If ever there was a music festival designed for a music blog like ours it would be this one…OK, so perhaps SXSW too, but this one is literally outside our house. Absolutely zero connecting flights to Austin required then, as we only need to step outside of our door and we’re surrounded by 300 artists and what seems like the entire British music industry, as we all set out to enjoy the annual Great Escape Festival.
As you would expect, this means we are going to be very busy little bloggers over the weekend of the 10th, 11th and 12th of May. At least Brighton is very walkable, with all 300 bands performing at approx 30 venues in the centre of the city. To keep on top of things the organisers have even created a rather beautiful and very handy smart phone App, but that still didn’t stop us from doing our annual schedule spreadsheet, (the first draft of which will be available online soon – look out on Twitter).
We are helping to host two events over the weekend. The first is a matinee show on the Thursday at The Green Door Store, from midday to 4pm, with another showcase at Life on the Friday all day and into the evening. More details will be uploaded online on separate posts shortly, alongside details on our meeting with all the music bloggers in town, called BLOG UP, which is also at Life on the Friday, from 2pm.
Today we simply want to focus on what we believe will be twelve acts that have our tummy butterflies going. It should go without saying that we will of course be catching the likes of Grimes, Clock Opera, When Saints Go Machine, Friends, and plenty of others, but away from those selections there are still plenty that we wish to tip, as we believe they will each command an awesome set. Here’s a dozen that you should write down…
I, CHING – The new darlings on the Line Of Best Fit’s label, Best Fit Recordings. This London band combine the perfect balance of pulse and flow. Gorgeous.
PINS – Manchester quartet, delivering on the enormous buzz surrounding them. Hot hot hot.
ALT-J – In the middle of the release cycle of their debut album, this show should swing like you’ve never seen it swung.
LULU JAMES – A particularly exciting prospect, as this female solo artist delivers soul with a bassline like you’ve never heard before.
RANGLEKLODS – Denmark’s answer to James Murphy. Will no doubt have NME and A&R’s who know their business in attendance.
CITIZENS! – Imaginative, creative pop music never stepped into water so cool. This London five-piece deserve all the attention they’re gathering up.
PEACE – Leading the new movement of alternative indie music that’s causing the Midlands resurgence.
WE ARE AUGUSTINES – Earnest indie rock hasn’t felt this good since Arcade Fire channelled Springsteen.
NZCA/LINES – Elastic beats bounce under computerized vocals. This is the sound of Metronomy in 50 years time.
NIKI & THE DOVE – Clinically awesome, this Swedish duo have their album out this week. Do. Not. Miss.
WILD BELLE – This brother/sister duo from Chicago look amazing, sound amazing and will be very amazing live.
POND – If the SXSW festival was a competition, these guys won it in March. Their live sets are becoming the thing of legend.
To find out where and when each of these artists are due on stage – and some of them are playing multiple shows, so if you miss them you really have no excuse – please check through the festival programme here. It’s the biggest weekend of the year for this music blog and this time next week we’ll be in the centre of it all and quite frankly we cannot fucking wait!