As festival season looms, The Great Escape is preparing for another huge celebration of international music this May. Not an avid fan of mud, fields, or the unpredictability of British summertime weather? Brighton & Hove’s multi-venue music event will quench your thirst for the best new music acts to start your summer.
Over 450 international acts have already been announced for the fourteenth edition of the festival. Anna Calvi, Frank Carter & the Rattlesnakes, Conan Grey are some of the big acts set to play across 35 walkable venues. Tickets to Lewis Capaldi, Kara Marni and Easy Life are available to purchase separately as Spotlight shows. “This year we are delighted to have some new venues on board including Fabrica, Rossi Bar, The Cloakroom, The Tempest and Art Republic to name just a few,” says Carolyn Bates, Marketing Manager for The Great Escape. “We also have a brand-new home for the conference at Jurys Inn so for the first time we shall have all of our conference panels under one roof as well as a great new networking space.”
Along with a new home for the conference, the Beach venue is back after the success of its inaugural performances at last year’s event. The three-stage area brings bars and food stalls with seated areas to the middle of Brighton’s beach. “It will be in the same location as last year and the line-up is incredible! Make sure you get down there as it’s such a highlight of the festival.” Acts such as Nao, Idles, The Go Team and Brighton’s Demob Happy all featured at the venue by-the-sea last year.
The Great Escape brings artists together from all points of the globe, with Australia acting as this year’s leading country partner. The artists cover all genres of music, including grunge rock band Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, scuzzy girl band Body Type, soul singer Allysha Joy and many more in celebration of a decade of SOUNDS AUSTRALIA.
Entering its third year of partnership with the festival, Fender returns bigger than ever as the new hosts of The Old Market’s stage. The Great Escape promises to bring some of the best emerging guitar-based talent to the Grade-II listed 500-capacity venue.
Pressure has been mounting recently on festivals and events across Brighton & Hove to avoid supplying single-use plastic products due to the huge amounts of waste created. The Great Escape has been making progress to reduce their environmental impact, including the replacement of disposable plastic glassware with compostable cups and stainless-steel cups. “We also ask all our food traders not to use single use plastic (SUP) packaging and are working with our bar suppliers to look at an environmentally friendly solution instead of single use plastic cups on our outdoor sites,” adds Bates. “With more than 35 venues involved in The Great Escape, we won’t be totally plastic free this year but will strive to continue to work with our venues and the council on reducing this further in the future.”
The Great Escape also welcomes around 200 volunteers to help with the inner workings of the festival. Help is still required with stewarding, wristband exchange and event assistance. More information on how to get involved is available on their website.
Whether you’re a festival punter, an artist, in a band, or a volunteer – you’ll want to be involved with this festival in some way. The Great Escape becomes the cultural hub of music in the heart of the city.
The Great Escape runs on Thurs 9 May – Sat 11 May at venues across Brighton & Hove. Weekend and day tickets are available to purchase from their website.