Building riffs, infectious melodies and tunes worthy of mass sing-a-longs, this year’s Great Escape line-up is bursting with a contingency of guitar-wielding bands keeping the spirit of good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll well and truly alive.
Swapping the sunnier climate of Melbourne in Australia for Brighton beach, four-piece Gold Class are on hand to fill the Editors shaped hole in any 2005 indie die-hard fan, while closer to home Londoners (via one Liverpudlian frontman) JUDAS will prove just why they have been described as the lovechild of U2 and Kings of Leon. Anteros are returning for a second year after filling King’s Road’s Paganini Ballroom to capacity last summer, washing down relatable lyrics laced with Blondie-esque musicality, especially on latest single ‘Drunk’.
Brighton natives The Magic Gang and Tigercub may have a different sound within the realms of indie and alternative sonic offerings but both will be sure to thrash out sets laden with contagious guitar lines threatening to be stuck in your head for the entirety of festival season. Honey Lung are set to appear too, fresh from their stints on national radio with new cut ‘Sophomore’, and bringing a fizzing concoction of scuzzy stringed instruments and vocals drowning in distortion.
But if you like your music to be genre splicing and sense stimulating, then HMLTD are the band for you. The South London ensemble have easily built up the biggest reputation on the line-up, alongside Cabbage, for being wonderfully weird and charismatically chaotic, offering a theatrical show rather than a six song set, it’s definitely one not to be missed.
Words by Shannon Cotton