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THE GREAT ESCAPE

the AU interview: JPNSGRLS (Vancouver) talk aggressive crowdsurfing, new material and tours over lunch in the UK


Photo by Larry Heath

the AU review's Larry Heath caught up with 'lead drummer' Graham Serl and 'singer' Charlie Kerr from Vancouver Garage Pop wonders JPNSGRLS (pronounced: "Japanese Girls") during The Great Escape earlier this year to chat dreams coming true, sweat dripping from the ceiling, new material and hidden venues. Catching crowd surfers and other big... big things are on the horizon and they're waiting, arms open... read on!

the AU interview: HIGHS (Toronto) talk The Great Escape, touring, writing their first full length record and more!

We caught up with Toronto alt-pop band HIGHS while they were in Brighton, England, appearing at The Great Escape Festival. For their first time in the UK, HIGHS note that it has been a warm welcome so far, and that "there is a certain element of you know, you're new, you gotta kinda build up your cred". They go on to talk about touring, writing a new record and more...

the AU introduces Keston Cobblers Club (UK): The group chat about their new LP "Wildfire" (Out Now)

While in Brighton earlier this year, the AU review's Larry Heath caught up with the Keston Cobblers Club to talk about their ambitious new record Wildfire. They got into the extensive writing, recording and thinking that went into the album and the ambitious adventure camp that was held as part of its launch. Read on to find out more in the band's first ever Australian interview.

Tour Diary: HOLY HOLY (Australia) take on The Great Escape, travelling, and more

While in England touring for The Great Escape festival, HOLY HOLY documented their experiences while on the road and share with us their tour diary. From driving through Europe and being regular tourists, to pre show exercises and visiting the great John Bonham's grave, follow the band through their travels overseas. Click through to see the full tour diary...

Hello Asia! @ The Great Escape Special Feature: moumoon covers "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree in Brighton, England

Watch Japanese pop duo moumoon performing an acoustic and unplugged rendition of "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree at The Great Escape 2015 in Brighton, England.

the AU interview at The Great Escape: PINS (Manchester) talk about recording "Wild Nights" at Rancho De La Luna


Photo taken by Larry Heath

During their run at The Great Escape, PINS' band members, Faith Holgate, Lois McDonald and Kyoko Swan had a sit down chat with the AU review's Larry Heath. The English rock band were enthusiastic about the shows that they were doing in Brighton. Front woman, Faith Holgate, mentions that they played a couple of unofficial shows back in 2012 for The Great Escape and reminisces about her experience, "It was one of our first shows. We played one of the unofficial stages at the Queen's Hotel. It was really good though - it was unofficial but it was crowded, it was great and it was our first time in Brighton."

The AU Introduces Asylums (UK): Listen to their new single "Joy In A Small Wage" and watch them talk about their upcoming album!

In their first Australian interview, the AU's Larry Heath caught up with UK band Asylums while at The Great Escape Festival last month. These guys are a DIY band, with homemade videos and self-released records, and described themselves as the "ultimate dysfunctional unit". Read on for more and to watch the full interview...

The AU Introduces Theo Verney (Brighton): Talking at The Great Escape about his brand new EP "Brain Disease" (Out Now)

In his first ever Australian interview, while at The Great Escape in Brighton, the AU Review meets local musician Theo Verney, who chats about the appeal of unofficial shows, 'sneaking a bit of liquor into your life' and developing focus artistically. Curating songs has always been a hallmark of the maturing artist and with Theo's new EP Brain Disease, he speaks of perfectly placed high hats. He looks back on his history with The Great Escape and talks about bringing his new material to another level in the live environment. At one point in our video interview below, the soulful, psychedelic artist even jams out to "Super Freak" by Rick James.

Is this the most elaborate album launch of all time? Introducing Camp Wildfire.

Next weekend, in the Kent Countryside of the UK, a special festival will be held dubbed Camp Wildfire for the first time. In one hand, it's a unique concept in itself: an adventure camp by day, a music festival by night, featuring a secret lineup of bands and DJs. But the three day event (held June 19th to the 21st) has been created to serve as an album launch for British ensemble Keston Cobblers Club, with their new record Wildfire being released earlier that week. It may just be one of the most elaborate album launches the world has ever seen.

the AU interview at The Great Escape: Vök (Iceland) talk about their new EP "Circles" and more

Indie-electro trio, Vök had lots to say when they sat down and had a chat with Editor-in-Chief, Larry Heath during their run at The Great Escape. The three-piece were enthusiastic about the gloomy weather that was brought in Brighton, Sussex reminding them fondly of home, "I went for a walk in the rain and I immediately loved the city."

Tour Diary: Little May (Sydney) take on The Great Escape, Aussie BBQ and more!

Sydney indie/folk band, Little May had an incredible time at The Great Escape festival a few weeks ago. Seeing talent from the likes of Jesse Davidson, BAD//DREEMS and Sakswatch, the talent that this festival had was enormous. Liz Drummond of the band takes us through her experience in an exclusive tour diary. Check it out below...

Tour Diary: BAD//DREEMS (Adelaide) take on The Great Escape, Getting to Know the Locals, and more

Adelaide-based rock band, BAD//DREEMS share an exclusive tour diary with the AU review on their exciting international adventure at The Great Escape. Taking us along for the ride from Leeds to Derbyshire and from Birmingham to London, the band give us the lowdown on their life on the road. Click through for their full tour diary...

Six Bands we Discovered at The Great Escape 2015 - and now you need to listen to them here...

With The Great Escape at an end, we're looking back at the weekend of incredible performances by sharing with you our favourite discoveries of the event! Now, some of these names we'd heard before, but all of them were bands we witnessed live for the first time. And boy were we impressed... here now, counting down in order, are our top six discoveries of The Great Escape 2015 in Brighton, England:

Tour Diary: Josef Salvat (Sydney) takes on The Great Escape, gigs, pigeons and more

Josef Salvat took the AU review along on his recent tour for The Great Escape. Salvat brings us quirky photos of his trip including his visit to Brighton, chill days at the beach, seeing live bands like Slaves and stumbling upon a pigeon that oddly enough, gives him a new perspective on life. Click through to see his tour diary in full...

The Aussie BBQ ft. Remi, Tkay Maidza, Saskwatch and more highlights from Day Three of The Great Escape 2015

Saturday marked the third and final day of the 10th annual The Great Escape Festival in Brighton, England. Larry Heath was on ground at the event to discover new talent and witness some of Australia's finest bands in a unique setting. It is with this in mind that the day started at The Aussie BBQ, held along Brighton's beach at Concorde 2.