The Great Escape 2013

Published On March 27, 2013 | By We Love Brighton | Archive

Spread over 30 venues during May 16th -18th, it’s less than one month until The Great Escape takes over Brighton. Three days of running around the city, from one venue to another following a rigid time schedule with no dead time between one stage to another, the only breaks you are allowed are to eat, drink and wee. The reason for this effort is all in a line up that has an endless amount of artists and great performances. This year’s festival also welcomes back KLAXSONS, who will perform their long-awaited and anticipated new material on Friday 17th at the Corn Exchange.

Let’s hope the sun shines merciless all the time because a pretty performance by the sea will cheer us up more than anything. These are our highlights day by day.

Thursday 16th May:

Crystal Fighters @ The Warren h 22.30

Crystal Fighters’ style is a fusion of genres – fast progressive dance music joined by the melodies and dances of traditional Basque folk, alongside synthesisers, bass-driven wonk-funk, with beats fuelled by early 80s Spanish punk and experimental electronica


MAC DEMARCO @ Corn Exchange h 20.15 and @ Green Door Store h 23.00

Mac DeMarco, formerly Makeout Videotape, is the anti-thesis to your stereotypical singer-songwriter. Disregarding the seriously somber moments, he replaces them with whimsical and youthful spontaneity, whilst retaining the endearing and subtle commentaries that exude his familiarity.


PhantomPhantom @ The Brightelm Centre h. 21.30 and SUNDAY 19th @ Green Door Store h 00.00

Phantom was formed in January 2012 by singer & songwriterHanna Toivonen and producer/sound designer/DJ Tommi Koskinen. Phantom blossomed by a mutual love for alternative electronic music, sustainable urban art and innovative ways of making music. Phantom teases with variations of moody mystique and erratic transparency combining multiple art forms in one.


Friday 17th May:

WALL @ ST MARY’S CHURCH h 20.45 and SATURDAY 18th @Komedia 14.30

WALL is a London-based producer, writer, vocalist whos minimal pop music is causing taste-makers to fawn over the intimacy of the tracks. After releasing the haunting ‘No Secrets’ on Soundcloud the team at Black Cab Sessions stepped in to get involved signing WALL for her debut single and as the first act on their newly born label, BCS Records.


Andreya Triana @ Audio 20.45

An experimental and self taught singer and songwriter originally hailing from South East London, Andreya Triana grew up submerged in a multicultural atmosphere. Her early love of improvisation would warp and change over the years, hugely influencing her ‘Freeflo Sessions’ – a hypnotic one woman show using a sampler to loop vocals, percussive sounds and beats live.


Saturday 18th May:

Sweet Baboo @ Green Door Store h 22.00

A native of the North Wales countryside, Sweet Baboo aka Stephen Black is a single minded, idiosyncratic singer possessing an ear for sparkling melody and a gift for a deft lyrical turn – from darkly funny to piercingly tender, twinkling boastful to deliciously self-deprecating.


Tres.B @ Dome Studio h 14.30 and @ The Warren h 22.30

Très.b is an international formation consisting of Polish singer Misia Furtak, Danish/English drummer Thomas Pettit and Dutch/American vocalist/guitarist Olivier Heim, also known for his solo-project Anthony Chorale.


Toddla T Sound Toddla T Sound @ Concorde 2 h 0.30

Toddla T started DJing at the age of 14 in the clubs and bars of Sheffield and by the age of 16 had left school to pursue a full-time career in the music industry. Covering a variety of genres with his music Toddla T encompasses hip-hop, electro, garage, dancehall and house.



Trevino @ Life Club h 2.30am

Marcus Intalex indulges in four deeper House and cracked Acid Techno grooves for his Revolve:r label. A-side he’s playing sweet and deep with the twinkling keys, elevated pads and silken swing of ‘Discovery’, and the whirring shift of ‘Lag’. B-side it’s nasty Marcus, coming with the Boddika-styled Acidic Electro-Techno of ‘Tweakonomics’ and a halfstepped acid squirm entitled ‘Shorty’.


Running alongside the festival is The Great Escape Convention, which will once again host a variety of insighful industry talks, panel debates, targeted networking sessions and keynote interviews for industry professionals and music business fans.

Tickets to this event are SOLD OUT!

WORDS by Francesca Coppola

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