Band of The Day #513 - The New Tigers
Another wicked band hailing from Finland are The New Tigers. After releasing their debut in 2011 filled with blissful fuzzy pop, the band lost their beloved drummer Kece to the United Nations; but with the line-up change also came a slight change in sound mixing in some shoegaze-flavoured indie. The result is ‘The Badger’ which was released only last December.
The four-piece will tour in Germany around their album release before coming back to visit Brighton shores, don’t miss this highly addictive band.
This intriguing five-piece hailing from Kuopio, Finland has been writing and playing together since 2012, although their roots go as far back as the late 90s. Brothers Anssi and Samuli Neuvonen have always created music together; even to the extent of sold-out EPs and touring in Europe. Under new line-up and new name NEØV released their debut ‘Orange Morning’ via Finnish Indie Label Fullsteam Records last spring. With their dreamy, shoegazed sound perfectly paired with longing and yielding vocals the blogosphere quickly met this with enthusiastic responses, praising ‘Orange Morning’.
NEØV are currently working on their follow up and we can hopefully hear some new tracks when they join us in May.
Band of The Day #511 - Mirel Wagner
Mirel Wagner appeared on our Band of the Day blog over a year ago but she’s back as part of our Finnish feature week.
This Finnish acoustic-folk lady has gathered critical acclaim for her self-titled debut from the likes of The Guardian, Pitchfork, NPR Music, New York Times, Vogue and many more. It’s the minimalist, dark, folk music on which she gracefully lays her intimate and moving lyrics about love and mostly death, which has people talking.
Mirel Wagner will release a new record this summer worldwide via Sub Pop Records until then we are looking forward to a beautifully gloomy live show at The Great Escape.
Now these brothers are surely no newcomers back home in Finland anymore. After 4 number one albums and several award nominations it is time for them to move on and dive into foreign waters. Although our UK shores might not be as foreign to them; as the Helsinki band has accepted their ‘Anthem of The Year’ award for their single ‘Flowers and Rust’ last year in London’s Kew Gardens. On top of that they were also nominated as ‘Breakthrough Artist of The Year’ by the Progressive Music Awards.
The Von Hertzen Brothers might bring you progressive rock with classic rock elements and always infused with something fresh and modern; but they always create something “from the heart”, as their band name suggests.
Before stopping off in Brighton The Von Hertzen Brothers will explore the UK on their upcoming tour in April.
Back home in Finland everybody knows not to miss a show by six-piece The Scenes. They are wild, overflowing with energy and certainly not afraid to shut any venue down. Just like their live show The Scenes would describe their debut album as “a mixture of violence and beauty” and it certainly is. Those boys are anything far from quiet. Their experimental, punk rock plus “a male Janis Joplin” in form of singer Konsta Koivisto can only mean riot.
They have released their debut “Images Of Animals Crying In Public” last April and have received support from YleX, the Finish National radio station for rock and pop.
The Scenes are now moving their incredibly mayhem live show to UK shores and they should not be missed.
Satellite Stories are one of our fantastic Finish acts this year and if you are into the fun, dancy indie pop by the likes of Two Door Cinema Club you will surely love these Finish lads.
Since releasing their debut album ‘Phrases To Break The Ice’ the four-piece from Oulu have toured Europe excessively, including performances at the Dot to Dot Festival, Arenal Sound, Flow Festival, and Lowlands Festival. Their second album ‘Pine Trails’ has received support from the blogosphere with lead single ‘Campfire’ taking the No.1 spot on the Hype Machine charts.
Satellite Stories are currently touring Europe and we highly advice you to try and catch these boys at The Great Escape Festival 2014 as they are the perfect party band.
Jaakko Eino Kalevi truly is a little wunderkind. Part-time tram driver and full-time dreamer, the Helsinki musician creates intelligent and soulful music, laced with dreamy synths and sensual melodies. His airy songs flit between the influences of disco, new-wave, jazz and lo-fi. And just wait until you hear that sax solo on ‘No End’….
Back home he has already built up a cult following, releasing his own music on local labels for years and now seemingly out of nowhere he has swayed over the UK with his recently released Dreamzone EP. We are very excited to have Jaakko on board with TGE this year as part of our Finnish line-up.
