The Great Escape festival is one of the best festivals in the country and is by far the leading festival for new music discovery from around the planet. We went along this year and saw a variety of acts over the weekend and have picked our favourite five!
Ruby Fields @ The Dive Bar - Beach Site (Saturday 12:10)
Weeks after releasing her latest EP, Ruby Fields was touring the UK. We caught her open up the Dive Bar stage on Saturday. An absolutely incredible set made up of songs from her new EP as well as some her older releases. She has a way of making her music not only catchy but also relatable which makes you sing along more. With the addition of her funny between-song chatter, there is no way you could leave her set in a bad mood. Her live shows are absolutely incredible and when she comes back to the UK she is a must see.
Lady Bird @ The Old Market (Friday 19:15)
When it comes to up and coming punk music, Lady Bird are one of the best out there right now. Their live performances are not one to miss, with their energetic and passionate stage presence, we already knew before that this could be the set of the weekend. Their set included the likes of 'Leave Me Alone', 'Social Potions' and latest single 'Love' and the energy levels of both band and audience did not drop. Having signed to Slaves' label last year 'Girl Fight Records', and after their recent releases, there is no doubt that Lady Bird are one of the most exciting bands around at the moment with a killer live show to keep attracting larger and larger audiences.
Confidence Man @ The Deep End - Beach Site (Saturday 15:05)
Embarrassingly Confidence Man are a band that before The Great Escape are just a band name to me and are not a band I have even listened to before. But having only heard good things, going in completely unaware of what was going to occur over the next half hour only made me more excited. As two masked band members come on stage followed by vocalists Janet Planet and Sugar Bones and I was still completely unsure of what was about to happen. But the dance/pop melodies, drum beats, and synchronised dance routines made it an absolute spectacle. They had costume changes, champagne spraying and a full tent of dancing festival-goers, I do not need to say any more for you to know how incredible this was.
Working Men's Club @ Hideout (Friday 17:30)
After the release of their incredible debut single 'Bad Blood' we have been obsessed with Working Men's Club and were a must see for us. We caught their set on the Friday to a packed Hideout bar. Following the incredible Pip Blom is no easy task but they did not disappoint by any stretch. Their experimental style with synths, guitars and the occasional drum track is mesmerising, and with both Sydney and Giulia performing vocals, their jangly style of post-punk is sounding exceptional. With only a single and B-side released so far, we cannot wait for future releases from the Hull-trio and hopefully a headline tour to go with it.
Emerson Snowe @ The Ditto Stage - Beach Site (Saturday 13:20)
Having seen Emerson Snowe play before with just a backing track played through a cassette player, I was very excited to see him play with a full band. He released his latest EP 'That's Rock 'n' Roll' the same day as the performance so most of his set was made up of songs that featured on the latest release. Playing songs including 'Could You Love Me' and 'Sunlight', the dreamy indie-pop vibes had everyone dancing or nodding along. Coming to the end of his set he had time for an unexpected extra song. After giving the audience the choice of three songs he finally settled on his latest single 'Human' which is another example of Snowe's ability to write catchy upbeat indie pop tunes. The Australian music scene is absolutely incredible right now and Emerson Snowe is absolutely no exception.