The Great Escape - Massive three-day city-wide music festival begins today

Jealous of Birds - The Great Escape 2018
Jealous of Birds - The Great Escape 2018

One of the largest showcases of new music kicks off in Brighton and Hove today.

The Great Escape music festival will showcase 500 emerging artists from all over the world in more than 30 locations across the city.

Bands performing at the festival include: Fat White Family, Flohio, Black Midi, Snapped Ankles, Georgia, Black Country, New Road, Dan D’Lion, Darkstar with London Contemporary Orchestra, Feet, Foals, Glowie, Haelos, Jarreau Vandal, Los Bitchos, Laura Misch, Pizzagirl, SCALPING, Talk Show, whenyoung, Working Mens Club and Yung Fume.

Unlike outdoor music festivals, which take place in fields and the countryside, The Great Escape is a mud and tent-free zone – instead it’s based in the city, with the performances taking place in Brighton’s clubs, pubs and gig spaces.

However, this year’s Great Escape does feature The Beach, an arena to the east of the Palace Pier with three stages. The site also offers plenty of bars, food stalls, hang out areas and pop-up performance spaces.

In the 13 years since The Great Escape was first hosted in 2006, the festival has become an important event for the music industry to showcase new acts and also to look for the next big thing.

There are still tickets available at