Great Escape Festival

The Great Escape Tastemakers Picks For 2016

With Brighton’s Great Escape Festival bearing down on us, we asked the convention speakers for their must see acts. Check out the likes of Clean Cut Kid, Elf Kid and The Anchoress…

Jim Ottewill
  • By Jim Ottewill
  • 13 May 2016
  • min read
Welcome to our latest play, this week showcasing the hottest new acts playing at Brighton’s Great Escape Festival.

With the annual event bearing down on us, we asked the convention speakers and companies for their must see artists from the 2016 line up.

Our tastemakers include the likes of Music Glue, PledgeMusic, the PRS for Music Foundation and CMU. Below you can listen to who they’re tipping. And, if you’re down in Brighton, don’t forget to head to the PRS for Music panel exploring the success of space rockers Public Broadcasting Service. All the details are here

Jon Chapman, head of A&R, Music Glue
Who? The Hunna and Anna of the North
Why? It's been an exciting six months for the Hunna, selling out their forthcoming June Electric Ballroom show a month ahead; seeing their social media explode; and just watching what is capable when a band is fan focussed and independent of spirit. Anna of the North has just finished a tour with KYGO. I'm just a little bit obsessed with their amazing song writing and the most beautiful vocal.
Where? The Hunna - Brighthelm, 3:00pm - 4:00pm, Saturday 21 May 2016.
Anna of the North - Horatios, 3:00pm - 3:30pm, Thursday 19 May 2016, Patterns, 7:30pm - 8:00pm, Friday 20 May 2016, The Arch, 8:45pm - 9:15pm, Saturday 21 May 2016.

Paul Barton, managing director, PledgeMusic UK
Who? Night Beats and Telegram
Why? Night Beats look very interesting and will definitely check them out, Telegram have been part of PledgeMusic/Help Musicians UK Emerging Artists Fund project and are a ‘must-see’ live band.
Where? Night Beats - Brighthelm, 8:30pm - 9:00pm, Thursday 19 May 2016.
Telegram - Latest Music Bar, 11:00pm - 11:30pm, Friday 20 May 2016.

Malcolm Dunbar, co-founder and president, PledgeMusic UK & Europe
Who? Elf Kid and Michael Kiwanuka
Why? Elf Kid smashed it at the recent PledgeMusic showcase and I can’t believe he won’t do the same at The Great Escape. Michael Kiwanuka tracks I’m hearing from the new album produced by Danger Mouse are amazing, catch him live now.
Where? Elf Kid - Prince Albert, 9:15pm - 9:30pm, Friday 20 May 2016. Michael Kiwanuka - St George’s Church, 9.45pm, Thursday 19 May

Phil Nelson, BIMM
Who? The Shimmer Band
Why? They’re great and managed by David Francolini, the greatest drummer there ever was (Levitation!)
Where? Prince Albert, 10:30pm - 11:00pm, Saturday 21 May 2016.

The Help Musicians Creative Programmes team
Who? Jalen N’Gonda, Elf Kid and Clean Cut Kid
Why? Our talent team were blown away by Jalen performance at the LIMF Academy showcase in Camden! Elf Kid, who we supported through our Emerging Artist Fund 2015, is part of a new generation of grime musicians breathing fresh new life to the scene. He has a whole lot of talent and we can’t wait to see what he does in the future. We love Clean Cut Kid for their super fun live shows.
Where? Jalen N’Gonda - Spiegelten,7:15pm-7.45pm, Saturday 21 May.
Elf Kid - Prince Albert, 9:15pm - 9:30pm, Friday 20 May 2016.
Clean Cut Kid - Brighthelm, 9:30pm - 10:00pm, Friday 20 May 2016 and the Komedia, 1:30pm - 2:00pm, Saturday 21 May 2016.

Mark Davyd, Music Venue Trust
Who? The Anchoress
Why? This has been a slow burner for me, but the depth of the album really rewards you if you give it time, and live ... simply stunning.
Where? Paganini Ballroom, 11.15pm-12.00am, Friday 20 May.

Claire Mas, Communion Music
Who? Joseph J Jones
Why? I can’t wait to see Joseph J Jones preforming at Komedia on Friday. I think this Essex bloke is going to blow people away with just how huge his voice is and how it fills up a room. He’s a man’s man, Jonny Cash type mixed with soulful, emotive, beautiful songwriting - what’s not to love?
Where? The Komedia, 7:15pm - 7:45pm, Friday 20 May.

Gemma Samways, 7digital
Who? Kelly Lee Owens
Why? Alongside The Invisible, Oliver Coates and St. Lucia, it’s producer/singer Kelly Lee Owens I’m most excited about catching this year. Kelly got her break contributing dreamy vocals to Daniel Avery’s debut, Drone Logic, and her solo work – including last December’s incredible Aaliyah cover – is in a similarly minimalist, electronic vein.
Where? Prince Albert, 12.15pm, Saturday 21 May.

Andy Malt, CMU
Who? The Hearing
Why? In the few weeks since Ringa Manner – aka The Hearing – released her second album Adrian, it has fast been becoming one of my favourites of the year. Her talent for writing interesting pop songs, with intriguing lyrical twists and unexpected shifts in intonation, prove a winning combination.’
Where? Queens Hotel, 10:30pm, Friday 20 May, and Prince Albert, 2:15pm, Saturday 21 May.

Joseph Frankland, PRS for Music Foundation
Who? Jalen N’Gonda.
Why? The Great Escape never fails to gather the UK’s finest emerging artists and bands and this year we’re really pleased that over 40 artists funded by PRS Foundation schemes are descending on Brighton. Aside from the four artists playing our Momentum Showcase, I’m really looking forward to seeing Jalen N’Gonda, a soulful singer-songwriter who came through our Talent Development Partner LIMF Academy’s programme.
Where? Spiegeltent, 7.15pm, Saturday 21 May.

Dee McCourt, Borkowski
Who? Emmi and Michael Kiwanuka.
Why? The Great Escape has the most diverse and exciting line up ever so it's impossible to pick just one to watch. But I definitely don't want to miss Michael Kiwanuka or Emmi.
Where? Michael Kiwanuka - St George’s Church, 9.45pm, Thursday 19 May and Emmi - The New Road Stage, 3.30pm, Friday 20 May.