Brighton’s Great Escape Festival has just announced there first 100 acts to play over the 3 days. While all are unique and brilliant and fresh in their own ways, here are a small handful I will be checking out, and you should too.
My love for Denai Moore just grows and grows. She was so wonderful on Jools Holland, and her delicate and open songwriting are sure to be one of the highlights of the weekend. I can almost guarantee in a years time when she’s climbing the top 40 you’ll be able to say “hey, I saw her play TGE in 2014” so I probably wouldn’t wanna miss out.
London-based Pawws has been catching all sorts of attention for her silky sweet vocals and 80s-esque synth vibe. Classically trained in flute and piano, her releases so far are real ear worms which feel equal parts celestial and lyrically earthy.
Despite having controversially missed out on the BBC Sound of 2014 to the honey-voiced Sam Smith, my gut feeling is that Chlöe Howl will do absolutely fine without the coveted title. If you don’t know who she is 1) where have you been and 2) you’re in for a treat. Referred too as the ‘sassy Adele’, Chlöe Howl’s lyrics are an in-your-face lyrical masterclass covering all issues of being a bored teenager; quite something when she’s only 18 years old.
So far this list has been dominated by single ladies, so North Carolina based new wave band Future Islands are here to break the mould! It also helps that their blend of emotive Americana, dynamic synths and Sam Herring’s distinctive guttural vocal range are really exceptional. Having been releasing music since 2006, The Great Escape will see Future Islands venture back onto the UK music scene, so I wouldn’t miss out if you get the chance.
Finally, no festival is complete without some kind of mosh pit, and it will probably come courtesy of Brighton-based Royal Blood. Tipped by almost everyone as the band to keep an eye on this year, their full throttle, aggressive exuberance is bound to get the crowd churning in appreciation.