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CALM’s going to the Great Escape!

Oh we do like to be beside the seaside. And we’ll be doing just that this Mental Health Awareness Week, as CALM teams up with Hand in Hive and the Most Radicalist to co-host two gigs at Brighton’s Great Escape festival.

That’s right. CALM will be at Britain’s best festival for new music with some of our favourite bands. On Friday May 18th, we’ll be taking over the Mucky Duck venue with the likes of Swimming Tapes and Saltwater Sun. On Saturday May 19th, we’ll be at Horatio’s on Brighton Pier for a second show with special guest headliners all the way from Nashville, Bully.

CALM caught up with some of the bands to find what they’ll be getting up to in Brighton. Here’s what they had to say…

Swimming Tapes

Great Escape is almost upon us – are you looking forward to playing the festival?

We’re really looking forward to it! On Friday night we’re playing the Mucky Duck, we have great memories of playing there a couple of years ago and will be in a party mood. Then we play Horatio’s on Saturday afternoon which is actually on Brighton Pier. We’ve never played on a pier before so that feels quite magical, we can go on the dodgems after soundcheck.

What is so special about the Great Escape?

The setting is a big part of it – it’s spring time and you’re in this cool city on the beach, there is music all over the place, you wander from venue to bar to venue, the vibe is great. With the focus being on newer artists you’re more inclined to check out bands you’ve never heard before, it’s nice being surprised by something new.

Aside from your gigs, tell us what you’ll be getting up to by the seaside?

Heading down the Laines looking for a nice shirt or baseball cap. And I’m hoping we get a swim in… depending on how close our air bnb is to the water.

Saltwater Sun

What is so special about the Great Escape?

Brighton is an amazing place anyway, so to see it packed full of amazing bands in every pub and venue is really special. We’ve got a lot of friends down here and our favourite show we have ever played was an alt escape show at the Mucky Duck, so we can’t wait to do it all again.

Aside from your gig, tell us what you’ll be getting up to by the seaside?

We’ve just clocked we’re staying right by a lazer quest type situation, so we’re gonna have a band-wide lazer war. Come and join your favourite member as back up. The crazy mouse is a must – there’s nothing like staring death in the face right before your set, as is catching up with our pals down here and jumping around to pop punk at the Pav Tav. Can’t wait.


Are you looking forward to Great Escape?

We are beyond excited to be playing The Great Escape. So many acts we love are also playing and it’s going to be a great chance to not only perform, but see and connect with other musicians.

It’s amazing how Brighton opens up and becomes this world of new music. For one weekend in May it’s almost like the little city is the centre of the music universe.

Tell us what you’ll be getting up to by the seaside

We’ll be dancing around the city, seeing loads of bands and enjoying every ray of sunshine. Tinnies on the beach is a must (avoiding seagulls). Brighton pier will probably be a staple as Mariin has an addiction to arcades.

For more info on the Great Escape and to see the full lineup, head here.

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