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Posted May 10th 2023

The Great Escape 2023: Melting Vinyl Staff Highlights

It’s that time of year again! Today kicks off the start of The Great Escape 2023. We’ve been fortunate enough to have worked with a number of superb artists on this year’s lineup – to whom we wish the best of luck as they showcase their music to a wider international audience. We want to celebrate the occasion by sharing the Melting Vinyl team’s top TGE 2023 picks to keep an eye out for…


Fire Records showcase with Islet, Bas Jan, THALA & RVG at The Rose Hill on Thursday the 11th of May at 7pm. Having worked with the independent-spirited Fire Records label for some time, it’s a great honour that MV has been invited to organise this eclectic night around TGE. Free – first come first serve, DICE ticket holders have priority.


I would highly recommend checking out Shelf Lives, this Dance-Punk duo makes a massive sound despite being a two-piece. Their highly danceable tracks also explore very amusing satirical themes lyrically. Another stripped-down yet powerful act worth checking out would be soloist Nuha Ruby Ra, whose intriguing sound blends nuances of noise rock, minimal electronic, and art-rock amongst others. For something angelic and meditative, I would strongly recommend ambient producer/songwriter Hinako Omori, who we were lucky enough to promote at The Rose Hill earlier this year. Omori’s knowledge of ambient soundscapes combined with her mesmerising voice leaves you in a state of bliss. And last but not least, Brighton-based Experimental quartet Plantoid is definitely worth watching! Face melting 60’s esque garage rock combined with Jazz on steroids!


Here’s a few artists that are playing the ALT GREAT ESCAPE that I love and have had the pleasure of working with at Melting Vinyl-

HANYA- Brighton based- They create a wonderful dreamy sound and are great live.

Night House – Brighton based again. I love Nick’s delicate and passionate vocals that is so captivating live and draws you in.

Ellie Ford- Locally based. Her combination of harp, vocals and clever use of technology is mesmerising. A great live experience.

Yumi and the Weather- Locally based again. Fronted by the wonderful Ruby. Their second LP was gritty and uplifting. If it’s good enough for Iggy, it must be very good indeedy !


Having seen the following artists live on several occasions I cannot recommend their live sets enough! Playing three times over the weekend, Grove brings queer ravey greatness to the stage that’s too good to miss. There’s also alt dance/rave pop Porij who have such a fun and positive presence on stage that you can’t help but smile at. There’s also PVA who combine acid, disco, synths & queer post-punk to bring electric and unforgettable performances. Be sure to end your TGE experience at The Gladstone on Saturday with Slack City Radio’s Slack Scape featuring previously promoted Melting Vinyl artists – Yumi and The Weather and Canned Pineapple! Free entry and music from 4pm-late.