The biggest date in a Brighton engineer/musician/industry person’s calender has just come and gone: The Great Escape 2014. I’ve only just recovered… 2 days of prepping Sticky Mikes (fresh coat of paint, clear and rebuild the stage, check every single xlr, maintenance…etc) left my favourite Brighton venue looking (and sounding..) sharper than ever before our first night – Late Night Lingerie vs TGE on the Wednesday. I wasn’t ‘technically working’ for the venue. but after swinging by The Prince Alberts (to catch a couple of bands for a South East vs South West by Cable Club and Tablesticks) I made an appearance to do sets for Demob Happy and Spit Shake Sisters - both of whom smashed it, as usual.
2 long days of complicated stage set ups for great but challanging bands followed, my highlights had be Barbarossa , Moodoid, and Kate Miller-Heidke, but to be honest there wasn’t a single band I didn’t enjoy – congrats to whoevers booking for Great Escape.
Last day rolled around, and, starting to loose my mind after only 3 hours sleep, I headed to The Mucky Duck to run sound on an Alternative Escape stage for Mada Music in the afternoon and Songeist in the evening. Now.. I’ve never done an Alternative Escape stage before, and I’ve got to be honest, the words ‘Pub Gig’ we’re pretty firmly in my mind when I got the the pub (/venue..). But the promoters had booked some killer artists! Every band throughout the day was talented, and interesting, and furthermore lovely no pretentious people, which is exactly what I needed on day 4 of a very heavy weekend… Combine that with the excellent support from TGE staff and volunteers, and the mega HK rig provided by Brighton Electric, and we had ourselves an awesome, smoothly run, great sounding day! Personal highlights had to be The Bloom Twins in the day and my good friends and evening headliners: Swell.
Madness over for another year.. see you in 51 weeks Great Escape.