After a 2018 which saw them support the likes of Kasabian and Bring Me the Horizon, as well as playing at some of the most prestigious music festivals Europe has to offer, last year was the year that saw Yonaka break out of Brighton and truly enter the mainstream arena. With huge rock bangers such as ‘Teach Me to Fight’ and ‘Creature’ under their belts now, too, the band look to have all the ingredients to become rock juggernauts.
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.