The Great Escape 2018

The Great Escape 2018

With the sun shining we headed on down to Brighton for The Great Escape. Half music festival, half convention and one of the best places to find your brand new favourite band.

These were our highlights of the weekend.

Orchards

The Great Escape is well known for its wide range of international artists (see our festival preview for more info) but also for showcasing the best of it’s own local talent. That included two home shows for Brighton Orchards and we popped down to see them at The Mesmerist Friday night.

Orchards

Orchards

Orchards

It was an appropriately named venue for another captivating performance from the band and there is something truly mesmerising about watching vocalist Lucy Evers on stage. Unfortunately their set was cut short due to timings producing a series of boos from an audience eager for more.

As most of Brighton packed out the beach to witness some wedding or other we headed back into town for the early sets.

First up at Sticky Mikes was rockers The Murmatrons in an already packed out venue

Demob Happy

Demob Happy

For a seaside festival you can often find you’ve spent the past three days going from one dark dank underground venue to another so having a new festival area right on the beach was a welcome addition. Two stages with a bar and food area in between made a good social space. Saturday saw the likes of Demob Happy and The Magic Gang in the larger Beach Club stage. 

Back up at Jubilee square the permanently packed out BBC Introducing stage held sets by Carnival Collective and Delgres whilst further down the street busking spots and improvised stages added to the street festival atmosphere.

Back down in a packed out and sweaty Sticky Mikes Brighton’s Gender Roles were keeping up the local theme.

Gender Roles

Gender Roles

Followed shortly onto the stage by Alcopop sighed The Spook School 

The Spook School

The Spook School

The Spook School

Keeping up the fun atmosphere we finished off the night with Watford’s Nervus who decided to mix things up by starting their set with a Nirvana cover before launching into a set of older and newer tunes from their latest album.

Nervus

Nervus

Nervus

The range of genres, acts, activities and venues covered by The Great Escape can almost feel overwhelming but it is the perfect place to not over plan. Being able to wander the city, popping from venue to venue never quite knowing what you’re going to find or discover makes it’s a unique weekend and we can’t wait to get back there next year for even more.