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We’re heading back to the wonderful Brighton for The Great Escape showcase festival with our own [PIAS] event on Friday, May 12th with new, emerging, and unmissable talent from many of our labels.

 

Get to know your future favourite acts as they answer the important questions from how their best friends would describe their music to their biggest musical influences.

Rose Gray

How would your best friend(s) describe your music? Ethereal rave fairy
Anthemic
Vibeeeeeeeeeeees for days
To people who have never heard your music before, which track or video of yours would you suggest they start off with – and why? Same Cloud, its a chill anthem it feels like the beginning of a film or something. It's always held a special place in my heart that tune, it was the stepping stone for me into a more anthemic space.
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Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? Anthems and iconic pop stars from every era
Club culture
1990s cinematic comedown records
Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out? I went to a festival called Meadows In The Mountains in Bulgaria. It was a 20-hour trek to get there and set up. It was incredible, proper hippie and chill. Every morning we would bathe and wash in a fresh stream. The sun would come up in the clouds as a crazy tune played, that was a very festival experience highlight for me.
And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? Glasto!!!! Pyramid stage as the sun sets.

Luci

How would your best friend(s) describe your music? Bone chilling, super fresh, hype, hard, beautiful. To people who have never heard your music before, which track or video of yours would you suggest they start off with – and why? I always start off with Gnarly music video. It shows range and dynamic as well as bars and personality a bit. The video is super well done I love that video.
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Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? Lil Wayne, Kanye west, Drake. Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out? I’m not much of a festival going gal. I like a good show at an arena but I’m usually in the studio or the one on the stage myself. And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? Coachella at the top for sure and rolling loud, afropunk… can’t pick one.

Heartworms

How would your best friend(s) describe your music? She’s my bassist, so hopefully pretty good! To people who have never heard your music before, which track or video of yours would you suggest they start off with – and why? Retributions Of An Awful Life mainly because it’s intended to watch and listen to, there’s a lot to take in.
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Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? Pj Harvey, Interpol, Kraftwerk. Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out? All Points East discovering Interpol for the first time. They were playing ‘Rest My Chemistry’. And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? I have a lot I want to play. Don’t want to jinx it.

PORIJ

How would your best friend(s) describe your music? Our friends would describe our music as chaotic good. To people who have never heard your music before, which track or video of yours would you suggest they start off with – and why? People who haven’t heard of us should listen to Lose Our Minds for a bit of UKG delight.
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Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? Some of our biggest influences are Sophie, Little Dragon, The XX. Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out? Best festival memory was going to the island Vlieland last year. It was like the first scooby doo film without the monsters. And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? Dream fezzy would be Primavera.

Gotts Street Park

How would your best friend(s) describe your music? Decent. To people who have never heard your music before, which track or video of yours would you suggest they start off with – and why ‘Ozu’ because it’s possibly our favourite and it only lasts 2 minutes if you're not into it.
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Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? Impossible question! The many behind-the-scenes session players, writers and engineers for the big US soul labels in the 60’s/early 70’s inspire us. Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out My most recent good memory is seeing Valerie June at Greenman last summer. Wonderful music. And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? Somewhere sunny with a good vibe audience will do nicely.

VLURE

How would your best friend(s) describe your music? Our best friends have described our music as the “last rave on earth”. To people who have never heard your music before, which track or video of yours would you suggest they start off with – and why? Shattered Faith would have to be the track, this was our debut single and from there you can follow our story arc right up until today!
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Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? Musically, 3 of our biggest influences would be; Faithless, Nine Inch Nails and The Amazing Snakeheads though our influences go really far and wide. However, our biggest and most prominent influence and inspiration comes from those around us - our families, partners and friends. Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out? Theres so many to choose from, personally remembering my first trip to TITP when I was 16. But as a group, our first festival back at the game was Latitude in 2021. I remember us all standing together, with the people closest to us, whilst the rain poured watching The Chemical Brothers. It was a true full-circle moment (another one of our big influences too!). And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? I think collectively we’ve all dreamed of playing Glastonbury, like most young aspiring musicians do, and this year we get to realise that dream.

