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PREVIEW: The Great Escape Festival, 16 – 18 May 2013

Posted on Thursday, 16 May by

The Great Escape Preview

Now in its eighth year, The Great Escape has worked hard to earn a just reputation for presenting artists on the cusp of universal discovery, having hosted the likes of Adele, Bat For Lashes and The XX before they exploded in to mainstream consciousness.

The line-up for 2013 promises much more of the same, with organisers working up a bill fit to burst with some of the most must-hear sounds of the coming 12 months including Brighton’s own Tom Odell, alongside BBC Sound of 2013 King Krule and CHVRCHES.

The Great Escape is known as Europe’s answer to American super-festival, SXSW, which blends the best of cutting-edge new music with he industry’s brightest thinkers.

No matter what their motivations are, this May over 16,000 music lovers will swarm to the south coast from all over the continent as Brighton plays host to over 350 new artists across 30 of the most wildly diverse venues that the UK has to offer.

Here’s our quickfire guide to #TGE13.

The 1975

The Old Shop Paganini Ballroom, 10.30pm on 18th May

This year has been mooted as the year in which UK guitar music regains its effortless cool once again and at the front of a new wave of gritty bands is Manchester quartet, The 1975. The lads have actually been playing in punk bands across the city for close to ten years but the consensus is that now is the time for their anthemic indie rock numbers to warrant wider attention. If their latest EP, ‘Music For Cars’, is anything to go by, we better start listening. Fast.


While rock is just starting to find its groove again, something that hasn’t lost a step in the last two years is electronic music and just when we thought we’ve heard it all before, up step this duo to tune us right back in. Formed of producer George Reid and vocalist Aluna Francis, they specialise in providing slick R&B with an addictive pop twist and with two huge singles already this year, it’s proving popular. Essential listening, viewing and gig-going.

The Physics House Band

Concorde 2, 8.30pm on 18th May

As the promo material so proudly proclaims, The Great Escape is here for fans to find new favourite artists. One act that may slip under the noses of most festival-goers is Brighton’s own The Physics House Band, said by many to be the sweetest thing to come out of Brighton since a stick of rock. They’re due to launch their debut record a month before the festival, so expect their colourful fusion of jazz and punk to be in full pomp.


Audio, 9.30pm on 16th May

We saw an overwhelming flare-up of homegrown hip-hop talent after Tinie Tempah blazed a Top 40 trail in 2010, but right now, the UK scene is experiencing a bit of a lull. However, if one man is primed to make us eat our words, it’s West London talent Scrufizzer. Providing potent rhymes over ever-flexible beats, this is Grime at its most versatile. A support slot with Kendrick Lamar earlier this year didn’t hurt his profile either.

For a full breakdown of the 3 day gig schedule, click here.

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Corey Pellatt
22-year-old editor of SQ Magazine and Media Studies student at the University of Sussex. Freelance writer for clients including BHAFC.

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