The Great Escape 2016
19.05.2016 – 21.05.2016
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 19-21 May in Brighton. This year’s announced Finnish acts are Elifantree, Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?, K-X-P, LCMDF, The Hearing and View.
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.
Finnish showcase artists
Helsinki based Elifantree delivers an experimental musical trip on the border between pop and improvised music. On their third and latest full-length Movers and Shakers Elifantree developed an increasingly danceable sound that reveals the band’s jazz background upon close inspection.
Patterns Upstairs, 2:30pm, Saturday 21st May
Spiegeltent, 9:00pm, Saturday 21st May
Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?
Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS? is a trio, whose influences come from a rather wide range of genres: from garage rock to doo-wop, rock'n'roll to 80's dream pop and 60's soul and girl groups. Have You Ever Seen the Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS' debut album Teenage Sweetheart was released on September 2015 and they have already been noticed by media such as Nothing But Hope And Passion, The Line Of Best Fit, Clash Magazine, Forbes and Consequence Of Sound.
Latest Music Bar, 7:45pm, Thursday 19th May
Queens Hotel, 2:30pm, Friday 20th May
K-X-P mix electronics, kraut, noise, pop melodies and even techno into a hypnotic and minimalistic groove with references to bands like Spacemen 3, Vangelis, Mr. Fingers, This Heat, 23 Skidoo, Suicide and Neu! Their latest album III Part One was released last year, and this year the album is followed by III Part Two.
“A perfect synthesis of disco glitterball and skull drinking” – Q Magazine
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 10:30pm, Thursday 19th May
Queens Hotel, 1:30pm, Friday 20th May 2016
Finland’s arguably first and biggest indie blog sensation LCMDF were taken from their rehearsal room to international venues (and eventually to Heavenly Records) only mere months after their formation in 2008. Some years later, now reduced to the duo of sisters Emma and Mia Kemppainen, LCMDF are back with new material – catchy and arrogant electro pop that makes the crowd bounce up and down.
”Big brash pop that had hints of Charli XCX here and, occasionally, hints of M.I.A. elsewhere.” – Stereogum
Horatios, 1:15pm, Friday 20th May
Horatios, 7:15pm, Friday 20th May
"When one’s eyes are closed and the focus is on only one of the senses, it’s like arriving at the station of Something Great and the experience is much more powerful."
Behind the name The Hearing is Helsinkian musician Ringa Manner – A daydreamer, romantic, nerd, rocker and music enthusiast. Building her layered music with warm vocal harmonies, arbitrary pop melodies, moving rhythms and a strong presence, The Hearing is a must-see act.
The next breakout success from Finland. His dark and hypnotic vocals mixed with icy beats will take you to a place you never knew existed. View’s lyrics focus on introspection and personal issues, giving his music a rare and poignant honesty. By mixing genres and favouring minimalism View has made a name from himself in his homeland.
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