CHILDE

HOW WOULD YOUR BEST FRIEND(S) DESCRIBE YOUR MUSIC? I got a few answers from my friends... Most of them are too nice: "I feel invested in every song, which for the most part are adrenaline-fuelled emotional rollercoasters, for me at least. And Bad Ideas just gets me plain old hyped-up" / "Nostalgia soaked anthems that you want to play loud and singalong to while driving in the summer". I prefer…. "Powerful softie". TO PEOPLE WHO HAVE NEVER HEARD YOU MUSIC BEFORE, WHICH TRACK OR VIDEO WOULD YOU SUGGEST THEY START OFF WITH - AND WHY? Maybe a song called ‘two thirds’ to get an idea for the feeling, or ‘you there’ from my first EP reflects the storytelling.
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Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? trauma, titties & Thom Yorke or Self obsession, my parents & showing off. Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out? Going to Reading with my friend when we were 16, hanging out with Eagles of death metal and sleeping in a skip. And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? I’m from the west country so it has to be Glastonbury. It’s the holy grail, although it’s got a bit fucking expensive recently.

Tapir!

How would your best friend(s) describe your music? 6 piggies To people who have never heard your music before, which track or video of yours would you suggest they start off with – and why? On A Grassy Knoll (We’ll Bow Together) - a video we made completely by ourselves for a song that begins the tale of our narrative album.
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Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? Richard Dawson, Harry Nilsson, Spelling. Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out? UB40 at Cornbury Festival 2018. And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? Farmfest in Rickmansworthl.

Revival Season

How would your best friend(s) describe your music? An urgent rap-centered musical bed that persists to pump energy into you. To people who have never heard your music before, which track or video of yours would you suggest they start off with – and why? Watch and listen to our new single Chop, it’s an accurate demonstration of more music to come. Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? Dust Brothers, Danger Mouse, and Madlib. Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out? I once saw Outkast perform at two different festivals over their comeback summer. And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? Glastonbury, Park stage.

Meron Addis

How would your best friend(s) describe your music? In their words - nostalgic, authentic and sweeet melodies. To people who have never heard your music before, which track or video of yours would you suggest they start off with – and why? Brown Eyes because it has that instant feel- good effect no matter what mood you’re in.
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Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? My experiences and introspective thoughts influence me lyrically and r&b from the late 90s/ early 00’s played a big part in shaping my musical taste. Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out? Wireless festival when I saw Kendrick Lamar headline was a big stand out because vibe and weather was perfect! And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? Glastonbury of course and Coachella!

carina

How would your best friend(s) describe your music? I think my friends would describe my music as like lo-fi indie/alt with elements of pop. In terms of genres anyway. melancholic sounds. To people who have never heard your music before, which track or video of yours would you suggest they start off with – and why? Start with 'ur soft eyes', it’s my most ‘me’ song that i have out and i’d say every other song of mine is in some way similar to it sonically.
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Who/what do you regard as the 3 biggest influences on your music? My biggest influences nowadays are Biig Piig, kid apollo & Holly Humberstone.

My biggest influences growing up were Joan Armatrading, George Ezra & Avril Lavigne.
Summer is a-coming. What has been your best festival memory as a visitor, and what was it that made it stand out? My best festival memory is probably when I was about 14 and I had forced my Dad to accompany me and my 2 little friends for a day. He was a good sport but towards the end of the evening he ran out of patience and he was trying to get us to want to go home. Kendrick Lamar was playing and I have a distinct memory of him saying “no we’re not staying for That Twat Lamar”. Me and my friends joke about it now whenever a Kendrick Lamar song is playing. And what would be your dream festival to play yourself? Gotta be either Glasto or Reading. Glasto is glasto and I used to go to Reading a lot – I’ve been 4 times now.

THURSDAY

Kicking off things is Speedy Wunderground celebrating their 10th anniversary on The Beach Stage on Thursday, May 11th (doors: 6pm). Performing are: Moreish Idols at 6:15pm, Joyeria at 7:15pm, Viji at 8:15pm, O. at 9:15pm and Heartworms at 10:15pm.

 

Transgressive also have their showcase on Thursday, May 11th (doors: 6:30pm), at The Old Market. You can expect performances from Marika Hackman at 7:30pm, Hotwax at 8:30pm, The Joy at 9;30pm and Moonchild Sanelly at 10:30pm.

FRIDAY

Catch our [PIAS] showcase/all day party on Friday, May 12th, above Charles Street Tap. You’ll catch: carina at 1pm, Meron Addis at 2pm, Revival Season at 3pm, Tapir! at 4pm, dxvl at 5pm, Childe at 6pm, VLURE at 7pm, Gotts Street Park at 8pm, Porij at 9pm, Heartworms at 10pm, Luci at 11pm, Big Wett at 12am and Rose Gray at 1am.

SATURDAY

Bella Union are coming to the Beach Stage, Marine Parade on Saturday, May 13th (doors: 6pm). Catch: Congratulations at 6:30pm, Plantoid at 7:30pm, Hutch at 8:30pm, Helen Ganya at 9:30pm and Personal Trainer at 10:30pm.

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