The Great Escape

Who’s heading down to The Great Escape in Brighton this weekend? We are. It’s going to be EPIC. It’s probably going to rain. We’re all going to have fish and chips on the beach. Maybe some jellied eels. Maybe.

This our top 5 picks for the festival, in handy playlist form…

1 – Theme Park

Super-young, super-talented pop-funk band, sounding like a contemporary Talking Heads. These guys are so fun live. Go. (Coalition, Sat, 21.00)

2 – Savoir Adore

A boy-girl duo from Brooklyn? No way?! Yes, but get over it, some of them are good. And these guys are really good. Sweet-vocalled indie-electro. (Volks, Thu, 3.30 / Psychosocial Basement, Fri, 18.30)

3 – The Computers

Basically a must see. This punk-rock-n-roll rabble will be all in white, and all over the venue. Probably the best live band of the festival. They’ll take the roof off. (The Hope, Fri, 22.15 / St James Laundry Centre, Sat, 22.45)

4 – New Look

Canadian “future-pop” duo, with a singer who moonlights as a model, dubstep drum beats, sparse arrangements and a very likeable live show. (Sticky Mikes, Thu, 20.45 / Digital, Sat, 20.00)

5 – Chew Lips

UK electro-pop at its best – insanely catchy tunes and a brilliant frontwoman in Tigs. This one will be bouncing. (Audio, Fri, 21.00)

Have a listen to a playlist of all 5 bands in the player below:

Some honourable mentions go to these guys – who you should also stick on your to-see list:

  • Gabriel & the Hounds
  • Hawk Eyes
  • The Skints
  • Retro Stefson
  • Haim

Prediction – Alabama Shakes at Komedia will have a HUGE queue and loads of people won’t get in. Too hot right now. If you can’t get in, go check out Tall Ships at the Hope instead. Lovely.

See you there. Get the eels in.

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