The Great Escape 2015
14.05.2015 – 16.05.2015
Since being founded in 2006, The Great Escape has firmly established itself internationally as the leading event for showcasing new music. The festival takes place 14-16 May in Brighton.
With over 350 bands playing in 30 venues over 3 days, The Great Escape introduces key sounds of the year to an estimated 15 000 music lovers during the festival. The Great Escape is attended by music industry professionals, and a convention runs alongside the gigs featuring insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and networking opportunities. Keynote sessions this year focus on the state of the music industry at large, and the future of music retail in particular. They seminar also discusses the changing nature of artist deals.
Confirmed Finnish bands are Steve 'N' Seagulls, Noah Kin, Mr. Peter Hayden, Freeweights and Redder.
Freeweights is an escape to the closing hours of your favorite discotheque. A flickering neon sign guiding the way for all the broken hearted souls to soothe their pain with some dance and music. Since 2012 this Helsinki based pop group has been developing their bold mix of retro-esque synth pop and modern electro-soul. Their songs are bound to move your dancing feet and make you feel like hugging someone.
14th May 2015 8:30pm - 9:00pm
STICKY MIKES FROG BAR
16th May 2015 1:00am - 1:30am
Mr Peter Hayden
Mr Peter Hayden, a hairy quintet who look as though they should be tossing off the Finnish mainstay, metal. Instead, they meld the ebb and flow of Glenn Branca to a deconstructed rock nodding towards Sunn O))). At first seeming full-on noise, closer listening reveals something rigorously formal. The music progresses through climaxes and themes in the manner of a symphony.
GREEN DOOR STORE
15th May 2015 11:45pm - 12:15am
STICKY MIKES FROG BAR
16th May 2015 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Noah Kin, born 1994, is a Finnish-Nigerian rapper and producer from Helsinki. Already an established artist in Finland, the single releases from his latest album “Now You See” have been attracting attention from outside his home country and despite his young age he has already performed in the UK, Germany, Norway, Austria, Switzerland, Estonia and Holland.
His latest album introduces an original and eccentric sound that has its roots deep in modern electronic beats. A style Noah Kin particularly excels in is his sharp rapping style mixed with his modern tone of voice.
14th May 2015 7:15pm - 7:45pm
15th May 2015 9:15pm - 9:45pm
Redder, a duo consisting of Frans Saraste and Vesa Hoikka, describes their sound as a dark combination of folk and trip-hop, while being an electronic band they still have a strong focus in songwriting. Their self-released first EP in 2013 got widely featured by tastemakers such as The Line Of Best Fit and 405. Their live performances which combine an intense and mesmerising audiovisual experience are something to look for.
The love for playing real instruments and working on their live gig set ups made them develop their musical tone, mixing more and more live instruments (trumpet, clarinet, piano, guitar) into their sound. This, combined with visuals by VJ Kristian Äijö, Redder’s third official member, merges into an interesting and dynamic live performance.
KOMEDIA STUDIO BAR
15th May 2015 7:45pm - 8:15pm
Steve 'n' Seagulls
Five nutcases, a whole bunch of instruments and Finnish countryside. That adds up to Steve ‘n’ Seagulls. This hillbilly crew, even though active since 2011, hit like a hammer in the summer of 2014 with their YouTube videos and versions of classics like The Trooper and Thunderstruck. ‘Nuff said, you have to see and hear this yourself. Banjo keeps a rollin’ and accordion keeps on burnin’. Your life will probably be quite the same but better after this band and you have met in a twisted musical experience that makes you feel good.
Their debut album FARM MACHINE will be released internationally by Spinefarm records in April 2015.
Friday 15th May 2015 9:00 - 9:30
16th May 2015 7:30pm - 8:00pm
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