Just over a year ago, we witnessed a band at Komedia Studio Bar that truly captured the imaginations of teenage girls and drove them into a state of euphoria. It’s fitting, then, that a year on, a band that supported them on tour has accomplished exactly the same thing in exactly the same venue. The band is Uxbridge quartet Bloxx, who drove their majority teenage girl audience at Komedia Studio Bar into a state of despair with their dizzying take on garage rock, indie-rock and indie-pop. With an extremely dedicated crowd loving every minute and a ridiculously impressive set bursting with brilliant singles, Bloxx looked and sounded every bit the band of the moment.
To paraphrase that Marmite film classic, the streets were alive with the sound of music! Over three long days and nights, Brighton did truly come alive as The Great Escape juggernaut rolled into town for its 13th edition. The festival for new music saw over 500 acts playing in 40-odd venues, representing countries from all around the globe. If you add in the The Alternative Great Escape, and the plethora of events and pop-up performances arranged off the back of TGE and AGE, you’re looking at closer to 1,000 acts in 80-odd venues. Yes, it was mad, but glorious. Helped along by some beautiful mid-May sunshine, somehow within all the chaos, Brightonsfinest were out in force, documenting, commenting, and enjoying what we like to do best. Watch live music.
So, brace yourself. If you were there, hopefully memories will be stirred. If you weren’t, dive into our thoughts about the state of new music, and check out our many recommendations.