The Great Escape always harbous some real hidden treasure. The below list of the bands that I reckon will be essential watching is by no means exhaustive, as there are so many amazing bands to check out, but it's a good starting point we hope. Below the break, after their profiles, are the details of the gigs they're playing. Essentials highlighted in bold and red!
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Muchuu Muchuu Myspace
Muchuu somehow manage to sound innocent, heavy, knowing, a little psychedelic and languidly awesome. Actually, no, let's make the shocking thing the fact that the band is actually a duo that, as far as I can tell, no-one has heard of; it's criminal. Female led vocals, electronic beats, understated but gorgeous melodies and all sorts of subtle but delightful textures and instrumentation mean that 'Somebody Tell Me' in particular is a sure-fire hit, and I cannot bloody wait to check them out live. Also I know it shouldn't really factor into anything but they're both gorgeous.
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Ocelot Ocelot Myspace
Ocelot are heavy heavy heavy, like a sick, dancefloor filler remixed by euphoric synth enthusiasts. Expect to hear 'Beating Hearts' at about 1 in the morning and prepare to dance your goddamned face off.
Vocals at times recall Jamiroquai channeling Prince, strangely enough; the whole thing has a slightly old skool funk slant. It's so bloody good that frankly i'd go see them even if it were not for the amazing The Joy Formidable and Infadels supporting. This is one electro/dance band you don't want to miss at TGE, and one gig that promises an awful, awful lot. In a good way.
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Is Tropical Is Tropical Myspace
Rumbling, clanging, irreverent, Is Tropical are long time trendy Shoreditch-esque Super Super Magazine favourites and will no doubt be adding themselves to many more personal lists before their time at TGE is up. Yes, they're electro mixed with organic instruments and are so on trend that many a more jaded muso will give them short thrift, but persevere and you'll find a perversely imaginative bunch and some surprisingly heavy drops. The weather in Brighton might well be as uncharacteristically crap and horrible as it was last year but our dispositions will soon be tropical for sure.
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Fenech-Soler Fenech-Soler
The girl that sits behind me at work is mates with them and they're on Kitsune Maison 9. What more do you need to know? You will fucking love their brand of electro tinged, melodramatic pop backed by epic piano hits and well metered hooks even if you don't give a shit what their pointedly enigmatic name means. A little like Delphic playing a rave set. Really, really good.
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GIGS: Thursday: Audio - Levi's OnesToWatch 19:30 - 20:00 Kid Bombardos 20:15 - 20:45 Feldberg 21:00 - 21:30 Fenech-Soler 21:45 - 22:30 These New Puritans Digital - Lovebox 19:15 - 19:45 John Talabot 20:00 - 20:30 Chateau Marmont 20:45 - 21:15 Daisy Dares You 21:45 - 22:30 Crystal Fighters 23:45 - 00:15 Egyptian Hip Hop 01:00 - 01:30 Fenech-Soler Freebutt 14:30 - 15:00 Calories 15:15 - 15:45 Nullifier 16:00 - 16:30 Tubelord 19:45 - 20:15 The Draymin 20:30 - 21:00 Spectrals 21:15 - 21:45 Silver Columns 22:00 - 22:45 Still Flyin FRIDAY Audio - Levi's OnesToWatch 19:30 - 20:00 Fortune 20:15 - 20:45 North Atlantic Oscillation 21:00 - 21:30 Goldhawks 21:45 - 22:30 Japandroids 00:00 - 00:45 Alex Metric (Live) 01:15 - 01:45 Primary 1 Coalition - The Fly 19:30 - 20:00 Kamp! 20:15 - 20:45 Othello Woolf 21:00 - 21:30 Wolf Gang 21:45 - 22:30 Hurts 23:30 - 00:00 Kid Adrift 00:30 - 01:00 Reverend Soundsystem 01:30 - 02:00 Silver Columns Life (formerly The Arc) 13:00 - 13:30 Final Flash 14:00 - 14:30 Lets Go To War 15:00 - 15:30 Think About Life 19:15 - 19:45 Dam Mantle 20:00 - 20:30 Gold Panda 20:45 - 21:15 Sky Larkin 21:45 - 22:30 Peggy Sue Pavilion Theatre - Uncut 20:45 - 21:15 teenagersintokyo 21:40 - 22:10 Dead Confederate 22:35 - 23:05 The Fiery Furnaces 23:30 - 00:15 Wild Beasts Revenge (2nd Floor) - Drowned In Sound 19:15 - 19:45 Masks 20:00 - 20:30 Team Ghost 20:45 - 21:15 Mount Kimbie 21:45 - 22:30 Rolo Tomassi SATURDAY Coalition - The Fly 19:30 - 20:00 Katzenjammer 20:15 - 20:45 Birds Of Tokyo 21:00 - 21:30 The Joy Formidable 21:45 - 22:30 The Sunshine Underground 23:30 - 00:00 Infadels 00:30 - 01:00 Kids On Bridges 01:00 - 02:00 Ocelot Concorde 2 - Red Stripe 19:45 - 20:15 The 29th Chapter 20:30 - 21:00 Laurel Collective 21:15 - 21:45 Class Actress 22:15 - 23:00 Marina & the Diamonds 00:15 - 00:45 Chateau Marmont 01:15 - 01:45 Sleigh Bells
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