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Monday, May 18, 2015

The Great Escape festival review – unexpected new sounds thrill Brighton

Various venues, Brighton
A mesmerising Kate Tempest and Skepta and JME’s pulverising grime are highlights at the new-music festival

Done right, Brighton’s The Great Escape festival is a hallucinatory post-impressionist blur; Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, only with queues and wristbands. You ricochet around it, tasting the joys of the unexpected.

You can nod along to France’s Forever Pavot, with its charming, funky cinematic psychedelia, part way between early Air and Tame Impala; then take in a mid-afternoon hotel-basement rave with the gorgeous, luxuriant, sylvan techno of Yosi Horikawa (featuring free sushi); then come across a barnstorming set by the honest-to-God Zombies at the end of the pier.

Related: Kate Tempest: ‘We live in crazy times. You can’t tell a story without it feeling political’

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by David Bennun via Electronic music | The Guardian