Scorching temperatures radiate across Brighton as The great Escape enters its second day.
The Clash crew broke up and moved around venues around town, capturing tell-tale sets of viral phenom-turned-queer icon Rebecca Black, a rising Scottish songwriter, fast-turning American bassist, and even more. ..
Newly signed to Capitol Records, Blu De Tiger’s entry into Latest Music Bar is marked by confidence and a real sense of purpose. The skilled songwriter combines impeccable chops – seriously, those bass guitar skills are unreal – with excellent musicianship, with his punchy melodic panache blending the old with the new. A moving set of someone with the ground at their feet.
The Scottish Tamzene has only a few titles to her credit, but her set is eagerly awaited by connoisseurs. A bewitching artist, her voice – sometimes frail, sometimes urgent – seems able to communicate emotions that are perpetually beyond the reach of words. Previewing material from his forthcoming EP, Tamzene’s quiet confidence shines through during a set framed by incredible promise.
An artist to see live, LYNKS promises a show that packs a punch, an energy that can be gleaned from heavy tracks like ‘Str8 Acting’ and ‘Silly Boy’. Bringing political elements with a healthy dose of humour, this masked performer destroyed the London scene and beyond with his hell of contagious vigour.
Starting the day at the TGE Beach Stage with a burst of energy, LYNKS entered the stage at left covered from head to toe in a shimmering red number with bouncing devil horns as they waved to the sleeping crowd. The dazzled performer and two stylistically tousled dancers provide constant movement, aiding the storytelling of the songs with their choreography. Rushing through a 20-minute set, there aren’t many artists who could sing so enthusiastically over the bechamel sauce and have the audience chanting the lyrics “Keep adding milk!” to them with such passion.
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A perfect storm swept across the scene at 8:15 a.m. on Friday; Bristol-based non-binary artist Grove, backed by the incredible EJ Akin, really sets the tone for the night ahead. Known across the UK and beyond for crafting politically charged, hypnotic beats, Grove’s self-proclaimed blend of punk, pop, jungle and dancehall is a refreshingly all-encompassing sound. Tracks such as “Feed My Desire” and “Sticky” convey a radically queer spirit and had escape music aficionados craving more as they bounced, dreadlocks flying, around the stage, injecting layers flickers of haunting reverb between their hard-hitting hit verses.
Described by Grove as a creature that only communicates on bass, EJ did just that, delivering a sonic explosion of monstrous bass lines to carry Grove’s powerful energy through a crowd clearly impressed by the energy dripping from the stage.
(Oshen Douglas McCormick)
The Great Escape is a big deal for any artist, but for Alissic to play his first live show at Revenge, the pressure was always going to be on. But from the first song, Alissic’s charisma and charm washed over the crowd to deliver one of the most endearing performances of the weekend. The Maggie Lindemann vibe of her music matched Alissic’s classy rock performance style well, including a cover of the rave warhorse “It’s Not Over Yet” for good measure.
Any nerves were quickly eclipsed by the quality of the songs with the wonderfully loyal crowd, his chemistry with the live band and of course, his natural talent. Safe to say she met and exceeded the pressure of all expectations.
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What about Bob Vylan that isn’t better said by themselves in their own music? It was this message that they must spread that brought attendees in droves to the Coalition site to see the London duo literally tear the place apart. A good portion of cuts from their albums as well as suspensions from the ceiling bars, superlative pits and light-hearted taunts from the security guards who had to reside on stage for the divers.
Everyone in this room came to see Bob Vylan knowing that they were the kings of the new punk era. But that kind of performance is what cements an act as one of, if not, the best band in the UK right now.
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