From the 18th – 20th May 2017 music types from all over will flock to Brighton for the 12th Great Escape Festival. Once described by Steve Lamacq as “the Cannes of the music world”, the festival showcasing over 450 artists at more than 30 venues across the city is a must for any new music lover. Tickets are available on the TGE website, or if you want to save a few quid and get involved, sign up to be a TGE volunteer (you normally get a Dr Martens sponsored t-shirt and lots of free Pop Chips… plus free gigs). As ever, The Alternative Escape is also happening around the city, you can find out more here.
With so many artists, it’s difficult to know where to start, so we've saved you some time and put together an A-Z of artists that you should go and see (in our humble opinion).
Check the Smashed Vinyl playlist here (and below) featuring must-see acts from the whole Smashed Vinyl team.
Towards the end of 2016, Abattoir Blues managed to channel the anger and frustration we all were feeling into a bitterly melodic first physical release, ‘Sense/Feeling’. The charged up sound of these Brighton boys is not something you will want to miss (particularly in the sweaty depths of Sticky Mike’s…) For fans of: Palma Violets, Stone Roses, Yak, Best Friends
THE EAST WING – 9:15PM THURSDAY
Last year’s TGE ‘breakthrough act’ was undoubtedly Blossoms, this year I’m tipping The Amazons as ones to watch. With a debut album due May 26th, a killer performance on Jules Holland under their belt and latest singles Black Magic and Little Something riding high on Radio One, I’d be surprised if these guys weren’t on great form (no pressure or anything).
For fans of: Blossoms, Spring King, Arctic Monkeys, Arcade Fire
THE BAY RAYS STICKY MIKE’S FROG BAR – 8:30PM THURSDAY
Kent garage rock has never sounded so good. Full of energy and charmingly catchy, The Bay Rays and the chaos their live shows are sure to ensue are not to be missed.
For fans of: The Vaccines, The Hives, Kings of Leon, Supergrass
BLOOD RED SHOES THE OLD MARKET – 11:00PM SATURDAY
Listing their interests as: morality, psychosis, neurosis, sex, dreams, the future, alienation failure escape masscelebrationhoperegrettakingthingstoofar and… Fleetwood Mac, the duo are now edging into their 13th year of alt rock and still sounding angsty, harmonious and loud as hell.
For fans of: Pulled Apart By Horses, Maximo park, Biffy Clyro, The Gaslight Anthem, Foals, Drenge, Wytches
CHARLIE STRAW ONE CHURCH – 9:30PM FRIDAY
The magical blues and folk sounds of Charlie Straw have taken him all over the world, connecting with his audiences in places as far as Thailand, to inmates in a prison and a school for the blind. A little closer to home, last year Charlie couch-surfed his way across the UK, playing a total of 30 dates in 30 days. He’s a perfectionist and it pays off.