With Gang Gang Dance, Star Slinger, PVT...

The three-day music convention that is the Great Escape in Brighton is the biggest event of its kind in the UK. With a host of conferences, parties and gigs it now seems to have become an important date for both the music industry and fans alike.

After a successful 2010 which saw performances from the likes of The Futureheads, Groove Armada, These New Puritans and Crystal Fighters. The Great Escape was back with an even bigger and better line up.

The fun started for us with The Joy Formidable who play a special set instore at HMV. The Welsh trio perform stripped-down, acoustic versions of the tracks from their recently release full length album. Even unplugged they manage to deliver a fiery and feisty set with the likes of ‘Whirring’ and ‘Austere’ still packing a punch.

Also playing in HMV was the ever popular Frank Turner playing a few singalong classics as well as a new song from his soon to be released 'England Keep My Bones' album.

PVT were up next, playing to a packed crowd in The Prince Albert. The 3 piece, hailing from Sydney, dazzled the crowd with an explosion of effects and obscure rhythms.

Later in the evening I hot footed across to Brighton’s newest live music venue, Green Door Store, to listen to one of the most interesting artists on the scene right now… Manchester’s Star Slinger. Twenty-four-year-old Darren Williams from Manchester is the mixmaster in question. His set skips from broken beats to fluid grooves across an erratic tracklist that features everyone from Whitney Houston to the Rolling Stones.

Last up was Brooklyn’s five piece Gang Gang Dance proving to be a real favourite amongst revellers with queues forming all the way down past the Pavilion Gardens. These guys didn’t disappoint. There is a truly unique and striking thing about Gang Gang Dance, a band that formed almost a decade ago, they manage to pull together a tight yet spangled set that features vintage synth sounds, jazzy shimmers and hedonistic poly-rhythms driving the crowd into a dancing mess!

Words by Bee Adamic & Ollie George

Read a review, and view a photo gallery, from Friday at The Great Escape 2011 HERE.

View a photo gallery from Thursday at Brighton's The Great Escape festival with Cloud Control, Frank Turner, Gang Gang Dance, PVT, Star Slinger, To The Bones and Villagers HERE.

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