If you love your new music you know that as soon as May comes around, you better pack your bags and head down to Brighton for the ‘Great Escape Festival‘.
The music industry descended upon Brighton for a three day celebration of new music, great parties and drinks by the beach for the annual ‘Great Escape Festival’.
As 2016 was the festivals 10th birthday, I headed down to the seaside to join the party on the last day of the festival.
Out of over 450 live shows performed at 35 venues across Brighton I present you my Saturday highlights!
Clean Cut Kid – Komedia
What better to start your day with some upbeat dreamy indie rock?
Thankfully Clean Cut Kid provided the perfect remedy to nurse any given hangovers or just general tiredness.
Komedia downstairs was bursting at the seams as the Liverpool four-piece took to stage for their matinee set.
Clean Cut Kid quickly managed to get everyone dancing with their infectious indie anthems, this only resulted in a hot and sweaty crowd.
However, it couldn’t have been any better either you were singing along to the likes of ‘Pick Me Up’ or ‘Runaway’ or simply adored the gorgeous vocals of Mike and Evelyn Halls.
Those harmonies – to die for!
Due to the nature of the Great Escape Festival, stage times are rather short and after a few excited jumps in the crowd from bassist Saul Godman, it was already time for the last song.
Clean Cut Kid went out with a bang and performed their break through single ‘ Vitamin C’ at the end and the crowd went mad for it.
Upon leaving Komedia after half an hour of excessive dancing and being hot and sticky being greeted by the light drizzle of Brighton wasn’t too bad at all.
VITAMIN – Corn Exchange
Swinging the ‘next best thing in indie music’ flag real high are currently VITAMIN.
Hailing from Leeds, VITAMIN were set to play the Brighton Corn Exchange on Saturday night. If the queue outside the Brighton Dome was anything to go by, it is fair to say that VITAMIN drew already quite the crowds at their Great Escape Festival debut.
After yet another downpour it was a real treat to dry to the sounds of VITAMIN’s sunny and synthy indie tunes.
There’s no denying that the band is heavily influenced by the 80’s, this might be the reason that front man Jared Laville opted for bleached double denim attire.
Trying to get the audience involved as much as possible front man Jared encouraged the crowds to sing and clap along a few times.
Their musical genius properly shines through as VITAMIN perform the likes of ‘To Believe’ and ‘Giving It Up’. Those synth pop indie bangers were clearly made for big stages.
Thankfully front man Jared has the stage presence to transport the message very well and make everyone down the line fall in love for the new indie sensation.
Closing their uplifting set, VITAMIN opted for their newest release ‘Waterfall’. Someone clearly kept an eye on the weather forecast whilst creating the set list. 😉
Gang Of Youths – Concorde 2
Unfortunately I only managed to catch the last 10 minutes of Gang Of Youths set at the Concorde, but that didn’t stop me from falling in love with them. Hard.
All the way from Australia, Gang Of Youth put on quite the show bursting with so much energy it got you moving within seconds.
Their sound is a cool mixture of indie and rock influences and front man David Le’aupepe’s vocals sounded rather impressive live whilst performing Gang Of Youth new single ‘ Strange Diseases ‘.
Better keep an eye on these Aussie lads as they are destined for big things to come!
Dead! – Concorde 2
Sticking with the rock theme, next up at the Concorde 2 were the lads from Dead! .
Flooding the venue with their distinctive pop-rock sound four-piece Dead! had the crowd in the palm of their hands right from the start.
Rattling through their powerful set, lead singer Alex Mountford was singing his heart out to the likes of ‘Skin’ and ‘Alaska’ while Sam Chappell provided the vital screams that were as delicious as the cherry on top.
Recent single ‘You’re So Cheap’ is to be held responsible for the pogo chaos that ensued in front of stage. The Great Escape punters started a small mosh-pit that sent the room on fire.
Dead! are just at the start of their career but judging by their live performance that’s bursting with enthusiasm and energy the future looks quite rosy for the band.
DMA’S – Corn Exchange
Headlining the Brighton Dome on the last night of the Great Escape Festival isn’t too shabby. A lot of festival goers agreed with this statement as they started to queue rather early to make sure to catch the DMA’S live on stage.
The Corn Exchange was rammed as the Aussie trio took to stage to serenade the crowds with their infectious nostalgic garage pop sounds.
Lead singer Tommy O’Dell poured his heart out as he watched the room go crazy for ‘Lay Down’ and ‘Too Soon’. The Corn Exchange was revelling in the familiar nostalgic sounds as the punters sang along to the trios hits.
A few festival goers excitedly climbed their friends shoulders to catch of a glimpse of the band on stage while the rest was simply dancing the night away.
One of the highlights was the performance of ‘Delete’, that saw Matt Mason, Johnny Took and Tommy O’Dell starting the song entirely acoustic and having the rest of the band and the fans join in towards the end.
This beautifully build up to a massive late night sing a long that sounded rather epic.
The DMA’S totally lived up to all expectations of a headline show! What a great closing gig that was.
If you’ve loved your 90’s garage Brit Pop make sure to give DMA’S debut album ‘Hills End’ a spin!