Now in its 9th year and firmly established as Europe’s leading festival for new music, The Great Escape has proved itself to be a key UK showcasing arena for Norwegian acts.
Emilie Nicholas, Deathcrush, Electric Eye, Team Me and Sea Change are all set to perform in Brighton next week.
With a solid background in jazz from the conservatory of Trondheim; Emilie Nicolas has released four dark, electronic pop songs that go from fragile to bombastic in a matter of seconds and she has a powerful yet melancholic voice. Throughout 2013, her songs have been on high rotation on domestic radio and she’s working hard to extend that to the rest of Europe.
Date/time: 8th May 2014 7:45pm – 8:15pm
Starting 2013, the band is releasing a series of singles. It was kicked off with nothing less than a flexi disc double poster magazine, followed by ‘Skool’s In’, a 12” maxi single. The coming single is out on 21st Feb. Before this, without releasing as much as a single, the band toured extensively, including Roskilde (DK), Øya (NO), Way Out West (SE), Iceland Airwaves (ICE) and Eurosonic (NL), supporting bands as diverse as Battles, Melt-Banana and Vivian Girls and were invited on tour with both Sleigh Bells (US), Trentemøller (DK) and The Dillinger Escape Plan (US). The first three releases are recorded by Jørgen Træen (Datarock, Annie) in Duper Studios. Currently, the band’s session with Billy Anderson (Swans, Melvins) are in the mixing hands of the band’s own Linn Nystadnes.
Venue: The Hope
Date/time: 8th May 2014 9:15pm – 9:45pm
Date/time: 9th May 2014 6:30pm – 7:00pm
Electric Eye play droned out psych-rock inspired by the blues, India and the ever more expanding universe. Inspirational sources cited includes The Black Angels, Wooden Ships and Pink Floyd in Pompeii. With members from some of Bergen’s foremost underground bands, a couple of spectacular songs and live shows, the buzz about Electric Eye has swiftly spread from Norway to different prominent music blogs. Electric Eye finally released their long awaited album debut “Pick-up, Lift-off, Space, Time” in April 2013. The album received rave reviews in the Norwegian music press, and has over the last few months spread to blogs and radio stations globally.
Venue: Bermuda Triangle
Date/time: 9th May 2014 8:30pm – 9:00pm
Sea Change is Ellen A. W. Sundes alter ego, named after the Beck album. Her live performance includes Hilmar B. Larsen known from Det är jäg som er Döden and Jakob Jones from While You Slept. Born in the south of Norway in the late 80s with a natural fascination for noise, improvisation music, tiny acoustic instruments and synth pop. She creates a beautiful loop-based sound which contains beats, vocal harmonies and 80s choruses with an own ability of making it magic and mysterious ambience. Still there is a wide range within her music. It can be massive, putting the lower frequencies of the soundsystem to the test or gentle, almost like the wonderful nature of silence but always immersive.
Venue: Unitarian Church
Date/time: 9th May 2014 6:45pm – 7:15pm
Venue: Green Door Store
Date/time: 9th May 2014 12:30pm – 1:00pm
Originally a small-scale solo project for Marius Drogsås Hagen, things began to develop at pace in early 2010 when he found himself in the running for Norway’s biggest unsigned band competition. Hagen needed to recruit a band for the competition’s live final and, after calling in a few favours from friends, Team Me was born. A project that was intended to be a one-off performance soon transformed into a fully formed and unstoppable indie-pop six-piece, playing over 250 shows in two-and-a-half years. Although on the surface you may hear adventurous and joyous indie-pop music, there are contrasts and layers to be found. Musically, things seem upbeat but the perceived cheer often comes against a darker and deeper lyrical undercurrent.
Venue: Brighton Coalition
Date/time: 9th May 2014 7:30pm – 8:00pm
The Great Escape festival which runs from 8th to 10 of May 2014, has become known as one of the most important showcasing arenas for the international music scene, working as a collection ground for key representatives of the music industry.
The Great Escape has established itself as one of the leading events in Europe for showcasing new talent from around the world, aimed at ‘export ready’ bands and industry professionals. TGE lasts for three days and nights with a total attendance of over 18,000 people at 35+ different venues. There will also be a variety of industry talks, panel debates and targeted networking sessions, and as many as ten companies from the Norwegian music industry will participate.