9 Must See Acts – The Great Escape (2017)

#FestivalPreview Our ‘9 Must See Acts’ playing at The Great Escape in Brighton

In two weeks time Brighton will become a new music metropolis for the weekend as the town’s venues open their doors for the annual music festival and conference – The Great Escape. With over 400 acts representing 28 countries playing it can be tough to choose who to go and see. Fear not, we have taken the time to listen to every single one (no seriously, we have) and put together a short list of “9 Must See Acts”.

Gardna (@gardnauk)

Tip-top dubby beats and positive flows. We loved his spin on ‘Push Things 4ward’ for Brapp TV the other month.

Where: The Hope & Ruin, 11-12 Queens Road, BN1 3WA
Showtime: Thursday 18 May @ 14:30

Howl (@Howldem)

Bounding drums, layer upon layer of guitars and great vocals dished up with a splash of psychedelia.

Where: Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 Grand Parade, BN2 0JY
Showtime: Thursday 18 May @ 18:45

Rejjie Snow (@rejjiesnow)

He’s from where? Dublin. What US state is that in again? With rhymes and beats to take on the best in the business stateside, Ireland’s Rejjie Snow is an absolute must see.

Where: Wagner Hall, Regency Road, BN1 2RT
Showtime: Thursday 18 May @ 22:00

Jacques (#JacquesAuberger)

Blending milk bottle drums, synth swells with soft sweet French vocals. For a masterclass in making music with literally anything you can find in your house, check this video he did for Cactus Club. He may also have the best hair do in the biz.

Where: Komedia Studio, 44-47 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN
Showtime: Thursday 18 May @ 23:15

EAT FAST (@eatfastmusic)

Raucous guitar riffage and battered drums with a surfer dude undertone. Don’t ask them to cook you breakfast.

Where: Horatio’s, Brighton Pier, Madeira Drive, BN2 1TW
Showtime: Friday 19 May @ 20:15

Code Walk (#CodeWalk)

Stripped back electronic bubblers with plenty of squelch. Their link up with fellow Great Escape performers Smerz on ‘Guess What’ will take your mind to some curious places. We’re excited to see what else they’ve got on their hard drive.

Where: Komedia Studio, 44-47 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN
Showtime: Friday 19 May @ 00:30

Blue Lab Beats (@BlueLabBeats)

Their ‘Blue Skies’ EP is one of the most vibey compilations of music we’ve heard in a long time. With hints of jazz, soul and hip-hop, duo NK-OK and Mr DM are at the forefront of the UK’s nu-jazz scene.

Where: Marine Room – Harbour Hotel, 64 King’s Rd, BN1 1NA
Showtime: Saturday 20 May @ 14:30

Nova Twins (@NovaTwinsMusic)

Absolutely nailing that grunty bass sound then chucking some attitude ridden lyrics into the mix for good measure.

Where: Prince Albert, 48 Trafalgar Street, BN1 4ED
Showtime: Saturday 20 May @ 19:30

Bad Sounds (@realbadsounds)

If you want to have some fun, we reckon Bad Sounds are the band for you. They don’t seem to take themselves too seriously and make some great Beck-esq sounds.

Where: Horatio’s, Brighton Pier, Madeira Drive, BN2 1TW
Showtime: Saturday May @ 21:00

Logistically you may have to get your roller skates on to dart between a few of these gigs, but we’re certain you won’t be disappointed.

We also highly recommend the following acts, all of whom we have featured here on Dash ‘n’ Verve in the past: Smerz, Shogun, Anna Straker, Poppy Ajudha, Middle Kids, Liv Dawson, Flamingods, North Downs, Chinah, Coco, Abra Cadabra, Alyss.

Anna Straker – Late Night Swimming [Drums Eat Everything Takeover]

#NewMusic from London, England

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Today we’ve got Anna Straker ‘Late Night Swimming’ which we had as our Record of the Week last May.

See you on Saturday for the final instalment.

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