Who's coming this year then? http://drownedinsound.com/news/4146051-buzzageddon-brightons-great-escape-announces-first-names-for-the-2013-festival
hoping for another Trippple Nippples moment to crop up.
what was that?
The whole room was rammed and everyone was dancing, crowd surfing and the like... it was madness
The band ended up stripping down completely naked (bar a few tactically placed pieces of tape) and took to the crowd. The show got cut off and the amount of noise for an encore was incredible, then for some reason burgers ended up in the crowd, not entirely sure why and the was a full stage invasion. After the gig all you could hear were drunk people chanting for Trippple Nippples in the centre of Brighton for the remainder of the night. IT WAS FANTASTIC! I can barely remember what the music sounded like :D
Here is the only video evidence I can find on youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hE_wS9T5uio
I didn't bother with any of the 'proper' shows. The Alternative Escape's lineup is quality.
I live close to this and have been meaning to go for years but always hear such bad things about it that I never bother. Planning to change that this year and actually try it for myself.
So basically - how does one approach this? Is it worth even planning to see any particular bands? I have no idea what the system is of getting into most of the venues. I know Concorde is supposed to be a nightmare to get into so I won't bother - but is it the same across the festival? Say I want to see a band in Audio or Coalition would I have to allow ages to actually get in or can I turn up 5 minutes before most places?
It's always especially bad by the Corn Exchange or wherever the biggest wristband gig is. But you'll be able to get in somewhere for sure, and if you sign up for their text service, they'll let you know where the bad queues are.
I'd say remember that it's meant to be a new band festival, and approach everything with an open mind, and go and see a load of bands you've never heard of.
I'm not setting a schedule of all the bands I've heard of and following it slavishly. I'd like to be able to see a few bands I specifically want to see though - bands like Beach Fossils, Lord Huron, Unknown Mortal Orchestra.
I'd like to know how to make sure I get into these, and whether it's so hard to garantee entry to a particular venue that it isn't worth bothering.
Basically if you feel the band will be popular then get there at least 1 act before they're due to play. If they're playing a headline set then try to stay in the same venue the whole evening.
Roaming is totally viable during the day, but towards the end of the night it's best to put all your stock in one venue so try and see which line up appeals to you the most, not a specific band, unless you dont mind sitting threw a couple of bands you don't care much about in order to catch one specific band.
For example CHVRCHES are playing a night time headline slot at digital at 21.45 so I'll probably be there for the final 3 acts just to garuntee a spot.
but in the mid afternoon you can go pretty much anywhere without any worries
try to stick to LINE UPs you like the sound of, once I learnt that the whole festival became less frustrating and actually lots of fun. The first couple GE's I did were just frustrating but that was because I was determined a very fixed set of bands, even if the venues are next door to each other don't risk it.
But the clashes are just horrible.. I wanted to see about 4 people each day and they all seem to be on at the same time. Just gonna catch everyone separately in London I think
1.00 - Jurassic PoP
1.30 - Bermuda Ern
2.15 - Katie Malco
3.00 - Doctrines
3.45 - Axes
4.30 - Attika State
5.15 - Bear Cavalry
6.00 - Delta Sleep
6.45 - Gunning for Tamar
7.30 - Gnarwolves
8.15 - My First Tooth
9.00 - Freeze The Atlantic
9.45 - Stagecoach
10.30 - Crash of Rhinos
11.15 - Tellison
12.15 - Fight Like Apes
1.15 - Johnny Foreigner
2.15 - The Social Club
03.00 - Her Parents
03.45 - Oxygen Thief
some of the non wristband stuff looks great.
I do these as an important part of the GE is to try and see multiple bands in as few venues as possible to save disappointment (especially in the nights) and this helps. All bands are in order of apperance, though not all bands are covered due to it being Spotify, but most of them are! I will do 3 of these a day meaning every day for 10 days the will be 3 playlists for you to flick threw :)
HOPE THIS HELPS!
The Haunt: http://open.spotify.com/user/yesiamaduck/playlist/7mJyFUBelhWUxtoZlFFrFw
The Brighthelm Centre:
The Hope: http://open.spotify.com/user/yesiamaduck/playlist/7CtjAMk04B93WL08jSyht1
Blind Tiger: http://open.spotify.com/user/yesiamaduck/playlist/4wvG3HD358IwGmPUo6aUgW
Above Audio: http://open.spotify.com/user/yesiamaduck/playlist/0jrzsY1VD2RC4g3MxU5ClP
The Metro Festival Hub: http://open.spotify.com/user/yesiamaduck/playlist/3rtMM3wS3CDsXHLFC2xDDp
Queens Hotel: http://open.spotify.com/user/yesiamaduck/playlist/3twwELdPLyWnIxHwhYBcMB
Dome Studio Theatre: http://open.spotify.com/user/yesiamaduck/playlist/2lx2wlkYSELqoTI6LrGeiJ
Komedia Studio Bar:
Prince Albert: http://open.spotify.com/user/yesiamaduck/playlist/1k8BEOeNP86RFlBc25ROT6
Concorde 2: http://open.spotify.com/user/yesiamaduck/playlist/0lM6RclQ30I3SQh0iXWKP4
got my eyes on mac demarco (seen him before so won't cry if too busy) parquet courts, beach fossils, mazes, merchandise, UMO, cheatahs, eagulls...some bad clashes saturday night (chvrches/parquet/courts/mazes) but hoping Mazes will do another set. From personal experience last year i would recommend turning up at least 45 mins before band you really wanna see.
