Festival Guide

~ The Great Escape 2015 ~

by tom johnson

There aren’t many greater places to be for new music connoisseurs than Brighton’s Great Escape festival; the annual event brings bands, labels, writers and punters together for a glorious weekend of magic and mayhem all under the umbrella of music discovery. 2015 looks set to be as special as always so we thought we’d have a root through the plethora of bands playing at this years event and hand-pick out a few gems for you attendees to check-out. Make a note and have a blast…

Andy Shauf

 Green Door Store | 15th May 2015 3:00pm – 3:30pm

Patterns | 15th May 2015 6:45pm – 7:15pm

Hailing from Canada, Andy Shauf is a meticulous songwriter who writes pensive, intricate songs which are elevated above the billowing fog of fellow “singer-songwriters” thanks to the beautifully floral instrumentation that adorns his songs. Piano, clarinet, guitar, drums and more combine effortlessly and wonderfully to underpin his rich, tender voice. The live show could well be very special indeed.

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Annabel Allum

 Brighton Museum | 16th May 2015 7:45pm – 8:15pm

// There’s a dark and rich tapestry to be found in debut single Tricks, which twists and turns in compelling fashion. Beginning menacingly in a shadowy chamber of noise, before bursting emphatically into life… it’s hard not to make comparisons to Stories From The City era PJ Harvey… // [Read more]

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AURORA

Spiegelpub (Hub stage) | 15th May 2015 3:30pm – 4:00pm

Coalition | 15th May 2015 8:15pm – 8:45pm

The best new pop star on the planet? You better believe it. Radiant, gleaming, mighty songs that will take your breath away. Not to be missed; here, there or anywhere.

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Flo Morrisey

 Unitarian Church | 14th May 2015 7:30pm – 8:00pm

Sometimes this tipping/prediction game feels like cheating. By which we mean that there’s approximately 0% chance that Flo Morrisey isn’t going to go a very, very long way in this funny old game. Blessed with a voice as pure as First Aid Kit and blessed with a penchant for writing charmingly affecting folk-pop songs, you’d do well to catch her on the way up the ladder – we don’t imagine she’ll be playing these sized venues for much longer.

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Hannah Lou Clark

 The Old Market | 16th May 2015 8:30pm – 9:00pm

Fully coming in to her own with last years first EP in her own name, HLC is a brilliantly fiery songwriter, packing her songs with passionate vocals, rich instrumentation and a little dash of that intangible magic that keeps you well and truly hooked in to her world. With a suitably captivating live show, her appearance at this years festival should be way, way up your list.

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Jeanne Added

Jubilee Gardens | 14th May 2015 7:00pm – 7:30pm

Green Door Store | 15th May 2015 12:00am – 12:30am

“…the perfect vehicle for Jeanne Added’s distinctively habitual vocal, it’s a foreboding bedrock of instrumentation that propels the track forward through its endlessly captivating, and surprisingly succinct, two-and-a-half minutes…creating a landscape that feels instantly mystical…” [Read more]

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K.I.D

The Hub | 14th May 2015 5:00pm – 5:30pm

Green Door Store | 14th May 2015 2:00pm – 2:30pm

“Kara and Bobby make guitar pop together” is all K.I.D tell the world about themselves, and while a truthful statement it may well be, it doesn’t get anywhere close to detailing just how infectious and radiant their bashful, brilliant little gems are. Their debut EP was a magic, endlessly lovable six-track collection and these shows, their first on UK soil, promise to be suitably ebullient.

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Olivier Heim

Patterns | 15th May 2015 2:00pm – 2:30pm

Queens Hotel | 16th May 2015 7:45pm – 8:15pm

Draped in those dreamy, languid guitar tones, Olivier Heim was born in the USA, to Dutch parents, and grew up in Luxembourg. Taking that eclectic background and transferring it to his music, Heim crafts elegant, hazy pop songs not unlike a burned-out Ducktails resting in the hot glow of the Summer.

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Tei Shi

Komedia | 14th May 2015 8:30pm – 9:00pm

If we hadn’t already called Aurora the best new pop star on the planet then we would be writing those exact words here, for Tei Shi has spent the past year or so crafting some of the most radiant pop songs anywhere in the world. Currently calling NYC her home, Valerie Teicher comes across to the UK backed by enormous critical acclaim and a back-catalogue of super-smart, relentlessly woozy pop songs. A little glimpse of magic and a whole lot more.

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Twerps

Brighthelm | 15th May 2015 8:30pm – 9:00pm

Prince Albert | 15th May 2015 10:15pm – 10:45pm

Following hot on the heels of Courtney Barnett’s radiant heels, fellow-Australians Twerps hit the UK for their debut shows on these shores and their brand of simple but indelibly affecting pop/rock isn’t a far-cry from the aforementioned breakthrough star. Cheeky and charming seem to be the go-to words when discussing Twerps but there’s far more going on here than meets the eye. Fuzz-laden, scintillating pop songs like the Go-Betweens wildly celebrating the best years of their life.

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The Great Escape takes place this weekend in Brighton.

Tickets are on sale now.

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