We’re less than two months away from the annual new music bonanza that is The Great Escape and, despite the freezing conditions here in Brighton, we’re starting to feel spring in the air, and the buzz in the atmosphere.
As always, The Great Escape have dropped another large tranche (100+) of largely unknown acts onto our collective laps. However, years of experience (13 in fact) have told us that we can expect quality from top to bottom. The Great Escape is, after all, a showcase for new and up and coming talent from around the world, with the odd established act thrown in the mix.
So, in the lead up to the three day festival, we’re exploring (many for the first time) the likes of British punk-rockers Milk Teeth, the all-female East London vocal collective Deep Throat, who are currently collaborating on a project with Simian Mobile Disco, 47 Soul’s fusion of deep electronic beats mixed with sounds of the Middle East and Brighton’s massive drums-meet-synth sounds of AK/DK.
There’s also the retro-soul of America’s Durand Jones & The Indications, Australia’s rave-poppers Haiku Girls, Italy’s experimental indie-rockers Husky Loops, the UK’s Kojey Radical, who experimentally mash up hip-hop, grime and urban as well as the expansive guitar-based sounds of Pale Seas, and Brighton-based indie-jazz-punk four-piece Scuffle.
Also announced are more familiar names, such as the brilliantly high energy party mash-up that is The Go! Team, rapper extraordinaire Ms Banks, and alt-indie foursome Teleman.
Also just announced for The Late Escape strand of the festival are house producer Ross From Friends, Glastonbury’s Block 9 founder DJ Gideon, and electro-dance maestro Erol Alkan.
Festival booker Adam Ryan said, “We’ve been inundated with artists wanting to showcase, more than ever before, the bar has been raised and as a result we’ve curated a line-up of artists who will no doubt set the music agenda for the rest of the year. This year’s festival is going to be the best Brighton has ever seen; with our brand-new beach venue and even more artists to announce in the coming weeks, it’s set to be the biggest year yet.”