The Great Escape Festival

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The Great Escape
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Toothless performing in 2016
GenreRock, alternative rock, indie rock, punk rock, hard rock, dance, techno, electronic, acoustic, hip hop
Location(s)Brighton and Hove, England
Years active16 years
Most recent2021
Next event11–14 May 2022

The Great Escape Festival is a three-day music festival held in Brighton and Hove, England every year in May. It is operated by MAMA Festivals and showcases new music[1][2] from a variety of genres. The festival was founded in 2006 and roughly hosts 300 bands across 30 venues throughout the city.[3] It has been likened to South by Southwest.[2][3][4]

There is also a music industry convention section to the event,[2] which is attended by over 3000 delegates. The 2011-2014 conferences have been programmed by the team from music industry publication CMU. Speakers have included Michael Eavis, DJ Shadow, Paul Epworth,[2] and representatives of companies such as Beggars Group, Ticketmaster, PRS for Music,[2] Universal Music Group and Topspin.

In addition to the main festival, there is also The Alternative Escape, a further strand of 'unofficial' shows.

The headliner in 2015 was Alabama Shakes.[5]

There was no event in 2020, and the festival was held in 2021 but was entirely online, both due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[6]

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  1. ^ Petridis, Alexis (15 May 2011). "The Great Escape festival – review". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 May 2013. The Great Escape's USP is new music. So for the real spirit of things, you are best off haunting the smaller venues.
  2. ^ a b c d e Price, Simon (15 May 2011). "The Great Escape, Various venues, Brighton". The Independent. Retrieved 13 May 2013. In just six years, this festival-cum-convention has established itself as, approximately, Britain's answer to Austin, Texas's SXSW ... it's the hundreds of hotly tipped up-and-comers, and the compulsion to cram as many in as possible, which brings on the panic attacks. ... The convention element ticks over relatively smoothly. Music biz types might catch Paul Epworth or Frank Turner in conversation, be schmoozed by the French Music Board or the Performing Rights Society
  3. ^ a b Sturges, Fiona (14 May 2012). "The Great Escape, Various Venues, Brighton". The Independent. Retrieved 13 May 2013. The Great Escape, Brighton’s answer to Texas’s South-by-Southwest festival, has grown at an alarming rate in its six-year existence. Now hosting 300 bands across 30 venues
  4. ^ Harley, Kevin (10 May 2013). "Pop festival of the week: The Great Escape, various venues, Brighton". The Independent. Retrieved 13 May 2013. Ranging off-piste is the way to enjoy this South-east version of Texas's South by Southwest, where a wristband gets you in to hundreds of gigs city-wide.
  5. ^ "ALABAMA SHAKES RETURN TO TGE TO PLAY BRIGHTON DOME CONCERT HALL SHOW | The Great Escape - Europe's leading festival for new music". Archived from the original on 16 March 2015. Retrieved 18 August 2019.
  6. ^ Richards, Will (12 May 2021). "The Great Escape 2021: 10 unmissable artists to catch at the virtual new music showcase". NME.

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