ACM Announces The Alternative Escape Showcase

18 Apr 2019

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ACM is proud to announce our third annual showcase at the North Laine Brewhouse in Brighton on Friday May 10th, as part of the legendary Alternative Escape.

ACM’s partnership with the Alternative Escape – the free-entry part of the globally renowned Great Escape Festival – enables us to provide exclusive opportunities for ACM students and alumni to showcase themselves to the international music industry. We’ve curated a stunning line-up guaranteed to deliver a series of exceptional performances, and welcome drinks will be available from 6pm.

Read on to learn more about the bands and artists representing ACM at the Alternative Escape this year. We look forward to seeing you there!


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The first band signed to Metropolis Blue, ACM’s own student-run record label, LongDayLateNight have attracted major interest from BBC Introducing, co-headlined the sold-out Metropolis Blue launch party at the Boileroom in Guildford, and sold out their own London headline show at the Finborough Arms. They’ve also released two EPs, two music videos, and two singles over the past two years, despite being just 17.

LongDayLateNight create a fresh blend of upbeat melodies and witty lyrics, bringing a colourful splash of youth to the indie-rock scene.



This 22-year-old self-made urban pop artist has spent the last 12 months performing, writing, producing, and refining her work while preparing for a string of singles to be released in 2019. Drawing on influences such as Beyoncé, Freddie Mercury, and Janis Joplin, Chinchilla is renowned for her infectious charisma, high-energy and attitude-laden live shows, soaring vocals, and empowering lyrics. She released her debut single ‘ELEMENTS’ – an ode to female strength and solidarity – on March 15th.

Nath Brooks

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Having played two nights at Wembley Arena with Voice In A Million, racked up over three million streams by the end of 2017, and taken on management with Ditto Music, Nath Brooks is clearly an artist to keep an eye on. His music draws on everything from rock to blues, pop, hip-hop, indie and alternative styles, and 2019 looks set to be his year.



Influenced by both hardcore and classic hip-hop, Swedish artist LÚNA delivers a fiery mix of trap sounds, political statements, and poetry with exceptionally powerful energy. Her single ‘Dress Me Up’ dropped on April 5, and it is a banger.

Neon Islands


Before society crumbles, Neon Islands’ fluorescent indie pop-rock will get everyone dancing – and they’ve already headlined Malta’s Rock The South festival, played a sold-out show at KOKO in Camden, and supported acts like Clap Your Hands Say Yeah.



A curious mix of Björk, Kate Bush, and Goldfrapp wrapped into an artistic explosion, BRUCH creates completely self-produced electronic sounds featuring multi-layered vocals and ethereal melodies, drawing on her classical cello training for an eclectic juxtaposition.

China Bears


Formed in 2015 and signed to Fierce Panda Records, China Bears create miserable anthemic indie and currently have three singles gaining airplay across BBC Radio 1, Radio 6, BBC Introducing, and Radio X.



At the Alternative Escape, rapper-producer duo Krankhead have a set you won’t forget. Expect complex lyrical patterns, memorable hooks, and plenty of inventive tunes.

Luke Lorenz

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Luke Lorenz is an honest and compassionate rapper/singer/songwriter with diverse influences including Jon Bellion, Logic, Eminem, G-Eazy and Post Malone, and is presently studying on ACM’s Creative Artist degree course.



Up-and-coming Swedish artist-producer Eva-Lina boasts a captivating stage presence, passionately performing playful and provocative pop inspired by Charli XCX, Pink, Gwen Stefani, and Tove Lo.



Pablomari’s music incorporates rap and afro-swing, and has been featured on Spotify’s UK Afro Bashment playlist, BBC Radio Berkshire, and London’s Flex FM Radio.

Angel Blue


Angel Blue are a unique alt-rock band, formed at college in January 2018, and have demonstrated a remarkable degree of intellect and maturity often lacking in bands at this stage of their journey.



NaMo is a singer, songwriter, and music producer from North West London, whose music ranges from acoustic and soul to trap and RnB. He has performed many live acoustic sets, and is now showcasing a selection of new songs due for release this autumn.

Joe Carabine

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Indie rocker Joe Carabine has been turning heads with his impassioned music and potent live shows. He recently played his first headline show to a capacity crowd at the Boileroom in Guildford, and will be playing many more shows throughout 2019.



An all-female band whose members hail from across the UK, LIME fuse the raw live energy of 70s classic rock with the artistic and experimental employment of technology. After building a solid fanbase in Guildford and Brighton, playing a packed-out Boileroom headline show, and performing at iconic venues from Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar to Concorde 2, the next few months are full of very exciting things for this zesty quartet.

Son Of Cabe


Solo multi-instrumentalist Son of Cabe combines influences from the past four decades of electronic and indie production, and has performed energetic shows alongside drummer Jack Holland at Notting Hill Arts Club, BBC Introducing Live, and The Social in London.

ACM are extremely proud of our talented students and alumni, and can’t wait to check out their sets at the Alternative Escape. If you’d like to become an ACM student and gain real-world industry experience from our music courses while learning by doing and taking advantage of exclusive opportunities like our Alternative Escape showcases, come to one of our Open Days and live a happy life doing something you love, with ACM.

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