So with bands galore all playing at different venues across fair Brighton, an impossibly difficult task of fitting them all in – and plenty of people to chat, negotiate and drink with – Great Escape was always going to be a tough experience… And it wasn’t made any easier with the inordinate amount of booze supplied by The Australian Tourist Board (thanks), Red Stripe (thanks more so) and Mr Pimms (I love you), all of whom contributed to quite the most enjoyable Friday eve I’ve had in a long time.
Starting off with a quick chat and passes from the irrepressibly ace Sam Isaac (or Sam Isaacs if the programme was to be believed) – the Alcopop (or Alchopop if the programme was to be believed – are you spotting a theme here?) boys (AKA Kev and I) hooked up with some charming industry types in the *FREE* hotel bar. Bliss! Smashing back the booze till it was all done, we then managed to take in a few bands between downing shots of Pimms in a boat, inadvertently fighting with the sea in a vague attempt to skim stones in it (I lost) and eventually being thrown out of some god-awful Brighton club for ‘spinning on a chair’.
Yup! Spinning on a chair! If you put spinny chairs in a club, surely people are bound to spin on them?? Still, one of the bouncers was quite pleasant, offering to go stone skimming at 4 if I stuck around – I politely declined his offer though – incensed that in an otherwise well-mannered war of words, another door-devil had called my hair greasy… Que? Shiny and lustrous surely?
As for the bands themselves, probably my pick of the night was Sam Isaac and This City, both of whom played storming sets – although rumours of lots of other inspirational gigs sparking off about town (of which Tellison were widely mooted as delivering) only made me wish that the shows had gone on all day, so there weren’t quite so may clashes.
Overall though – a great festival experience, and even the crappy, overly salted rubbish served up in a seafront American diner (called something like JB’s I think) the next morning couldn’t spoil it. Oh and lots of thanks to Paul Steel and The XCERTS who let us stay in their house… Very kind, and I’m sorry if my sea-splashed trainers left any salty residue (that sounds really unpleasant doesn’t it)….
I’m feeling v. festivally though now – net stop, Boring by the Sea!
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Tagged Brighton, Crap, Festival, Great Escape, JBs diner, Pimms, Red Stripe, Rock, Sam Isaac, This City, Tubelord
What are you doing on St. Patricks day other than drinking masses of Guiness, trying desperately to obtain a novelty hat and falling over around 3am in a massive pool of vomit and wishing desperately that you’d taken the following day off, rather than proudly boasting “my great (insert great ad nauseum) grandad was Irish – I can take it”.
Well – Alcopop heartily condones all of the above, but also believes that you should be doing said drunkenness in London town at the Social, where a whole host of great bands (including Alcopop’s very own Data.Select.Party) will be jamming out modern day indie-pop classics, and Alcopop’s very own Jack will ripping apart the decks dropping Irish themed hits until the bitter end.
You want ‘Wild Rover’ on repeat, Dropkick Murphys, Ash, Turn, Simple Kid and B*Witched? Then get down – and please note there will be a ‘no Bono’ rule at all times. I thank you.
Click the handsome flyer to buy cheap advance tickets….
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Tagged Alcopop!, Ash, B*Witched, Bono, Data Select Party, Dropkick Murphys, Drunk, Guiness, Irish, London, No, Party, Simple Kid, St. Patricks Day, Tubelord, Turn
Good news for those who enjoy a good dosage of free indie music likely to make you all shivery with joy, is that Kev (ugly one from Alcopop and BSM) has just posted the second episode of his handsome podcast up online. You can find it on itunes or download the MP3 via the Friend of The Family website. Sign up for free, if you haven’t already.
The podcast features awesome music from Alcopop’s very own Family Machine – as well as pop-picking hits from the likes of Anathallo, Itch, Meet Me In St Louis, Tubelord, Jeniferever, and demo of the month from Caesura. It also comes, and I quote, endorsed by Dave Benson Phillips, who apparently rates Arcade Fire’s ‘Neon Bible’ and ‘Flying Cub Cup’ by Beirut in his albums of 2007.
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Tagged Album of the Year, Anathello, Arcade Fire, BSM, Caesura, Dave Benson Phillips, Jenniferever, MMISL, The Family Machine, Tubelord, Ugly Kev
It’s been a brutal evening – and now, sitting with a hangover caused by a bottle of cheap cava, much beer and straight vodka supped from a supermarket’s own brand jumbo bottle of paint stripper, I look back on what was a historic night in alternative music.
The bill – extraordinary! And amongst the haunting acoustic ballads of Sam Isaac and the frenzied guitar bashing squalls of MMISL (playing with their erstwhile singer Toby for the very last time), Tubelord and The New 1920 resided admirably. Reliably informed that the night could have sold out at least 3 times over, massive queues of people up and down the stairs were testament to this, the great and the good of the British alternative music scene came to witness the end of an era.
And what a show – I personally enjoyed busting out tune after bloody brilliant tune (until I busted so hard I broke the decks during ‘She’s an Eyeful’ by ) – and chatting drunkenly long into the night with a host of geniuses (who probably didn’t like it so much) – came back with a stack of CDs in return for furnishing joyous hands with Sam Isaac’s Sideways on 7” single….
In other news though, randomly met Jools Holland in a hotel who seemed interested in the good ship Isaac, just seen the new video for Sideways and it’s great… The new Family Machine EP ‘Got it Made’ will be being digitally released free Free FREE to all Alcopoppers on the 3rd December – and details of the first MUST HAVE release of 2008 will be on their way soon…