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Today is our last Irish band of the day feature so saving the best till last we are presenting the mesmeriseing Sacred Animals. Songwiter Darragh Nolan presents his interpretation of electronic, ambient folk that is truly stunning. Sacred Animals are another special addition to our festival, haunting us with their melancholic but pretty an intimate creations in the same vein as Thom York .This is another act that is part of MusicFromIreland (MFI) who The Great Escape is partnering with for this years festival.
Good Morning all!
This year we are welcoming Irish three peice Funeral Suits to the TGE stage. Funeral Suits bring blistering pop fused with distorted guitars, electronica and moody soundscapes. The act have recently finished recording their debut album where they have worked with the producer Steven Street (The Smiths). Funeral Suits are feautured as part of our Music From Ireland partnership and will be performing at a special showcase for MFI acts on May 12th 12 -4pm at the Prince Albert along with other Irish talent Sacred Animals, And So I Watch You From Afar and Fionn Regan.
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Its day 8 of our Irish band of the day feature and today we would like to present the magnificent Cap Pas Cap. This act bring us an edgy blend of dance orientated post-punk, essentially enthralling electric anthems with a punch.
Their debut album ‘Haunted Light’ gathered fantastic acclaim and rightly so!:
4/5 : “Edgy and finely crafted, Cap Pas Cap’s unsettling grooves are an enthralling experience.” - Sunday Business Post
4/5 : “This is one of the Irish albums of the year” - Metro Ireland
4/5 : “At times they sound like the best bits of CSS and New Young Pony Club but all the while there is something altogether more mysterious going on.” - Sunday Tribune
Good morning all! For our Irish band of the day #7 we have an extraordinary treasure for you in the shape of Dublin three piece Halves. Halves create an atmospheric and cinematic live experience through the blend of a vast range of electo acoustic instruments. Their debut album ‘It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever)’ gained the accolade of a mercury award nomination and ensued in much critical acclaim;
The Irish Independent “hauntingly brilliant” ****
The Irish Times Album Of The Week “a debut that works from its first moment to its last…music that belongs to the witching hour” ****
Good Morning my fellow TGE fanatics. This is round six of our Irish Band of The Day tournament and todays champion is the compelling Rhob Cunningham. This acoustic folk artist has thrived from a wealth of gorgeous melodies and lyrical prowess to match. Artist Rhob Cunningham has been a tour buddy of fellow Music For Ireland act Villagers and we are just trilled to add him to our TGE 2011 line up!
IRISH BAND OF THE DAY # 5 - JAMES VINCENT MCMORROW
Good morning all. Today we have another incredible Irish artist to present to you for our Irish band of the day. James Vincent McMorrow’s soothing and organic folk tales have gathered him significant critical acclaim for his 2010 debut album, ’ Early in the Morning’. This is music of beauty and serenity and his live shows follow suit garnering the captivating atmosphere where a pin drop would be audible amist the beguiled audience following every word. It is a delight to have James Vincent McMorrow perform for us at The Great Escape and this show will certainly be one that should be cherished.
WHAT - MORE BANDS - HOW DO YOU DO IT - MORE STAGES
TOO MANY CHOICES ALREADY… WELL HERE’S SOME MORE FOR YOU.
Rory Phillips, The Xcerts, The Deer Tracks, The History of Apple Pie, I Am Oak, Rodney Fisher, Ben Caplan, We Were Evergreen, Woodenbox, Freeze The Atlantic, Flux, Sridhar / Thayil, The Victorian English Gentleman Club, My first Tooth, We Are The Physics, Jumping Ships, Stagecoach, Hoodlums, The Castells, Royal Republic, Megan Goodwin, Argonaut, The High Jinks, Jakil, The Long Insiders, Sons And Lovers, Tall Ships, The Beautiful Word, Common Tongues, Mean Poppa Lean, Gentleman Starkey and Attack!Attack!
