Fresh from a pop up gig at Shoreditch’s Box park over the weekend and taking on the role of public transport advisor while informing his fans of the lack of trains, but no public transport disruption will stop Zak Abel at the moment.

His debut album ‘Only When We’re Naked’ is out in April and is said to be inspired by the likes of Marvin Gaye and Aretha Franklin while blending in modern pop influences to provide a soulful fusion. As The Great Escape festival in Brighton looms ever nearer, Abel is excited to be appearing for the second successive year and revealed to GIGsoup’s Ben Bowman he was once offered Car Insurance by the Ice Cream man…

How does it feel to be playing The Great Escape 2017?

It’s a really great festival. I loved playing it last year and I’m looking forward to playing it this year.

What do you know about the festival?

I know it’s in Brighton. I know that many people who’ve played it in the past have worn leather jackets and a hat.

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

There’s gonna be some singing, some dancing, some hugging, and depending on the vibe of the room, some fermented cabbage may be thrown around the room.

What do you know about the other acts playing this year and who would you like to check out?

I’m looking forward to seeing Avelino, Rag ‘N’ Bone Man and RAYE. Avelino has got this tune called Energy which I know will go off live!

What is the best thing about Brighton? / Have you been to Brighton before?

Yeah I’ve been a couple times. I really like how relaxed people are compared to London. There are some really lovely veggie/vegan restaurants there too.

What were you doing this time last year?

I was preparing for the great escape festival 😉 nah but really I was probably in the studio working on my album.

When you go to the Beach what can you not go without? Sunglasses, Pennies for the slot machines? A Ball of some sort?

I cannot go out without water. Water is essential for feeling good and I often get extremely thirsty on the beach.

What is the best seaside holiday you’ve been on?

I went to Brighton for the weekend last year and that was pretty cool. I went to a couple comedy clubs which were great.

What’s your favourite thing to get from the Ice Cream Van?

Ice cream! A couple times I’ve been offered car insurance from the ice cream van. However it’s never any good so I think they should stick to what they do best.

What are your plans for the rest of the Summer?

A couple of festivals, some international promotion for the album and some exciting collaborations!

Zak Abel’s debut album ‘Only When We’re Naked’ is available to Pre-Order now and will be released on the 21st of April 2017.

The Great Escape lineup has just got even bigger, for full details visit

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