The Great Escape 2014

Put me on a plane, fly me straight to Brighton and lose me amidst the The Great Escape. A three day music festival that showcases up and coming talent. Held on the 8th-10th of May this year, The Great Escape has a line up of over 400 acts performing in 35 venues around Brighton and Hove.

MAMA & Company, the second largest operator of live music venues in the UK, launched the festival back in 2006 to help close the gap between musician and music business professionals, kinda like SXSW. Here at the lamb we’ve been dreaming of The Australian Escape, a 3 day festival showcasing the enormous pool of musicians that we have on offer down under. There’s is such a thing as ‘one day’, isn’t there?

The Great Escape also has a number of established acts that perform and attend conferences over the 3 days. Such performers, known and unknown at the time, have been:

The XX
Jake Bugg
Noah & The Whale
Mount Kimbie                                                   
The Black Lips
Little Dragon                                      
The Kooks                        
Bat For Lashes                

Bombay Bicycle Club  
Vampire Weekend
Friendly Fires
The Walkmen

This year we thought it best put a few favourites together for you, as sifting through 400 acts may not be how you’d like to spend a month or three, we on the otherhand shall be sifting until the coffee runs dry.

1. Courtney Barnett – I’m sure you’ll be hearing much more from this Aussie girl when she returns to these shores later this year.

2. Jay Arner – The guy out of Vancouver who recorded and produced his album by himself. And is yet to think of a band name.

3. Jungle – The funky guys who opened for Haim last March. Constantly replaying Jungle will lead you to joining a dance group.

4. Rosie Lowe – Wee beautiful Devon born, jazz trainer, singer songwriter, Rosie Lowe. Amazing vocalist.

5. Samaris – Icelandic. Need I say more?

6. Woman’s Hour – Will be put on to my driving playlist along side Fleetwood Mac & The XX.

6. Erotic Market – If you scrambled M.I.A, Coco & Rosie with a touch of Bjork. You’d have Erotic Market.
Well, whilst we live without The Australian Escape, why not have a listen to The Lambs Great Escape – a playlist complied with all the acts that we’d love to see Down Under either in a venue or on a festival bill.