The Great Escape returns this week with its huge lineup of over 400 upcoming and already established bands performing across Brighton’s best and most intimate venues this weekend. All 35 venues showcasing acts are walkable and includes favourites such as The Hope and Ruin, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, The Haunt, Komedia and more.
The Great Escape also hosts three “spotlight shows” across the weekend and these include Slaves Pier Party (including Life and Superfood), Kano and friends and Rag’n’Bone Man and Ray Blk.
Due to The Great Escape’s ever amazing lineups, this is a bumper edition of our usual “you can’t miss” feature. We’ve also compiled a handy playlist (which can be found at the bottom of this post) with all the tracks featured here so that you can hear them all in one place.
13 bands you can’t miss at The Great Escape 2017!
Anteros have had a jam-packed year so far having supported Two Door Cinema Club, White Lies, Blaenavon and also recently released their latest EP, ‘Drunk‘. The band give high-energy performances that definitely don’t let up throughout and on their support-slots, they’ve played as if they’re headlining. Anteros have released a string of dynamic, funky, riff-heavy tracks over the past few years and we’re definitely looking forward to hearing what’s next for them.
London, indie-pop band Childcare released their debut EP, ‘Made Simple‘ last month and have gone from strength to strength since their beginning. Childcare formed in 2014 following Ed Cares (ex in demand, west London male nanny) being persuaded to start a band after two children aged 6 and 8 proclaimed that he was their ” second favourite artist after Katy Perry”. There’s a playful, yet jaunty-ness to Childcare’s music and it definitely has a groove to it.
Childhood are a South London-based pop band who have just released the first taste of what’s to be expected from their second album, ‘Universal High‘ which is set for release on the 21st July. After a brief period of lying low since the release of their debut album ‘Lacuna’ back in 2014, the band have recently returned with a mellow, psychedelic, dream-pop track ‘Californian Light‘ as well as live dates across the country.
Fazerdaze is the project of New Zealand based solo artist, Amelia Murray and her debut album ‘Morningside‘ was released just a few weeks back. Her sound is very much hazy, but melodic and catchy dreampop and Fazerdaze live performances are very much captivating, yet serene. We caught Fazerdaze supporting We Are Scientists in London just last week and would definitely recommend that you get along to see them.
Having made a name for themselves amongst the dream-pop scene just months after forming, Geowulf, a London based duo are going on to big things. The band’s latest single ‘Won’t Look Back‘ is “about trying to look forward and deciding to be excited about what might be next” which is exactly what a band of their calibre should be doing. Geowulf are set to play on both Friday and Saturday of The Great Escape festival.
Glassmaps is the solo project of Joel Stein of Howling Bells. We saw Glassmaps back in 2014 supporting Howling Bells on their UK tour and continued to follow his project to see if anything came from the project over time. Glassmaps is now set to release his debut album ‘Strangely Addicted‘ at some point later this year! Exciting!
Jay Som is the project of Californian solo-artist, Melina Duterte who released her first album at just 22 and her music is the epitome of DIY, writing, recording, producing the music herself. Jay Som’s music is fuzz-charged, dreamy and can be even chaotic at times which is a really satisfying great mix.
Monico Blonde‘s latest track ‘Love Is An Only Child‘ shows the band at their best, on top form, with a track packed full of catchy vocals, bubbling synths whilst exploding with charismatic melodies. The Cardiff-based, indie-pop quartet’s music fizzles frantically throughout, never letting up and they’re sure to put on an energetic performance not to be missed.
Pumarosa are a London based, self-described “industrial spiritual” band who have been very rightly described as bridging the gap between Pendulum and Joy Division by The Guardian. The band’s highly anticipated debut album ‘The Witch‘ is set for release this Friday (19th May). Their music is captivating and completely lures you in, especially in the case of their near eight minute charmer ‘The Priestess‘.
Swimming Tapes are a dreamy, guitar based pop band from London. Their music is serene and incredibly relaxing, you can see exactly what I’m on about by listening to their latest single ‘Queen’s Parade‘ which was released just a few days ago. I’m not sure anything else could sum up the sound of summer more than Swimming Tapes can!
The Big Moon
The Big Moon released their long-awaited debut album ‘Love In The 4th Dimension‘ just a few weeks ago and it’s definitely one of our favourites from the year so far, if not beyond. The band have toured alongside The Vaccines, The Maccabees, Mac Demarco, and Ezra Furman over the past few years as well as playing sell out gigs on their own tours. The Big Moon’s sound could easily be described as concise, yet witty, fun and very much dynamic.
The Van T’s
If you want something incredibly fun whilst laden with a sound nostalgic of the 90s, then look no further than The Van T’s. The band are a four piece from Glasgow fronted by twins Hannah and Chloe Van Thompson. The Van T’s latest single ‘Fun Garçon‘ is dynamic, lively and a sure reputation of their live sound with raw energy just poured in.
Weirds are a Leeds based alternative rock band with a sound that’s sure to satisfy tastes from punk, to psychedelia and even shoegaze throughout their music. The band recently received a flurry of interest following their Facebook account being hacked not once, but twice. Aside from experiencing the darker side of social media, the band have recently supported Vant, The Wytches and performed a set at Live At Leeds Festival a few weeks ago. Weirds are set to release their debut album ‘Swarmculture‘ next week and it’s a banger!