UO REVIEW: THE GREAT ESCAPE 2013May 23, 2013
Georgina Langford, Assistant Editor at District MTV, was in Brighton for Great Escape 2013 last weekend, lending her eyes and ears to check all the hot new acts appearing at this festival by the sea. Off she went into the bustling crowds to return four days later with words and visuals for all to enjoy. Here’s her story…
SXSW better watch out; Great Escape festival in Brighton was more popular than ever this year, drawing thousands of fans, industry types and musicians to the seaside for an inspiring three days of live music. The sun shone as we ran around town in between the many, many venues hosting both the official and alternative showcases – there’s no time to waste with great bands playing all over the city, all of the time!
Thursday’s highlights included the superfun post-punks Boneyards and the surefire success story of 2013 that is London Grammar (a perfect hybrid of Florence and The xx), who played inside the beautiful St. Bartholemew’s Church. Hearing Hannah Reid’s voice echoing up to the rafters was a special moment on TGE Day 1, which was brought to a close by Brooke Candy performing at Audio. In short: Brooke is pretty nuts, with maximum shock factor and attitude. The entire crowd went off when she dropped her first single ‘Das Me’, so the girl is clearly doing something right.
Friday saw Thumpers entertain the crowds instore at Urban Outfitters Brighton (rumour has it that Tom Odell was in the audience checking them out) with their take on Vampire Weekend/TV on the Radio indie.
Local local talent Gnarwolves tearing it up at their first home show after months away touring – the sheer number of friends and fans packed into the Royal Pavillion Tavern, the stage diving and the singalongs were testament to their welcome return.
(Photo credit pianoslug.com)
Megastar rapper Iggy Azalea was probably the most hotly anticipated performers of the weekend with a queue round the block for her set, which included Iggy teaching her fans how to twerk and making everyone bounce to ‘Work’.
The final day of TGE was a pic’n'mix of genres – songwriter Luke Sital-Singh entertained with his Ben Howard-esque talent and between song chats about whales and FBI agents (really) while Chloe Howl’s catchy brand of pop made us think about old school Lily Allen with a lil’ bit of La Roux. Highly enjoyable.
Speaking of cool girls, Deap Vally took the badass crown for the weekend with their raucous set at The Haunt. Wearing fringed harnesses and generally being incredible, the Deap Vally girls got the crowd suitably lively for the much-hyped punks in Parquet Courts, who stormed the closing night of Great Escape 2013.
For more on Georgina’s adventures at Great Escape, check District MTV!