Features 5 Bands To See At The Great Escape ‘10

Here are the bands we recommend you go see.

The Great Escape kicks off in Brighton tomorrow (13th May 2010). Here are the bands we recommend you go see, as compiled by our gal on the ground, Lucy Tesco.

Keep an eye out for her live blog tomorrow, too.


Making waves with her elusive look and sound, the London producer and DJ is probably best known for her remixes. Giving acts such as Modeselektor, Tinie Tempah and These New Puritans the treatment, SBTRKT is not to be missed this weekend. Similar to fellow London DJ, Joy Orbison, this is not quite dubstep, it's fresher than that. This is the new sound.

Listen to SBTRKT on Spotify

Active Child

The much talked about LA solo project comes to the seaside this weekend to tantalize and tease our buzzing ears. Pat Grossi, on vocals and everything else, conjures darkened places, sorrow and tragedy. Each song has its own drama; each echoes the Lady Of Shallot's swan song. It's a sad affair indeed, but one steeped in beauty and emotion.

Listen to Active Child on Spotify


One of Rough Trade's latest triumphs, LA's all-girl quartet Warpaint are destined for great things. Having wooed the crowds at this year's SXSW with their cute hair and perfect stillness, it's high time they set us lot over here under their spell. Their sound has been likened to that of the xx (one of our last year's ones to watch!) and rightly so. Keeping within the confines of the softer side of composition, this girl group can only please.

Listen to Warpaint on Spotify

Cate Le Bon

Welsh siren Cate has been hard at work for some time now, getting by with a little help from her friend, Super Furry Animals' Gruff Rhys. She's toured with him, collaborated with him on his 2008 Neon Neon record and her debut was released last summer on his label, Irony Bored. This lady does alot, and does it well. With a voice reminiscent of Nico and a punky attitude, this looks to be one hell of a show. So roll on up for the folk freakshow!

Listen to Cate Le Bon on Spotify

The Leisure Society

One of 2009's best kept secrets, the Leisure Society produced possibly the most beautiful debut album of all time. Their sound is that of a very English Spring afternoon; seems fitting for this time of year. Nominated for an Ivor Novello, these guys are already being lauded all over. Probably best to get in there before they start only playing the Royal Festival Hall. And we all know how much tickets to that place cost...

Listen to The Leisure Society on Spotify

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