The Great Escape 2015 - Day Three - Brighton
The Great Escape is Europe's biggest festival for new music with hundreds of acts performing in various Brighton venues over a three day period.
After a return trip to London the previous evening that included two night buses, I'd decided that my TGE Saturday would be a fairly relaxed affair so started my day at the Brighthelm Centre, a venue only a couple of minutes away from the train station.
As luck would have it, it was a well made choice, as I encountered a lunchtime appearance from French actress Cécile Cassel, performing as HollySiz. It was show that really blew away the cobwebs, as the singer delivered an extremely energetic electro rock show, including a trip into the audience, getting them ready for her explosive final number by asking them to jump up in unison as the last chorus kicked in. I'll certainly get round to listening her album My Name Is at some point soon as a result.
I hung around the venue to view the first song from singer Daisy Victoria's set. She had a bit of a Kate/Florence vibe and seemed interesting but I couldn't stay as I was already running late for my next afternoon showcase!
I was fortunate as things were running late at the Queens Hotel, so I was able to settle in to a front row spot for Passepied's debut British gig. The five piece Japanese pop rock band released an English language EP last year, with a few songs appearing at the Brighton show. It was a fun affair, with vocalist Natsuki a joy to shoot.
I put my feet up at the press centre for the rest of the afternoon, venturing to Coalition around seven, for the start of my evening's entertainment, with the atmospheric dance beats of Oceaan keeping me occupied while waiting for an appearance from Verite. The US singer's Echo EP impressed me last year, so I was happy to finally sample her dark pop live, after missing the songstress at SXSW in March. I wasn't the only one enjoying her performance as there were several people down the front dancing and singing along.
Things were running extremely late at Coalition, so I was in two minds whether to leave the venue to try and see the next band on my schedule over at Sticky Mike's Frog Bar. I'm glad I made the effort as I arrived just as Latvia's Triana Park were starting their set.
I mentioned in my previous review how I'd been blown away by their performance at the Queens Hotel on the Friday afternoon, but their Saturday night show was even better! This time round the band had a decent crowd to bounce off, with singer Agnese Rakovska on top form, leading to their hard edged electro pop set my stand out showcase of the weekend. I downloaded the group's 2014 EP the following day, and it's certainly got me eagerly awaiting an album.
I finished my Great Escape adventure with a quick stop off at the Brighthelm Centre on my way back to the station to view the tail end of a show from You Tube star Shannon Saunders, with the singer sounding in fine voice on the couple of songs I caught, ending my evening nicely and promising myself to check out a full set from Shannon at some point down the line.