The Great Escape Festival returns boasting over 450 new acts over 30 stages.

Words: Karl Johnson

With over 450 acts and 30 venues, The Great Escape Festival line up can be daunting to dissect. Whether you spend your days wandering from venue to venue in search of new artists to discover or set about curating your ideal line up in advance, Brighton’s unique grassroots venues will always be a treat. Below are a brief 43 names that make coming to the festival worthwhile – that’s without discovering new gems along the way.

Audiobooks, BC Camplight, Been Stellar, Billy Nomates, Bleach Lab, Bryan’s Magic Tears, Broadside Hacks, Coach Party, Courting, Crows, DEADLETTER, Eades, English Teacher, Fat Dog, Fräulein, Folly Group, Goat Girl, Grandmas House, Grove, Gustaf, Heartworms, High School, Jessica Winter, Joe & The Shitboys, KEG, Lynks, Malady, Moa Moa, Moreish Idols, Naima Bock, Nukuluk, Opus Kink, Panic Shack, Penelope Isles, Pozi, Prima Queen, PVA, Regressive Left, The Lazy Eyes, The Lounge Society, Warmduscher, Wu-Lu and Yard Act. Take a look at the full line up here.

The festival runs from Wednesday May 11th to May 14th with industry conferences and curated stages squeezed between the city’s laines. Find out more here.