2015 is a very special year. Not only does it mark ten years of The Great Escape festival coming to the city, but Brighton music venue Bleach will also be celebrating its first birthday as one of the most prominent places for upcoming local bands to play. Just last month, local folk big dog Passenger (Mike Rosenberg) headlined here to promote ‘Whispers II’ to raise money for UNICEF.
Having been host to the likes of big Brighton names such as The Wytches, Black Honey and Black Peaks (formerly Shrine) in the past, manager and curator Tim Hampson has ambition for Bleach becoming a ‘rite of passage’ venue for future bands, local or otherwise, to play when they come to town – “we have a specific audience building. People trust the choices we make at Bleach.”
It will come as no surprise that to mark a year of progress at this thriving music space, they have acquired a plethora of top quality acts to play during the weekend of The Great Escape, including some very special guests to welcome music fans to experience some of the best new bands in the UK. Situated above the Hare & Hounds pub at Preston Circus on London Road, Bleach will be awash with a variety of events throughout the three days for their Alternative Escape shows. This is expected to be hugely popular as their last year’s Great Escape show was selected in NME and Amazing Radio as their pick of the festival for the Saturday.
On Thu 14 May, it will be home to Strong Island Recordings and Southsea’s Pie & Vinyl as they host a stunning all-day showcase totally free to those with TGE wristbands. Some of the acts include Theo Verney, Winchester’s Wild Smiles and Man Made. Echochamp, hosted by The Magic Gang and Abattoir Blues, will take over on the Friday, ready for the main event on Sat 16 May.
Brighton-born record label House Arrest and Cannibal Hymns present an incredible line-up to dominate the last day of The Great Escape’s Alternative sibling, with free entry to all. As well as emerging talent such as Menace Beach, Brighton-based Animal House and Our Girl, Bleach are hailing some very special guests who certainly aren’t strangers to The Great Escape main festival bill this year.
Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for announcements as they happen across Bleach’s social media in the days leading up to their action-packed anniversary.
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