earworm 2016

Keith Goldhanger will be holed up inside The Royal Albion Hotel again during this years GREAT ESCAPE FESTIVAL. Under the banner of The Alternative Escape, “an unrivalled platform that offers promoters, management companies, agents and blogs the chance to curate some very special shows… ” this is one of many events that is acknowledged as part of this fab weekend that draws us towards the seaside.

Bar Rogue at The Royal Albion Hotel, Brighton, just across the road from the entrance of the pier (Big creamy white building, possibly draped in green banners – you can’t miss it) is a place we want to briefly point out to you if you happen to be in Brighton during The Great Escape festival and happen to be at a loose end, and get this … even if you don’t happen to have a Great Escape wristband. For the third consecutive year Earworm are taking over this room to provide us with bands that if previous years are to go by should be a cracking line-up. We say should be because most of what’s appearing are relatively unknown artists, even to us. However we have confidence that these people involved in this set up know what they’re doing, last time in this room one of the highlights for one of us was an early lunchtime performance by London band BEAR PAW, a band some of us have been listening to a lot over the past twelve months.

The ones we do already know, namely ASYLUMS and ARROWS OF LOVE we’ve ranted about on this site more than once over the last couple of years. We’re also seeing CuT again for the first time in ages (and expect a few changes since we last caught them).

The bands we’ve hunted down since the line up was announced are also very mouth watering.

Take my word for it.

How can you not be curious about a band from Finland called HAVE YOU SEEN THE JANE FONDA AEROBIC VHS ?

Others we already want to scream about are FANS (anthemic guitar driven monsters) ALMA (Saturday headliners in the same vane as Sigor Ros), ten piece band THE FICTION AISLE , Odd but heart warming electro from Babe and local band FRAGILE CREATURES.

Here’s a playlist of a few of these bands we feel may be worth keeping an eye on.
If you’re down in Brighton over the weekend and have a few gaps in your own schedules then it may be worth checking out some of these bands playing at Bar Rouge.

Officially part of Alternative Escape…
Free entry, no wristband needed.

Here’s some of those bands we already love …


13:00 The Ferns
13:50 YATS
14:40 Have You Ever Seen The Jane Fonda Aerobic VHS?
15:30 Coquin Migale
16:20 FANS band
17:10 Inwards
18:00 Gang
18:50 Perch
19:40 Without Letters
20:30 Asylums

13:00 Fabrics
13:50 Retoryka
14:40 Why An Eye
15:30 The Wholls
16:20 CuT
17:10 Fragile Creatures
18:00 The Fiction Aisle
18:50 Jingo
20:30 Arrows of Love

13:50 Dexy
14:40 Babe
15:30 Porridge Radio
16:20 Gurgles
17:10 Bathymetry
18:00 Cassels
18:50 Thee Greater Good
19:40 ALMA

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Keith Goldhanger -- Spent the '90s as a frontman with London noise merchants HEADBUTT - spent the '80s in 'Peel favourites' BASTARD KESTREL. Spent a few years mashing up tunes and remixing bands as HIDEOUS WHEEL INVENTION. Is often out and about getting in the way of things and bumping his head on low ceilings - Will give your band the time of day but will dislike any band that balances full pints of alcohol on the top of guitar amps (Not keen on lead singers that wear hats either).


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