#165 A weekend by the sea and other stories…

This weekend just gone was the International (based in Britain) festival The Great Escape. A celebrating of emerging and brand brand new talent from multiple countries across a pretty selection of genres. Everyone from Holy Roar Records to the French (yes…I just hyperlinked that) were down having a showcase and the already vibrant and musical seaside City of Brighton on the south coast of England.

What were my highlights? Projector (first show for me), Yonaka (SMASHED it),  Tigercub (who are a continual source of alt. rock love) and a rather wonderful set from Blood Red Shoes who are a delight to have back in life.

Ohmns are another name from Liverpool you need to check out. “View From Here” is a bit grunge, bit scuzz, bit indie.

This is a pretty raw sound coming out of Brooklyn. Love it! Kaleidoscope ->

Loving the mathsy rock style of Two Inch Astronaut as we enter the season for BBQ’s and late night listening (for the UK anyway) 🙂

If you fancy a bit of fresh punk rock try Hollow Hands (off of Milton Keynes).

A bit of a wildcard in the mix, but I really dig Paloma with their track “Fish”. Funk x indie x chill

Switch it back a turn and a half is Entropy. Fricking sweeeeeet!

Enjoying the anthemic chorus meets chilled verse vibes of The Sleepyheads. If you’ve heard the likes of Violent Soho before and fancy checking out a fresh Aussie band with a loosely similar sound then go no further.

Elise x

#146 The Great Escape 2016 + friends

One of the things I love most about attending a festival is the pre-work that goes into it Making sure you know the line-up and have listened to some songs / material from the acts so that you can honestly say you had the most informed line-up plan you could possibly do. On the other hand, if you’re not attending it’s just nice to be able to kick back and listen through a tonne of bands – some of them might end up being your new favourite right?

This is a real mixture of established vs brand new, UK vs international artists that have picked up my interest from looking through The Great Escape, the UK’s premiere new music festival and slowly growing to be firmly placed in the world’s calendar for discovery.

Everything from the softly sung folk style of opener Albin Lee Meldau to the rock anthems provided by As Lions to the indie vibes of Canada’s Surf Dad’s, there really is something for everyone.

And as a extra free topping with your TGE spread check out some Kentish talent in the form of Eat Me  – stonking  rockers from the garden of England.

Elise x