The Great Escape Festival in Brighton celebrates music and culture with a series of events taking place in over 35 Brighton venues inviting over 400 artists to play.
All the venues are accessible with a festival wristband that gives you great flexibility so you can discover handfuls of new bands and artists before they go on to headline festivals and sell out tours around the UK and in some cases, the world.
Spotlight Shows: Rag 'N' Bone Man & Slaves
67, Abattoir Blues, Adam Naas, Áine Cahill, Ainslie Wills, ALMA, Anna Straker, Avelino, Baba Shrimps, Baloji, Be Charlotte, Belly Squad, Betty Who, Bokito, Brian Deady, Bryde, Busty and the bass, Buvette, CABBAGE, Carys Selvey, Casi, Catherine McGrath, Charlie Straw, Cheap Meat, Cherry Glazerr, Childcare, Club Drive, Cocoa Futures, Cosima, Croox, Dagny, Dan Croll, Dead Pretties, Diane Birch, Dream Wife, Drones Club, EAT FAST, Fazerdaze, Fil Bo Riva, Francobollo, FREAK, Froth, Gabriella Cohen, Goat Girl, Gold Class, Gordi, Gothic Tropic, GURR, Hannah Georgas, Hare Squead, HMLTD, Homeshake, Horse Thief, Husky Loops, IDER, Ill, Indigo Husk, J. Bernardt, Jacques, Jake Houlsby, James Hersey, Jameszoo, Jerkcurb, Jesse Terry, John K. Samson, Jordan Mackampa, Judas, Kane Strang, King Nun, Klangstof, Kojo Funds, Kolars, Kudu Blue, L.A. Salami, Like A Motorcycle, Lisa Mitchell, Lowell, Lowly, Mammút, Marika Hackman, MarthaGunn, Matt Maeson, Mauno, Mc sniper, Middle, Kids, Miles from Kinshasa, Molly, Mosa Wild, MOSES, Mullally, Native Dancer, Nilüfer Yanya, Noga Erez, North Downs, October Drift, Odd Beholder, off Bloom, Olympia, One Sentence. Supervisor, Our Girl, Parcels, PAULi., Picture This, Pixey, Plaitum, Poté, Pumarosa, Ray BLK, Rosborough, Saint PHNX, Sälen, Sampa The Great, Sarathy Korwar, Shame, SHELLS, ShitKid, Shogun, Sigrid, Skott, Sløtface, Sophie Hunger, SoShe, Stefflon Don, Steve James, Stevie Parker, Sturla Atlas, Sultan of the Disco, Swimming Tapes, TENDER, The Age of L.U.N.A, The Bay Rays, The Goon Sax, The Japanese House, The Magic Gang, The Moonlandingz, The Parrots, The Rhythm Method, The Sandinistas, Tigertown, Tired Lion, Tom Grennan, Tsar B, Will Joseph Cook, Yellow Days, Yonaka, Youngblood, Youngr, YOWL, Zeal & Ardor.
Abra Cadabra / Agar Agar / Alex Cameron / Altameda / Alyss / Amy Becker / Aristophanes貍貓 / Ásgeir / Babeheaven / Bad Pop / Bad Sounds / Bantam Lyons / Beliefs / Biuret 뷰렛 / Blackwaters / Brent Cobb / Bruce O Yates / Camo Clave / Childhood / Chinah / Code Walk / Colter Wall / Confidence Man / Crimsons / Dakota / Dat Brass / Debrah Scarlett / Dgs Samurai Champs / Douglas Dare / Ekali / Estrons / Faith I Branko / Fifi Rong / Fish / Flyte / Folly Rae / Forest Of Fools / Frank Gamble / Fuck Art,Let’s Dance! / Gallops / Gardna / Girli / H Hawkline / Harrison Brome / Haux / Hazel English / Hearts Hearts / Hello Moth / Hipsters Don’t Dance / Honey Lung / Honey Lung / Ibibio Sound Machine / Immigrant Swing / Into The Ark / Isaac Gracie / Jack Ladder / Jackdat / Jamie Isaac / Jane Weaver / Jarami / Jay Som / Jerry Williams / Joe Fox / Jossy Mitsu / Judah And The Lion / Julie Bergan / Julie Byrne / Killason / King Henry / Knucks / Kovacs / La Jungle / Las Aves / Leo Stannard / Life / Little Hours / Luxury Death / Lyra / Marc O’reilly / Maria Kelly / Matt Maltese / Mo Kenney / Monico Blonde / Mystic Braves / Mungo / Not3s / Nova Twins / Oscar Jerome / Otzeki / Outlya / Overcoats / Paigey Cakey / Parekh & Singh / Paris Youth Foundation / Pavo Pavo / Perturbator / Poor Nameless Boy / Port Cities / Prince Vaseline / Rahh / Raye / Royal Tusk / Sailor And I / Sara Sara / She-Devils / Shy Luv / Smerz / Sônge / Sons / Superfood / Tamir Grinberg / Tash Lc / Ten Tonnes / Tennyson / The Amazons / The Avulsions / The Brass Funkeys / The Districts / The Lafontaines / The Monotones / The Van T’s / Thomas Azier / Tsvi / Victoria / Wallflower / Wallwork / Wild Front / Will Heard / William Prince / Xamvolo / Yxng Bane / Zach Said / Zak Abel
As well as the main music festival, The Great Escape also runs a conference alongside the gigs that offers panels, debates, speeches and networking opportunities in relation to the musical action going on at the festival. Add this to the host of secret gigs, club nights, spontaneous collaborations and the Brighton Dome shows as well as the Alternative Escape and The Great Escape Festival becomes quite an experience to behold.
The Great Escape Festival has welcome a large number of talented artists since its inauguration in 2006, some of which have gone on to become huge stars. Some of The Great Escape Festival highlights include Paolo Nutini, The Pigeon Detectives, Passenger, Bombay Bicycle Club, Frightened Rabbit, Crystal Castles, Enter Shikari, Mumford & Sons, John Talabot, Groove Armada, Disclosure and London Grammar.
The venues that take part in The Great Escape Festival are the best in Brighton. The Brighton Dome is one of the biggest that holds the most popular artists who are playing throughout the day, however other bands appear through the day and evening at venues such as The Basement, The Corn Exchange, Komedia, Blind Tiger, Coalition and The Festival Hub to name just a few.
As well as the main festival, The Alternative Escape also takes place from the Wednesday to the Saturday, boasting another 200 additional artists who perform at over 15 venues including The Fishbowl, The Mucky Duck and The Tube. The Alternative Escape offers more opportunities to see the best international and local talent, as well as giving promoters, management companies and agents the chance to curate their own very special shows.