Who else should I see?
maybe a full set or two before. I imagine Chrvches getting real full real fast & early in the evening to boot.
please pm me if you're looking to shift one! THANKING YOU
And the weather looks like it's going to be good for it!
I can't wait now. I'm putting together a list, and there's clashes EVERYWHERE! I'll either miss lots of stuff I want to see, or be completely knackered by sunday.
What are everyone's must see bands? I was blown away by Melody's Echo Chamber earlier this year, so they're top of my list. I'm also really looking forward to seeing IYES and Fear of Men - two of the best bands in Brighton right now.
I know I wont see most of these bands :(
Your stage times for Saturday disagree with the TGE website/app, is there a reason for this? Cheers
Probably because they have been updated and no-one has told me.
Both FOE (who I was originally told was headlining, who when I asked her to chat to me about it, had no idea she was playing as she doesn't have a band at the moment) and then Sylver Tongue (who was announced but didn't confirm) pulled out. So Drop Out Venus are now headlining. What does the app say?
If they are 23:15 rather than 22:15 that may solve some of my clashes.
The app reckons Silhouette and Halls are both playing at 20:15 which may be the root of the problem.
can't wait to get to Brighton tomorrow. The best way to approach this really is with an open mind, checking out as much as you can. Stumbled across so many gems last year in particular a mid-afternoon gig seeing Born Gold.
Does anyone have any top recommendations of Alternative Escape stuff to check out?
(Apart from the Alcopop!/BSM and Fool's Paradise/Bad Math shows at the Pav Tav)
Details will be on facebook. I know one is being headlined by Egyptian hip hop and the betabet one is being headlined by Bunty. Some good stuff on the hub stage during the day
Nordic Giants and Us Baby Bear Bones are brilliant.
might blag into a few places - it's fun was soaking it all up really
You'd be foolish to miss the Faux Discx party on Saturday. Dead good lineup with Cold Pumas/Vision Fortune and the like.
Here's the details:
FRIDAY 17TH & SATURDAY 18TH
OIB & Rockfeedback present a free entry TGE secret RSVP party...no wristband, no problem!
RSVP IS OPEN NOW AT www.oneinchbadge.com // fast-link: http://ymlp.com/xgeqwujbgmgh
*** please note that Great Escape wristbands offer no priority to this show, it's RSVP ONLY #NOWRISTBANDNOPROBLEM
will be emailed to to all RSVP guests prior to the event
1:30pm Wolf Alice
3:30pm Only Real
5:30pm The Orwells
6:30pm Bo Ningen (RSVP PARTY EXCLUSIVE, NO OTHER TGE SHOW!)
7:30pm Three Trapped Tigers
12:30pm Soft Arrows
1:30pm Fear Of Men
2:30pm Young Kato
3:30pm The Physics House Band
6:30pm Marika Hackman
7:30pm Egyptian Hip Hop (RSVP PARTY EXCLUSIVE, NO OTHER TGE SHOW!)
SAME PERFECT COST
Free to all (wristband or no wristband) - RSVP only
Needless to say this event will be the most talked about party of the TGE 2013 weekend so make sure you RSVP to be able to attend, capacity will be limited so arrive early to get in....
Is it me or does the festival seem less of a hassle then usual? I mean I remember even on the Thursday having to queue for pretty much anything after 8pm but this year you seem to be quite freely able to jump from venue to venue! (though I expect this to change tonight/tomorrow) seems better organised then ever so far with every band being on time and queues being non existent for pretty much every aspect of the festival thus far (wristbands, bars, gigs)
So the first day! Had lots of fun and enjoyed pretty much every band I saw. Particular highlights were all found at the lovely surrondings of the Brighthelm Centre with How To Dress Well pulling out a spine tingling set with fantastic visuals (one of which is sure to haunt for me for quite some time).
Special shout outs:
Blue Hawaii: Banging choons! this was a lot of fun and got the whole crowd dancing
Made In Japan: A lot better then I thought it would be, incredibly tight band.
Honeyblood: Punch rock duo with great hooks and lovely personality's
Phantom: Cool visuals and an awesome and interesting midi controller known as the 'UFO' along with some really cool mesmerising sounds and occasional pop flurishes.
AA Wallace: The place was totally empty by this time & we feared the worst. But what little crowd that was there had a great time as EVERYONE danced in a very loud and bizzare way. The was a couple of people having a phantom basket ball game at one point, proving you don't need a big crowd to have a good crowd, and it was certainly the most I danced all day.
Husky Rescue: Starting off pleasant electronic tinged indie pop and became a hypnotic electronic jam!
