Preview: The Great Escape 2015

By on Monday, 2nd February 2015 at 9:00 am

Things will be extra celebratory in Brighton this spring. Why, you ask? Judging from the strength of the first announcement released last week of the first 150 bands scheduled to play at the event, The Great Escape 2015 will definitely be partying hard for its 10th anniversary.

The first headliner is no stranger to TGE, having made their Brighton festival debut playing the Komedia in 2013, and fans are already making a huge fuss over American band Alabama Shakes. At the time of this writing, the top-up tickets to their appearance at Brighton Dome on Friday the 15th of May have pretty much been all snapped up, so be quick if you’re keen on seeing them.

Part of the TGE tradition has been to have a partnership with another country to help promote that land’s artists, having partnered up with Australia (2000) and Finland (2014) in recent years, just to name two. Being that this is a big year for the festival, they’ve chosen to use the opportunity to cast the spotlight on homegrown UK artists. The Great Escape has always been one of the best places to see up and coming acts before they hit it big, so expect an even bigger, better group of hopefuls to get their time in the limelight this year.

The first announcement includes some familiar names too. Slaves, who were one of the 2014 summer festival circuit favourites, will be appearing in Brighton. So will Django Django, who will return to the seaside after their riotous, boiling performance in 2012 at the Blind Tiger (which, sadly, has now closed, thanks to a crochety tenant above them). The prolific Dutch Uncles from Marple will also make the sojourn south, sure to be playing tracks from their new album out this month ‘O Shudder’ in Brighton. Derry singer/songwriter SOAK, who has already been announced for the bill at Steve Lamacq’s BBC Introducing / PRS for Music night at SXSW 2015, will also be making an appearance.

But there’s plenty of newer talent that will keep the seaside town abuzz all weekend. Siren Tei Shi, whose ethereal vocals shone on her collaboration with TGE alums Glass Animals on the track ‘Holiest’, will be visiting from Brooklyn and is certain to bring her smooth, chill vibes. Despite their name, Girl Band from Dublin are actually a group of four guys who rock out, and there’s incredible anticipation building for their debut album following on the news they’ve recently been signed to Rough Trade. And probably winning the award for the longest travel route to Brighton, we’ll also be enjoying the melodic rock from Bad//Dreems hailing from Adelaide, Australia.

I’ve merely only scratched the surface on the first band announcement. With more bands to be revealed in the coming weeks, there’s sure to be more gems and surprises to be unveiled, and we can’t wait. The saver festival pass for the full 3-day event costs £54.45; for just the Alabama Shakes headline show at the Dome, it’s £21.45, but if you already have a festival ticket, the top-up will set you back a mere additional £8. For more information, visit the Great Escape’s official Web site.

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