Great Escape

The Great Escape (TGE) is a new music festival that showcases emerging artists from all over the world. Over 400 up and coming bands play in 35 Brighton venues, accessible on one wristband. It’s the first place to discover your new favorite band and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to headline major festival stages.

TGE is also attended by the music industry who are on the hunt for the next big thing. We run a convention alongside the gigs featuring insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and networking opportunities in abundance.

Lineup

2014 Line Up so far

AMBER RUN / ANDY SHAUF / ARC IRIS / ARTHUR BEATRICE / AS ANIMALS / AUTOBAHN / BABY IN VAIN / BABY STRANGE / BEARD OF WOLVES / BEAUTIFUL BOY / BENJAMIN CLEMENTINE / BLACK CITY LIGHTS / BLAENAVON / BROKEN TWIN / CHARLI XCX / CHERUB / CHLÖE HOWL / CIRCA WAVES / CLEO T / COURTNEY BARNETT / D/C / DARK FOR DARK / DARLIA / DENAI MOORE / DIVE IN / DOLOMITE MINOR / DOOM SQUAD / DOUGLAS DARE / DUNE RATS / ELLA EYRE/ EROTIC MARKET / FABIENNE / FAT WHITE FAMILY / FEMALE SMELL / FEMME / FLUX PAVILION LIVE / FLYTE / FTSE / FUTURE ISLANDS / FYFE / GIANNA LAUREN / GINGER AND THE GHOST / GLORY GLORY / HANNAH GEORGAS / HERMITUDE / HOLY STRAYS / HSY / HUMAN PYRAMIDS / JAAKKO EINO KALEVI / JAY ARNER / JEREMIAH JAE / JEREMY NEALE / JUNGLE / KELIS/ LABYRINTH EAR / LEON T PEARL / LONELY THE BRAVE / LOVEPARK / MAJOR LEAGUES / MARIKA HACKMAN / MATTHEW AND THE ATLAS / MAX MARSHALL / MICKEY LIGHTFOOT / MONEY FOR ROPE / NEW DESERT BLUES / OLIVER WILDE / ORVAL CARLOS SIBELIUS / OY / PAWWS / PHOX / POWDER BLUE / REJJIE SNOW / ROSIE LOWE / ROYAL BLOOD / RUSSIAN RED / SAINT RAYMOND / SAMARIS / SATELLITE STORIES / SEPTEMBER GIRLS / SHOPPING / SHY NATURE / SIN COS TAN / SLAVES / STUBBORN HEART / SUNDARA KARMA / THE BONY KING OF NOWHERE / THE CREASES / THE CROOKED BROTHERS / THE DARLINGTONS / THE OSCILLATION / THE SCENES / THEO VERNEY / TOVE LO / TRAAMS / TRAUMAHELIKOPTER / TRAVIS BRETZER / WET / WHITE LUNG / WILSEN / WOMANS HOUR / YOUNG SUMMER / YOUTH MAN / YUMI AND THE WEATHER

2013 CONVENTION:

Mike Weatherley, MP for Hove and IP Advisor to UK Prime Minister David Cameron, is amongst the first speakers to be announced for the 2014 Great Escape Convention. He will headline a half-day strand focused on the music rights sector, and will reveal current thinking in Westminster and Whitehall regards the ongoing fight against online piracy.

Elsewhere in the music rights strand – which is supported by PPL and PRS for Music – CMU Business Editor and TGE Convention Programmer Chris Cooke will review how artists, record companies and music publishers are going about monetising their copyrights in 2014.

Representatives from PPL, Kobalt and Featured Artists Coalition will then provide insights on the increasingly important area of neighbouring rights, which provide extra royalty income for artists and producers, while key execs from leading labels and digital platforms will explain how rights owners are now combating the unlicensed distribution of their recordings online.

Maximising Music Rights is one of six key strands that will form the core of The Great Escape Convention next May. Adopting a fresh new approach, TGE will present more in-depth sessions in 2014, giving delegates the opportunity to delve deeper into the key areas affecting the business of music. Details of the other five exciting strands will be announced early next year.

Lead Partnership

Every year the festivals cross-continent partnerships provide new artists and musicians from around the world a platform to perform for the influential audience at The Great Escape.

The Great Escape is pleased to announce that Finland will be its lead international partner for the 2014 festival in Brighton, presenting Music Finland.

