Festival Preview: The Great Escape

The Great Escape 2015

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great escape poster 15Words: Elena Katrina and Lauren Grigor

Brighton’s The Great Escape returns for another year with another ridiculously good bill of emerging talent all on the prowl to become the next big thing. The festival is celebrating it’s 10th Birthday this year and it’s no surpise that it’s completely sold out with such an amazing line up.

It’s also one of the go to festivals for anyone working in the music industry as it also hosts The Great Escape Convention – a place to fill your boots with industry knoweldge at pannels galore for those who hold the golden ticket, well a Delegates pass anyway. Find out full info on this year’s Convention here.


Below are just some of our top picks as well as a bumper Great Escape playlist with more of our faves to get you in the mood.

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Tickets are Sold Out.

Jack Garratt – Wagner Hall Friday 15th 12:30am-1:30am (Thursday night) and Patterns 15th 9:45-10:15

Jack Garratt has steadily become one of the most talked about solo artists this year. With his one-man band act he has gained a cult following who are captivated by his live perfomances as much as his recordings. His first single from EP Synthesisia, The Love You’re Given, explores a dark hate/love relationship with perfectly orchestrated loops and fearless falsetto melodies culminating into an enourmous dub bass which leaves new fans speechless.

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Listen to The Love You’re Given by Jack Garratt here:


Whilk and Misky – Komedia Studio Bar Saturday 16th 11:30pm-12:00am

There’s somehing to be said for a self-produced duo who mix and produce as they’re performing. I was lucky enough to see these guys perform in January. As the year has continued, Whilk and Misky have been recording, rehearsing and touring almost non-stop. For 2 lads that are fun, charismatic and pretty laid back, they are meticulous and professional.
The pair create a sound that floats between blues and electronic elements, we get treated to flamenco style guitar from Charlie and deep dark bass and sound samples from Nima. I couldn’t get over the absolute noise that they created; their show is a complete joy to the senses.

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Listen to Burn With Me by Whilk and Misky here:


The Mispers – Brighthelm Saturday 16th 2:30pm-3:00pm

The London 5-piece The Mispers have been selling out shows and supporting massive acts for the last year and continue to grow. their stage presence and commitment to their sound is relentless. Fronted by Jack Balfour Scott, The Mispers will have the entire crowd in the palm of their hands. Moving from their original sounds of folk they still manage to inject the folk feel into their newer material, with tracks Brother and Shoulder exhibiting full talents from violin, acoustic and electric guitar. This band is simply indie as it should be, it’s fun but it’s honest. The vocal melodies are original and daring and while it’s not mainstream, they give audiences of any demographic a show to remember.
Their latest single Weekend gives us a more summery and uplifting vibe which will stick in your head for days.

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Listen to Weekend by The Mispers here:


A.O.S.O.O.N – The Hub 15th 2:30pm-3:00pm

This duo captivated me with their track Underover a year ago, a completely simple and stunning piece of music with raw and effortless vocals. Their latest offering Same Difference has the same charm and feel, with casual guitar picking and romantic lyrics. These guys are worth a watch and the day time slot really suits them; a sunny day appreciating collective thoughts from this gorgeous indie 2-piece.

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Listen to Same Difference by A.O.S.O.O.N here:


Happyness – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar 14th 9:30pm-10:00pm
I’ve written about Happyness before and am more than happy (hah) to be doing it again. While I like their music in recordings, there is something seriously special about these guys live. They’re cheeky and sweet, very funny and undeniably talented. If you can make it to their show on day one of the festival, it will set you up for the whole weekend. Their stage presence consists of the trio switching up instruments and almost making fun of their own songs. That being said they are professional and dedicated to the sound that they create.
Listen out for the song Leave The Party, ita a little more laid back but their own brand of psychedelic sex rock does not disappoint
Find Happyness on Facebook.
Listen to Leave the Party by Happyness here:


Honne Komedia 15th 11:30-12:00am

If you want someone to fall in love with you (or at least go home with you..) then Honne is the band you need to take them to see. Watching live sessions of the duo (whether with a full band or just a few) shows singer Andy’s ability to maintain the sensual groove in his voice whether live or recorded. Tracks Warm on a Cold NightAll In The Value and The Night ooze sex appeal with tastes of RnB, Groove and a bit of soul.

Find Honne on Facebook.
Listen to Top To Toe by Honne here:

Listen to our Great Escape Playlist here:

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