This year’s Great Escape festival yet again showcased some of the best rising musical talent in the world, says Shannon Cotton.
From the formidable ascent of the UK grime scene and the wealth of thrilling and innovative guitar bands to sleek, soulful singers and downright abstract and unique performers, the Brighton-based event had something to offer everyone.
Scottish singer Kloe brought her sultry synths and atmospheric pop to Wagner Hall whilst Girli showcased her bratty rap with punk tinges at Horatio’s bar at the end of the pier.
Also performing on Brighton’s most famous landmark (or maybe watermark is more appropriate) was Hertfordshire singer Declan McKenna. Backed by a full live band, the teenager teased tracks from his EP just days before flying out to America to perform on Conan O’Brien’s chat show. Elsewhere, threatening to become your new favourite band, Anteros played their bouncy indie pop to a packed out Paginini Ballroom while Mabel displayed her delightfully smooth vocals for the busy Brighton crowd.
The Great Escape yet again does a stellar job of showing people just what is so great about new music.