The Great Escape Festival 2014

Well, what an amaaaaazing weekend the Great Escape was! Music, booze, awesome company and of course, all by the seasiiiiide. Shame about the wind though, lets say I rocked the Brighton back-comb for the weekend! Without further ado, here’s my recap:


Amber Run

Amber Run on the Concorde 2 Stage

Amber Run on the Concorde 2 Stage

Five-piece band from Nottingham, who I got to have a chat with before their gig at Concorde 2. They’re currently working with producer Mike Crossley (Arctic Monkeys, Jake Bugg, Two Door Cinema Club) on their debut album. Check out their Spark EP now.

Circa Waves

Liverpudlian indie band who toured with Royal Blood, Temples and Interpol on the NME Awards Tour. If you like the Libertines and the Vaccines, you’ll love these guys. Stuck In My Teeth is a definite festival anthem.

Rae Morris

Singer-songwriter Rae from Blackpool gave her ethereal vocals to Bombay Bicycle’s Club ‘Luna’  and is now working on her debut album. Her EP Do You Even Know is out now- perfect to chill out to on a rainy Sunday afternoon.


The Brooklyn trio stirred up a storm at Concorde 2, with lead singer Billy McCarthy even launching into an ad-libbed tune about how crap Costa Coffee was to the amusement of the crowd. Following on from the release of their second self-titled album this year, the lads are now on a UK tour.

Shift K3y

The 20-year-old DJ  aka Lewis Jankel really got the crowd going with his 90s inspired garage mixes as the support act for Example in the Dome. If you’re looking for a house party mix, look no further than Soundcloud.


The Fulham rapper bounced all over the stage

The Fulham rapper bounced all over the stage

Such a mental gig! The Fulham rapper wasn’t on stage till midnight and after a day of drinking/walking/standing, we somehow managed to find the energy to jump around like lunatics to his set. Afterall as Elliot himself pointed out: “If you’re sitting down at an Example gig, you’re a f****ing idiot.” He had a point.


Kaiser Chiefs

Ricky Wilson performing some mid-song acrobatics

Ricky Wilson performing some mid-song acrobatics

The not-so-secret gig in Concorde 2 was a full-house and despite being half an hour late on stage, the Leeds indie rockers put on an energetic show with frontman Ricky Wilson swinging from the rafters during “I Predict A Riot,” and jumping into the crowd during “Oh My God.”

Team Me

We managed to cram into Coalition to catch the end of the Norwegian pop-rockers set. Having been on the festival circuit over the last couple of years, they’ve earned themselves some hardcore fans and ended on a high with the whole crowd singing along to “With My Hands.”

Glass Animals

There’s a lot of hype surrounding this quirky Oxford quartet after being signed to Paul Epworth’s label alongside Plan B, Florence and the Machine and Adele. There’s a lot of psychedelic trip-pop around at the moment but with Dave Bayley’s liquid vocals and singles like “Gooey” and “Pools,” they’re beginning to stand out amongst the rest. If you’re a fan of Alt-J and Wildbeasts, these guys are for you.

Baby Strange

The Glasgow trio brought crashing guitars and growly vocals to the NME stage as they opened for the Corn Exchange on Friday night. They performed a cracking cover of Peter, Bjorn & John’s “Young Folks,” and are currently on a short UK tour following their support slot with Palma Violets.


Nirvana-reincarnated is probably the best way to describe these guys with lead singer Nathan Day’s raspy Cobain-esque vocals. They’re on the festival circuit this summer, including support for The Libertines at their Hyde Park gig and will headline their own UK tour in September.

Royal Blood

I don’t need to tell you how bloody amazing these guys are! This is the second time I’ve seen them and jesus, did they pull in a huge crowd. Everyone goes crazy as soon as the heavy opening bars of Little Monster snarl through the Corn Exchange. They’re supporting Arctic Monkeys at their Finsbury Park gigs later this month and with their debut album likely to be released at the end of the summer, it won’t be long before they’re filling arenas.

Pulled Apart By Horses

The Leeds rockers are renowned for their sweaty, raucous shows but despite having the closing slot on the Friday night after Royal Blood, most of the crowd filtered out. The fans that stayed still managed to mosh themselves silly though.


The Xcerts

Aberdeen indie-pop trio who opened the East Wing stage on Saturday morning. Rousing choruses and anthems a plenty!

Twin Atlantic

Really impressed by these guys after seeing them at Hard Rock Calling last year. You could lump them in with the likes of Biffy Clyro but the Glasgow rockers have got a bit more mainstream appeal. Tracks like Free and Heart & Soul will be massive on the festival circuit this summer…and the lead-singer Sam McTrusty is fit. There. I said it.

Years & Years

I thought the lead singer Olly Alexander was like 17 but it turns out the 24 year old is incredibly youthful and shy. The Kitsune quintet mix Olly’s choirboy vocals with synth beats. Check out their single “Real,” and their cover of Blu Cantrell’s “Breathe.”


We saw the psychedelic rock duo at the Lexington a couple of weeks ago and their debut Soft Friday is a car playlist favourite of mine but I think they had a couple of sound problems during their set at TGE. They’re touring heavily over the summer so check them out before they’re huge.


Brummie indie quartet riding on the 90s revival bandwagon but that’s not to say they aren’t worth a listen. Single “Gold,” is dreamy.

Dog is Dead

Nottingham indie five-piece with some amazingly catchy songs and sing-along choruses. Check out “Teenage Daughter,” and “Two Devils.”

The Subways

Crazy end to TGE with The Subways

Crazy end to TGE with The Subways

I was obsessed with this band during my teens, probably due to my other obsession- The OC. It was sweaty, it was mad, there was moshing, beer thrown in the air and frontman Billy even stage-dived into the crowd at one point. They ended with “It’s A Party,” and it was honestly one of the best (and most apt) songs to end TGE.

Looking forward to their 10th festival next year already!


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