LCoM at The Alternative Escape: a round up

By Lydia Baldwin


Kicking off last Thursday in (sometimes) sunny Brighton, The Alternative Escape certainly celebrated the very best of new music with a stellar showcase from five exciting and upcoming LCoM alumni acts: Freya Roy; PEAKES; Brooders; VAUGHAN and Talkboy. 

Combining festival fun with some serious one day north-south road trips and fuelled on fish and chips, the five Leeds acts offered up a diverse schedule of sets, delivering effortlessly vibrant and uniquely executed new music to make waves on the South coast. 

The five acts performed the first Thursday afternoon lineup of the festival in venue, Door 77, a stones throw from the beach and characteristically reminiscent of Brighton's famously electric nightlife. 

TGE sees hundreds of industry know-hows flocking to the seaside streets for some sun, sea and music at the festival branded the UK's answer to SXSW.  A staple in the music lovers diary, we were down there to suss out the best of the festival. 

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First on the LCoM bill was Freya Roy who seduced the lunchtime crowd with a stripped-back solo electro-acoustic set, featuring a number of tracks from her newly released debut-album 'AHLKE'. The neo-soul, Jazz vibes provided a cushion of soft sonority for those musos up early for this intimate set. 

Freya, who has been touring since April, was dashing straight off to Manchester on the next leg of her UK tour. Whilst waiting for the train she said, "I love Brighton, it's great to be back to play at the festival - I haven't released anything in five years so its really nice to have something out that I'm really happy with and that is getting such a positive response".


Boasting new music by the bucket-and-spade-load, there's so much more going on than you could possibly make time to see in three days; there's a real sense you could stumble across something truly special wandering into any number of the city's musical hideouts. Our LCoM alumni sets unsurprisingly attracted such praises from curious, friendly 'festival'ers' chancing upon Door 77. 

The mid-way slot went to Brooders, a Psycho grunge group, layering up their chaotic melodies with relentlessly menacing riffs to equal their formidable on-stage presence. A true melting pot of loud, exciting, punked-up energy.

Also a first time in Brighton for the Brooders lads, they'd been exploring the city. "We all nearly got engulfed by waves on the beach - it was exciting". Not too perturbed, they commented, "It's a really cool city, nice venues, good atmosphere" and mentioned, "We've got a new single coming out called, 'More'. It will be good, angry and aggressive".

In addition to the array of music-making across the festival, the city becomes a one-week industry hothouse for creatives, hosting informative panels, debates and conferences that probe some of the current topics and challenges of working in music today.   

Talkboy perfectly concluded the showcase with a helping of irresistible playful indie-rock and copious amounts of tangible onstage synergy.

The Leeds based six piece are already surrounded by a buzz of excitement, having had numerous singles featured on Radio 1's indie show with Jack Saunders in recent weeks. The group are set to continue their surge of success on the festival circuit this summer, playing Long division, Ynot and Bluedot to name a few.

Following their awesome set, Talkboy announced, "Other than the chip shop not having gravy (which is outrageous) we've had a fabulous time".

Talking music, they said, "This EP has been a really long time in the making so we’re focusing all our efforts on making it as good as it can possibly be". Watch this space, it's going to be a good'un. 

 LCoM dished up a lot of treats at the go-to May festival and has added plenty of new music to the Ones-to-Watch list for what's hot next year - Thanks Brighton! 

Want to hear some of the music? Check out our May playlist which rounds up lots of wonderful Leeds groups hitting the festival circuit this summer, and most importantly, catch our Brighton artists on there! 

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By Lydia Baldwin

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