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The Great Escape 2014 - Day Three

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The final day arrives bathed in sunshine, allowing for any respective hangovers to melt away. We start by popping by catching a bit of The Crooked Brothers and their Americana tinged folk, complete with banjos and beards. This afternoon we have plumped to be healed by some soothing reggae sounds courtesy of the always wonderful Hollie Cook. She is in a large tent structure close to Brighton Pier and thanks the crowd for having the strength to join her at midday. She, as always, delivers subtle reggae pop tunes whilst more Jamaican influences come via the ska sounds of Lazy Talk who increase the tempo and get our tired feet a-tapping.

Feeling refreshed and refuelled, we plump for indie rockers Fe whose large entourage create a chilled rock vibe to conclude our final afternoon session. We pop into the Great Escape free bar purely to bridge the gap between the afternoon session and the evening shows and are treated to sounds via Finnish DJ Jaakko Eino Kalevi.

The final session begins with a simply stunning performance from acoustic maestro The Bony King Of Nowhere. Playing in the Brighton Unitarian Church he stands with the evening light streaming in via stained glass windows as he holds the audience spellbound with a magical performance. His voice is beautifully magnified by the acoustics of the venue. Clearly a wonderful talent, he is without a doubt one of the weekend's stand out performances.

We then catch a quick glimpse of the acoustic pop sounds of Yumi And The Weather, before heading to Brighton seafront for Future Islands via Ipswich's finest Blaenavon, whose comical rock provides great entertainment and crowd participation.

The queues for the main venues are, by now, huge and we start to panic and contemplate who and where will be are next port of call. We know we want to end the night with the chilled electronic sounds of Hidden Orchestra and Jon Hopkins. In order to ensure we get to the venue on time we plump for Belgian four piece BRNS. The Brussels boys create a large drum focused sound in a small intimate hotel lounge. Our decision to plump for the late shows for Hidden Orchestra and Hopkins proves fruitful as the other venues seem fit to bursting. We see the huge queues for hip hop supremo’s Jungle and even bigger queues for the wonderful Kelis. However we are satisfied we have made the right decision and are not disappointed; a larger venue for the two acts rewarding us with some wonderful sounds as we contemplate a great three days of music and frolics.

Roll on next year and the Festival's 10th anniversary; we know it will be even more amazing than this one. Thank you Brighton and good night.


The Great Escape 2014 - Day Two

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With sore heads and soggy jeans we hoist our lanyards around our necks and trot out for more of The Great Escape. As we wander through the streets we come across obvious other Great Escapers. We overhear a conversation between two bearded muso types discussing what androgynies sound like and where can they hear some?

We decide to leave them to their beard stroking and we head to hear New Desert Blues and Jaws for some healthy indie rock to wake our ears up. After a quick bite to eat we continue to the wonderful sounds of Glass Owls followed by the soothing keyboards of Unknwn.

After the yesterday's disappointment of not getting into the odd venue or two, we devise a plan of attack. It's become apparent that in order to ensure you get in it's ideal to plump for the band that precedes your favoured artist.

With this in mind, we head for The Haunt. The idea being that with two acts we want to see, we may as well spend a large chunk of the evening in one place. We may also be surprised by the other acts. We spend many hours discussing the benefits of this, on one hand it prevents us running between venues, and our previous experience has told us that once you’re inside a venue, it's best to try and stay there. We are however, rewarded hugely by a great line up.

Hip Hop comes from the straight talking Hawk House with a wonderful flow of lyrics and beats. East India Youth then blows the whole crowd away with an amazing solo performance of sheer noise management. The ginger haired, pimpled youth creates such wonderfully musical landscapes as he moves from subtle keyboards, ending in full on techno. We think he has a magical future ahead of him and, in our opinion, comes out as the star of the festival.

We are then further entertained via stand up British rockers Telegram whose unapologetic rock and roll rounds off a wonderful array of talent through three different styles. Hungry for more we drop into Komedia to catch incredible Japanese DJ Tokimonsta before finishing the night with Ella Eyre whose soulful vocals soothe aching feet and heads before we're tugged home content and buzzing from  another wonderful day of music. 

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