Posts Tagged ‘The Great Escape’

Laissez Faire Club stage at The Alternative Escape (Sat 10.5.14)

We’re delighted to be teaming up with the good folk at Akira Records and Smashing Blouse to curate this quite frankly amazing bill at The Great Escape Festival in Brighton this year. Taking place at Latest Music Bar (14-17 Manchester Street) on the final evening of festivities (Saturday 10 May), we’ll have not one but two stages in the venue (downstairs plugged in and upstairs acoustic), jam packed with bands and artists we think are the real deal.

Entry is free with a festival ticket, or £3 otherwise. We’re kicking off at 5pm and going all out with a bang until the end. Set times are as follows (you’ll notice we’ve scheduled it so you won’t miss a minute of the action):

Downstairs

5.30 – 5.50: Robyn Sherwell
6.10 – 6.40: Still Parade
6.55 – 7.25: Khushi
7.45 – 8.15: Only Girl
8.30 – 9.00: Dems
9.10 – 9.30: The Half Earth
9.40 – 10.10: Pawws
10.15 – 10.45: Fé
11.05 – 11.35: Attu
11.45 – 00.15: Wulf
00.30 – 01.00: Boy in a Movie
01.00 – 02.00: Shorebitch DJs

Cat Lovers DJs between sets

Upstairs

5.50 – 6.10: Allman Brown
7.25 – 7.45: Hilang Child
8.15 – 8.35: Jake Isaac
10.05 – 10.25: Will Joseph cook
10.45 – 11.05: Eliza Shaddad

To get yourselves warmed up, check out KHUSHI performing his debut single “Magpie” at Brighton Dome back in February (supporting London Grammar), and also our handy Soundcloud playlist featuring music from all the acts involved.

Jade Hopcroft to release debut single “Saint” on LFC Records on 19 November

What was that saying about London buses? You wait for ages and then two come along at once? Something like that. Well, we can apply this to LFC Records releases. We’ve been locked away for a little while since the summer, but rather than fading slowly into obscurity, we’ve been preparing two amazing singles for you – first, The Divers one, which we announced a week or two back, and now we’re delighted to tell you that we’ll also be putting out Jade Hopcroft‘s wonderful debut single, “Saint”, on Monday 19 November.

We first came across Jade and her head-turning, haunting folk pop back in May at The Great Escape Festival down in Brighton, and so good was that show we decided we had to get involved to ensure that as many people as possible around the world hear her remarkable voice and nifty way around a pop song. Since then, she’s been cutting her teeth on the live scene with the likes of Matt Corby, Luke Sital-Singh and Rachel Sermanni, and has also found time to record these rather spine-tingling couple of tracks that make up the single. If you haven’t yet heard her, hit play below and think along the lines of Stevie Nicks, First Aid Kit and Laura Marling.

To celebrate the release, Jade will be playing a series of shows in London in the next few weeks – the famous Ronnie Scott’s (Tue 20 November), AAA on High Street Kensington (Thu 29 November) and Metropolis Studios in Chiswick (Tue 4 December). The single “Saint” will be available from all good digital retailers from 19 November, and will be backed with the previously unrecorded “Habit”, which has quickly become a mainstay in Jade’s live sets.

Introducing: Jade Hopcroft

Despite the likes of Austin’s SXSW and Brighton’s The Great Escape being little more than industry piss ups, where buzz bands are more or less pre-determined, thus rendering the idea of walking into a venue and discovering an exciting new artist void at worst and unlikely at best, it’s refreshing to learn that this utopian notion remains possible.

Indeed, during The Great Escape a week or so back, we came across local folky singer-songwriter Jade Hopcroft, who captured our attention for a full thirty minutes during her set at Life by the seaside, where she opened the “Jeah” event (also featuring the likes of I Dream In Colour, Escapists, Draper, Dems and Worship) at around noon.

