This Way for a Great Escape


Written by Tshepo Mokoena
Photos and illustrations by Jason Horton, Palena Design,
07 Thursday 07th April 2011


Headline veteran performances are due from Sufjan Stevens, Friendly Fires and DJ Shadow. On the other end of the spectrum, this year's newcomer line-up's already billed to include Warpaint, The Naked and Famous, Cults, Becoming Real, Still Corners, Big Deal, Factory Floor and Ghostpoet. It's a great urban festival to attend so you can later brag to your friends about how you saw 'insert-up-and-comers'-name' play one of their very first UK showcases.

The Vaccines

The Great Escape is seen as Europe's strongest new music festival, and also acts as a bit of an industry thinktank. Seminars and networking events run alongside the live gigs and parties, as bands who've just shown their chops at SXSW have another chance to be courted by labels and promotions companies.

Ghostpoet - Cash And Carry Me Home

Beyond all the industry cogs turning, this festival really displays all the best Brighton has to offer in terms of great intimate venues and a city small enough to rush from one gig to the next on foot with little hassle. Whether you prefer the scuzz rock of Yuck or the synth-pop of Holy Ghost! you're bound to not only discover new bands to love but cement your adoration for those you follow already.

Sufjan Stevens

This year, the Relentless Energy Drink Street gigs will be popping up all over the city again. If you're strolling past the North Laine's Jubilee Square or Theatre Royal and notice a sudden crowd around what seems to be a busker, it's worth stopping. You may have just stumbled across performances from the likes of DELS, Guillemots, James Vincent McMorrow and acclaimed songwriter Frank Turner.  The gigs will also be running at the Donut on the seafront and on a purpose-built stage by the station, on each afternoon of the festival. 


Fenech-Soler at a Relentless Energy Drink Street gig, 2010

The Great Escape is on from May 12th to 14th this year. Early bird tickets at £45 are still available until April 12th. After that point, they go up to £49.50. To be one of the 15,000 predicted attendees, click here. More information's on their site.

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