We write the the year “2013” on the headed title for this post because this is the fourth consecutive year that we’ve thrown BLOG UP at The Great Escape Festival, and we hope to see many more in future years. Once again we return to the best festival for emerging music in Europe, which lands on our doorstep in Brighton, from May 16th to the 18th. Together with our sponsor, Music Robot, we’ve partnered up with three of the UK’s undisputed top bloggers, Killing Moon, My Band’s Better Than Your Band and last year’s Record Of The Day Award winners for ‘Best Blog’, Crack In The Road, and we’re hosting 11 awesome bands all day on the Saturday. Credibility in the underground of music doesn’t get much hotter than this gang of bloggeratti and we promise one of the shining light showcases at this festival of new music.
It’s a well known fact that bands, PR agents, managers and labels kindly hand out free gig tickets to music bloggers all year in an attempt to get them to attend shows and spread the word of the artists. Our showcase is all set to officially be the biggest meeting of music bloggers ever seen in the UK in one single party, with a large section of the crowd in this 1000 capacity venue likely to be from the Blogging fraternity. We have invited every blogger we know – and we know them all – creating a V.I.B (Very.Important.Blogger) area all their own, whilst tempting them with the time-honoured bribe of free booze between 3pm and 7pm, to help secure their attendance. However, the range and quality of the bands on offer will ensure a packed showcase from midday to midnight.
The bands and set times can be seen on the above poster. Believe us when we say this will be an event to say “I was there…“, with many of the artists on offer all set to break in a big way over the next year or so. Starting the whole day will be Keebo, who’ve just had American Vogue flying over to the UK to interview and photograph them, whilst closing the stage is upbeat indie outfit, Night Engine, who will complete a day of extreme awesomeness. Unlike almost every other showcase, because we have the venue from midday right through to the end of the evening, we don’t have to break between 4pm and 7pm, allowing the music to keep on coming.
For anyone not able to secure a festival ticket you can also still attend, as this show is open and free to all, we don’t care for wristbands. You may want to get to The Mesmerist venue several minutes before the band is scheduled to start in case of door queues, but you can check our Twitter accounts for live updates. At a festival designed around buzz, no showcase will reverberate louder than ours. (MB)