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FYI our fearless editor Mary is currently on holiday (sort of, she says, since she'll be working on blog-y things for most of it) in Britain and the site won't be as updated as frequently until she returns stateside after the 23rd of May. Don't worry though, we'll be busy this month going to festivals (Liverpool Sound City, the Great Escape) and loads of great content is on its way!
It’s just under a month until Brighton’s bars, clubs and venues get invaded by a host of giddy A & R reps, jubilant journalists and the best new bands the scene can offer at the moment.
The Great Escape 2013 is promising to be the biggest event of its kind in the UK and is already known as the British version of SXSW. That’s an accolade that can’t be sniffed at in any way; they may not have Dave Grohl as a main speaker, but The Great Escape convention runs alongside the festival proper and will once again host a variety of insightful industry talks, panel debates, targeted networking sessions and keynote interviews for industry professionals and music business fans.
Two of the hottest acts pitching up on the South Coast are originally from the area and will definitely be putting on some of the best shows of the festival: Tall Ships‘ album ‘Everything Touching’ is one of my stand-outs of the last 6 months and after this 2013 BRIT Awards Critic’s Choice win, Tom Odell is tipped by everyone and their gran to be stratospheric.
New additions to the bill include one of my favourite interviewees in working at TGTF, the witty Hackney hailing wordsmith Mikill Pane, who will be playing Coalition on the Saturday. (Read the interview here.) You may have heard of his track ‘Little Lady’ with Ed Sheeran, which features on Ed’s No. 5 Collaborations Project. Nina Nesbitt will also be bringing some of her fanatic Nesbians to the Brighton shores.
Topping the bill though you’ve got Everything Everything, hot to trot boys Bastille, alongside the experience of Billy Bragg (pictured at top).
Tickets are still available for just £49.50. All those bands for less than £50? You’d be mad not to go. Get those wristbands now!
Take a stroll down to the seaside and grab some Harry Ramsden’s, go on, treat yourself. The weather has been off its rocker in the first few months of the year, and well, it’s just time to chill out and have some you time next to the sea.
Oh, you don’t fancy relaxing? Well, hey, why not take in the Brighton seascape and the hottest new bands in the world too? That tickles your fancy, yeah? I thought so.
The line-up so far has been nothing short of phenomenal and to top it off, boy, have those fellas down at this year’s Great Escape got a treat for you. Fresh off the back of the release of ‘Arc’ (review here), Everything Everything are riding higher than Jonathan Higgs’ vocals and as a result of that will be headlining a Dome show Thursday night during the festival, alongside Billy Bragg and the continually omnipresent it seems Bastille, being supported by the much-fancied Kodaline. [Editor's note: trust me, they're worth fancying.]
For those unfamiliar with the concept of The Great Escape, here’s a whirlwind tour that should spell it out: imagine 30 venues dotted around the city, during the 16th to the 189th of May, with some of the bars leading out onto the seaside, while others are slap-bang on the eponymous Brighton Pier. Then throughout the day, rain or shine band after band playing in venues differing in size, charm and capacity.
For someone who has witnessed it, I can concur that it is a truly great site. The swathes of denim clad punters rushing from bar to bar to catch the ‘next big thing’ or a band with a funny name. Take your pick really, there’s a bit of everything. From Welsh pop-punkers the Blackout to Camden alt-indie quartet Tribes, there’s something for even the fussiest of indie tastesetters.
The Bastille Dome show may be long sold out, but 3-day-tickets and day tickets can all still be bought here.
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 14th February 2013 at 1:45 pm
It is important to note that while for punters the Great Escape is known rightly so as one of the most exciting social events of the year, it is also one of, if not the pre-eminent, emerging music conference of the British music industry’s calendar. TEarlier today, the Great Escape announced its keynote speakers for the professional event that coincides with the dates of its music festival, the 16th to the 18th of May.
Arts Council England Chief Executive Alan Davey will officially launch the first ever artist-centric music funding initiative – The Music Industry Talent Development Fund – and outline the Arts Council’s vision for music talent funding. Vanessa Reed, Executive Director of PRS for Music Foundation, which will manage and administer the new scheme, will also be on hand during Mr. Davey’s session to explain how the new initiative will work in practise.
