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.
The musical collective were founded by Latin percussionist Cicely Taylor in Brighton, but their heritage comes from Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Malaysia, Europe and the UK. If you want to dance at The Great Escape and jazz, fuck and soul is your thing, look no further.
THE MAGIC GANG HORATIO’S – 11:15PM FRIDAY STICKY MIKE’S FROG BAR – 10:15PM SATURDAY
The Magic Gang once complained to NME that they had too many songs to choose from. Two years later, they have a sound perfect for summer with an infectious enthusiasm that translates into riotous live shows.
For fans of: Whitney, Happyness, Wolf Alice, Weezer, Wilko
PAGANINI BALLROOM – 8:15PM THURSDAY
She attended school with Johnny Flynn. Alt J’s Charlie Andrew produced her first EP. She’s supported Laura Marling on tour. The Big Moon are backing vocalists and instrumentalists on her second album, released this year. Need I say more? Go see Marika Hackman.
For fans of: Laura Marling, Johnny Flynn, Flo Morrissey
MOSES GREEN DOOR STORE – 11:15PM THURSDAY
If I told you they had supported The Enemy and Jimmy Eat World, you still wouldn’t come close to guessing what the fiery sounds of MOSES could be compared to. Formed in 2015, the band are still in early days, but worth catching now they’re out of the shadows.