This was no mean feat, having stumbled out of bed half an hour previously after a long night of ‘networking’. The cobwebs were removed quickly: like all good singers, Jade’s vocal was the highlight here, all Stevie Nicks ripping through “Rhianon” meets Laura Marling taking on “New Romantic”, it possessed that great head-turning, move-away-from-the-bar ability. What’s more, her songs appeared to be well-written, concise and memorable, with “The Game” and “Saint” (below) being two particular stand out moments (the latter’s chorus ingrained itself into our consciousness and didn’t leave for quite some time).

To date, Jade has slowly been establishing herself on the Brighton and London scenes, and we expect her name to appear in many more places before the year is up if she continues in this vein. First up, we’ve booked to her to play at the London leg of Jake Mattison’s “Sorrow” single launch on 7 June, where she’ll open things up at around 8pm, if you needed any further incentive to attend.

Jake Mattison: Video interview + live perfomance of “Sorrow”

After Jake Mattison‘s gig at a rainy Jubilee Square during Brighton’s Great Escape Festival last Thursday afternoon (10 May), our friends over at Beatwolf Magazine cornered him at The Mash Tun pub across the road for a chat about his influences and inspirations, the Manchester scene and touring with Emeli Sande last year, amongst a few other things.

Jake also performed a powerful, scruff-of-the-neck-grabbing version of his forthcoming debut single “Sorrow”, out on LFC Records in a few weeks, which left those in the room speechless. Check the interview and performance out above, and be sure to grab a copy of the 7″ vinyl on pre-order, because they’re flying out as we speak.

Jake’s next live shows are the “Sorrow” single launch parties on the 6th and 7th June, in Manchester and London respectively. Head over to our events page for further information and ticket details.

Laissez Faire Club DJs at The Great Escape

Killing Moon Limited, Euphonios, The Recommender and Strongroom Alive are teaming up to put on this superb bill of new music at this year’s Great Escape festival, which takes place in Brighton from 10-12 May.

This particular event takes place at Life on Friday 11 May, and is free entry all day long. Alongside Bluebell, we’ve kindly been invited to spin some records in between the bands. As the lineup features some of our very favourite artists of the moment, some of whom have featured on this blog and/or appeared live at an LFC event, we would have been mad to have turned down the opportunity.

If you’re down by the seaside for the festival, pop along and say hello. We’ll be the ones with the iPod and mix CDs in hand, and (probably) playing tracks from our label catalogue.

Second LFC May show announced: The Victory, E2, Tuesday 24 May

We’ve announced a second May show (the first being tomorrow night at The Social): on Tuesday 24th, we’re heading out East onto Kingsland Road where we host a night at The Victory featuring Miami electro/space pop duo ANR, who are over in the UK for The Great Escape, and also to open for the likes of Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Perfume Genius and Brother.

They’re also promoting their much lauded debut LP ‘Stay Kids’ (currently out on Something In Construction) – “all sorts of great, billowing melancholia and pop mastery” said US blog The Culture Of Me, whilst The Word piped up with “Any band that mingles Brian Wilson with Prince, ELP, Funkadelic and Giorgio Moroder is fine by us”. We’re not ones to usually argue with this kind of praise, and upon repeated listens, their material certainly stands up to it.

We’ve managed to pin them down for an exclusive London headline show in a 120 capacity pub – something not to be sniffed at, given the fact they’re in line to be the next big thing from the States after Resse’s Pieces.

ANR – “The Endless Field of Mercury” from Jamie Harley on Vimeo.

Support on the night comes from fast-rising atmospheric electro quartet Worship, who’ve just been on tour with Everything Everything (with whom they share management). Their songs, much like someone like Beach House, have the ability to transport you from inner city London to somewhere far more desolate and scenic. It’s an undeniable quality.

East London (via France) jazz electro duo MiAOW, who played an absolute stormer of a set for us at The Lock Tavern in August of last year, open the evening. If you managed to catch them at said performance, you’ll know it’ll be worth turning up early.

Advance tickets for this one are recommended – they can be snapped up here. If you’re coming, let us know by RSVP’ing to the Facebook event.

MP3: ANR – The Endless Field of Mercury (Single Edit)

Past LFC performance

MUMFORD AND SONS // OLD BLUE LAST // 24 OCT 2007