The Great Escape Festival 2015 is fast approaching on the 14th-16th of May, taking place on the gloriously sunny shores of Brighton. Whilst we can’t actually guarantee sun by any means, we certainly can guarantee you’ll have the time of your life and here’s why…
1. 400 bands in 35 venues.
Have you seen even the line-up? I grew a full beard before I could even begin to comprehend the talent on show this year. Django Django, Ibeyi, Genghar, Dutch Uncles, Laura Doggett, Slaves, Tei Shi, Swim Deep, The Cribs, George The Poet, Spector, La Priest, Ghost Culture… If my calculations are correct, I’ve only just managed to sum up 3.5% of the total line-up. If you don’t find something you like at The Great Escape, then you don’t like music.
2. It’s Britain’s answer to Austin, Texas’s SXSW.
This isn’t your run of the mill festival that relies on headliners as its ammunition. 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. With one wristband to rule them all, you’d be a fool to miss out.
3. It’s in Brighton.
4. Secret shows.
This year, The Great Escape has announced record number of secret gigs and impromptu street shows to celebrate its 10th birthday, including appearances from ‘old friends’ of the festival. Last year, Kaiser Chiefs crammed themselves into the intimate confines of Concorde 2, only announcing the location and time earlier that day. Keep your eyes peeled!
5. Film Screenings.
For the first time at The Great Escape Festival, a host of film screenings will be premiered at The Bosco Theatre on the afternoon of Saturday 16th May. Catch ‘War Of The Minds’, a film chronicling the life of renowned East London grime artist Ghetts, and ‘Noisey Israel Palestine: Hip-Hop In The Holy Land’, hosted and co-directed by Mike Skinner of The Streets.
6. Spotlight on Scotland.
The Great Escape is known for highlighting talent from all corners of the world, regularly spotlighting a specific region of the world and cramming them all into one venue. This year, Scotland takes centre stage, featuring bands such as bands Admiral Fallow, C. Duncan, Hector Bizerk, Model Aeroplanes, Neon Waltz, The Merrylees, Vukovi and WHITE who will perform at The Brighthelm on the 14th and 15th of May.
7. The Convention.
If you’ve got a delegate ticket or you’re just an industry big-wig, The Great Escape runs a convention alongside the festival; it focuses on the music industry and the complex system of cogs that are constantly in motion. Expect insightful panels, topical debates, keynote speeches and networking opportunities in abundance.
8. The Brighton International Label Market.
Every vinyl lover’s dream will be taking place on Saturday of The Great Escape, hidden away in the vibrant and eclectic London Road area of Brighton. The undercover market will host up to 40 stall holders which will consist of both UK based and international independent record labels hosting their own stalls including the likes of ATP Recordings, Drag City and Brighton based Tru Thoughts. Expect clobber from some of the finest independent labels from around the world.
9. Brighton Dome Shows.
If you’re craving a more traditional ‘set menu’ affair, you can also grab a ticket to one of three shows at the lavish Brighton Dome. These shows are where the big guns will be performing with suitably mind-blowing support acts. 2015 sees Skepta & JME, Kate Tempest and Alabama Shakes perform with support from George the Poet, Hollie McNish and The Strypes across three separate days.
10. There’s just nothing else quite like it.
Where else can you simultaneously catch the UK’s most exciting new bands, eat fish and chips on the beach, sit in on a seminar about starting your own record label and then get attacked by a seagull? Only at The Great Escape 2015 my friend. Get your tickets asap.