Here it is, the second announcement poster for #TGE14! 3 Day Saver tickets are on sale now HERE and selling fast:
Whether it is a tiny, intimate show at Above Audio, a street gig in Jubilee Square or a packed-out show at The Corn Exchange, The Great Escape is always going to be special with Dry The River on board.
We are very proud to say that these East London boys are firm alumni of TGE and we are delighted to have them back again this year. The folk rock band, fronted by Pete Liddle, combine gentle acoustic led melodies with ballsy rock-out moments in the same set. They’ve come a long way since their self-produced EP’s and DIY touring to releasing their debut record ‘Shallow Bed’ in 2012.
Having spent most of 2013 on the road supporting Biffy Clyro or in Iceland working on their second studio album, we are excited to see what Dry The River have planned for 2014.
London producer Jon Hopkins has made a rep for himself with his work with no other than Brian Eno and Coldplay; but the electronic mastermind has also received 2 Mercury Prize short listings: one for his 2011 collaboration with King Creosote ‘Diamond Mine’ and last year for his 4th solo record ‘Immunity’. And what a beast of an album it is, Hopkins’ holds nothing back; ‘Immunity’ is the ecstasy your mind and body feels solely by the power of music.
Jon Hopkins is a true genius when it comes to the magic of electronic music and comes as no surprise that he played an incredible set to a sold out crowd at The Forum just last weekend. He is a true standout artist on our festival line-up this year and it’ll certainly be one of the gigs to remember from TGE14.
Now how many 20-year-olds can show off support slots with Coldplay, Santigold and Sleigh Bells, boast over 2.5 million views on YouTube, a global number 1 with Icona Pop and all of that without having released a debut album yet? Well one 20-year-old can – that’s Charli XCX
. With an excess of emotive, dark pop songs she has managed to become the centre of a whirlwind of hype. Her debut “True Romance” is due to be released on April 15th and has become reality with the help of no other than Ariel Reichstadt (Usher, Solange) and Patrik Berger (Robyn, Lana del Rey).
We are very proud to have her on our festival line-up this year, her live set promises to be nothing short of mindblowing. Make sure you don’t miss it!
Arthur Beatrice are unique, like ying and yang, day and night, two opposites finding unison in one another. Their songs arise from a creation of conflict - no compromising - finding something a lot more interesting.
Challenging the listener to reconsider what they hear, and letting them find their own meaning behind Arthur Beatrice’s “ambiguous” lyrics.
The four-piece is all about keeping a tight grip on their independence and are taking all the time they need to complete their debut. Take a listen to their track below and make sure you mark them as a must-see band this TGE.
Hailing from Blackpool, three-piece Darlia are said to be “one of the most exciting new guitar bands in the UK”.
Infectious lyrics and raw energy combined with their youthful enthusiasm and anxious Kurt Cobain-esque vocals definitely has put them on our list of ones to watch this year.
Their track ‘Candyman’ was last night crowned Zane Lowe’s Hottest Record in the World Right Now and you can listen again here. The band will be releasing their new EP on 31st March.
Firstly our congratulations must go to this talented young soul who stole the limelight at last night’s BRIT Awards - not only for THAT dazzling catsuit she donned for her explosive performance - but for picking up Best British Single for her chart-topping track with Rudimental, ‘Waiting All Night’.
Ella Eyre may only be 19 years old, but this feisty BRIT School graduate is packing star quality. Her husky voice and Motown inspired songwriting reveals a maturity beyond her years and her incredible live performance holds her in the top league of the game.
She is currently working on her debut album, set to be released this summer and she will be supporting our first announced Dome Show headliner, Kelis at The Great Escape 2014.
Jeremiah Jae is an MC, Producer, Visual Artist and one string of the Chicago Collective: Black Jungle Squad. Following the release of an 11 track EP entitled ‘Dxnce’ Jae earned himself a deal with Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder Records, becoming the first rapper on the prolific LA label.
He has since released a trio of 7” called ‘The Dirty Collection’ and co-produced ‘The Kill Off EP’ by one of his own artists’ Oliver the 2nd. Before getting down to Brighton, the Chicago native will support Madlib at his UK stop in London.