The Great Escape 2013 – Lessons Learnt

The Great Escape 2013 – Lessons Learnt

#TGE2013. The SXSW by the sea. Brighton’s beauty. Yeah, we’re talking about the Great Escape 2013 here.

Things I’ve Learnt –

1. In the evenings, pick a venue and stay there.
On Friday evening we queued for 45 minutes to get into Komedia for Little Green Cars (forgettable) and John Newman (good, but very much not my jam), followed by 90 minutes to get into The Warren for Iggy Azalea and Arlissa. In retrospect, we should have gone to The Warren at the beginning of the evening and stayed put. On Saturday we spent an excellent evening in Digital for Lulu James, and CHVRCHES, with minimal queuing.

 

John Newman @ Komedia, The Great Escape Festival

John Newman @ Komedia, The Great Escape Festival

2. During the day, try lots of different bands in different venues.
We were only down for the day on Saturday (pesky day jobs), but wandered from The Mesmerist (Hjaltalin) to the Dome (Rainy Milo) to Queen’s Hotel (Christine and the Queens) to The Old Ship Hotel (Chloe Howl) and got into each with no queuing.

 

Chloe Howl @ The Old Ship, The Great Escape

Chloe Howl @ The Old Ship, The Great Escape

3. If a venue smells of piss when you go in, you won’t notice it for long.
I’m looking at you, Digital.

 

MØ @ Digital, The Great Escape

MØ @ Digital, The Great Escape

4. If you see your favourite blogger, say hello.
They might be nice and interesting and give you a CD. Thanks Breaking More Waves (You should all follow him by the way. He’s great)!

5. Don’t turn up half an hour before a buzz act.
We were there almost two hours before Iggy Azalea and only made it in with 20 minutes to spare. We spent the whole of Saturday evening in Digital. Many people didn’t make it in for CHVRCHES.

 

CHVRCHES @ Digital, The Great Escape

CHVRCHES @ Digital, The Great Escape

6. Three people bent over synthesizers does not make for an interesting show.
Sorry Eaux.

7. Sometimes the schedulers get it wrong.
Rainy Milo before The Midnight Beast? In a venue filled with teenagers waiting impatiently for some parody hip hop from TV personalities? Bad fit. She deserved a more intimate spot with people there to see her.

 

Iggy Azalea @ The Warren, The Great Escape

Iggy Azalea @ The Warren, The Great Escape

8. Hats are in.

9. Churches are interesting venues.

We saw Milo Greene, London Grammar, Tom Odell and Marika Hackman in St Bartholomew’s and the Unitarian Churches. Churches seem to demand a more respectful audience than clubs. If the act is big enough in terms of audience and sound to fill the space, they can be spectacular.

 

London Grammar @ The Great Escape

London Grammar @ The Great Escape

10. I heart CHVRCHES.
And Lulu James. And Rainy Milo. And London Grammar. And Iggy Azalea (surprisingly).

 

Lulu James @ Digital, The Great Escape

Lulu James @ Digital, The Great Escape

Things I Still Haven’t Learnt –
1. Which on is Iain and which one is Martin in CHVRCHES.

2. My way around Brighton.

 

Arlissa @ The Warren, The Great Escape

Arlissa @ The Warren, The Great Escape

But there’s always next year…

Find the full set of photos on Flickr! (Do it!)

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