The Great Escape 2018 – Must See Acts!

The sun is out and the mighty Great Escape Festival hits Brighton in a couple of days, flooding the sea side town with the hottest and best new music acts from all across the world. This years festival has over 450 artists in store, playing more than 30 venues across town.

As it is impossible to see all 450 artists perform, I am bringing you a carefully selected list of the seven TGE acts from the broad rock genre that I think, you shouldn’t miss at all!

So for those about to rock, check out this talented bunch!



Where do I even start? If you have been a long time reader of Mels Jukebox you might have come across my undying love for REWS!

Shauna and Collette know the ins and outs of rock music and have captured its essence in their banging debut album ‘Pyro‘. If you wanna rock out to some wicked tunes, with some in your face girl power on drums and guitar REWS are your one stop shop!

They’ll be bringing their hits ‘Miss You In The Dark‘ and ‘Your Tears‘ to this years TGE ahead of their journey for the rock throne. You do not want to miss them, trust me!


Catch REWS live at the Beach House on Friday night at 9.15pm!



Coming at you with Irish charms and beautifully crafted indie rock tracks, whenyoung are one to put on your list for TGE!

The Irish trio cleverly mix infectious guitar riffs with the dreamy voice of lead singer Aoife, which creates whenyoung’s signature sound. Having recently released their ‘Pretty Pure / The Collector‘ 7inch vinyl masterpiece,

the band is here to make waves this year. Once listened to whenyoungs music once you will irrevocably fall in love with them, yearning for some more sweet indie rock tunes.

If indie rock is your cuppa tea, you should put whenyoung on the top of your list for the Great Escape Festival, as you don’t really wanna miss your chance!


You can catch whenyoung on Thursday at The Haunt at 6.30pm.


Hunter And The Bear

Having already vowed the crowds at the First Fifty warm up shows, Hunter & The Bear will surely win over the Brighton punters as well.

With their rugged yet cleverly crafted rock anthems, the four piece has undoubtedly left a mark on the UK’s rock scene when they releases their debut album ‘Paper Heart’ in 2017.

No matter what type of song Hunter & The Bear write, they all end up as massive sing along anthems that you will sing at the top of your voice in your car, at a festival or on a night out with mates.

New single ‘Charlotte Street‘ is the perfect example for the crafty songwriting of the rock band.

If you like to sing along to your rock music, better make sure to catch Hunter & The Bear at this year’s TGE.


The band will be playing the Prince Albert at 9.15pm on Friday night.



If you need even more rock attitude on a Friday night, the ladies from Yassasin have got you covered.

Bringing their unique blend of indie rock and riot girl sound to the Brighton shore, they are one of the hottest bands around at the moment. Yassassin are taking girl power to the next level with their unadultered indie tunes from their EP ‘Vitamin Y’.


You can catch the Yassasin tear it up at The Walrus on Friday 12.15am.



Do you like your music real, raw, loud and rocking? Then you should ensure to witness the carnage of an IDLES show!

Right of the back of releasing their acclaimed debut album ‘Brutalism to the world, IDLES will roughen up Brighton that’s for sure.

Taking their unadultered raw punk rock sound to the beach, inevitably kicking one of the first beachy mosh pits that Brighton has seen in a long time, IDLES will get you move!

Simply speaking their minds underlined with handmade punk rock hymns IDLES have come to tear up the music world and you shouldn’t miss it when they take over the world from the centre of the Brighton sea side.


IDLES will rock your world on Thursday 10.00pm at the Beach Club.




For the lovers of harder riffs and some heavy guitars Puppy have come to please your musical souls! Puppy’s sound is not exactly the sweet innocence of a wee dog, but the opposite!

Strong heavy riffs combined with pretty nice classical guitars chucked in a pot of great songwriting and a great rock voice of singer Jock Nelson create the sound of Puppy which is probably best described as indie metal!

Experimenting with different rock and metal influences Puppy have cemented their very own sound in their 2017 EP ‘Vol.II‘.

So if you’re open for new things and live on the heavier side of music, definitely check out the three lads from Puppy.


Puppy will be let lose at VOLKS on Saturday at 9.00pm.



A Festival, A Parade

If you have the word festival already in your band name, you are destined to go far! Newcastle Alt-Rock band A Festival, A Parade are on the best way to leave their mark on the rock scene.

Having just released their newest single ‘Cold Shower‘ the lads are ready to hit the ground running and flood the heavy music scene with their sound, starting at the Brighton shore!

Indulge in some amazing alt rock extravaganza by A Festival, A Parade on the last day of TGE and put these talented bunch on your must see list!


A Festival, A Parade will play Komedia at 1.15pm on Saturday.



Pack your bags music lovers and see you at the beach in Brighton!


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