The Great Escape 2016 - 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.
I had put together an afternoon venue hopping schedule during my train trip to Brighton from London, but this was all kicked in to touch when I found out Diet Cig were playing a mid afternoon slot at The Hope And Ruin, whilst watching London band The Big Moon at Komedia.
New York duo Diet Cig were the most fun thing I'd seen the previous day, so I was looking forward to their set downstairs at the venue, as part of The Alternative Escape, and I didn't come away disappointed. Singer Alex Luciano produced an animated performance, including throwing herself into the crowd on a few occasions and balancing precariously on top of the drum kit!
My second Saturday highlight came later in the evening, with a terrific turn from Retro Country songstress Margo Price.
I'd been lucky enough to view a couple of Margo's showcases at Austin's SXSW back in March. Both were performed with a full band, so it was a rewarding experience catching a stripped down Margo, accompanied by just a piano player at the Spiegeltent.
The tracks from debut album Midwest Farmers Daughter sounded fantastic "unplugged' and went down a storm with the large crowd gathered down the front, though not so much with the boisterous Saturday night drunks further back, who were pissing the singer off slightly!
I enjoyed it immensely anyway, and am looking forward to catching Miss Price next time she's in the Capital.
I ended my 2016 Escape over at Shoosh, with a bit of light entertainment from Korean trio The Barberettes, with their 50's and 60's covers leaving me grinning ear to ear, especially their cover of 'The Shoop Shoop Song', the last track of their set I viewed.
Although I was unable to watch the late night acts due to travelling from London each day, I managed to encounter a decent selection of performers, mostly new to me during my three days at The Escape, with many staying on my radar for the foreseeable future.
The Big Moon