Opening the night were five piece ‘MarthaGunn‘ from Brighton.
Fronted by the powerful voice of singer Abi Woodman, MarthaGunn flood the Kamio with their gorgeously crafted alt rock hymns.
Despite only having formed MarthaGunn back in 2015, Abi Woodman, Max Hunter, Humphrey Luck, Ally Mackay and Frankie Sparrowhawk stage presence is something special.
They come across as old pros and songs like ‘Honey Let Me Know‘ and ‘Heaven‘ sound huge.
Closing the set, MarthaGunn deliver a flawless performance of their second single ‘Honest‘. A song that highlights once more Abi’s amazing vocals.
Make sure to catch MarthaGunn live at #TGE17 on Friday 19th May 2017, 7;30pm at Komedia. Or see them perform on Saturday 20th May at The Old Market around 8:10pm!
Up next at the Kamio was singer songwriter Matt Maeson. Hailing from Virgina / US, Matt brought his craftsmanship across the pond to wow the local London music scene.
Putting a modern twist on the singer songwriter stereotype, Matt Maeson surprises with an honest acoustic set that also gets you dancing.
Songs like ‘Grave Digger‘ and recent single ‘Cringe‘ went down well with the crowd.
See Matt Maeson perform live at #TGE17 on Friday night 19th May 2017 at Komedia, 8:30pm or catch him the next day at Coalition, 7:15pm!
Halfway through the showcase, it was now time for Fil Bo Riva to take to stage. Sporting snazzy leopard print jackets the band seemed to have a few surprises up their sleeve.
Fil Bo Riva instantly has the crowd in the palm of his hand as his raw voice pierces through the crowd. There is no escaping Filippo Bonamici’s deep and raw voice, as he sings about sadness and long lost love.
Having lived in three different countries already, the variety of different musical influences is what makes Fil Bo Riva’s sound so special.
The exciting sound of alternative rock blended with hints of folk come to life in the well known single ‘Like Eye Did‘. Throughout his set Fil Bo Riva treats the crowd to more great songs from his EP ‘If You’re Right, It’s Alright‘.
Another song that stood out was the hauntingly beautiful ‘Killer Queen‘ that tugged on everyone’s heart strings.
See Fil Bo Riva perform live at #TGE17 on Thursday 18th May 2017 at 3:30pm at the Queens Hotel. Or catch him the following day at The Hope & Ruin, 7:30pm!
Closing the Communion Music showcase were Tigertown. All the way from Australia, the band brought synth-pop perfection to Kamio.
Lighting up the cold November night with happy and sunny tunes, Tigertown spread instant happiness. Giving their ‘Papernote EP‘ the live treatment, the band that proves that great family bands still exist, headline the Kamio with such ease.
Fronted by Charlie Collins on vocals and synth and her husband Chris Collins on guitar, the band is completed by the latter’s brother and sister, Alexi on keys and Elodie on bass.
Songs like ‘Lonely Cities‘ and ‘Take Me Away‘ have the crowd dancing the night away.
The second night of Great Escape’s ‘FIRST FIFTY’ showcases was just a as brilliant as the first one, and surely a promising teaser of what is to come at The Great Escape Festival next year in May!