Now on the 10th edition, The Great Escape continues to truck along nicely by the sea with the same ole, same old mass of international music industry delegation, and punters alike, swooping down on the windy/sunny/rainy (delete where appropriate) Brighton.

Of course, Artrocker was there as ever camped up in our regular spot, The Hope and Ruin where we were hosting one hell of a humdinger showcase. For a full three days we were proud to witnesses the joyous comings and goings of Les Big Byrd, Sykes, Cut Ribbons, AK/DK (pictured) and many many more.

Stick with us kids, reviews aplenty to follow. But for now it is six o’ the best from not only the Artrocker stage but also from across the entire span of this vast and far reaching festival. It will have to be some mean big six then, we hear you cry. AP Childs takes full responsibility and stick his battle-scarred neck out as follows..

One: AK/DK are a Brighton based geek-loving duo who burn straight through the distant memories and acid haze of early 70s home made electronics and garage band drumming. Wrap it up in a history of Sheffield electro and a Doors meets Devo mustard relish and you are no where near. But brutal loveliness all the same. (AK/DK play Corsica Studios on 30th June)

https://soundcloud.com/ak-dk/ak-dk-battersea

Two: Holy Holy are one of those bands that all of a sudden, come out blazing very big from nowhere. Well, actually they come from Australia but will probably soon take over all of the universe with their wholesome psychedelic take on alt-rock, alt-country, dusty roads and beards. Deep pop sounds, and big friendly riffs.

Three: Vök are an Icelandic electronic type synth pop that’s presented with mystique, stateley aplomb and perhaps a little Bjork style vocal dexterity too from mainlady Margrét Rán Magnúsdóttir. But Icelandic kookiness aside, the band is an hypnotic force and you do not drop from the zone until the music stops. By the wayVök in near as damn it English means a tiny hole through something natural like ice or cloud. Kind of makes sense.

Four: Stockholm band, Les Big Byrd are a floodwave of slackered up psych/kraut grooves with a tinge of the industrial and gothic about them. The band have never failed us here at Artrocker yet, and we doubt never will. Superb mainstage headliner monsters of the future.

Five: From the UK, Låpsley is ‘hotly tipped’ but don’t let that put you off because she is actually quite good..and believe it or not she even smiles on occasion too.  And when you see does, like her music the whole wide world opens up before you. Just hold on tight as she damn near takes you there.

Six: The Magic Gang hang a good time vibe onto Brian Wilson style songwriting craft and the near shambles of Mark E Smith. Do you know what I mean? Kind of Big Star / early Fannies melting pot of guitar fuzz and warm melody – they’ll bring you up to the spirit in the sky level, and you will fall in love with them the first time you check ’em. A magic gang of pop enthusiasts for sure.

Words: AP Childs

Pic: Sam Willis