Preview: The Great Escape 2017


The Great Escape bills itself as ‘the festival for new music’ – while that is certainly a well deserved title, it’s almost even selling itself short.

Taking place throughout the colourful seaside city of Brighton, The Great Escape spans more than 30 venues and three days to offer what is almost a proper scavenger hunt of musical delight. Whether you want to take in tunes at Brighton Museum or the Palace Pier, in ballrooms or bars, squares or stages or theatres or churches, you’ll be able to find something to take your fancy without a leaky tent or a wellington boot in sight.

This year – the festival’s twelfth year running – features acts including Rag’n’Bone Man, Slaves and Superfood. Of course, part of the festival’s very charm is that it boasts plenty of up and coming artists. Record labels and eager listeners alike recognise it as the place to come to be right on the edge of the music scene, whatever your genre of choice. There’s even the dedicated Showcasing Scotland concerts, which will be showing off eight top Scottish acts including Be Charlotte and TeenCanteen.

The Great Escape, then, really epitomises that great festival feeling – the joy of not necessarily always knowing what you’re about to listen to, and getting wander somewhere with your mind open and ready to find something new. It’s a time for fresh finds and new favourites to be born.

And with over 450 artists lined up? There’s definitely going to be plenty to discover.

The Great Escape takes place Thursday 18 – Saturday 20th May 2017 in Brighton. Tickets are available here.


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