We Were Evergreen: They really got the crowd going in a BIG WAY, especially considering this was at the Hub Stage which is where people usually just have a quick sit and absorb the sounds of the bands around them. An incredible amount of energy for a 4pm show with lots of 'raving' at the front, I was really surprised.
Mehs Of The Day: Holy Esque & Eat More Cake
Holy Esque seemed kind of decent from what I had heard but the complete lack of dynamics in their song writing made this a slog to watch and I left kind of early. Disappointed as I remember enjoying the single quite a lot but even that kind of stank live.
Eat More Cake: I think I would've been more into this if it wasn't 3pm as it was all a bit Ibiza in places. The male vocalist also seemed completely lost and his voice was all a bit Karaoke.
Bands I saw & enjoyed but don't have much to talk about: Echo & The Empress & The Upskirts
All in all, a very good first day, with awesome weather to back it up!
and a lot of the faraway places too out in Hove. And while it's "sold out", it doesn't feel any more or less busier around town, but like you say, there are less queues.
Maybe in reducing the overall capacity, they can say that they're sold out (which will help them next year), there's less work to organise things, and happier punters. Everyone wins - except those people who left it too late to buy a ticket, but there's enough Alternative escape stuff around town that you could get a whole weekend of music without a wristband.
think it's quickly become one of my favourites, where as before it was just something I did because I was in the area.
We (the OBL) are doing a fun free entry show etc.
Parquet Courts / Mazes / DZ Deathrays / Traams @ The Loft tomorrow night.
More info here: https://www.facebook.com/events/434078263355050/?fref=ts
Went to see Wall (such a lovely setting for them, thought it sounded amazing) as I'm friends with them, but as me and my friend had decent pew position we decided to stay and watch Ed Harcourt (was meant to be scooting off to another friend's show), and I gotta say he blew me away. The song he did wandering up and down the aisle, incredible. I should imagine like a few others I was a fan around the release of his first album then he kind of went off the radar for me as the 00s went on, but I'll definitely be checking out what I've been missing.
Big shout out to Alcopop/BSM and Fools Paradise who put on two super fun musical marathons at the Pav Tav on Friday and Saturday. Playlounge absolutely smashed it at both shows, check these guys out if you like No Age and that sort of thing.
Glad you enjoyed the show. That song he did wandering up the aisle was this one http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzRwAdU9vZw (I kinda prefer the acoustic version to the one on Lustre).
Some dates coming up in a few weeks time if you fancy seeing a proper show http://edharcourt.com
Fav shows - Beach Fossils/Mac DeMarco, overall best thing I'd seen had to be Parquet Courts, even had a cheeky crowd surf.
Nice surprises - Skip & Die, Monophona, Diana, Blue Hawaii, Birkwin Jersey, Mykki Blanco, Deap Valley
I wanted to punch whoever did the sound for Cheatahs, missed UMO and Merchandise due to long queues and that's about it for gripes.
even if I slept the majority of Friday nigh because of being exhausted.
Best Bands: Young Fathers, Blue Hawaii, Monophona, How To Dress Well, Cousins, Alarm Bells, The Beards (Funniest gig I've ever attended), Concrete Knives.
Real Good shit: Tres B, Made In Japan, Kamp!, Mary Epworth, Phantom, Honeyblood, Girls In Hawaii, AA Wallace, Husky Rescue, Whatever the band was after Young Fathers on Saturday
Personal highlight: Either everyone jumping up and dancing for 'You should really consider having sex with a bearded man' by the Beards after everyone was sat down the whole gig *seriously great fun the whole set* and when the crowd noticed AA Wallace was going to play to a near empty hall so everyon rallied and danced as much as humanly possible to make the room look full... it was a lot of fun.
And other good stuff! Lots of interesting stuff going on during the Brighton Festival kept my attention when I should've perhaps been running along to bands & I wish I stayed for Deep Valley & Parquet Courts but couldn't stand the crowd *full of people too impressed with their own voice* and it was quite uncomfortable to stand around.
The only bands that did nothing for me the whole weekend was Holy Esque *yawn* and Deep Sea Arcade *warning! 2nd coming of Kasabian*
The rest of the stuff I saw was enjoyable but I don't remember it :D *I Saw a lot* and spent 0 time in queues despite doing quite a lot of queuing
started with poor sound but to be honest I think half of their songs just aren't anything particularly special.
As much as I wanted to like Alarm Bells, the mix was fucking terrible where I was standing (weird because the two bands before them sounded fine) and then I realized I wasn't into their brand of disco/hardcore/synth pop whatever they were trying to pull off.
I think I'm a little bit in love with them ha.
So you saw Young Fathers (on before Alarm Bells), imagine them being a bit odd at 3pm, they were AWESOME at Brighthelm
I had a really good time. Highlights of the weekend were probably non-Great Escape gigs - Bo Ningen, Crap Crab and Black Black Hills were all great. Mac Demarco and Melody's Echo Chamber were both superb, I'm a bit in love with Mac Demarco. The only real disappointment was Darkstar - I expected so much more but found myself getting bored about 15 minutes into their set.