Thursday, 1 June 2017

Tigmus at The Great Escape Festival (May 2017)

A couple of weekends ago Team Tigmus headed down to not so sunny Brighton for The Great Escape, a 3-day festival with live music, conferences and all the free brunches and drinks parties our hearts could desire. As well as all this, we were there to run our own stage as part of the Alternative Escape at the wonderful North Laines Brewhouse on the Saturday, but first here's a little rundown of what we got up to on Thursday and Friday!

After kicking off the first day of the festival, a dreary rain-filled Thursday, with brunch at Dead Wax Social which had been taken over by the lovely folks at Music Glue, we caught a couple of panels at Duke's at Komedia for the drugs conference, including 'Music Making & Drug Taking'. A couple of us braved the rain and headed over to the Vevo stage at Wagner Hall to catch the end of Will Joseph Cook's stripped back set, which we followed up by a walk to Queen's Hotel on the seafront, where we dried off and caught one of my favourite sets of the weekend from Fil Bo Riva - check out his track Like Eye Did here. After fuelling up with burgers and catching up with the lovely Low Island chaps we caught some more live music from OUTLYAThe Amazons and another stand out act from the weekend - Leo Stannard, whose performance has already developed so much in the year since I last caught him playing.

Leo Stannard at Harbour Hotel
After drying out in our Airbnbs the sun came out (slightly) on Friday, and a couple of us headed to The Old Courtroom with Dazy Crown's Thomas for a really interesting talk hosted by PRS entitled 'Evolving as an artist with Marika Hackman' where Marika, her producer Charlie Andrew (Alt-J, Sivu), radio plugger Claire Collins and Tim Dellow from Transgressive were chaired by Radio 6 Music's Tom Ravenscroft, discussing her career as a musician and the work behind her second record, which is set to be released this Friday. It was really interesting getting an insight into just a small part of the team behind a musician and the different responsibilities that they all have!

Evolving as an artist with Marika Hackman panel at The Old Courtroom

This talk was followed by some great parties hosted by French organisation Oui Love (by bureau export), PRS for Music and Music Glue (with a Bear's Den DJ set, no less!) Once we'd taken a trip to the beach to make the most of the weekend's sun we headed to Komedia to catch MarthaGunn on my recommendation - thankfully the rest of the team enjoyed their set! They were opening up the Communion showcase and have since announced that they've signed to the label, so big congrats are in order! A perfect pairing if ever there was one. Once they'd finished, all our energies went into catching what we anticipated (rightly so) would be the stand out set of the weekend from our pals Low Island. It was a short walk away at Patterns and on the way we bumped into last year's Tigmus stage headliners Strong Asian Mothers who performed a card trick for us on the street... it was my first TGE personally, and a big highlight was all the friends and Tigmus alumni we bumped into across the weekend, walking with The Travelling Band's Jo to the venue and seeing Willie J Healey once we were there.

As we thought, Oxford's Low Island were pretty incredible and seem destined for great things... they've just spent the weekend playing at Dot To Dot Festival in Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham as well as stopping off at Oxford's Common People, and after a successful London show a couple of weeks back they're heading back for back-to-back shows at Corsica Studios in November, finishing up a UK tour, with lots of dates to be announced (tickets for those shows here.) Their latest release is the total tune That Kind of Love which you can check out on Soundcloud here! Once their set had finished we rushed back across town to see if we could get in to Komedia again to catch the Communion headliner, Dan Croll, and we got in just in time to catch his last track, From Nowhere - the perfect party tune. Look out for his new record Emerging Adulthood in July!

Low Island at Patterns

Suddenly Saturday had arrived and we fixed our lack of sleep with a delicious veggie breakfast from Wai Kika Moo Kau (if in Brighton we hugely recommend it) before heading to North Laines Brewhouse to kick off the afternoon session of our stage. From 12-4 we had the wonderful Catgod, Holly Redford Jones, Brudini, NeonomoraHazey Jane and Valaire, and after a little break Pace, JYLDABare Traps, The Fin., Gutxi Bibang and Little Brother Eli played us through til 11pm! After months of planning it was great to see the stage come together and to see lots of our favourite artists all in one day. The venue was really busy all day so huge thanks if you popped along for a set or two and helped to make it a great day - check out the Tigmus Instagram for photos from each set.


Be sure to also check out our album on Facebook for photos from across the weekend! After another brilliant and sold out show last week at Oxford's Sheldonian Theatre with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan and The Fusion Project we're going full steam ahead to Wesley Memorial Church (just round the corner in Oxford) for Sam Lee and Duotone today, 1st June (tickets). Keep an eye on the Tigmus site for full upcoming listings for the Summer!

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