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With over 300 acts, bands and artists performing at Great Escape festival this year, Volt Café thought you might need some help narrowing it down. Here’s our A-Z of acts, bands and musicians to see this year.
 
Great Escape Festival takes place 14-16 May 2015, in venues all over Brighton. Tickets £54.
 
A – AL BAIRRE
This Cape Town based 5-piece who effortlessly combine cellos, violins, guitars; ukuleles and drums into a unique symphonic twist on your average indie music. A must-see for those who are into an orchestral twist on their guitar-based tunes.

See them at
Prince Albert 16 May 2:30pm
Komedia Studio Bar 16 May 9:30pm

www.soundcloud.com/al-bairre
 
B – BLACK HONEY
Shrouded in mystery, with a Debbie Harry/Courtney Love doppelganger of a vocalist, this guitar-based band who relish the darkness are not to be missed playing their home town of Brighton.

See them at
Green Door Store 14 May 9:15pm

www.soundcloud.com/blackhoneyuk
 
B – BLAENAVON
This guitar-driven three piece that have only just finished school and with incredibly raw and powerful vocals are the only option to kick off your last night at Great Escape.

See them at
Green Door Store 16 May 7:30pm

www.soundcloud.com/blaenavon
 
C – CASI
A fusion of traditional Welsh music from her childhood and electronic music creates Casi’s atmospheric pop.

See her at
Patterns (Upstairs) 14 May 2:30pm
Spiegel Pub (Hub stage) 14 May 8:30pm

www.soundcloud.com/casi
 
D – DEMOB HAPPY
Dark and grubby infectious thrash-rock is what Demob Happy specialises in. Scrappy riffs and guitar drawls keep their fans coming back for them. Take a look at be converted to the Demob Happy life.

See them at
Patterns (Downstairs) 15 May 1pm, 12:20 am and 16 May 7:30pm

www.soundcloud.com/demob-happy
 
E – EKKAH
If you want vibrant sun-kissed funk pop, catch an EKKAH gig. The duo (both named Rebecca) is loved by Radio 1 presenters Zane Lowe and Huw Stephens, and definitely deserves a watch for those passionate about sunshine electro-funk.

See them at
The Arch 16 May 6:30pm

www.soundcloud.com/ekkah
 
F – FURS
This four piece know how to do American-influenced psychedelic pop, whilst keeping that unique, throw-together British edge.

See them at
Paganini Ballroom 15 May 8:45pm

www.soundcloud.com/fursfursfurs
 
G – GEORGE THE POET
Spoken word artist, poetic genius and public speaker extraordinaire, George The Poet is one to see for hard-hitting, politically motivated rap, poetry and prose.

See him at
Corn Exchange 14 May 8:50pm
Wagner Hall 15 May 11:30pm

https://soundcloud.com/georgethepoetmusic
 
H – HYENA
Loud, proud and clinging to traditional rock n’ roll, Hyena stands by the motto “if you don’t sweat it then you don’t get it.”

See them at
The Hub (Bermuda) 15 May 7pm

www.soundcloud.com/hyenauk
 
I – INDIGO FACE
Dramatic and emotive, with transfixing and divine harmonies, the duo behind Indigo Face are bringing European music expertise to Brighton for one day only at Great Escape.

See them at
The Hope and Ruin 14 May 2pm

www.soundcloud.com/indigofacemusic
 
J – JACK AND ELIZA
Sun-drenched and fresh from the USA, Jack and Eliza are The Beach Boys meets The Mamas and Papas. The duo strip down 60s psychedelia to create their cool yet bittersweet nostalgic sound; they’re definitely one for those who dream of being back in 1969.

See them at
Patterns (Upstairs) 14 May 10pm

www.soundcloud.com/jackandeliza
 
K – KALI UCHIS
Based in LA but originally from Colombia, Kali Uchis impeccably merges her 60s and 70s soul influences with modern-day sounds (with production help from Tyler, The Creator and Diplo). Simultaneously an artist which is pushing the music industry forward, yet keeping that vintage soul sound, Kali Uchis is one to watch.

See her at
Wagner Hall 15 May 10:30pm
Komedia 16 May 12:15am

www.soundcloud.com/kaliuchis
 
L – LITTLE MAY
Sydney-based band Little May have managed to change the perception of folk music in 18 short months. Specialising in beautiful harmonies which are both enlightening and pushing their sound to the brink of darkness, they’re ones to watch for hauntingly beautiful folk melodies and vocals.

See them at
The Haunt 14 May 9:15pm

www.soundcloud.com/littlemaymusic
 
M – MENACE BEACH
This 5-piece from Leeds managed to write a whole records under bouts of insomnia, but it didn’t stop them from creating some of the best supercharged pop and interesting guitar riffs and synth punches in the last year.

