The Great Escape Festival 2019
Thursday 9th-Saturday 11th May 2019
Various venues across Brighton
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19-year-old Kara Marni has been infatuated with music for as long as she can remember. With her adolescent years being soundtracked by classic soul artists, it was on the school run while hearing her mum playing Minnie Riperton’s Loving You that her interest in music was fully realised. From that moment Marni spent hours listening to the track, hoping one day to mimic the iconic whistle register with which Riperton is synonymous with.
Fast-forward to her teen years and she’s set up camp in a shed at the bottom of her garden. It was here that Marni nurtured her voice by attempting to imitate the likes of soul icons Roberta Flack and Anita Baker. This influence of soul icons alongside her appreciation for contemporary greats including Amy Winehouse and Lauryn Hill, has inspired her to develop her own incredible vocal talent.
Self-described as “soul with a sprinkling of pop,” Marni has a voice beyond her years, with soaring, vocals and a distinct sound that sets her firmly in her own lane.
Starting their musical journey while studying in Leeds, North London duo Jim (vocals) and Dan (acoustic guitar, vocals) quickly developed a distinctive sound. Deriving from their joint love of close vocal harmony, and rhythmic finger-style acoustic guitar, the pair started writing songs inspired by the likes of Bombay Bicycle Club and Half Moon Run.
After breaks on platforms such as Mahogany sessions as an acoustic indie-folk act, they quickly moved back to London with the aim of expanding their sound. Now signed to Mahogany Records and backed by a full band of Ben (drums), Reeve (bass) and Dan Lee (electric guitar), KAWALA have started making waves in the live scene, finding inspiration from a range of musical styles.
The sound has developed through the use of afrobeat-esque drums, atmospheric electric hooks and strong rhythmic bass, yet still maintaining the focus on the core indie-folk two part vocal and acoustic.
Emily Burns is on the fast track to becoming one of the most exciting artists emerging from the UK. Her latest single “Damn Good Liar” is the follow up to the release of her debut mini-album, “Seven Scenes From The Same Summer”. Born in Edinburgh, Scotland, Emily realised a love for English language and creative writing at a very young age, which naturally led to her penning lyrics and sharing her genuine experiences through music, bringing the listener into her world. This ambition led her to receive plays on local BBC radio stations, an invitation to the BBC Introducing Masterclass at the legendary Abbey Roads Studios and a consequential relocation to London where she found a home for her first record, on 37 Adventures. Emily’s debut has amassed more than 15+ million streams worldwide and continues to gain support from across the board, including Tove Styrke who invited Emily to support on her recent UK Tour. She’s a true rising talent, and her output cements her into a canon of artists who expertly thread intimate experiences into far-reaching, catchy pop songs – ones that have a surface, universal appeal, but, underneath all that, also reveal touching, heartfelt moments. Emily is currently working on her next series of singles, to be released independently in 2019 through her own label, and announcing headline dates very soon.
Despite being young and seemingly unexperienced, the eighteen-year old BRÍET has been playing live since she was fifteen. Her music is a mixture of R&B and Electro-pop which soothingly gets under your skin and won't leave you unsatisfied.
Following impressive live outings at The Great Escape, Truck Festival and Tramlines, Zuzu has today revealed her massive debut single “Get Off”.
The Liverpudlian newcomer - whose influences range from The Beatles through Bright Eyes to Pavement - blends crunching indie-rock guitars with her no-nonsense vocal work to create the brilliantly angsty hue, aligning with the likes of Courtney Barnett, for whom she recently opened.
Of the track Zuzu says: “Get Off” is about not taking any shit from people trying to control you. I guess the song came out of frustration of not being heard…”
Fontaines D.C. met as a quintet in Dublin, influenced and driven in equal measure by the rich history of their hometown’s counter-culture, their response has been to make concise and immediately authentic indie-punk that has done anything but fall on deaf ears.
The last nine months have seen Fontaines D.C. release three hotly received double A-side singles, all of which were named as singles of the week by Rough Trade, and garnered early support from the likes of Steve Lamacq and others on BBC 6 Music, as well as earning feature space from every major Irish publication. Similarly, the band have played a number of shows across Europe, Ireland and the UK earning a reputation for their brooding and trenchant live performances, supporting the likes of The Horrors, Girl Band and The Lemon Twigs, as well as playing festival slots at Electric Picnic, Hard Working Class Heroes and Other Voices.
Previous singles such as ‘Liberty Belle’ and ‘Hurricane Laughter’ call to mind the likes of the Modern Lovers, The Fall, Iggy Pop and The Strokes, seamlessly blending immediate lyrical hooks with melodic golden-era indie instrumentation, and ‘70s Stooges punk thrust, all of which is strewn with defiant rock and roll overtones. On their new AA Side Single ‘Chequeless Reckless/ Boys In The Better Land" the band have decided to delve even deeper into their influences (which they personally cite as spanning from The La’s, to The Pogues to Buddy Holly) employing hypnotic, kraut-rock infused cyclical riffs, whilst channelling Dublin into their concise and often-unassumingly poetic lyrics with a distinctive gritty Irish drawl.
"This band just keep getting better and better" - Rough Trade
"Snarling, Swaggering Post Punk" - Stereogum
"The energy, the urgency and the emotion of these brilliant new songs made me stand up and take notice that this is the band I've been waiting for" - John Richards - KEXP, Seattle
"I've played this about 15 times since yesterday. It's a bit like hearing Idles for the first time. I really think there's something here" - Steve Lamacq / BBC 6 Music
The Howl & The Hum are a miserable disco who write Bond themes for films where Jimmy is still hung up on that girl. They combine dark hypnotic pop with post-punk influences, pierced with lyrics that make you call your mum the next morning.
Following acclaimed sets at Neighbourhood Festival and Loopallu and a debut tour of the Scottish Highlands in 2017, the York-based 4-piece embarked on their first headline tour in England in early 2018 to coincide with the release of new single ‘Portrait I’. Following this the band are releasing a series of new songs leading up to their first festival season featuring an appearance at Citadel Festival.
"expansive indie songwriting that nods towards Massive Attack or Portishead." - Clash Magazine
"Their debut EP, Godmanchester Chinese Bridge is just the right amounts of accessible yet still unerringly cool and ’emotional’." - Crack In The Road
"The Howl And The Hum are a seriously great band, from whom you will be hearing a great deal more in the coming months." - Tom Robinson, BBC 6Music