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Three Days of noise action is taking place over The Great Escape weekend in Brighton, featuring our selection of the hottest new artists for 2019, all at The LTW stage at The Admiral, May 9 – 11.

If you haven’t already bought your ticket to Brighton this weekend, then it might be worth catching the train down to the seafront to pop into The Admiral on Elm Grove for this stunning line-up of alternative acts from around the UK. 

Louder Than War presents is our own pick and mix of some of the newest alternative music, while there are loads of other stages showcasing new music around Brighton this weekend. 

Our stage is taking place at The Admiral on Elm Grove, with a great selection of ales and the best pub grub on offer – from the bottomless breakfast feast, with Bloody Marys to recover from the night before, to their seductive truffle mash.

We have loads of fun lined-up, with some of our hotly tipped new artists rocking the Louder Than War Stage over what will be a brilliant Great Escape Weekend.

Here are a few of our top picks from The Admiral:



Post- punk psychedelic rock with a flash of 80s electronic pop, Madonnatron are heading to the Louder Than War to headline Saturday night. This all female group create beautifully destructive tracks that leave a lasting atmospheric impression on audiences around the country. Harmonic vocals ranging between soulful to beautifully sweet, this band will take you back to the days of The Bangles with an extra hint of angst. 

Madonnatron have already made a name for themselves within the industry, having released their debut album and the next coming up soon, ‘Musica Alla Puttanesca’is out May 24 on Trashmouth records. Their most recent track, ‘Goodnight Little Empire’ is not a performance you want to miss out on. 

Catch Madonnatron headlining the Louder Than War Stage @ The Albion on Elm Grove, 10:15

Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=akhjc1OYqok



Elizabete Balcus

Originating from Latvia, Balcus is making waves to the UK with her tantalisingly odd and enticing music. Think of a modern-day Latvian Bjork marrying together electronic dream pop and performance art to create a nostalgic yet futuristic experience. Uniquely talented Balcus blends a variety of components into her stage performances including playing the flute and specifically instruments made from vegetables, also utilising her iconic synthesiser which she brings to each of her live shows. 

Balcus creates a distinctive concept that has already projected her to forefront of key artists to watch. She has previously taken her talents all across Europe, including the UK and released her debut album ‘Conarium’ in 2016. Her most recent track ‘IKA,’ out on Wall of Sound records in August last year, is set to be featured on her second album yet to be named. The track provides fans with a quintessential heavenly and lucid style that Balcus has become known for.

To get a taste of this Latvian eccentric’s effervescent stage presence, check out Elizabete Balcus on the Louder Than War stage, 7:15, Friday May 10

Music Video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PEh8GyK889k




Since the debut album ‘Miniature World’ out on Ra Ra Rok, Phobophobes have made big strides in the South London music scene, constantly turning heads and ears to their completely original sound.

Following on from a great Liverpool Sound City performance, the group will swing back into action with its definitive heavy grooved guitar sound partnered with swirling psychedelic organ tones of the 60s. Seductive and soulful, the voice of Jamie Taylor draws you into the crazy and sublime Phobophobes world. 

Phobophobes are currently working on a second album recorded with renowned producer Youth – to be released later this year. Latest single ‘Child Star,’ released nine months ago will be sure to make it onto their set list, alongside many new tracks they’ve been busy working up in the studio. 

Get a sneak preview of the new album at The Albion, May 10 @ 4:15pm


Music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n9R2OdQLnVk


Lara Smiles

Lara Smiles is one of the hottest new artists to perform the Louder Than War stage over Great Escape weekend. Having already raked-up a number of Glastonbury appearances, including performing on one of the four main stages ‘The Glade’ last year, Lara has also lent her soulful and powerhouse vocals to albums for bands including ‘Shed Seven’ and ‘The Orb’.  

Fusing electro- alternative pop, her eclectic and energetic stage presence leaves a lasting impression on audiences.  Smiles most recent track released in April 2019 ‘The Fighting’s Over’ is guaranteed to be a stand out performance that you won’t want to miss.  

She performs The Louder Than War stage straight after Phobophobes, Friday May 10 @ 5pm!!

Music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bqF7hI_4I7c


Hot Sauce Pony

Looking for art-noise with a heavy crunch of guitar and bass, then look no further than Hot Sauce Pony.  Taking you back to the days of grunge, Hot Sauce Pony are at the forefront of the increasingly popular Brixton music scene, this up and coming band sound extraordinary. Caroline Gilchrist’s vocals keep audiences entranced as she ranges from a sweet soft lullaby to a harsh gnarling ballad. 

Only a matter of weeks ago the band released their eponymously titled debut album, ‘Hot Sauce Pony’, out on digital release with Brixton Hillbilly.  We wait in anticipation to hear the new tracks live from ‘Burnt Ends’ out just last year, ‘What You Don’t Know’ and of-course ‘Crusher’, which was out only two weeks ago.

Fans of avant-garde grunge are in for a treat, Hot Sauce Pony get their grunge on May 11 at 5pm, at the Louder Than War Stage at The Admiral on Elm Grove. 

Music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EEYndIJ5SAU



The Purple Lights 

Rapidly emerging as a national hit this alt rock duo emerge with a wide array of musical influences. The Purple Lights seem like an unlikely pair, with drummer/singer Akeba Fridye being influenced by an eclectic array a genres from grime to reggae. While guitarist/ singer Rob Fincham grew-up listening to grunge and classic rock. The two fuse their many influences, forming their own style of psychedelic groove with a subtle reggae beat as the foundation. 

Purple Lights are no strangers to performing at festivals regardless of being relatively new, festivals such as Latitude and Bearded Theory have already been graced with the duo’s glorious havoc of sound.

Having already released some great summer singles including, ‘Not Alone’ and ‘Try So Hard’ that will definitely get the audience into a party frame of mind. Here is a preview of what’s to come, with the carnival, party vibe of their track Try So Hard. Come dance with them at The Louder Than War stage for Three Days Of… May 11 at 5:45pm. 



Sex Cells 

Based almost everywhere in London the duo are an exceptional addition to the current music scene.  Sex Cells is formed of Matt Kilda and Willow Vincent who both provide hauntingly beautiful vocals to each track they have released since 2016. The duo mix early 80s synth sounds with clear influences from bands like Dead or Alive and the ominous atmosphere of Depeche Mode to create this unique form. Each of their tracks can be clearly identified as their own brand of self-designated ‘Brutalist synth pop’.

Seeing Sex Cells perform is something that should not be missed for the pure unpredictability of what they’ll bring to each show. This also accounts for their art music videos, the most recent being a live performance of their newest track ‘Saucer Attack’, ‘Hell is where the Heart is’ was the most recent music video and was presented in pure Sex Cells fashion, filled with unusual yet enticing imagery paired with another eclectic track. 

Their next stop is Brighton so head down to see what they have to offer at The Louder Than War stage, we have lift off Thursday May 9 @ 5pm

Music video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ylq7bHQd488


Here is a taste of the weekend ahead:



Georgia Bushell

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  1. This will be a great weekend. Playing early doors on the Saturday. 12.30pm. Postpunknewwavenowave from E17: markhex.bandcamp.com



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