Great Escape Day 1
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Ben Caplan

May 13, 2011

An early start for the Canadian Blast team as we piled into a car and headed down to the Southcoast for The Great Escape, three days of showcases and conference. One of the first Canadian Blast events was held at The Great Escape, and since then Canada has been well represented at the festival. This year we have 18 bands, as well as Day showcases from M fror Montreal, Music Nova Scotia and Canadian Blast of course!

Things got started early on Thursday, where Brasstronaut kicked things off at the Hope just after midday. Despite the sunshine and early hour, the showcase was still very busy- by the time we made it down to Life for the M for Montreal showcase, it was one in one out for Winter Gloves performance.
Brasstronaut see the Sights
Despite early technical difficulties (no vocals), PS I Love You’s opening show in Brighton was a triumph- the sound created by two people (plus some bass pedals) filled the arches underneath the seafront, frontman and guitarist Paul Saulnier tearing into his guitar with a fiery passion, the bass sounds vibrating the very floor of the audience. Certainly a performance to blow away any cobwebs.

Heading outside into the sunshine we chanced upon Brasstronaut taking in Brighton’s sights. With so many bands walking around, as well as a large arts festival, the town is heaving. Walking down the street next to Brighton Pavilion we chanced upon Nova Scotia’s Ben Caplan, taking part in a busking project in aid of War Child, and
Hey Rosetta- with thanks to Southcoasting
delighting the watching crowds. 

With evening shows from the likes of Black Lungs, more PS I Love You, Hey Rosetta, Mountains and The Trees, Suuns and In-flight Safety  amongst others the real issue was chosing which show to get to. We dipped in to as many as possible, before turning in for a (relatively) early evening. A day of networking lies ahead on Friday...before the Canadian Blast team hosts two showcases in two different countries on Saturday, one at The Great Escape and Walk The Line Festival.


Photos by Ro Cemm and Jon Smmns (


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