms as interchanging instruments. Driving melodies that were constantly changing and effortless in their summery soundscapes, that had us on high for days after…

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Flamingods at Komedia Studio; Photographer: Rachael Crabtree

Early queuing was much needed for the treat of Babeheaven at The Haunt where the mesmerising vocals and sparse arrangements really stood them apart from the vast electronic acts that saturated the festival who had busy backing, that much brilliance was lost. These however, knew how to punctuate their synths, drums that were unfussy in approach and maintained distinct vocals, all the while subtle, soulful. ’Moving On’ and ‘Friday Sky’ were wonderfully hazy moments, rewinding and moving.

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By Saturday night we were in much need of our prog-rock hit, which came courtesy of the tropicdelica quartet, Black Peaches, an exciting new project of Rob Smoughton, best known as a member of Hot Chip. Unable to move past the coffee counter (not for want of coffee) at Cafe Plenty we found ourselves staring around the room and upon faces of those in awe of what we could hear, and just about see, in reflection on the glass window. Their set was relentless, unbelievably infectious grooves, literally one song glided simultaneously into another – it was one heavenly trip…Fire and Water Sign was a completely sublime set closer.

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Glass glided in to steal the night, giving us the best finale you could wish for. As flawless as ever, drawing everyone in with their spellbinding dramatic pop. It’s exceptional how much their sound has changed since their Union Chapel show, whilst that performance was light and synthy, tonight was underpinned by a darker undercurrent, shaped by the heavier, distorted guitars and a drummer in replacement of the synths. Lead vocalist, Jessica Winter, altogether wielded a punk persona close to Siouxsie and Banshees – seriously, we will never cease loving Glass!

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GLASS at The Cafe Plenty; Photographer: Rachael Crabtree

Writers: Rachael Crabtree: @eccentric_eejit Will Steadman@steadman_will and Elizabeth Andrade@LizzyyEA

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’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)…



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 


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


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


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


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

The Great Escape Ones To Watch

The Great Escape 2017, Uncategorized


TGE_logoAlternative Escape_Logo

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

The Great Escape 2017 Ones To Watch

The Great Escape 2017, Uncategorized

TGE_logo    Alternative Escape_Logo

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. Over the next 3 days we’re going to share with you our ‘Ones To Watch’ – by this day next week, you’ll be indulging in these festival highlights. Enjoy Part 1 of our top 30 artists; a combination of both The Great Escape (wrist-band entry) and The Alternative Escape (FREE entry)…



Leaving indie-pop behind and opening a large can of courageous rock psychedelia, relative unknowns Crimsons, from Manchester, recently started their own club night ‘Club Crimsons’, which they hail as a ‘creative sphere’ of the best of Manchester’s new music, DJs, poetry and performances. Their TGE appearance coincides with the launch of their debut EP, Shy Talk. This should be a good one! *

The Hope and Ruin, 1pm (TGE)

Maria Kelly

We move now into the layered acoustic folk style – Dublin-based singer-songwriter, Maria Kelly, brings earnest songwriting and palpable emotion akin to The Big Thief and Lucy Rose. Check out graceful ‘Torn In Two’ – I think you’ll agree that this is a singer-songwriter with a lot of promise! **

The Hope & Ruin, 1:45pm (TGE)

Wyvern Lingo

We discovered these at Dublin’s HWCH’s in the Workman’s Club, last October, and they completely stole the evening – they carry Rn’B Pop melodies with soulful sassiness that’s best epitomised on ‘Subside’. The Irish trio: Karen Cowley, Saoirse Duane and Caoimhe Barry in fact started out as backing vocalists for Hozier and have since worked with Zaska, all in all, three very talented artists from Bray. **

Fender Paramount Stage, 5pm (TGE)

Our Girl

I first caught this Brighton native trio a couple of years back, at the time so much potential was masked by their PA, but these are stunning, in fact, you might recognise frontwoman, Sophie Nathan, from Big Moon, in this outfit she leads vocals and fronts a more steady, shoegazzy background; warm vocals up against a mist of fuzzy guitar. **

Castle Street Gymnasium, 5:10pm (ALT)

Dream Wife

Where shall I begin – these I have been meaning to see for flipping ages – they have such a catchy empowering edge, that’s almost Blondie – but with a spin on grunge and theatrical-pop. Despite being named after the 50’s romantic comedy starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, you’ll be kidding yourself to mistake these for anything delicate, but their punkiness absolutely works in their favour – in their words they’re: “poolside pop with a bite”. **

Castle Street Gymnasium, 5:50pm (ALT)


What’s not to love about this completely independent Manchester-based band, between their DIY ethos (they’re onto their third self-produced album on their own label) and their organic production, they are (personally) the best unknown act off TGE list that I’m the most excited to see live. They create an effortless, dreamy space through jangly-rifts and sensitive lyrics: “She wears an oversized sweater, to hide her oversized heart”. I have a lot of love for Ducktails and Real Estate, so to hear a band giving them a slight nod, I was already taken in…Make plans to see these, or you’ll regret it all together! Favourites include: ‘It’s Alright’, ‘How Far Must We Go’ ‘Andy’, ‘Dana’. **

Castle Street Gymnasium, 6:30pm (ALT)


This dark psychedelic five-piece blend garage-to-glam-rock (‘Human Baby’) and sci-fi-pop (‘Never Never’) with vocals of slight reminiscence to Jim Morrison, though far grittier, and at times, such as on track: ‘Human Baby’ there’s instead, a subtle undercurrent of Marc Bolan. In fact, there’s so many influences and textures to them, that you’ll get so much out of a single track let alone an entire set; that of course, is going to be off the wall! **

Black Lion, 7:30pm (ALT)


I can’t possibly plug these enough – having won our hearts last year at their very own club night in Moth Club, Hackney, these are at the top of my recommended artists to check out! Expect the poetic, of a romantic kind, and nostalgic pop of 60’s singer-songwriter quality, paralleling Paul Simon. I stand by my best description of them; imagine The Kinks’ rooted englishness up against the pace of David Byrne’s wry and whimsy thrown in with Kate Bush’s literary attachment – something special indeed.

The East Wing, 10:15pm (TGE)

Fickle Friends

The Great Escape represents a homecoming gig for Fickle Friends, who have been touring the UK with The Kooks throughout May, including a date at London’s Ally Pally this Saturday. The Brighton five-piece fronted by Natassja Shiner have been working on their debut LP with producer Mike Crossey (the mastermind behind The 1975’s critically acclaimed first album) which should be a match made in heaven for this band’s bouncy, 80’s-tinted pop perfection. *

The East Wing, 11.15pm (TGE)

(Be warned this may stay in your head for days)!

Ten Fé

London duo Ten Fé return to the Great Escape for the second year in a row. They’ve travelled far since their last appearance – recording their debut album in Berlin with producer Ewan Pearson and building a steadily expanding following of fresh-faced, fashionable fans. Expect pleasing piano hooks, majestic synths, and memorable melodies underpinned by lyrics that hold their own. We love them! *

The Arch, 1.30am (TGE)

Writers: *Will Steadman@steadman_will and

**Rachael Crabtree: @eccentric_eejit