Great Escape 2008: Can I play with Madness?

Nescafe, Nescafe’ what better way to start your day? I’ll tell you a better way to start your day, and you can have this one on the Maxwell House: meet the Young Knives at lunchtime, head for the succour of their post-future hotel room and sit back as they strum their way through a couple of acoustic renditions of some of their finely crafted pop hits.

Keeping things loosely related, we fortuitously bumped into Toby from Transgressive Records and Tom Hannan, the man responsible for (Transgressive’s sister website). The ravages of the previous evenings festivities still cast something of a shadow, but a steaming mug of Joe put them straight and thus we did chew the fat about the UK’s thriving music scene.

Next stop was Ebony Bones, but sadly it was not to be, maybe she bumped into a proper interviewer, maybe she couldn’t trust herself to maintain her composure when presented with a boggly eyed brute such as myself, maybe she just got stuck in traffic: either way there’s always tomorrow.

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Great Escape 2008: And thus it begins…

Should anyone have been paying attention it may have appeared as if The Porter Report had become subsumed in something of a hiatus over recent weeks. Fear not fair reader, for appearances, like lady boys, can be mightily deceptive. In the same way swans glide majestically across a pond and the quiet bloke next door turns out to be a serial killer, it’s all been going on beneath the surface; I’ve been as busy as a dog with two dicks getting plans in order for this years Great Escape Festival.

With cameras primed, brogues polished and banter turned up to eleven we launched ourselves upon an unsuspecting Brighton. What better way to start the day than with some jazz talk? Empirical are an unquestionable force in new British Jazz, and we managed to grab them for an interview before their sold out lunchtime show at the Pavilion Theatre. These boys are some seriously hep cats, dressed to the nines and smart as freshly smacked bottoms.

Jumping through genres like a show dog through hoops, we then ingratiated ourselves upon Cadence Weapon. At 22 years old Rollie Pemberton is still happily munching his way though his salad days, and as his sophmore album ‘Afterparty Babies’ attests, his take on MC ing is fresher than a mint flavoured wet wipe.

As the sky bruised we headed to the seafront to honour an appointment with Barry from The Futureheads, a band enjoying newly found stability since starting their own record label. Discussing the state of the music industry, their recording sessions with producer Youth and the merits of life in Andalucia, it soon became apparent that Barry is, as the French would put it, un bloody bonne ouef!

And so as a huntsman packs his rifle into a velvet lined gun case, so my microphone was set down in it’s leather effect pouch and the merriment began post haste. I quickly inhaled a couple of portions of ice cold German lager beer and hot footed it to the Red Rooster to catch our old mate Alexander G Muertos. Unfortunately I got there too early and had to endure an acoustic set by The Valentines. Not wanting to sound dismissive, but these boys came across like Shed Seven without the good bits (yep, it was that bad); they could very well be the reason why fish are deaf.

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Great Escape – Peggy Sue & Pirates – Maccabees

Porter reports from the Great Escape festival in Brighton. Featuring Peggy Sue & The Pirates performing the track Spare Parts and The Maccabees performing Precious Time. Porter also has and exclusive interview with The Maccabees on Brighton beach.

Great Escape – Holloways – Oh No Ono – Sex Panther

Porter reports from the Great Escape festival in Brighton. Featuring live tracks and interviews with The Holloways (performing ‘Fuck Ups’) , Oh No Ono (performing ‘Practical Money Skills for Life’) and Sex Panther (performing ‘Three Diamonds’)

Great Escape – Candie Payne -1990s – Draytones

Porter reports from the Great Escape festival in Brighton. Featuring live tracks and interviews with Candie Payne (performing ‘I Wish’) , The 1990s (performing ‘You Made Me Like It’) and The Draytones (performing ‘Keep Loving Me’)

Great Escape – Pigeon Detectives – Foals

Porter reports from the Great Escape festival in Brighton. Featuring live tracks and interviews with Foals (performing ‘Mathlectics’) , and The Pigeon Detectives (performing ‘I’m Not Sorry’ and ‘How I Found Out’)

Best Of – Part 2

The first set of highlights form the Great Escape featuring Maccabees, Sex Panther, Pigeon Detectives and a hen party from Dublin colliding head on with Danish eccentrics Oh No Ono

Best Of – Part 6

The final episode of the Best of 2007 features a report from Fashion Fringe, a competition for young designers at London Fashion Week, and the tear jerking blast of cotton coloured memories that is… The Montage!