Vibe

As well as the pre-publicised venue performances, many adore the impromptu street gigs that often take place.

The Convention also features panel talks, industry insight, debates and other initiatives that enrich the festival experience, Whereas The Alternative Escape provides numerous club nights, label parties, industry showcases, unique collaborations and outdoor gigs all add to the festivities.

Amongst the line-up of 400 artists, 3 high profile acts will play at The Brighton Dome towards the end of the night.

Reviews & Media Comments

‘The Great Escape has established itself as the best place in Europe to discover new bands’ The Times

‘The festival sits in a space all of its own. Billing a very international line-up in a very British city, it can rival any of the international competitors and tops the pile in the UK for value and variety alone.’ Virtual Festivals

‘The Cannes of the music world’ Steve Lamacq, BBC Radio 6 Music

“As one the biggest music showcases here in Europe, The Great Escape in Brighton was a fantastic kick off to the UK festival season. Transforming the bustling seaside town into a mecca for music lovers and performing musicians alike … The Great Escape has proved to be once again a monumental success.” 1883 Magazine

“Increasingly exciting, taste-making festival … [A] wild set in a tiny, sweltering club on Friday night is the kind of “Were you there?” moment that makes the Great Escape, well, Great” Will Hodgkinson, Chief Pop & Rock Critic, The Times

Venues and other entertainment

There is around 30+ venues that take part in the event, however a very helpful map is included in the programme.

As mentioned before, there is also a programme of club nights, label parties, industry showcases and outdoor gigs provided by the Alternative Escape.

The Great Escape Convention takes place under one roof in The Brighton Dome. The programme runs daily between 10am and 5pm and consists of panels and debates for experienced music industry delegates, new music entrepreneur presentations, high end key note interviews, short Q&A sessions, case studies and educational workshops for new entrants to the industry. This runs alongside the festival and is attended by over 3000 delegates annually from across the globe.

Targeted networking sessions, parties and sponsored lunches are run every day giving delegates plenty of opportunities to form new business relationships and to catch up with established partners.

For any looking to take a short break from the festival, the area of Brighton itself provides great shopping and sights, as well as the famous and popular Brighton Pier, full of seaside rides, prize games and an onsite arcade.

Tickets

The following can be purchased from SeeTickets

FESTIVAL PASSES

  • 3 Day Festival Pass (Early Bird) from £45 Face Value

DOME PASSES

A small number of shows will be taking place at The Dome in Brighton, for an extra £7 you can top up your festival wristband so you can attend, or you can attend the shows as a separate gig tickets.

DELEGATE PASSES

  • Early Bird Delegate Passes are priced from £145

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Location

The festival takes place in venues over the whole city of Brighton. Getting to Brighton is easy, wherever you’re travelling from. It takes just under an hour by rail from London, 45 minutes by road from the M25 and half an hour from London Gatwick airport. There are also regular coach services connecting London Heathrow and London Gatwick airports.

Travel

BY TRAIN:It takes just under an hour to get to Brighton from London Victoria Station, with 2 services running every hour. There are also regular services to Brighton from Bedford, London Kings Cross & London Bridge, as well as direct services from Scotland, the North West, the Midlands, the West country and South Wales.

BY COACH: Express coaches from London to Brighton take about 2 hours. Regular National Express services depart from London Heathrow and Gatwick airports.

BY CAR: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.

If you would like to travel by car, why not save some money with Blabla Car - the ultimate car sharing website for UK and Europe!

Accommodation

With the city taking place in various venues around Brighton there is no official campsite, however, many festival goers do opt to stay in hostels or camp in various public campsites.

FESTIVAL HOSTEL

Book 3 nights at Journey’s plus your 3 day Early Bird festival ticket for only £135+booking fee! Hostel packages are now on sale.

INDUSTRY DELEGATE HOTEL

The official accommodation for the festival delegate is Queen's Hotel, situated right at the seafront, the hotel is the hub of many networking events as well as performances.

