Brighton hosts a weekend of mainstream and underground bands looking to set a buzz for themselves that has journalists, label bosses and music fans (of course) flocking to the beach.
Acting as the breeding ground for bands tipped to be the next hot topic on the music scene, The Great Escape Festival shares similarities to Austin's SXSW Festival, just with added summer vibes set just by Brighton Beach.
Known as the place to go to check out bands before they become radio favourites, Great Escape gives you the chance to see bands in the smallest venues just before they make the move to some of the biggest.
The Great Escape is also the ideal festival for those looking to break into the industry behind the scenes. With an extensive music industry convention covering subjects varying from running a label to whether pop music has a misogyny problem, whatever you’re interested in you get a huge opportunity to make some very important contacts at The Great Escape.
Follow the quirky looking industry types – they'll know the best acts.
Full lineup here.
How do I get there?
The Great Escape is held in 35 different venues all over Brighton so your best bet is to get a train to Brighton station, which is right in the middle of all the action.
Express coaches from London to Brighton take about 2 hours.
Regular National Express services depart from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports.
For National Express enquiries and bookings visit the website.
45 minutes from the M25 London orbital motorway.
From M25, take the M23/A23 to Brighton & Hove.
Coastal route A27 links the city east and west.
30 minutes by road or rail from London Gatwick International Airport.
90 minutes by road from London Heathrow International Airport.
Fast coach links between Heathrow, Gatwick and Brighton. For info on how to get to and from both airports visit www.baa.co.uk
The Channel Tunnel and other major ports – Dover, Folkestone, Portsmouth and Southampton – are between one and two hours away by motorway.
For P&O enquiries and bookings visit their website.
For Hoverspeed and Eurotunnel enquiries, visit the following websites:
Hoverspeed: www.hoverspeed.com Eurotunnel: www.eurotunnel.com
Local taxi firms
Streamline: +44(0)1273 747474
City Cabs: +44(0)1273 204060
3-Day Festival Tickets (Early Bird) – from £49.50
3-Day Delegate Tickets (Early Bird) – from £150
Oh Wonder – Gig Only (All Saints Church) – £15 + booking fees
Oh Wonder – Top up (All Saints Church) – £8
(Top-up a 3-day festival ticket to ensure guaranteed access)
When can I get them?
Tickets on sale now
Where can I get them?
Tickets are available via the festival website.