There's an unspectacular, rusty-looking rollercoaster situated at the end of Brighton Pier. As the weekend drew to a close I hobbled past the miserable vomit-inducing eyesore and saw a young boy crying as he, also, hobbled off - he looked broken. That's when I realised; three minutes on this rollercoaster brings about the same feeling of tiredness, emotion and physical pain as three days at The Great Escape.
But, compared to this rollercoaster, The Great Escape is oh-so worth it.
There are some great multi-venue city festivals across the UK but The Great Escape still tops them all. It's the Big Dipper of the city festival. It starts with the organisation, the atmosphere aids it and the people confirm it. This is before we've even got to the line up.
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As I'm sure we are all aware, there just aren't enough lists and top tens on the ol' internet these days. "We need to talk about..." this, "Ten things you'll know if..." that. So, here I am, attempting to revolutionise the world of festival previews. Ready?
Here are the nine (yes, nine, not ten) artists you don't "have to see" at The Great Escape, because that's just rude and presumptuous, but should certainly scribble down on a bit of paper with your favourite HB pencil.
Mt. Wolf, St. George's Church, Thursday: 20:00-20:30
Undoubtedly one of the most exciting, emotive and atmospheric artists in the world right now; I'd be willing to put a few quid on Mt Wolf, in a church, being the highlight of your festival. Arriving in Brighton off the back of their brilliant EP 'Hex' and SXSW success, make sure you're at the church on time.
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Psychedelic pop band Beaty Heart are here with a bizarre but captivating new single called 'Seafood' set for released on April 8th 2013 through Heart Throb Records.
The video for this unique track features the band feasting on a banquet of colourful, odd-looking food that looks particularly inedible. The band have described the shenanigans as a 'midnight meal gone bad' with inspiration from the food fight in 'Hook'. The song itself is also very vibrant, with the energy of classic calypso and reggae tunes; the slow percussion, and simple, up-tempo melody teamed with some unique vocal work really sells to the listener as the warmer seasons approach.
Band member Charlie Rotberg explained their rather unusual concept behind the song. 'We wanted to capture that awkward feeling of being hungry yet disgusted at the same time, when your stomach churns and you can't tell whether you're starving or sick', he said. 'Seafood' will be also soon be released in the limited amount of 100 cassettes in April, so make sure you buy yours. The single launch will take place the day after release on April 9th at White Heat, Madame Jojo's in London in the middle of their current string of UK tour dates.
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