You can secure a room for £90 or £200 deposit and the following prices are available:

  • 3 NIGHT STANDARD DOUBLE (HOTEL ONLY) £420.00 - Standard double room (inclusive of a full buffet breakfast and use of Queens leisure centre)
  • 3 NIGHT STANDARD TWIN (HOTEL ONLY) £420.00 - Standard twin room (inclusive of a full buffet breakfast and use of Queens leisure centre)
  • 3 NIGHT SEAVIEW DOUBLE (HOTEL ONLY) £465.00 - Sea facing double room (inclusive of a full buffet breakfast and use of Queens leisure centre)
  • 3 NIGHT SEAVIEW TWIN (HOTEL ONLY) £465.00 - Sea facing twin room (inclusive of a full buffet breakfast and use of Queens leisure centre)
  • 3 NIGHT EXECUTIVE DOUBLE (HOTEL ONLY) £510.00 - Large sea facing double room with king size bed and extra single bed (inclusive of a full buffet breakfast and use of Queens leisure centre)
  • 3 NIGHT TRIPLE ROOM (HOTEL ONLY) £495.00 - Triple room sleeping 3 (inclusive of a full buffet breakfast and use of Queens leisure centre)
  • 3 NIGHT FAMILY SUITE (HOTEL ONLY) £555.00 - One double bedroom and separate lounge with a sofa bed (inclusive of a full buffet breakfast and use of Queens leisure centre)
  • 3 NIGHT TOWER SUITE (HOTEL ONLY) £585.00 - A large room with queen size bed, Jacuzzi bath, bay window and fantastic sea views (inclusive of a full buffet breakfast and use of Queens leisure centre)

What to wear

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Camping

This is a no camping festival, for accommodation selections, please view the above section

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Food and drink

There hundreds of places to eat around Brighton, including all the usual high street names as well as independently run cafes and restaurants.

Most of the venues will have a bar in them, but for this reason the majority of the festival is limited to 18+, however there will be a few 14+ events to be announced nearer the time.

Perform at the festival

Organisers have released the following information:

"All bands can register for booking consideration, free of charge. We promise to review all submissions and will contact artists directly if their application has been successful. This year The Great Escape brought over 16,000 people to Brighton to witness some of the world’s best new music."

Artists wishing to be considered for TGE 2014 should register via the TGE website. Please note artist registration closes at the end of January 2014:

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Trivia

Since being founded in 2006, The Great Escape has been firmly established internationally as the leading event for showcasing new music.

The 2007 event did not only see an inclusion of more hardcore acts, but the rate at which the tickets sold out, drew the event the reputation of becoming one of Europe’s leading new music festivals.

Due to the calibre of dedicated music fans and savvy music press that attend this event, many stars who have gone to have great musical followings previously played The Great Escape when they were up and coming. Acts such as Kasabian, Friendly Fires, Laura Marling, Tinie Tempah and Katy B have all played in previous years.

Past lineups

2012: Africa Express Sound System, Jamie N Commons, Spector, We Are The Ocean, Zulu Winter, Dry The River were amongst the first round of acts to be announced. The full line-up can be viewed here.

The 2011 line-up featured Dj Shadow, Friendly Fires, Katy B, Surfjan Stevens, Example, The View, The Vaccines, The Naked and Famous. Details of past line-up highlights can be found here

Previous speakers of the festival include:

Anthony Volodkin – Hype Machine / Michael Eavis - Glastonbury / Rob Da Bank - DJ and founder of Bestival / Barney Wragg – Ex Head of EMI Digital / Clive Dickins – Absolute Radio / Colin Greenwood – Radiohead / Daniel Ek – Spotify Founder / DJ Shadow – Artist / Eric Garland – Big Champagne / Francis Keeling – VP Digital, Universal / Howard Marks aka Mr. Nice / Ian Rogers – Topsin / John Leckie – Legendry Producer / John Niven – Novelist ‘ Kill Your Friends’ / Matt Everitt – BBC 6 Music / Nathan Lovejoy – Limewire / Nick Kent – Author / Music Journalist / Norman Cook – aka Fat Boy Slim / Patrick Walker – Google / You Tube / Paul Epworth – Producer / Seymour Stein – Sire Records / Simon Fox – CEO HMV / Terry McBride – Nettwerk Music Group / Tony Wadsworth – BPI / Brits Trust / Will Page – PRS for Music

Past Lead International Partnerships

The Festival’s cross-continent partnerships have enabled new artists and musicians from across the world to come to the attention of the varied and influential audience at The Great Escape. Previous lead international partners include

+Finland (2014) +Poland (2013) + Catalonia & The Balearic Islands(2012) + Ireland (2011) + Australia (2010) + New Zealand (2009) + Norway (2008) + France (2007) + Canada (2006)