And so, we’re finally here. With Brighton’s Great Escape Festival now in full swing GIGsoup start to close the door on the 15 artists we feel you simply shouldn’t miss. 

Hailing from the birthplace of popular guitar based music, Liverpool band COLOUR arrive at this years Great Escape Festival with a fair wind of appreciative noise behind them. With a new self-produced 4-track EP dropping on 28th June this is an opportunity to see rock 4-piece perform tracks from the release as well as previous singles ‘Nowhere’ and ‘Strangers’.

GIGsoup spoke to James Tidd from the band about his expectations for the festival and other bands to look out for…

How does it feel to be playing at The Great Escape 2016?

Sick. Nearly every one of our modern influences has played it over time, pumped to now be a part of it ourselves. Who wouldn’t want to rock out on the beach at one of the coolest festivals around!

How has your 2016 been so far?

Exciting. We really wanted to break the handle off this year and let everyone know about COLOUR so playing live and releasing good music. We’ve already released two singles and intend to release two full EPs as well. Loved playing at Gold Dust in Hoxton and we always love getting invited back to play the Man City pre game shows at the Etihad. We’ve had a lot of blog coverage and we intend to carry on.

Describe yourself in 1 word


What’s your essential go-to beach accessory? (Spade, towel, beers, Game Boy Colour etc)

Armbands cos I’m scared of drowning and a shower cap, so I don’t choke on my own hair.

“The Great Escape” is also the name of the bonafide Gwen Stefani classic, aside from that what is your Gwen Stefani tune of choice?

I love rich girl because it’s clearly about me

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If you weren’t a musician, what you be?

Taxi Driver. I actually really do have a license to operate in the Sefton Council area… that’s true.

If you could have your dream festival (dead or alive), who would be the three headliners and why?

The Police – because it’s just the coolest rhythm section ever, the best form of mainstream rock
The Beatles – Obviously – but in their experimental phase, so they’d require an orchestra
Queen – Because there is no band more full out and entertaining

What can we expect from your set at The Great Escape?

Sub drops from a guitar band 

If you could recommend 3 other acts to check out at this year’s festival, who would they be?

I’ve supported MONEY, WOLFFE in the past and liked them a lot and I’ve seen Clean Cut Kid play in town plenty of times, I know a couple of the guys too and they’re great live. Check them out…. but you probably have already :/

If you could be playing anywhere in the world in 12 months time, where would it be?

More cool festivals – they’re the most awesome tip of gigs. We’re also drawn heavily as a band to places like Japan and America, a city or beach festival in either country would be amazing

Anything else you’d like to tell us before we set you free to entertain the sun-seekers and muso’s of Brighton?

Kafe our debut EP will be released on 28th June at Vice’s Birthdays in Dalston. Fiction the lead single is out to stream now and will be followed by 2 more singles in the run up to the release. We play the Woodlands stage at Kendal Calling on July 31st. All other information on COLOUR can be found at

The Great Escape - 15 acts not to miss

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