Betweenplanets was lucky enough to send Ryan, our roving reporter, to cover this years Great Escape Festival, here is what he found out for you….
THURSDAY 17TH MAY AT THE AUDIO
FEAR OF FLYING
Fear Of Flying are a three piece from London. They are made up of three young upstarts. They were playing downstairs at Brightons Audio. I was a bit sceptical about these young lads, although as soon as they entered the stage they proper got into it. They were just banging through their top classy tunes that were amazingly catchy. I was surprised that they were unsigned – they should be! They completely nailed their set – Got the crowd jumping to proper alternative new wave pop. These lads were well worth seeing they deserve their chance.
THE KISSAWAY TRAIL
Well this Danish band are a 5 piece and a 5 piece too many. Trying to imitate Arcade Fire but going severely wrong somewhere! It was always going to be hard to follow such an amazing set after Fear Of Flying but this was truly shocking. The crowd were split 50/50 but the severe heckling from some of the audience must have had an affect on their performance. Altogether it was a poor set and largely disappointing.
A fantastic three piece from Glasgow. I had heard a lot of good stuff about this band and Im pleased I stayed to watch them – they were awesome! For me the best tune they played was the brand new single see you at the lights. They had the crowd singing back their tunes and any new band that can make that happen deserves total respect. Well worth seeing and I would encourage anyone to go get their album Cookies released on Rough Trade.
THURSDAY 17TH MAY AT THE PAVILLION THEATRE
THE ARCHIE BRONSON OUTFIT
So bad you barely noticed they were playing. Didnt seem to get much appreciation from the crowd. They had no stage presence or crowd interaction. The only thing that stood out from this band was a beast of a hairy beard on the singer.
THURSDAY 17TH MAY AT KOMEDIA UPSTAIRS (1 AM GIG)
I had been hearing good things about Gallows and after seeing the massive queue outside I knew they would live up to my expectations. Not the best of starts for the band as Frank Carters brother Steph split his head open after getting smashed round the head with his guitar during the first song. Steph disappeared to get his head sorted and for the next five minutes the band barracked with the crowd – highly amusing! Once Steph returned the band completely kicked arse – this gig was going to be intense. The highlight was the single abandon ship. To me this was an immense brutal gig. Gallows went down a storm.
FRIDAY THE 18TH MAY ON THE PIER (SECRET GIG)
This was a secret gig in a pub on the pier. I had heard one song by Foals and loved it. The sound was a bit on the dodgy side but considering the venue I think you can let that issue go. They certainly got a crowd through the door. The likes of Preston from the Ordinary Boys and the Maccabees were hanging out watching the band. Poor ole Preston thought he was going to get a fair bit of attention instead of Foals ¦¦but no one cared about his presence, people were fixated on this banging live set from Foals.
FRIDAY 18TH MAY AT THE CORN EXCHANGE
From Wales via London. If you like you classic 1990s Indie bands, such as Embrace, then these are pretty good. However, boring to watch and slightly tame for me. They just didnt really stand out enough. The crowd seemed to like them ¦.just not for me.
THE best gig I have ever been to!! It was Bang Bang Rock & Roll. Young Eddy Argos came on stage in a very retro 70s shirt, trousers and socks. A band that begin every song by saying, Art Brut¦ GO and just oozing confidence. They played loads of songs – old and new. He jumped into the crowd who all worshipped this icon. This was not just a gig¦.. this was a lesson in life! Absolute amazing !! Makes you want to form a band¦¦ Art Brut did just that.
SATURDAY 18TH MAY AT THE BEACH
REVERAND AND THE MAKERS
Really catchy little tunes. The beach crowd were loving The Reverend. He came across as slightly arrogant and I was unsure if this was part of the act! Respect though, he was meeting people after and giving them the time of day, unlike one other solo artist playing at this venue a bit later that evening!
The LOUDEST band I have ever seen – I thought my eardrums were going to bleed. Starting out at the very front I quickly retreated to the back of the venue where I could then fully appreciate these awesome performers – sporting amazing haircuts and dishing out catchy heavy tunes. People go on about Beth from the Gossips powerful voice¦.. but sorry, Shingai Shoniwa voice is a truly powerful voice with soul AND body. An ace gig.
This Young shy bloke from London left me disappointed. His sound is possibly more radio friendly but as a live performer he appeared lifeless! His repertoire for me was far too weak and all sounded the same. Hit or miss¦..miss!