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.
TEN TONNES PRINCE ALBERT – 7:15PM FRIDAY
Do what I did: Listen to Ten Tonnes and marvel at how great his songs are with their clever lyrics and blues-y rifts. Then (when you’ve had 2016’s Lucy stuck in your head for days) find out that Ethan Barnett AKA Ten Tonnes is only 19, is George Ezra’s younger brother and has had his latest single Silver Heat produced by The Maccabees’ Hugo White. Damn.
For fans of: The Kooks, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Mystery Jets, Bombay Bicycle Club
THIS IS THE KIT 9:45PM FRIDAY
It’s true that I tend to take what BBC 6 Music says as undeniable truth, but in the case of This is the Kit, that wasn’t a bad thing. Championed first by Guy Garvey, who hosted the documentary series Music Box devoted to the band’s music and influences, fellow DJs Lauren Laverne, Radcliffe & Marconie, Cerys Matthews and Mary Anne Hobbs have also been major supporters. Recently singing to Rough Trade, for This is the Kit, this is very much just the beginning.
For fans of: Daughter, PJ Harvey, Bridget St John
TIGERCUB THE OLD MARKET – 10:00PM SATURDAY
Another TGE band who have been kind enough to appear on Smashed Vinyl’s radio show, they have been referred to as “one of the hardest working independent bands in the music industry” (by us at Smashed Vinyl, but still, it’s true). Having toured with Pulled Apart by Horses and Dinosaur Pile-Up, there’s no way this band (who’s new single Memory Boy sounds like the funkiest grungiest children’s nursery rhyme ever recorded) will get left behind.
For fans of: Menace Beach, Drenge, Pulled Apart By Horses, Nirvana
YELLOW DAYS HORATIO’S – 8:00PM SATURDAY
Imagine if the music of Michael Kiwanuka and King Krule had a musical baby? That musical baby would be called Yellow Days and DIY magazine would call him an “18-year-old prodigy” and all would be well in the world… …While I can’t confirm that George van den Broek is the musical child of Michael Kiwanuka and King Krule, he is definitely a prodigy of sorts. Soulful, raspy vocals mixed with the subtlest of skewed synth lines (inspired by a community of German and Spanish beat makers he follows on SoundCloud), this is a one of a kind performer you cannot afford to miss.
For fans of: Bonobo, Chet Faker, King Krule, Michael Kiwanuka, Charles Bradley
YONAKA PATTERNS DOWNSTAIRS – 8:30PM THURSDAY
Headed up by true alt-pop queen Theresa Jarvis, Brighton based Yonaka are no strangers to The Great Escape. They made quite the impression playing the Alternative Escape in 2015 and this year marks their second appearance on the ‘proper’ festival bill. Describing themselves as “possessed” onstage, I have no doubts Patterns Downstairs is in for some serious mosh pits.