5 ACTS NOT TO MISS AT THE GREAT ESCAPE

This is another week, separate from the last one which followed the week before that and you can hedge your bets that there will probably be one after this one, too.

At Offie Mag, we like to grace each and every one of these seven day periods with a different clickbait-style article, inspired by modern journalism and it’s fondness for lists – not to mention how much you lot like to click such articles when they appear on your Instatwitterbook!

This week, with just one week to go until our beloved Great Escape Festival, we’re picking our five acts not to miss. With shit loads of people across a shit load of different venues, it wasn’t easy. But here goes:

ONE: Puma Blue at The Arch, Thursday 10.15pm

One of the most prominent figures to emerge from that ever-fruitful scene in South London, Puma Blue has had a big couple of years, earning the attention of the likes of Jack Steadman, who had Mr Blue support his Mr Jukes project. He and his abundantly talented band also supported none other than Jordan Rakei on tour last year.

Following this, some of us were lucky enough to catch him at The Hope and Ruin in Brighton whilst he was on his headline tour earlier this year, where his bevy of well-known tracks off the stunning EP, ‘Swum Baby,’ were accompanied by some exciting and energetic new ones – much to the delight of the adoring throng there to see him. Well, he’s back in the quaint seaside city for TGE this year, and it wouldn’t be wise to miss him.

TWO: Insecure Men at The Haunt, Thursday 9.30pm

Insecure Men is the blissful, easy-going lovechild of Fat White Family’s Saul Adamczewski and Childhood’s Ben Romans-Hopcraft. The two were childhood friends who attended the same school – a school that can now boast some fiercely talented songwriting alumni.

Having released their debut, self-titled, pop/exotica/easy-listening album in February this year, Insecure Men are thankfully gracing the stage at The Haunt at TGE. If you’re not there at 9.30pm on Thursday, soaking up the saucy, sultry sounds of Insecure Men then what can be said? More fool you.

3: Jaz Karis at Patterns, Friday 7pm

Into The Wilderness, the debut EP from Jaz Karis is, for lack of a more wordsmith-like phrase, really fucking nice.

Sounding timeless from the moment the captivating intro begins, it is soulful and perfectly jazzy with well-sculpted and relatable lyrics, touching on some hip-hop, too, thanks to Great Escapists of the past, Blue Lab Beats on production. Expect some pretty stunning vocals from this teenager, who, with a sound beyond her years, will illuminate the downstairs of Patterns to a calmer, more tranquil state before the likes of Octavian and slowthai take over later on. Speaking of which…

FOUR: slowthai at Patterns, Friday 10pm

DRUG DEALEERRRRR, I WEAR NIKE, NOT FILAAAAAAnd so on and so forth.

A lot of people want to say that slowthai is putting Northampton on the map but more so, what this young rapper is doing is putting something completely new on the proverbial table of British hip-hop.

Taking clear influence from grime, trap, hip-hop, rap and more than anything, the Britain he sees around him, T put out I Wish I Knew last year after already earning admirers. What he’s done since is build on that solid debut with more and more gold – phonetically, lyrically and visually. Expect some serious energy, too, from a character who he doesn’t just portray for social media. Buzzing for this one.

5: Yussef Dayes at Patterns, 9pm Saturday

It was the saddest break-up of 2017. Worse than Brangelina and worse than 1D. The ending of the imperious jazz duo of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams was worth a tear – but so good is their 2016 release Black Focus that you can shed a tear about that, too.

But crying aside, now that these two are separate artists, or in the case of Mr Wu/Williams, several different artists, there’s more new music to enjoy and that record birthed out of their combined efforts, will remain untouched as a future classic. Both Yussef  Dayes and Kamaal Williams are at The Great Escape, the former bringing his unbelievable drumming to Patterns, and the latter collective bringing that London raw energy that Henry Wu is known for to the super nightclubby, Shoosh.

They’re on one after another at different venues so here is a Google Maps route. ON YER BIKE.

5: Kamaal Williams at Shooshh, 9.30pm Saturday

It was the saddest break-up of 2017. Worse than Brangelina and worse than 1D, the ending of the imperious jazz duo of Yussef Dayes and Kamaal Williams was worth a tear – but so good is their 2016 release Black Focus that you can shed a tear about that, too.

But crying aside, now that these two are separate artists, or in the case of Mr Wu/Williams, several different artists, there’s more new music to enjoy and that record birthed out their combined efforts, will remain untouched as a future classic. Both Yussef  Dayes and Kamaal Williams are at The Great Escape, the former bringing his unbelievable drumming to Patterns, and the latter collective bringing that London raw energy that Henry Wu is known for to the super nightclubby, Shoosh. They’re on one after another at different venues so here is a Google Maps route that you can sprint along.

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