Brighton is a special place for discovering new talent, with the Great Escape festival being the musical highlight of the year. Taking place across 30 venues within the city, the festival attracts over 400 new and emerging artists from around the world. Past festivals have had names such as The Magic Numbers, Tinie Temper, Maximo Park and Bo Ningen. The Great Escape celebrates over 10 years of heavily promoting local and underground acts trying to break through. It also incorporates an industry convention into the festival, attended by representatives from Ticket Master, PRS for Music and major labels such as Universal Music Group.
Brighton is a short train ride from London and easy to reach from elsewhere in the country. London Gatwick airport is only a 30-minute journey. The 30 stages at the 3-day event are all within walking distance of each other, situated in the city centre and along the sea front. Weekend tickets are available for £60 adults, or £32 for 16 and 17 year olds. Both tickets give you access to all venues, subject to capacity, across all 3 days. First bands will be due on around 11am/12pm with certain venues continuing until midnight.
Book tickets early, especially for early bird savings as prices increase closer to the day. Book accommodation as soon as possible, as the festival attracts visitors from all over the country. If you are a solo act or in a band that wish to play the festival, then check the website on how to submit your application. Check out the long list of acts, along with stage times and plan your day from the first band to the last. If there are gaps between those you definitely want to see, check out something different or an alternative venue. You never know who you may discover.
With various venues taking part choose from a selection of house, apartments, B&Bs and other private rentals close to the city centre. Wherever you stay it is best to walk around, or public transport is available from the outskirts. Check our accommodation in Brighton.
Take a walk along the seafront and Brighton Pier, or jump on the Volk’s Railway. The Brighton Aquarium, big wheel and viewing platform are all by the sea. Inland stroll through the famous Brighton Lanes, discover independent shops, cafes and restaurants. In the evening, there are plenty more pubs and clubs available.
Find out about the Great Escape Festival, including: buying passes and festival tickets, news, line-up and previous line-ups, the Great Escape Convention, photo galleries, FAQ’s and more by visiting the official website.
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