GIGsoups’ Bee Adamic takes a look at The Great Escapes little brother and picks out a few artists she thinks you shouldn’t miss from this years ‘Alternative Great Escape’

The biggest showcase multi venue music festival is almost here, The Great Escape Festival now in it’s 11th year seems to be gaining more and more popularity each year. Seen as a music pilgrimage for many, with a chance to see the very next best thing. It has hosted the early careers of global artists such as Adele, Mumford & Sons, Haim and Foals.

Over 3 days and across 30+ venues in Brighton to support 500+ emerging artists from all over the world. On top of that there’s the Alt. Escape, the festival’s baby sister which puts on even more showcases, for free YIPPEE. This year they’ve managed to bag Carl Barat & The Jackals, The Ordinary Boys, Luke Sital Singh and Ekkah.

Here are our top picks from the Alternative Great Escape:

Noisy Pots

Based in Prague, Noisy Pots were introduced to the scene in 2014 with their so called ‘DIY kitchen electro’ style. Acoustic sounds of pots, buckets, cans and other stuff from the kitchen and garage combined with live synths, samples and vocals to deliver a truly unique experience.

Noisy Pots - The Great escape

Friday 20th May, Hotel Pelirocco, 5.20pm

Saturday 21st May, Synergy Centre, 7.20pm

Phantom Runners

After taking some time out during 2016 to write new music, the former dream pop band have come back with a fresh new sound, which combines R&B vocals amongst a electronic back drop of beats and 80s style synths. The band now a collaboration of super excellent vocalists and musicians, promise a super exciting live performance.

Phantom Runners - The Great Escape

Friday 20th May, Hotel Pelirocco, 7pm

Friday 20th May, Mesmerist, 12pm – 2pm (DJ set)

Saturday 21st May, Pool Valley Coach Station. 6pm

Saturday 21st May, Synergy Centre, 10.40pm

Time For T

Tropical folk band are currently on an extensive tour around, a must see live. Frontman Tiago Saga performs each masterpiece of a song, with great passion and emotion. Songs about long distance love, are a true reflection about their lives on the road.

Time For T - The Great Escape

Details  – Saturday 21st May, East Street Tap, 12pm

Saturday 21st May, Marwood’s Cafe, 5.45pm

Common Tongues

These melodically noisy art rockers skilfully combine rasping acoustics, bubbling electronics, intricate harmonies and acid dipped violins.

Common Tongues - The Great Escape

Friday 20th May, The Dorset, 10pm

Saturday 21st May, East Street Tap, 12pm

Saturday 21st May, Marwood’s Cafe, 5.45pm

ISLE

ISLE are multi-medium musicians based in the stark Scottish Borders. Comprising of producer Liam John Rutherford and drummer Ben Singer, ISLE are avid self-producers who partner audio and visuals to create an all-encompassing experience.

ISLE - The Great Escape

Saturday 21st May, Synergy Centre, 5.40pm

Fond Of Rudy

Fond Of Rudy describe themselves as South Eastern Calypso Pop, the Brighton boys bring home the description with this track off their up coming EP ”ONE’ released last month.

Fond Of Rudy - The Great Escape

Saturday 21st May, Synergy Centre, 1pm

Ekkah

Creating shimmery 70s funk inspired pop, together with 90s style dance routines.

Ekkah - The Great Escape

Saturday 21st May, Synergy Centre, 11.30pm

Saltwater Sun

London indie outfit, demonstrate groove driven seduction, jangly guitars and pop sensibilities throughout their songs.

Saltwater Sun

Saturday 21st May, Synergy Centre, 9.50pm

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