Best of The Great Escape 2014


Another year, another windy weekend of musical mayhem in Brighton. The Great Escape gets better every year, and while SXSW is on the verge of being consumed by its own consumerism, TGE’s focus remains on bands not bRands. I saw a shit load of live music, but these are ones I just can’t shake…


Not even of the ‘proper’ line-up, Jack Garratt played The Mesmerist on Friday afternoon to bustling, packed crowd who soon become completely silent, utterly under his spell.He embodies creativity and talent on such a profound level it was totally overwhelming to watch him perform. Very much the British Chet Faker (but dare I say even more talented?), Jack sings, plays guitar, keys, drum machine, samples and sequences, bringing a whole new meaning to the term one-man-band. Jack doesn’t make jazz or pop or electronica, he quite simply makes good music with every ounce of his soul. People need to hear this man’s music. It’s life changing.


I bet Queens of the Stone Age are thinking, fuckkk there are only two of them!? Brighton two-piece, Royal Blood are an absolute thrash fest of brick heavy riffs, neck-breaking rhythms and guitar screaming hooks that will summon your inner monster and cover you in glorious filth you’ll want to bask in until the sun comes up.


A genius for sure, Benjamin Clementine moved many of the audience in St Mary’s Church to tears on Thursday night. He’s so raw, honest and un-produced, I almost felt like I should away, his songs come from such a personal place.


Hopkins leads intelligent electronic dance music into new territory and his performance at The Dome on Saturday did just that. Accompanied by some exceptionally brilliant visuals, Hopkins connected and united everyone in the venue closing TGE is seriously deep style


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