Ellen & The Escapades
Since forming in 2009, acoustic pop-rock Ellen and the Escapades have won many admirers, none more influential than the BBC Introducing radio programme who chose them to perform at the Reading and Leeds festivals in their first year. In 2010, the quintet won Q Magazine’s Emerging Talent award, which resulted in them playing three of Glastonbury’s main stages that year. The quintet formed in Leeds, with 3 of their number natives of the Yorkshire city, one coming from Reading and the other from San Francisco – and their sound has developed rapidly since their birth. Ellen and the Escapades’ extremely catchy songs have been described as sounding “a bit like the work of a late-60s Bob Dylan support band, fronted by Kirsty MacColl, with a Yorkshire accent” by the Guardian.