The Great Escape is Brighton's very own SXSW - a festival that bring's all of the seaside city's venues together for a long weekend, just when summer is about to make its first appearance (we can hope) in May. Although the line-up is shaping up quite nicely, with Thurston Moore and Awesome Tapes from Africa included, we have a few suggestions for the bookers.

Ghost Culture

Ghost Culture's debut album artwork depicts him poised, shrinking from bands of filmy shutter light, face enclosed in darkness. Knowing that first impressions often disappoint, you'd think that this was a generic synthpop goth that would rather just stay in their bedroom than take to the stage. Far from formulated, Ghost Culture delivers with a characterful voice that gives personality and a structured narrative to his sound - think Kraftwerk if they were young enough to get into Berghain. Ghost Culture is a promising addition to Erol Alkan's spotless Phantasy label roster.

Viet Cong

Although the buzz around a well-blogged band can more than often disappoint, Viet Cong are ones to get seriously enamoured with. With lyrical content as integral as their music, Viet Cong makes one reminisce on past greats like Wire, even at times invoking the low sing-speak crooning of Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kapranos. It's difficult to refrain from using the term 'angular' to describe their guitar tones, but have a listen and you'll find it hard yourself. It works for them just fine, though.

Jane Weaver

Concept albums are a precarious business. Brave enough to base (or at least name) her latest album The Silver Globe after Polish film Na srebrnym globie, Jane Weaver's album is an ambitious project that lives up to every expectation. Especially when you hear her genial sampling of the guitar riff from a Hawkwind track on 'The Electric Mountain'. Totally Warp-ed - very Broadcast (no bad thing).

Sleaford Mods

Broken Britain - now back in the form of a limp handshake from Ed Milliband. You've heard and seen it all, right? Nope. Sleaford Mods are going to drink you so hard under the table of beaten cynicism, that you'll need a crash helmet for the way down. It does seem like this spoken word/rap/self described as post-punk duo never seem to be off-tour. Or at least if they are, they're probably working on an album (check out their extensive back catalogue). Would it be a big ask for them to play The Great Escape? Hopefully not.

Bo Ningen

Heavy Japanese band who all met in London. I've heard they sometimes play while hanging upside down. I want them to play at The Great Escape so I can find out if that's a) true, and b) physically possible.


Soulful rap duo from Seattle that play with off-kilter song structures and queasy beats. Just when I thought they had disappeared off the face of the Earth, they released a single last year. Hopefully some tour dates are soon to follow.


They released one of our favourite albums of 2014. What more do you need to know?

Nite Fields

Despite their gloomy image, and a debut with the nihilistic title of Depersonalisation, this band seem secretly pleased with themselves in all of their press photos. And who wouldn't be, if they had a production sound as strong as the one that they have on 'Winter's Gone'? Please play The Great Escape, Nite Fields.


Currently touring with Chris and Cosey from Throbbing Gristle, Nisennenmondai are a Japanese instrumental group that utilise layered repetition and interesting rhythmic textures.

Boxed In

"As far as debuts go, Boxed In practically oozes potential. Oli Bayston is a master craftsman, and Boxed In is dangerously close to harnessing his full potential." We'd like to see that potential play out in Brighton.