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For the fifth year in a row, ACM headed to The Great Escape in Brighton to host a venue and showcase some of the best acts coming out of the college in the past year. The Komedia played host this year and the show became the busiest so far.

Opening quietly with the delicate Martha Paton, the venue steadily filled up during her set of beautifully crafted songs played with her subtle band.

Then came the in-your-face pomposity of The Adamski Kid. Shouty, anthemic and full of energy, its easy to see why such tastemakers as Tom Robinson has been playing this band out.

Lame Deer then clambered on to the stage and played their brand of shoe-gazing but brash rock, stunning people with their excellent musicianship and unique sound. On to Massmatiks who upped their game and played their best set yet, showcasing their mathy rock roots alongside lead singer George’s penchant for intimate songwriting.

Alumni band Films of Colour have been making waves in the industry recently, including picking up a new fan in the shape of David Bowie, and today played a set of their singles so far. Again, excellent musicianship, a full venue and a very happy ACM.

Thanks to everyone who came along and supported. Roll on next year!

Check out more videos from ACM @ The Great Escape 2012 here.

Photography: Claire McAlpine //