It’s been a few months since I first saw experimental and alternative singer Conner Youngblood. He last played Brighton as part of The Great Escape festival back in May at The Prince Albert and happened to be the last artist I saw over TGE weekend. His abstract, worldly sound was exactly what I needed at the time, winding down from a busy weekend, his vocals and instrumentation were a soothing way to finish things. This time he performed at the Green Door Store, a similarly intimate venue with plenty of character, definitely fitting for Youngblood’s show.
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.