The Great Escape Festival – 2018

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.

Read reviews from Ben Walker, Dan Whitehouse, Liam McMillen, Iain Lauder, Jeff Hemmings, Jamie MacMillan, Ben Noble


The Orielles – Silver Dollar Moment

The Orielles origin story is one that’s such a textbook indie band forming story I’m sure many others would like to pretend they had a similar story. Sisters Sid and Esme Hand-Halford met Henry at a house party and formed a band on the same night whilst bonding over an old piano. After meeting, they formed The Orielles and went on to sign to Art is Hard and Circa, they then leaped to Heavenly Records for the release of their debut. They’re a band that have all the cool tropes of being in an indie band without any of the nonsense, it all just comes naturally to them. Their debut was quietly anticipated by much of the music industry as well as an extremely dedicated following. Their fans see the start of something massive: they see the band’s success and want to be there for the beginning.