GO MOP YOUR BROWS, LAY DOWN AND RESURFACE TO PLAN FURTHER WHEN YOU ARE RESTED
Hello you lovely Great Escape Festival Fanatics! This is our fourth Irish band of the day and we are very privileged to be presenting the stunning Fionn Regan. This artist joins us with his compelling songwriting talent, mesmeric voice reminiscent of Rufus Wainright and a Mercury nomination under his belt for his debut ‘The End Of History’. Fionn returns to the road this May joing us at The Great Escape where you may be lucky enough to hear some of his long awaited new material. His second installment ‘The Shadow Of An Empire’ also gathered admirable acclaim:
“Regan’s second album sees the young dubliner plug in to a similar ragged, rockabily vein to Dylan’s mid-60’s classics”
Q – 4 Stars ****
“Words and images tumble out, and by the end, you’re thoroughly dazzled”
The Guardian – 4 Stars ****
“As a singer, lyricist and musician Fionn Regan fizzes with bravado and wit”
MOJO – 4 Stars ****
Today is our third Irish band of the day and we would like to present the fantastic pop punk four peice Fight Like Apes. This act specialise in shaking things up with their confrontational but charming pop-rock.Fight Like Apes released ‘Something Global’ in Ireland to coincide with their Oxegen gig and the single charted in the Irish Top 40. This coincided with the UK release of ‘Lend Me Your Face’ which enjoyed extensive radio support from BBC Radio 1 and BBC 6 Music.
The act have had admirable touring activity so far including high profile gigs at Oxegen, Glastonbury, Castle-palooza, Green Man, Indie-pendence, Reading / Leeds and we cant wait for them to join us at TGE 2011!
IRISH BAND OF THE DAY # 2 - AND SO I WATCH YOU FROM AFAR
Good Morning all, this is the second day of our Music From Ireland feature on band of the day and we are lucky enough to present the glorious offering of Northern Ireland four piece And So I Watch You From Afar. The act specialise in complex Instrumental Rock that is dramatic and adventurous, combining hardcore influences with the more contemporary style of math rock. Last year the act got a spot at the SXSW festival and were nominated for the XFM New Music Album of the Year and Ireland’s Choice Music Prize! And So I Watch You From Afar is another must see act on TGE’s fabulous line up for 2011!
“The sound of someone crashing an oil tanker through Sigur Ros’ ice float” - NME
“Sounds like the end of the world!!” - KERRANG!
ROCKSOUND ONES TO WATCH 2009
We have a new stage at TGE this year. This is the one stage that we can safely say every festival goer will see.
Can you guess where it is?? That’s right! I assume everyone of you guessed the sparkly new FESTIVAL HUB.
This is where everyone exchanges their wristbands, gets their programs, there’s a bar and places to hang out and nice things dotted about.. INCLUDING A STAGE!
The hub is located in the centre of town, Jubilee Square, and just opposite where all the conference talks are held so also good for industry passersby!
There are shows going on all day long and we’ve saved a few of slots for y’all. Here are the guidelines:
No bass amp (we can DI your bass)
No Swearing (public place, save the ears of the elderly, impressionable or generally polite people please)
This doesn’t mean you have to play folk music though, although very welcome. Get creative! We’d love some upbeat entries too.
So, register your band on Sonicbids HERE It’s free. Just select the NO COST ‘Activate and Submit’ tab.
Once done, drop us a wee email on firstname.lastname@example.org with the day you are available Wed-Sat and a link to your Sonicbids page.
Submissions end Thurs 2pm. Successful applicants will be notified by the end of the day on Thurs.
GOOD LUCK FROM TEAM TGE xxx
Right you lovely lot, the count down to TGE 2011 is officially on and to celebrate this oh so joyous occasion we will be treating you (daily) with a helping of our new Irish Band of the Day! Ireland is this year’s partner country and we will be spoiling your ears with some of their first class talent that will be ready and waiting for you in Brighton.
Hailing from Dublin, Villagers is Conar J O’Brien’s creative output for his effortlessly warm acoustic/folk creations. Villagers produce both empowering folk ballads and more melancholic numbers evoking acts such as Radiohead. Last year Villagers debut album ‘Becoming a Jackal’ was nominated for the Mercury music prize and shot to the top of the Irish and UK indie charts. The act has supported the likes of Tracy Chapman and Elbow on their mammoth tour of the UK and Ireland this March and we are trilled to add them to the 2011 TGE line up!
Dutch exports I am Oak are a new addition to TGE’s line-up. The band’s experimental folk is a glorious mix of minimalistic sounds comprising of guitar, organ and banjo. These harmoniously married with singer/songwriter Thijs’ soothing and gentle tones take you away to a land of dreamy folk, a wilderness of poetry where Thijs’ love of nature and melody are as clear as a summer’s day.