To begin at the beginning, noon on Thursday and I was in one of the three venues where the first chords would sound out, upstairs at The Prince Albert.
|Chili and the Whalekillers - an "Icelandic-Austrian" band|
|Model Aeroplanes live at the Brighthelm Centre, Brighton|
So it was a 100 yard sprint to The Brighthelm Centre to hear a few songs from four young guys that form a band called Model Aeroplanes. The bass player gave me a great smile at one stage which I think was for the camera rather than in amusement at the grey haired guy standing at the front....
The pace did not let up at these early stages for after a few songs I was off to the nearby Komedia for Flyying Colours, an Australian band playing before another packed audience.
|Flyying Colours at The Komedia, Brighton|
|The Indien at The Queens Hotel|
|Arkells playing at The Green Door Store, Brighton for The Great Escape 2015|
That is an off stage shot and I really like it, so that's why you get two from this gig. I am sure she was Canadian too!
Now it was back to The Komedia, this time the Studio venue. But things were getting really busy:
Ten minutes in the rain and only two admitted, but at least I was next. Unfortunately the place was rammed and I only had time to enjoy two songs remaining from Kadebostany who look as if the one day may be representing Switzerland on Eurovision. But their music is better than that. I managed to get this shot from the back.
|Kadebostany, a band from Switzerland, at The Komedia Studio|
That was it for the afternoon. There was a natural break in proceedings which gave me time to get home for a break before returning for the evening gigs at the capacious Corn Exchange. Here I had the company of my wife who wanted to see Kate Tempest so she had a separate ticket for that gig. I unfortunately had to buy the same full price ticket - I was a bit peeved that I was not able to get a 'top-up' to my wristband because this was a Great Escape event. Sadly the 'top ups' were sold out before the tickets available to the general public - I am not sure that is the way it should be.
|Hollie McNish was performing on stage first|
|Then there was Kate Tempest reciting her poetry|
|Next up, George the Poet with his band|
|And finally Kate Tempest again, this time with her band|
That was it for Thursday. After the intensity of Kate Tempest I was too knackered for anything else!
Friday was my wife's birthday. Her interest in The Great Escape did not extend to taking time of work (she couldn't anyway) so I was out on my own. But at least it was not raining, and again I started at The Prince Albert.
|Orla Gartland - from Ireland|
|Gabrielle Papillon, from Nova Scotia|
|Violet Skies at The Hub|
Another new venue to me, The Paganini Ballroom was easier to find despite the handbook map placing it in the wrong street. There I enjoyed Blaue Blume, a band from Denmark, and a little of Groenland, another Canadian band, this time from Montreal.
|Blaue Blume at The Paganini Ballroom, Brighton|
|Groenland at The Paganini Ballroom, Brighton|
I left after a couple of numbers by Groenland because I wanted to catch The Zombies. Yes, The Zombies - Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone, at a tiny pub venue, the Black Lion. These gigs were part of The Alternative Escape and unlike The Great Escape gigs which ran like clockwork, this was running behind. When I arrived, on stage were Millions who are a band who had come all the way from Brisbane, Australia. The room was crammed but between sets I was able to wriggle my way to the front for Rod and Colin.
|Millions play The Alternative Escape at The Black Lion|
|Colin Blunstone and Rod Argent, a Zombies acoustic set at The Black Lion, Brighton|
That was it for the Friday. I did not have any must-see bands lined up for the evening and it was my wife's birthday...
Like that Friday I am knackered, so I will write about Saturday separately!
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