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A Guide to The Great Escape Festival 2019

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If you’ve always dreamed of going to Austin’s SXSW festival, then check out the UK’s seaside equivalent of The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. Our broader guide to UK inner-city festivals is here, but as TGE is packed with new and exciting bands, we wanted to show you our go-to essentials for your Great Escape itinerary.

Lewis Capaldi 

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This year’s stand-alone Great Escape show is headlined by chart-topping Twitter cutie, Lewis Capaldi. This soulful singer-songwriter was nominated for a Brit Critic’s Choice Award and was longlisted for BBC Music’s Sound of 2018, meaning he’s pretty much hit the big time already. His show at Brighton Dome for The Great Escape might be one of your last chances to see this super talented singer in a relatively intimate venue. And if you’re not going to be around Brighton this weekend, settle for following the guy on twitter – very entertaining. 


Confidence Man 

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Confidence Man’s debut album Confident Music for Confident People came out last spring and became the sound of the summer for any fan of feel-good indie-dance. The four piece’s on-stage presence is absolutely unrivalled and left them selling out tours across the UK, as well as standing out at festivals across the UK. They combine humour with ironic (amazing) dancing, excellent wardrobe choices and genius lyrics to make for the ultimate party show. For obvious reasons, this Australian band can’t visit the UK too often, so check them out at Great Escape before they fly back across the world again. 


The Rhythm Method

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Googling The Rhythm Method will produce a lot of information about natural conception, so we’ll save you from doing that by telling you about them here. London’s finest band The Rhythm Method is made up of pianist Rowan and hairdresser Joey, who write the music and words respectively. Their frank and humorous lyrics are backed by catchy tunes and exceptional dance music, and their songs are a snapshot of skint-millennial London life. Expect on-stage jokes and shell suits from this up-and-coming British band. 


Big Joanie 

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Big Joanie describe themselves as being ‘The Ronettes filtered through 80s DIY and 90s riot grrrl, with a sprinkling of dashikis’, which, having heard their debut album Sistahs, rings extremely true. The band have been creating music and playing as a unit since 2013 but got the opportunity to produce their album thanks to a chance meeting with Thurston Moore at one of their shows. Sistahs was produced by Margo Broom who has worked with Fat White Family, Goat Girl and Meatraffle, and this punk influence shines through in their debut. Outside of the band, Big Joanie’s three members are hugely involved in their London communities, running a festival for punks of colour in Decolonise Fest, and developing new talent at Girls Rock London. At the very heart of their music is black feminism, and a trip to see them in Brighton is a solidarity move for these women making music with a cause. 


Sports Team 

Image credit: Lauren Maccabee via Sports Team on Facebook 

Dark humoured band Sports Team have developed a loyal fanbase in their last 18-months of making and performing music. They have supported The Magic Gang on tour, they’ve headlined Scala, and along the way, they’ve picked up fans and bunched them all together in a big WhatsApp group. This group serves as a community of like-minded Sports Teams fan, some of which we’ve no doubt will be catching the band at The Great Escape, despite the fact that many of them aren’t yet old enough to buy a pint. However young they may be, they’re definitely onto something. 



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23-year old Hannah Radgers has done so much since graduating Brit School, including bringing out an album and writing another one. Her 2017 album The Age of Anxiety received raving reviews from The Sunday Times and The Guardian, and her new single Disgrace indicates similar success from her 2ndalbum, due in June. Her synth-pop addresses generational anxiety, the unprecedented new world of social media, political anxieties and societal hierarchies created by religion and gender. Expect an electro-pop show with a message at this year’s Great Escape, as well as a taste for her new LP. 


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