It's been slow going with the photos I took at this year's Great Escape Festival in Brighton, England. Mostly it's been the myriad of tasks that piled up while I was away for over two weeks. Honestly, I could have used another week off just to recover. Anyway, one artist I was anxious to see while at the festival was another Australian artist, Sydney folktronica artist Sophie Payten, also known as Gordi. I caught her first show at Komedia on Thursday, enjoyed the performance so much I followed her to Patterns later that evening for her 2nd show at the festival. It was there where I snapped a few photos of her beguiling performance. Her EP Clever Disguise is out now digitally and will be released in July on Jagjaguwar. One track I have enjoyed many times over is "Can We Work It Out", find it along with the remainder of my photos below.
Another band I was excited to see at The Great Escape this year was Amber Arcades. I'd featured the band's track "Constant's Dream" last year and eagerly awaited their debut LP, Fading Lines, which was released just recently. They've also announced a tour of the states supporting Nada Surf, and I see 3 potential dates to see the band again, Nashville, Birmingham, and Atlanta. Nashville at the end of September looks most promising, but the Birmingham gig is closer and not out of the question.
Their set at Komedia was mobbed, rightfully so, they put on an excellent show. While juggling a pint, sidestepping overzealous fans, and battling with some crazy lighting, I managed to snap a few "decent" photos of the band with my Sony A6000 mirrorless camera. Find the band's video for 'Fading Lines' and my photos from their performance below.
After featuring Swedish electro-punk rockers Dolores Haze here a few times, I was excited to see them on the bill at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton. The band lived up to that excitement with a raucous and unhinged performance at The Green Door Store. The venue was mobbed and far too damn hot and in between pints (to stay hydrated), I managed to snap a few photos of the band. Find my favorite Haze song below and continue scrolling to see the remainder of my photos of their performance.
One artist I was eager to see at The Great Escape Festival was Australian artist Julia Jacklin. Before hopping on my flight, I listened in to what I could find on Soundcloud, Bandcamp, and YouTube and was entirely intrigued by her voice. Seeing her on the schedule three times gave me some flexibility with scheduling and meant I'd at least catch her once. After her first show at Komedia, I had to see her again. I was swept away. I had to see all three performances.
These photos are from her 3rd performance, at the Spiegeltent. The 2nd performance was at The Haunt but sound issues hampered the band's set, causing them to leave the stage after giving it an honest go. I departed, tight schedules you know, and learned later the issues were worked out and they were able to finish their set.
I don't normally do black and white live music photos, but this collection was made for black and white. Enjoy Julia's latest single, 'Pool Party' and find the rest of my photos below.
Another artist I enjoyed at The Great Escape Festival this year was Australian artist Cloves. I followed Leigh of Just Music I Like to the show because I was in between gigs and quite glad that I did. Such a beautiful voice, and it seems her latest track "Don't Forget About Me" is featured in the film Me Before You.
I'd not intended to take photos of her performance because I wasn't close to the stage, and at that time, I'd had a fair few pints. However, I snapped a few pics, and while not up the quality of the photos coming out of my pro camera, they are good enough to share. Find the video for "Don't Forget About Me" and the remainder of my photos below.
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