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The Great Escape

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We saw a wealth of international talent at The Great Escape, but on the final day two bands from Brighton stole the show.

May 21, 2022

More bands, more reviews. Friday's festival was a heady mix of Turkish techno, gothic indie, Japanese folk, jazz punk and grime metal.

May 18, 2022

The Great Escape made a triumphant return with three days of musical mayhem across the city. Here's a round-up of two dozen acts we caught on Thursday.

May 16, 2022
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Platform B, Brighton’s next generation radio station, presents a free stage with an exciting line-up of emerging acts at The Great Escape.

Apr 14, 2022
Saint Agnes, Jubilee Square (photo by Mike Tudor)

With one of Brighton's biggest and best festivals but weeks away we're already planning how to see as many of the 500 artists as possible across the city.

Apr 12, 2022
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SOURCE looks at some of the promising acts booked to play at TGE before it was forced to pull the plug.

May 14, 2020
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We chat to the Brighton band about The Great Escape, Bella Union and studio spectres – over beer, tea and Club biscuits.

Jun 21, 2019
Confidence Man, The Deep End (photo by Mike Tudor)

We reviewed another 20 bands on the final day of TGE with Arxx and Penelope Isles heading up the local talent alongside Black Midi and Fat White Family.

May 16, 2019
The Intergalactic Republic Of Kongo, Jubilee Square

Day two of The Great Escape saw us enjoying some sunshine while watching The Intergalactic Republic Of Kongo, Easy Life, Los Bitchos, Tourist and loads more.

May 14, 2019
Saint Agnes, Jubilee Square (photo by Mike Tudor)

As the dust settles on The Great Escape our team reports back on some of the 20+ acts they caught last Thursday in the first of three bumper reviews.

May 13, 2019

Locals know that The Great Escape is joined by an unofficial festival of gigs in smaller venues, all for free. We profile some of our favourites.

May 4, 2019
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Another 100 names have just been added to the line-up of this year's Great Escape, including Fat White Family and Snapped Ankles.

Apr 9, 2019
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Our third and final day was a mixed bag, with a handful of four-square guitar bands outshone by the brassy brilliance of jazz instrumentalists Sons Of Kemet.

May 28, 2018

Powering on through day two at The Great Escape we catch standout sets from Kojey Radical, Bodega and Superorganism.

May 28, 2018
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Novelist, Pale Waves and Goat Girl are among our highlights on the first day of The Great Escape, in a line-up stuffed with rising potential stars.

May 24, 2018

The Alt-Escape is an extended weekend of wildly varied and excellent live music in Brighton, all for free, and this year's festival was bigger than ever.

May 22, 2018
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A huge GRM daily showcase at the Dome and every Brighton venue alive with more music than your mind can comprehend. Yes, it's time for The Great Escape.

Apr 17, 2018

Next weekend the Alt-Escape hits town. Three days of free music. There's really no excuse to go without live music and it'll probably be hard to avoid.

Apr 17, 2018

Brighton's homegrown talent shone through on the last day of The Great Escape with standout shows from Rag ‘N’ Bone Man, Dream Wife and Blood Red Shoes.

May 26, 2017

Day two of the festival found us stumbling upon an 80s hero, heading to the pier for Norway's finest and squeezing into a late-nighter from The Charlatans.

May 25, 2017

While the rest of our team were waiting in queues, we sent a reviewer on a solo mission to see how much of the Great Escape he could see for free. Absolutely loads, as it turns out.

May 24, 2017

Thursday's Great Escape veered from lush folk at a Regency ballroom to riotous punk on the pier. Here's our review of day one - including Alex Cameron, Aldous Harding and Slaves.

May 23, 2017

Rag’n’Bone Man, Kano and Slaves headline the most ambitious Great Escape yet.

Apr 18, 2017
Normanton Street, Black Lion, photo by Jon Southcoasting

Our photographers were snapping everyone they could catch at this year's festival. Here's a dozen photos from each day.

May 26, 2016

The 2016 festival neared its end with strong performances from Tiny Ruins and MONEY but our team kept going until the very last note of the final band.

May 26, 2016
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