The Tipping Point Showcase at The Great Escape 2017

TGE 2017



Formed ‘by accident’ following a spell of unemployment, The Rhythm Method are a catchy duo from London whose sound has often been compared to both Squeeze and The Streets. Their latest single, Cruel Feat. Zoee, was produced by non other than Mike Skinner and their rising popularity has seen them record a Maida Vale session with Huw Stephens as well as gaining admiration from Elton John and support slots with HMLTD.

Whilst it’s the memorable one liners that will remain (She likes our Commons touch but she’s destined for the Lords, be my Cherie Blair, I’ll be your Cherie Amour) that shouldn’t belie the overall brilliance of this band. The ‘Indie Upstarts’ are playing The Great Escape and are simply not to be missed.


London based Sarah Howells has only been performing as BRYDE for almost two years now, mastering the art of a well crafted confessional song – both silencing and invigorating audiences at the same time. Now with full band, BRYDE have been heard doing exactly this throughout their recent UK tour in support of latest single ‘Less’.

Following on from 2016’s ‘Wouldn’t that make you feel good?’  the influence of artists like Sharon Van Etten shine through. These new guitar laden songs are powerful, heavier, and showcase yet more depth to the band as a whole. With airplay across Radio 1 as BBC Introducing’s artist of the week, BRYDE are not to be missed at The Great Escape at Komedia Studio for The Tipping Point Showcase.


Newcastle three-piece SoShe have built up an increasing level of hype in the North, mixing live instrumentation with melodic vocals, accentuated by lead singer Dayna’s charismatic performance and unshakable confidence. Creating everything from the artwork to the lyrics, SoShe broke into the London scene collaborating with grime emcee Cadet.

Grime, alternative and RnB influences shine through on ‘Showed Up’, the first single from their eagerly anticipated debut EP. Produced by Dan Austin (Doves, Pixies), this is a polished and consummate introduction to a home-grown group that’s gathering regional and national interest.

As well as their recent stint in the studio, SoShe supported rap legend Akala at Riverside in Newcastle, as well as performing at the 02 Academy Newcastle as part of Topman On Tour. Festival performances this year include Evolution Emerging, Kendall Calling, Hardwick, and The Great Escape. Expect a powerful performance from this up-and- coming group.


Jake Houlsby’s accelerating ascent to success has drawn critical acclaim from industry giants BBC 6 music, Folk Radio UK and celebrated music blogs including The 405, Crack In The Road and The Line of Best Fit.

The Newcastle-based singer-songwriter’s debut EP ‘Yannina’, released in 2015, initiated a tidal wave of attention and kicked off a series of breathtaking performances. Described by 6 Music’s Lauren Laverne as ‘sublime’, Houlsby’s sweet melodic vocals sail through undulating waves of rich acoustic guitar on his arresting and ethereal single ‘Howl’.

Since receiving the Alan Hull Award for Songwriting, Jake has gone on to perform in venues such as The Roundhouse in London and The Sage Gateshead, supporting Gaz Coombes, The Lone Bellow and Paper Aeroplanes, among others.

His new EP ‘Vondelpark’, released this year, is set to impress the contemporary folk scene along the same vein. Audiences were captivated by these songs at Live at Leeds, as well as an intimate EP launch gig at the Mining Institute in Newcastle. The Great Escape crowd should expect to be lulled into a meditative state by his reflective thoughts and autobiographical songwiriting.

Words by Cal Kilpatrick and Rebecca Gregson

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