The second keynote speaker will be Stephen Godfroy, co-owner of Rough Trade Retail, who will no doubt be offering up his views on the industry in light of the recent downfall of retail giant HMV. Both of these industry heavyweights will offer unique insights into the music business to attending delegates.
The third keynote session will definitely be one to watch. It’s being run by Convention Programmer of the Great Escape, Chris Cooke, who will delve behind the scenes into how artists, both grass roots and established, are learning to navigate the ‘new’ music industry. He’ll be chatting to some of the most admired managers – including Brian Message (Radiohead and Nick Cave) and Garry Blackburn (Madness) – on the new kinds of approaches and deals that are already working for them in 2013. Reminds me a bit of the ARIA Week Masterclass I attended in Sydney in November.
While super early bird wristbands for Great Escape punters have tone, a 3-day early bird festival wristband can be yours for £45 plus booking fees. Early bird delegate badges are available for £145. Both are under very limited availability, so book early to avoid disappointment! As John explained on his latest Great Escape update on Tuesday, Bastille has been announced as the first Brighton Dome headliner, and to gain access to a Brighton Dome show, attendees can top up their festival wristband for only £7 per show, or purchase a separate gig ticket for £14.50. View the initial line-up here.
We’ve been saying it for the good part of 2 years now, but for all you hipster types who hold a hankering for being at the forefront of what’s got a ‘buzz’ around it, here’s another reminder.
The Great Escape 2013 is COMING, on the 16th May to the 18th May in Brighton, and yes, it’s the exact place you need to be if you want to be at the vanguard of the musical trends of the tail end of 2013. Established as Europe’s answer to America’s South By Southwest (SXSW), you can catch a multitude of bands across 30 diverse venues, from seaside bars, to underground cellars that see the very foundations of their buildings reverberate.
Rocking these diverse venues will be lo-fi pop trio Unknown Mortal Orchestra (no, I don’t like the name either), alongside one of the top tips for 2013 singer songwriter Tom Odell. Manchester’s The 1975, who have been tipped for greatness by Radio 1’s Huw Stephens, not to mention us, will also appear ahead of next EP ‘Music For Cars’ on the 4th of March.
New Kerrang! favorite Marmozets will be bringing their raw as hell rock ‘n’ roll to the sunny Brighton shores as well. And they’ve announced the first headline act, Bastille, who have been enjoying an incredibly successful start to 2013 and will most likely be one of the most popular bands of the weekend. They were voted #2 on the TGTF 10 for 2013 poll.
Bastille’s show is one of a small number that will take place at The Dome. To gain access to a Brighton Dome show, attendees can top up their festival wristband for only £7 per show, or purchase a separate gig ticket for £14.50. While super early bird wristbands have tone, a 3-day early bird festival wristband can be yours for £45 plus booking fees. Early bird delegate badges are available for £145. View the initial line-up here.
It’s a hell of a festival cliché, but there truly is something here for everyone. Whether you like your synths dirty, your metal heavy, or your lyrics whiney, you won’t be stuck for choice at TGE.
The best new music festival in the UK is back for another year, and no I’m not talking about the BBC Introducing stages at Reading or Glastonbury. I’m talking about The Great Escape in Brighton, where the hottest, newest most innovative acts converge to market their wares to all the A and R bods from the big record labels. This year’s event takes place on the 16th to the 18th of May 2013 in various venues across Brighton.
No bands have been announced as of yet, but with past acts like headliners Friendly Fires (2011), Maximo Park (2012) and our friends The Temper Trap (2012), plus 2012 Mercury Prize winners alt-J and runners-up Django Django playing rammed shows this past year, you can be sure that there will be a multitude of the best and brightest that 2013 can throw up.
Super early bird festival tickets are still available for the amazing price of just £35 plus booking fees. Three-day early bird delegate passes are just £145.00 plus booking fees (the super early bird delegate passes have sold out).
By Mary Chang
on Thursday, 21st June 2012 at 4:00 pm
Brooklyn ‘it’ band Friends took the time out of their busy schedule in Brighton at this year’s Great Escape to perform the hit that broke them, ‘I’m His Girl’, for Bands in Transit. Not sure what is going on with Stephanie Urbani’s, um, style of dress, but watch it below and form your own opinion.
The band just released their debut album, ‘Manifest!’, on Lucky Number, and you can read Tom’s review of the album here.
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