May 1, 2014

hmv tips… 20 Bands to see at The Great Escape
by Tom
by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows.

hmv tips… 20 Bands to see at The Great Escape

The Great Escape, the summer's first real festival, kicks off next Thursday (May 13th) with over 200 bands hitting stages in various bars, pubs, shops and venues all over Brighton.

We'll be there to review things next week, but, for all those heading down, here, in no particular order, are our pick of the 20 best bands to see at The Great Escape…

(You can check out each of the bands in our download store by clicking on the name.)

1. Eliza And The Bear

The Essex troupe are one of the most exciting bands to come out of the UK in the last decade. Armed with skyscraper-sized anthems that blend the elegance and swell of Sigur Ros with the choruses of R.E.M., their debut album looks set to be outstanding.

Playing: Green Door Store on 9th May 2014 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Read more about them here


2. Lonely The Brave

The Cambridge rockers are a few weeks away from the release of their outstanding debut album The Day's War and will come packing all of their heartswelling rock and roll songs. Fans of Biffy Clyro, Pearl Jam and the Smashing Pumpkins will eat this all up.

Playing: Concorde 2 on 9th May 2014 8:45pm - 9:15pm

Read more here


3. Jungle

The mysterious duo, who make tracks steeped in the trippy beats of early Massive Attack with a soulful groove thrown in, are sure to draw a huge crowd to their show.

Playing: The Haunt 10th May 2014 10:00pm - 10:30pm

Read more here


4. Baby In Vain

The Danish trio play loud, thundering psychedelia, warping Sonic Youth, Led Zeppelin and Dinosaur Jnr's sonics with cooing vocals. It's glorious. 

Playing: The Hope 10th May 2014 7:45pm - 8:15pm


5. Bear Hands

The New Yorkers mix the slacker pop of Weezer, with the wiseassness of Pavement and early Beck. 

Playing: Digital 8th May 2014 9:45pm - 10:30pm

Read more here


6. Broken Twin

Formally known as Majke Voss Romme, Broken Twin play stripped back, largely piano-led songs with real intimacy and character. Imagine a more sultry Fiona Apple, or haunting Suzanne Vega. 

Playing: Unitarian Church 9th May 2014 9:00pm - 9:30pm


7. The Rails

The folk duo release their debut album Fair Warning on Monday and will be celebrating with a show full of their rousing, tender folk songs. 

Playing: Dome Studio 8th May 2014 10:30pm - 11:00pm

Read more here


8. Deathcrush

Norwegian bands are known for making an almighty racket and Deathcrush sit finely in that tradition with their sleazy, head crushing riffs and pounding rhythms. This show will be carnage! 

Playing: The Hope 8th May 2014 9:15pm - 9:45pm and Digital 9th May 2014 6:30pm - 7:00pm


9. Courtney Barnett

The offbeat Aussie singer-songwriter is witty, whistful and well worth a look. Imagine Laura Marling, but much quirkier and much, much funnier...

Playing: Komedia 8th May 2014 3:20pm - 3:45pm, The Haunt 8th May 2014 9:15pm - 9:45pm and 10th May 2014 12:15am - 1:00am

Read more here 


10. Royal Blood

The hotly tipped two-piece were one of the names on everyone's lips at SXSW and will bring their incendiary, Stooges-esque racket 

Playing: Corn Exchange 9th May 2014 11:00pm - 11:30pm

Read more here. 


11. Femme

Best known for fronting Ultraísta, the band formed by Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Laura Bettinson is now striking it out on her own with a brand of bubblegum pop with spiky, nasty M.I.A.-esque edges. 

Playing: Digital 9th May 2014 8:00pm - 8:30pm


12. D/C

Possessed with a sharp tongue and supremely soulful voice, the young producer drops gentle breaks and swirling electro sonics to compliment the richness of his voice and dry delivery. 

Playing: Komedia Studio Bar 8th May 2014 8:00pm - 8:30pm


13. James Bay

This fast-rising singer songwriter has the kind of lush, rich voice that brings to mind all the best in game, Jeff Buckley, Nick Drake, even Elliott Smith. Cram in to get a glimpse of him while you still can. 

Playing: Unitarian Church 9th May 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm

Read more here


14. Paul Thomas Saunders

It's gone unnoticed by most, but Saunders has released one of the finest albums of 2014 with his debut Beautiful Desolation. He has an ability to combines the glacial pop and majesty of Sigur Ros with the icy cool of Kraftwerk and it sounds incredible. 

Playing: St Mary's Church 8th May 2014 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Read more here



RATKING mix a strange blend of grimy, Beastie Boys style hip-hop with the indie rock of The Strokes and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, it's fantastic and they're a total must see. 

Playing: The Haunt 9th May 2014 9:15pm - 9:45pm


16. Tokimonsta

The L.A. native has a unique, skittery take on R'N'B, with smooth vocals offset by the jarring beats and keyboard stabs. Imagine Imogen Heap if she made a record with Jamie XX. 

Playing: Komedia 9th May 2014 10:30pm - 12:00am


17. White Lung

The raucous Canadians play fast, loud, Stooges-esque punk rock and are schorching live. Like Iceage but that much more direct and tuneful, their shows will be packed out! 

Playing: Brighton Coalition 10th May 2014 9:00pm - 9:30pm


18. Little Matador

This is the darker, heavier and way more badass side of Snow Patrol's Nathan Connolly, whose new project have been blowing people away all year. For fans of Queens Of The Stone Age, Band Of Skulls and men and women who like things to be loud...

Playing: The East Wing 8th May 2014 8:30pm - 9:00pm

Read more here


19. The Amazing Snakeheads

Easily the darkest band on the bill in Brighton this year, the Glaswegian trio will celebrate the release of their debut album by bringing their gloom-laden post punk to the seaside. 

Playing: The Hope 9th May 2014 11:15pm - 12:00am

Read more here


20. MØ

The Danish electro-popper put out her superb debut album No Mythologies To Follow and has been wowing people with her live show. This will be packed!

Playing: The Warren 10th May 2014 7:30pm - 8:00pm and The East Wing 10th May 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm

Read more here will be at The Great Escape across the weekend of May 8th - 10th, bringing you interviews and reviews. 


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