The Great Escape 2016 - Day One - 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.
While attending TGE I try to avoid the bigger, more established names, seeking out acts that haven't been on my radar before. That being said, the first set of my three day trip came from Australian duo Vallis Alps, an act I'd already viewed earlier in the year, at Austin's SXSW. I'd only managed to watch a couple of song's from the pair's Texas performance, so their Komedia set was a perfect opportunity to sample more of their dreamy Electronica.
The Alps weren't the only band to impress, with the day's highlights coming mostly in the afternoon.
Ruby Stewart (Daughter of Rod) and Alyssa Bonagura impressed as duo The Sisterhood, delivering their own brand of Classic Rock, throwing in a cover of Rod's 'Gasoline Alley' for good measure, over at the Spiegeltent, while back at Komedia Blue Mountains singer / songwriter Julia Jacklin produced a sumptuous set, including a solo number that had the audience enchanted. I'd say it was my favourite musical performance of this year's Escape, so I'm obviously looking forward to Julia's forthcoming debut album - Don't Let The Kids Win.
My evening was mostly spent at the Paganini Ballroom, where the stand out performance came from French Electro Pop songstress Jain.
Her set was very energetic, the first of the day to have people dancing and the perfect way to end my evening, as I had to pop back to London, returning the following morning for more musical adventures...
Alice Phoebe Lou