Playing tracks by
Peace, Doldrums, Mammal Club, Simian Ghost, Deaf Club and more.
Ah, Brighton! The Miami Beach of Britain. Except without much of a beach and a lot less sunshine. Still, as small, north European island nations go, it's as close you'll get. I think you can even spot a few palm trees if you squint closely after a few pints. But seriously, just as I was fortunate enough to cross the pond for Camden Crawl in 2008, I jetted back over the following year to try out Europe's answer to SXSW, the upstart Great Escape.
While Camden is strung out upon one of London's historically trendy boroughs, TGE is flung across the lovely seaside town of Brighton. While it's always going to be inherently cool to hop from club to club in London Town (and lord knows, I had some late nights there), at the end of the day Brighton wins the prize. There's more bands to see with less hassle moving around, although the venues aren't lined up like 6th Street and Red River in Austin.
Here's my preview of the Festival now ended, as it aired on Amazing Radio. Enjoy.