It’s time for The Great Escape 2011 so we’re off to Brighton for a few days to drink beer and get a dry face and fuzzy ears from watching bands while standing near to a large, salty body of water.
Because TGE is a big thing, there’s not very much metal going on so we thought we’d point out the token gigs of heaviness for you and list all the bands that we think are noteworthy PLUS when and where they’re playing.
There is nothing here that resembles a Turisas song.
**GIG OF THE WEEKEND**
Pink Mist @ The Hydrant
Thursday, 12 May 2011 // Doors @ 1630
FREE but £2 suggested donation towards bands travel costs
Some of the heaviest and most brilliant UK bands around are in the Hydrant on Thursday as part of the Alternative Escape, which is non-official, but still very awesome shows presumably. Brought to you by the good people of Pink Mist, this gig has the monstrously brutal Crossbreaker and the amazingly amazing Bastions at the top of the bill. We love them both and the other bands are great too. Worth it. GO!
2000 Hold Your Horse Is
1915 Tall Ships
1830 Dad Rocks
**NEXT BEST GIG OF THE WEEKEND**
Artrocker @ The Hope
Thursday, 12 May 2011
This is an official Great Escape showcase so you’ll probably need a ticket or a wristband or whatever. We don’t really know how that shit works, to be honest. Anyway, this gig’s got Manchester rockers, To The Bones and amazing Norwegian hardcore types Blood Command as well as crazy Aussie post-thrash party band, DZ Deathrays. Ridiculous NY punk bastards, Cerebral Ballzy are headlining. They’re cooler than us.
2215 Cerebral Ballzy
2115 DZ Deathrays
2030 Blood Command
1945 To The Bones
**BEST GIG IF YOU’RE A
12 14-YEAR-OLD EMO**
Set Your Goals + emo bands @ Audio
Thursday, 12 May 2011 // Doors @ 1300 // First band @ 1330
£10 // 14+
We have nothing constructive to say about any of these bands (Set Your Goals // Deaf Havana // Lower Than Atlantis // Don Broco // Fei Comodo // Decade) but we understand that you might like them. We can’t agree on all your shitty music taste.
SOME BANDS YOU SHOULD SEE AT THE GREAT ESCAPE
12 May // 2045 // Coalition
Wade MacNeil’s punk ‘n’ roll band is probably the best of the Alexisonfire offshoots. On tour with Fucked Up and a split EP with Cancer Bats coming soon!
And So I Watch You From Afar
12 May // 2145 // Jam
14 May // 1500 // Prince Albert
Instrumental prog (heavy) rock from Belfast which is absolutely stunning in places. The other places are just really bloody good.
Freeze The Atlantic
13 May // 2300 // The Pav Tav
There are member of Reuben and Hundred Reasons in this band. Guess what it’s gonna sound like. Go on. Guess.
12 May // 2030 // The Hope
14 May // 1515 // Life
Yeah, I know they’re playing the Artrocker show above but you’ll probably miss it and you need to see this band. They play with Gallows and stuff.
14 May // 1400 // Above Audio
Swedish garage rock signed to Roadrunner Records. That’s pretty Ronseal.
The Joy Formidable
12 May // 2230 // Hector’s House
They’re Dave Grohl’s new favourite band. They play dreamy, melodic, grungey rock. It’s really good.
Die! Die! Die
14 May // 1400 & 2115 // The Hope
Kiwi noise punk rock stuff. It’s pretty good. It’s heavy rock for indie kids.
We are helpful. Note that we’ve called no bands “metal”. For a reason. And yes that is Comic Sans in the worst header image we’ve ever created. We are sorry.