With Brighton’s Great Escape Festival just over a month a way GIGsoup have selected 15 artists we feel you simply shouldn’t miss.

Derbyshire trio Haiku Salut bring an altogether different bag of tricks to this years Great Escape in Brighton. Offering an assortment of genres the all-female group deliver a jaw dropping assortment of instrumentation, and tracks so wonderfully absorbing it’s quite impossible not to be drawn into their impressive “dream-pop-post-folk-neo-everything”.

Formed way back in 2010 Gemma Barkerwood, Sophie Barkerwood and Louise Croft spent most of last year promoting their sophomore album ‘Etch and Etch Deep’, which received a unanimous thumbs up from all respected publications. We spoke to the band about the festival and their other plans for 2016….

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

Great! We love Brighton.

How has your 2016 been so far?

Good thanks. Our van died sadly and suddenly but we’ve visited places like Norwich and London and we were able to play all of the pianos at Union Chapel and the new songs are sounding pretty.

Describe yourself in 1 word


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

A few cans of gin-and-tonic (ginny tinnies) and a pack of cards

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


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

Dog walkers

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

Spice Girls


Kate Bush

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

Three people playing piano, trumpet and accordion whilst weaving around guitars, glockenspiels and fidgety electronica to make music to feel to.

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

Beaty Heart

Rozi Plain

Tuff Love

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


Haiku Salut will also be appearing at Farmfest in Somerset on the 30th July alongside Gogo Penguin, Young Fathers and Rachael Dadd. The bands second album ‘Etch and Etch Deep’ was released last year to critical acclaim and you can read the GIGsoup review here.

The Great Escape - 15 acts not to miss : Haiku Salut

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