As hundreds of both established and emerging artists descended upon the seaside city of Brighton, the chaos that is The Great Escape Festival was tangible on every street corner. Packed out venues all across the city played host to big name artists such as Alabama Shakes, Kate Tempest, Django Django The Maccabees and The Vaccines alongside fresh faces like Susanne Sundfør, Ibeyi, Soak and The Bohicas.

As well as enjoying the hoards of live music on offer, the weekend is very much geared towards opportunities to propel buzz-worthy bands in the industry. Showcases are in abundance and at HOT VOX, we were very proud to have our own stage as part of the Alternative Escape.

Taking over The Fishbowl from 12pm till 4pm, our line up energised the crowds for the third and final day of the festival on Saturday 16th May.

First up was Jerry Williams, an incredibly gifted singer/songwriter hailing from Portsmouth. Intricate melodies and cleverly penned lyrics resulted in a truly endearing solo performance from the young lady who has just released her debut EP ‘A Hairdressers Called Sids’. Charming the audience with both original tracks and an excellent cover of Jamie T’s ‘If You Got The Money’, Jerry had the captive audience in the palm of her hand.

The line up then featured Manchester rocker Todd Dorigo performing as a duo for a more acoustic version of his set. Despite this being his third performance of the weekend, the raw energy of his music didn’t falter once. We were treated to a one off performance of one of Todd’s new tracks ‘Spare Me The Details’ which went down extremely well and we’re very much looking forward to hearing him play again this Saturday 23rd May at The Barfly, Camden.

Following Todd, Summer Heart took to the stage to perform their unique blend of dreamy, lo-fi sounds. The duo formed of frontman David Alexander and Anna Bergvall had just arrived in the UK following a stint of European dates. Their music complemented the good vibes that were coursing through the venue, perfectly timed as the sun came out! If you missed out this time you can catch Summer Heart at Kopparberg Urban Forest in Hackney Wick on July 12th.

Finally, topping the bill was the highly anticipated Will And The People. By this point the venue was crammed at capacity with industry and adoring fans shoulder to shoulder, pints in the air. The four-piece played favourites such as ‘Lion In The Morning Sun’ and the title track from their 2012 album ‘Friends’. Meanwhile, many of their fans who couldn’t get into the rammed venue were dancing, singing and banging on the windows outside, further adding to the hype inside. The bands performance was tight; their close harmonies made the hairs stand up on the back of sweat-drenched necks and there was not a still body in sight.

Overall, we had an awesome time at TGE 15 – bands, fans and industry alike, all crammed into a great venue enjoying what everyone is really there for: incredible live music.

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