Great Escape Festival

This weekend saw Avenoir checking out one of the biggest music festivals for new music, showcasing 450 emerging artists from all over the world in 30+ walkable venues across the famous South Coast City, to add to the mix of the top venues with the bigger more established artists, you will also find, if you’re lucky secret gigs, club nights and spontaneous collaborations dotted across various smaller venues, one of which we were lucky enough to be invited to by Impressive PR for an Alternative Escape showcase.

To be honest we got there a little on the late side as we had been checking out what our Dutch counterparts had to offer musically over at Komedia for their Dutch Impact show, so by the time we got to the Black Lion we had unfortunately already missed the first act of the afternoon in Mr Pete Gardiner, and fair play to him as what we’d like to point out is as in what a lot of artists fail to do is stick to gig/show etiquette and watch the other artists. This guy stayed for the further four plus hours supporting his fellow counterparts so all credit to him, hopefully we’ll catch the guy in action again sometime soon.

The Impressive by the Sea show certainly lived up to its premise with some delightful artists on display, one of which The Hummingbirds who albeit from Liverpool had an immense support filling the Black Lion to its rafters. One act that we will be sure you’ll be seeing a lot of on the music scene were Canadian duo Milk & Bone, the female duo of Camille Poliquin & Laurence Lafond-Beaulne who both sing and play the keyboards had the venue jumping and all this in the mid-afternoon. The two create electro-pop melodies that are both dreamy and haunting but at the same time mesmerize in their clever combination of vocal distortion.