See them at
The Arch 16 May 8pm

www.soundcloud.com/menacebeach
 
N – NOVELLA
With ferocious riffs and psychedelic stylings, Novella are set to shake up the music industry as we know it. Reigning over the live scene, they are not to be missed if lively and ferocious sets are what you love.

See them at
Brighthelm 16 May 8pm

www.soundcloud.com/novellanovella
 
N – NOTHING BUT THIEVES
Raw and thunderous, Nothing But Thieves never fail to shred through their sets. Unpredictable and playful, there’s no knowing what they might do, but their energetic riffs and electrifying drumbeats will shake you.

See them at
Coalition 15 May 9pm

www.soundcloud.com/nothingbutthieves
 
O – OSCAR
Proving you don’t need fancy equipment to make a good sound, Oscar’s laptop-recorded indie pop has impressed music bosses far and wide. Taking hints from Nirvana, Blondie and Blur, Oscar perfectly fuses multiple genres to make a sound you just can’t say no to.

See him at
The Arch 16 May 7:15pm

www.soundcloud.com/oscar_music
 
P – PALACE
A blissful, atmospheric rambling of soft guitar riffs and raw vocals are the brief for each Palace track. Taking cues from alt-blues music and traditional guitar sounds, the foursome make sultry riffs utterly divine.

See them at
The Arch 15 May 8pm

https://soundcloud.com/palaceband
 
Q – QUEEN KWONG
Savage rock-punk may seem like quite a lot to handle, but Queen Kwong’s effortlessly raw, powerful, and at times volatile, delivery make it seem perfectly natural. Primal and bone shaking, Queen Kwong is 2015’s Patti Smith.

See her at
The Hub (Bermuda) 14 May 10pm

https://soundcloud.com/queenkwong

 
R – REAL LIES
Late night euphoria and the pain of endless afternoons of boredom is exactly what Real Lies’ music expresses. Bury yourself in the seemingly mellow melody before the bass and drums kick in and shake you.

See them at
Green Door Store 15 May 10pm

https://soundcloud.com/real_lies
 
S – SWIM DEEP
The ambassadors of feel-good, sunshine melodies are back at Great Escape. Their sound has changed since their first record but this isn’t say they haven’t maintained their daydream sound and status as the most chilled out band in Britain – have a listen to To My Brother, the first single from their new album.

See them at
Corn Exchange 16 May 8:15pm

www.soundcloud.com/swimdeep
 
S – SUNFLOWER BEAN
Drawing from lo-fi sounds and creating a rock n’ roll extravaganza with dark rock and psychedelic twists is what Sunflower Bean is best at. Sultry and dynamic, make sure you catch them for some old-fashioned rock n’ roll.

See them at
Corn Exchange 15 May 10:15pm

www.soundcloud.com/sunflower-bean
 
T – THE GARDEN
Twin brothers Fletcher and Wyatt have mixed stylish, surreal sounds to create their own universe – the VADAVERSE, and genre – VADA VADA. Raw punk sounds and an experimental, blaring bass mean The Garden are the punk duo to see.

See them at
The Haunt 15 May 7:15pm
Patterns (Upstairs) 15 May 11pm

www.soundcloud.com/the-garden-twins
 
U – USA NAILS
Taking inspiration from Sonic Youth, Neu and Swans, USA Nails (actually from the UK) are experts in noisy, drawn-out punk. Catch them for a gig you won’t forget.

See them at
The Hope and Ruin May 16 10:15pm

https://soundcloud.com/usanails
 
V – VILDE NUV
This Norwegian songstress works with only a single bass drum and a guitar, and always performs in Norwegian. Songs about her zest for life, love and gravity will get you hooked from the first drumbeat.

See her at
Brighthelm 15 May 9:30pm
Paganini Ballroom 16 May 2:30pm

www.soundcloud.com/vildetuv
 
W – WAND
This LA-based rock band utilise every sound under the sun; guitar, bass, synthesizer, ray gun zapping – you name it, it’s in there somewhere. With the skill to build suspense and get their audience’s hearts racing, Wand are a must-see for any self-respecting rock and indie lover.

See them at
Green Door Store 15 May 3pm
The Haunt 15 May 8:45pm

www.soundcloud.com/ganglion_reef
 
Y – YAK
Racing guitar riffs and ridiculously strong drum beats are punk/rock/indie band Yak’s main strengths. They also happen to know how to hold a crowd in complete awe of them. They’re a must see for anyone who loves a riotous gig.

See them at
The Haunt 16 May 7:15pm
 
Z – ZUN ZUN EGUI
Tropicallia, Afrobeat and Ethio jazz are just a few of the myriad of exotic influences Zun Zun Egui cites. For outlandish, tropical punk-funk and a good party, make sure to catch these them live.

See them at
The Arch 16 May 8:45pm

www.soundcloud.com/zunzunegui
 
Words by Annie Lunnon
 

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