CMU Approved CMU Playlists The Great Escape 2017

Playlist: The Great Escape 2017

By | Published on Thursday 18 May 2017

The Great Escape

While your main reason for being in Brighton for The Great Escape this week is obviously to attend the CMU Insights conference, your delegates pass will also get you in to see some bands too. Over 450 of them, in fact. That’s not the easiest of schedules to navigate.

Our favoured strategy for finding your new favourite act is to pick things at random. However, there are some that we’re already excited about seeing. We’ve picked ten of them for this here Spotify playlist:

1. Confidence Man – Boyfriend (Repeat)
Confidence Man drew a lot of attention with their debut single, ‘Boyfriend (Repeat)’, eventually leading to a record deal with Heavenly. Their infectious pop should serve them well at TGE.
Thursday, 12.10pm – Komedia
Thursday, 11.30pm – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar
Saturday, 1.30pm – Horatio’s

2. Will Joseph Cook – Take Me Dancing
Speaking of infectious pop, Will Joseph Cook does a nice line in just that. ‘Take Me Dancing’ is a stand out track from his debut album, released earlier this year.
Thursday, 2.30pm – Wagner Hall
Thursday, 9pm – Wagner Hall

3. Gallops – Pale Force
Gallops split in 2013, which was upsetting because their debut album, ‘Yours Sincerely, Dr Hardcore’, was great. Thankfully, they thought better of their decision, reuniting for a follow-up, ‘Bronze Mystic’, which was released this year.
Friday, 1.15pm – Latest Music Bar
Friday, 12am – Komedia

4. Aldous Harding – Imagining My Man
The release date of Aldous Harding’s second album, ‘Party’, coincides with this year’s Great Escape, which is handy. The intimate and distinct songwriting style should make for two memorable shows at the festival.
Thursday, 11.15pm – Paginini Ballroom
Friday, 3.15pm – One Church

5. Ama Lou – Lost My Home
Quietly emerging as a strong songwriter over a series of single releases since late last year, Ama Lou sets her classically trained voice into some striking pop.
Friday, 10.15pm – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar

6. Fifi Rong – Future Never Comes
The first voice you here when you press play on Skepta’s ‘Konnichiwa’ album, Fifi Rong returned to her solo work in grand style last year with ‘Future Never Comes’.
Friday, 10pm – The Arch

7. SaraSara – Euphoria
SaraSara’s Matthew Herbert co-produced debut album, ‘Amorfati’, skirts the fine line between eccentric and accessible. It’s a balancing act she pulls off perfectly.
Friday, 8pm – Latest Music Bar

8. Noga Erez – Dance While You Shoot
Preparing to release her debut album, ‘Off The Radar’, next month, Noga Erez’s politically charged, visceral music should make for an exciting live show.
Friday, 10.30pm – Komedia Studio

9. Aristophanes – Humans Become Machines
Best known for her appearance on Grimes’ last album, Taiwanese rapper Aristophanes released her debut album, ‘Humans Become Machines’, earlier this year, the title of which sees Grimes return the favour.
Thursday, 12am – Coalition

10. Dream Wife – FUU
Playing on home turf, having formed at art school in Brighton, Dream Wife will be showing off their reknowned live talents. So we’ll end our playlist with their most incendiary track.
Friday, 11pm – Wagner Hall
Saturday, 9.30pm – Stick Mike’s Frog Bar

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