New bands shine at Great Escape festival

New talent leads the way at seaside event

Brighton’s Great Escape festival finished yesterday (May 19) after three days of band-packed rocking across the city’s venues.

The event showcased a host of new talent, allowing fans made their way from venue to venue to check out the bands.

The opening night (May 17) saw the likes of CSS, Hot Club De Paris and Lonely, Dear packing the fans in with must-see shows.


Meanwhile, Foals played an heartily received set on the first night of Club NME’s residency at Komedia.

They were followed by headliners Gallows, who despite having their set interrupted when guitarist Steph Carter cut his head open on his own guitar, managed to thrill fans as one of The Great Escape‘s highlight shows.

A full video of the gig will appear on NME.COM soon, so stay tuned.

The second day (May 18) of the festival did not let up the pace as The Rakes, The Besnard Lakes, Willy Mason, Art Brut and Battles thrilled the seaside crowds.

One of tge biggest draws was the Arcade Fire-like pop of American newcomers The Airborne Toxic Event who played at Club NME kicked off with a performance from the along with stoner rockers Annuals.

The final day (May 20) of the bash night saw The Noisettes, Jack Penate, The Reverand And The Makers, Mumm-Ra, The Maccabees, The Enemy and Good Shoes attracting the biggest crowds, while Die! Die! Die! established themselves as one of the event’s most raved about “discoveries”.


Unfortunately Brazilian party starters Bonde Do Role were ruled out of their Club NME appearence due to technical difficulties, but Manchester‘s The Answering Machine the event to a suitable climax with their Britpop-meets-The Strokes leading to a frenzied stage invasion.

To relive the event and to hear more about this year’s must see bands, check out our special festival blog now.

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