This coming May, talented bands and artists from New Zealand will be making their way to the south of England to perform at the annual music festival, The Great Escape.Since being founded in 2006, The Great Escape has been firmly established internationally as the leading event for showcasing new music. Taking place in Brighton over 3 days in May, The Great Escape kicks starts the festival season, introducing 15,000 music lovers to the key artists and sounds of the year. With over 300 bands playing in 30 venues over 3 days, The Great Escape is the key date in the music calendar. In addition to pre-publicised performances, impromptu street gigs spring up all over town. The Alternative Escape, numerous club nights, label parties, industry showcases, unique collaborations and outdoor gigs all add to the festivities.
3.30PM: The Beths:
Auckland four-piece The Beths channel their longtime friendship into high-energy guitar pop with a smart lyrical bite. 2018 was a breakout year for The Beths, beginning with a signing to Carpark Records, a world tour, and the release on August 10 of their freshman album Future Me Hates Me. The title track ‘Future Me Hates Me’ has been received enthusiastically by audiences worldwide, and second single ‘Happy Unhappy’ was named “Song of the Summer” by Rolling Stone Magazine.www.thebeths.com
Made up of five independently talented and successful members who were looking for a new creative outlet unconstrained by over-thinking, over-planning, and excessive control; LEISURE are an anomaly in the music industry. This unusual melting-pot of contributions means LEISURE is greater than the sum of its parts, each member bringing different influences from 70s funk, to 90s rap and R&B, all the way to dance music from the early 2000s. Each member also brings a different skill set – strong pop song writing sensibilities, experimental production techniques, and the talent to mix and master their own work.http://www.theleisurecollective.com/
1.30PM: Drax Project
Drax Project are an exquisite marriage of stellar musicianship and killer songs. This combination, coupled with their incendiary live show has led them on a two year run of sold out venues as both headliners and openers. The group started busking on the streets of Wellington before gaining a following after re-working vocal hooks of famous pop songs into saxophone licks and has since seen an astronomical rise to success. The four-piece made up of Shaan, Matt, Ben and Sam have signed to a major label, recorded with artists such as Hailee Steinfeld (on their hit single ‘Woke Up Late’) and Rich The Kid and played alongside acts such as Ed Sheeran, Camila Cabello and Lorde. https://www.draxproject.com/
12.30PM: Soaked Oats
Soaked Oats are a young four-piece band hailing from Dunedin, New Zealand who have been described as “a southern stew of Kurt Vile and Mac DeMarco with a good shake of Kevin Morby”. Since forming in early 2017 the band have come to notoriety for writing songs about stoned fruit (‘Avocado Aficionado’, ‘I’m a Peach’), have completed a multitude of tours around home country New Zealand, dates in Australia and the United States – becoming known for endearing live performances showcasing the bands penchant for joyous songwriting and high energy shows. https://soakedoats.bandcamp.com/