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Wed 27th Aug - Sat 12th May
The Great Escape 2012
@ Various Venues, Brighton
Featuring: Dry The River, Spector, We Are The Ocean, Friends, Howler, Zulu Winter, Alt-J, Grimes, DZ Deathrays, Nils Frahm, A Winged Victory For The Sullen, Jamie N Commons, Django Django, Eagulls, Perfume Genius, Com Truise, When Saints Go Machine, Sonic Boom Six, Francois and the Atlas Mountains, Bos Angeles
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The Great Escape 2012: Dry The River + Spector + We Are The Ocean + Friends + Howler + Zulu Winter + Alt-J + Grimes + DZ Deathrays + Nils Frahm + A Winged Victory For The Sullen + Jamie N Commons + Django Django + Eagulls + Perfume Genius + Com Truise + When Saints Go Machine + Sonic Boom Six + Francois and the Atlas Mountains + Bos Angeles
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A five-piece band with all the hallmarks of folk: elemental name, beards, acoustic guitars, even a violinist, but with a background in hardcore and post-punk bands, hence the tattoos, lyrics that read like a Steinbeck novel and a sonic palette that sweeps from gentle to giant like an incoming storm. Signed to Transgressive Records (Foals, Mystery Jets, Pulled Apart By Horses etc).
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"They've been dubbed 'East London's answer to The Strokes' or 'Dalston's Kaiser Chiefs', Spector's melancholic widescreen pop owes as much to the likes of Roxy Music and Pulp and has more than a touch of the New Romantic about it." - BBC Sound Of 2012
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After forming in 2007, Essex four-piece We Are The Ocean quickly made a name for themselves after signing to UK indie powerhouse Hassle (Alexisonfire, Trash Talk, Cancer Bats) and receiving a nomination for Best British Newcomer. The band have been cemented as a powerhouse-in-waiting of UK rock, packed with colossal choruses. The sound of a young band taking some gigantic risks and hearing them pay off.
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Sensual, provocatively percussive pop comes naturally to Friends. This quintet of essential and un-missable characters, led by the captivating Samantha Urbani, are unified by their single-minded musical independence and defiant trend resistance. These Friends play in traffic at a busy intersection of leftfield but party-hardy musical styles – ESG, Tom Tom Club, Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Warpaint – which they orchestrate effortlessly and winningly into a singular aesthetic.
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Based in Minneapolis, Howler are Jordan Gatesmith (vocals / guitar), Ian Nygaard (guitar), France Camp (bass), Max Petrek (keyboard) and Brent Mayes (drums). The five-piece released their debut album ' America Give Up' in January 2012.
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London five-piece with a line-up of Will Daunt (vocals & guitar), Iain Lock (bass), Dom Millard (keyboards), Henry Walton (guitar) and Guy Henderson (drums).
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Leeds band Alt-J were formerly known as Films, but changed their name to the symbol that you get from the Mac shortcut alt+j.
Alt-J are Joe Newman (guitar/vocals), Gus Unger-Hamilton (keyboards) and Thom Green (drums). The band released their debut album, 'An Awesome Wave', to critical acclaim in May 2012, and went on to win the Mercury Music Prize in November 2012. The album was also nominated for British Album of the Year at the Brit Awards in February 2013, one of three nominations the band received, and received the Ivor Novello Album Award in May 2013. The highly anticipated follow-up 'This Is All Yours' follows in 2014.
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Claire Boucher, aka Grimes, is a Canadian musician and visual artist making music "that it is mysterious and allusive, ethereal and electronic, sometimes harsh and textured and tough, but always supremely accessible even at its most atonal." - The Guardian
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Stunning pianist and composer from Berlin, Nils Frahm had an early introduction to music. During his childhood he was taught to play piano by Nahum Brodski – a student of the last scholar of Tschaikowski. It was through this that Nils began to immerse himself in the styles of the classical pianists before him as well as contemporary composers.
Today Nils Frahm works as an accomplished composer and producer from his Berlin-based Durton Studio. His unconventional approach to an age-old instrument, played contemplatively and intimately, has won him many fans around the world. For a musician this early in his career, Frahm displays an incredibly developed sense of control and restraint in his work, catching the ear of many fans.
'Frahm creates something mesmerising' (The Observer)
'Frahm works his magic' (Mojo)
'A fantastic record' (Album Of The Week, The Guardian).
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Dustin O'Halloran and Adam Wiltzie create the duo who mix classical, ambient and post-rock sounds to create music with grand (piano) ambitions. It is instrumental music, mainly comprising strings and drones that sound like a movie soundtrack of the world. It’s a beautiful, haunting composition that soundtracks life as we know it, although you won't feel sullen after you hear this, you'll feel triumphant and peaceful.
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Young folk troubadour from London with touches of Richard Thompson and Nick Drake. It's hard to believe he's not American - he was born in Bristol (though he did spend his formative years in Chicago).
"With a whiskey and nicotine soaked growl of a voice, a five piece band and a bunch of songs that sound like they were uncovered in an attic where they'd been lying there since 1959 waiting for Johnny Cash or Nick Cave to cover them" - BBC Sounds Of 2012.
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Devo-inpsired catchy hooks from this London 4-piece. Think an up tempo Beta Band. "Psychedelic art pop at its brilliant best" -The Guardian.
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Labelled as hardcore and punk band, these guys embellish both these terms. The five piece band are currently based in Leeds.
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Com Truise is one of the many personas of producer and designer Seth Haley, born and raised in upstate New York and operating out of a 12'-overrun apartment in Princeton, New Jersey. An admitted synth obsessive, New Jersey's Com Truise is the maker of an experimental and bottom heavy style he calls ‘mid-fi synthwave, slow-motion funk’.
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Danish electro four-piece band, formed in 2007. The all-boy electro pop band are often compared to the likes of Bloc Party and Empire Of The Sun. Combining vocoder and a colorful downbreaking electro effect, though associated more with indie rock than electro, WSGM are tying together a unique frame, creating a new echo in the history of electro pop.
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SB6 are a group in the tradition of UK punk bands such as The Specials, The Clash and King Prawn that push the musical envelope by mixing contemporary underground sounds of the UK with a rocking live show and educational lyrics. Although there really is no-one else quite like these energetic ragga muffins. Expect a variety, from hiphop beats to summer vibes and skacore riffs, this band have it all. 'Miss Dynamite fronting CapDown'.
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Sweet songs, sweet sounds, sweet voice. François Marry is a fantastically talented French-born electro-pop artist residing in Bristol, his songs rich in warmth and character and tinged with a lo-fi nature. His gifted band, The Atlas Mountains, provide more than just backing in works laden with keyboard beeps, gorgeous harps, guitars and much more.
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Just as the last few rays of Indian summer sun disappear from the increasingly gloomy skies, a much needed hit of fuzz-filled ray beams and youthful abandon arrives in the form of the UK's best new lo-fi indie-punks. Hailed as one of the most eagerly anticipated new bands around.
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