There’s a beautiful, yet muffled buzz surrounding Art School Girlfriend at the moment. Halfway between ‘the next best thing’ and intimate venues ‘best kept secret’, the Welsh singer-songwriter, now based in Margate, has proved quite the force to be reckoned with since signing to arguably the coolest indie label in the UK, Wolf Tone Records (the home of The Horrors and Glass Animals). Having just released one of the finest EP’s of the year so far in the form of Into the Blue Hour EP, Art School Girlfriend brought her brooding pop songs in a magnificent, and mesmerising, performance that knocked The Hope and Ruin off its feet.
Back for its 13th year, The Great Escape is the premier showcase in Europe for new music. Over three days and nights, Brighton is host to 450-plus acts playing over 30 venues, from around 20 countries. You won’t have heard of many of these acts, but quality and potential is the name of the game here. Along with a few fairly established names, the bulk of the bill is made up of acts who have shown their talent, and are on the cusp of bigger and better things. It is a fabulous opportunity to check out new music, covering almost all genres known to man. Alongside The Great Escape, there’s The Alternative Escape, which also features a wealth of stunning new talent, and The Great Escape Convention, where many of the music industry’s movers and shakers congregate to check out the talent, and do a spot of networking and deal making. For three days in May, Brighton truly is the place to be! To help you get a grasp of what is out there, we asked various Brightonsfinest contributors, along with some industry players, to give us the lowdown on who they are looking out for.