A Guide To The Great Escape Festival: Brighton

Dubbed as the British equivalent of SXSW, The Great Escape Festival returns to Brighton today. Taking place across a variety of venues, the festival is a showcase for some of the world’s best new music. To make sure you don’t miss out on any of the good stuff, we’ve decided to guide you through some of our favourite acts performing and when you can catch them.

Thursday 14th: Black Honey – Green Door Store 9:15pm


As you know, we love everything about Black Honey, especially their live performances. Be ready for high amounts of energy, rage and passion as this will be one of the band’s first gigs on home turf after several weeks of touring.

Songs to listen out for: Sleep Forever, Spinning Wheel, Teenager

Saturday 16th: Blossoms – Green Door Store 11:15pm 

It’d be a dire mistake not to catch Blossoms‘ gig at The Green Door Store. With the psychedelic Mancunians drawing similarities to the likes of Temples, it’s no surprise they’re already grabbing the attention of industry titans, NME.

Songs to listen out for: Cut Me and I’ll Bleed, You Pulled A Gun On Me

Saturday 16th: Django Django – Corn Exchange 12:00am

After having just released their critically acclaimed new album Born Under Saturn, Django Django will be headlining the Corn Exchange with their infamously contagious synth-pop melodies. Although we can definitely expect to hear a range of tracks from the new album, let’s hope some of the classics make an appearance too!

Songs to listen out for: Default, First Light, Beginning to F

Thursday 14th: Ibeyi – Coalition 8:15pm

Travelling across the channel for the festival, French twins Naoime and Lisa-Kainde will be bringing a taste of Cuba to Brighton for the official start of their festival season. Hopefully they bring the sunshine along too!

Songs to listen out for: River, Mama Says, Ghosts

Thursday 14th and Saturday 16th: Jagaara – Patterns and Dome Studio

Another group of sisters that will be performing at the festival are Jane, Cat and Ruth who together make up Jagaara. The band will be performing three times across the duration of the festival and, with similarities to London Grammar, they provide a great chance to attend a more chilled out gig.

Songs to listen out for: Heartbeats, Faultline, 

Friday 15th: Lloyd Yates – Spiegelpub 5:30pm

Lloyd Yates is one of the first artists to break away from the small island of Jersey into the comparatively much larger music industry. His folk rock sounds, similar to those of Jake Bugg, have seen him perform to audiences at Maida Vale and now at The Great Escape.

Songs to listen out for: Runs Like Fire, Bring Back The Life, Down By The River

Friday 15th: The Garden – The Haunt 7:15pm

The Garden twins, Wyatt and Fletcher Shears, have come over all the way from America to perform here by the sea. Their combination of electronica with hardcore punk is designed to create something truly colourful and eccentric. Prepare to have your mind blown.

Songs to listen out for: I’m A Woman, Interrupt, The Apple

Friday 15th: The Magic Gang – Green Door Store 9:15pm

Like Black Honey, The Magic Gang will also play a hometown performance on Friday. The band have recently come back from a tour supporting Wolf Alice whilst also announcing a show with Swim Deep in the Autumn.

Songs to listen out for: No Fun, Alright

Thursday 14th: Tora – Komedia 1:45pm

Travelling from the land of kangaroos to be at the festival, the sound of Tora is fairly similar to that of another well known Australian group. But you’ll soon notice the difference as the band bring their laid back tone to a series of two performances across the weekend.

Songs to listen out for: Jaigantic, Eat The Sun, Overcome

Thursday 14th: Susanne Sundfør – St George’s Church – 10:00pm

Releasing her self produced sixth album Ten Love Songs back in February, Norwegian singer Sussane Sundfør‘s  dreamy tracks and electro-pop melodies demand to be heard. What’s more, the beauty of St George’s Church is the perfect venue to house her epic vocals.

Songs to listen out for: Fade Away, Delirious, Memorial

Saturday 16th: Yak – The Haunt 7:15pm


Yak have ravaged Brighton with their fury and aggression several times in the past and this time it’s certain to be even more dramatic following the release of several new tracks. Lead singer Oli Burslem truly inhibits the rock and roll spirit of Mick Jagger in both his performance and the band’s music. It’s a show not to be missed.

Songs to listen out for: Hungry Heart, Smile

Friday 15th: Tobias Jesso Jr – Dome Studio Theatre 10:15pm

Showcasing his debut album Goon, Candian singer Tobias Jesso Jr will perform at the Great Escape following his debut UK performance on Jools Holland’s Later Live.

Songs to listen out for: Crocodile Tears, How Could You Babe, Just A Dream


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