Great Escape Festival warm-up at Bedford Esquires

Bedford Esquires will resemble the United Nations on Wednesday, May 17 when bands from Spain and New Zealand play a special ‘warm up’ gig for Brighton's Great Escape festival.

Headlining, and all the way from Madrid, are The Parrots.

Described as the ‘greatest party band in the world’, this lot play raucous garage rock’n’roll that normally results in half the band ending up in the crowd and half the audience on the stage!

They’ve recorded and toured with fellow Spanish indie rockers, Hinds, and are signed to the hipper than hip ‘Heavenly’ record label.

This will be The Parrots second visit to Esquires, having previously stolen the show when they supported Hooton Tennis Club there back in 2015.

Providing main support, and travelling an even further distance will be Fazerdaze, the moniker of 24-year-old Auckland singer songwriter Amelia Murray.

Despite this being her first UK tour, there is currently a huge buzz surrounding Fazerdaze, thanks mainly to the rave reviews that her debut album ‘Morningside’ has received.

A mixture of nineties grunge and shoegaze, it wears influences of artists including The Smashing Pumpkins and The Pixies and was described by the London in Stereo magazine as ‘a brilliantly lazy, hazy listen’.

Both bands are appearing in Bedford in preparation for gigs the following weekend at Brighton’s ‘Great Escape’ festival, which is a showcase for the best new bands and is attended by music industry makers and shakers.

Tickets are £7.50 in advance, available here