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TGE2015: A SpindlexFiretrap Party

Wednesday 20 May 2015
Words Ailis Mara

Our Alternative Escape stage last weekend saw over a dozen emerging and established talents play their hearts out deep in the belly of Brighton’s most famous/only pier. 

With the partnership of our friends over at Firetrap and sponsorship by Pistonhead Lagar the party showcased an eclectic blend of genres and sounds from the UK and beyond. One of those who traveled furthest included NY based group Sunflower Bean, who fused thundering psychedelics with sun-beaten garage-rock and nearly shattered the supports of the pier. Essex-based Longy appeared in Brighton just a week prior to taking to the stage at London’s mammoth venue The Forum. The songwriter and guitarist slowly summoned each member of the live band up from the stage, gradually building the atmosphere to palpable heights.

We were fortunate not to be drenched by rain and swept away by gale-force winds like the previous day had been. If the British summer had whipped up a thunder storm we’d not have had such a picturesque interview-spot for the artists. Syron, RemiJP Cooper, Josh Barry, and Alpha Celeste were just a few of the acts who made it onto the Spindle sofa to talk music and inspiration against the backdrop of the Brighton coastline.

By the time Is Tropical had danced the crowd into a wild frenzied state it was down to Dry the River to close the show. Feet were tired and necks craned as the amazingly versatile East-London group closed the curtains on a 12 hour marathon of dancing and split pints.

If you didn’t manage to make it down then you’ll have plenty more chances to come to a Spindle party this summer. Stay posted for event announcements and check out  some photos from the night taken by the talented Sam Hiscox and Nicola Lyon.