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The Great Escape Festival

OK, it's about time this went up on the site as all the Early Bird tickets have gone and I need to get my 3 day ticket.

To those who don't know, The Great Escape is the best 3 days of music in Brighton and the most fun 3 days too. A 3 day festival where you can sleep in your own bed. It's a 'new music' festival which has around 350 bands and artists from all over the world and it takes over every venue in town. You will have heard of some and not heard of most of them but over the years it's the one's I'd never heard of and stumbled across that have been the best bands I've seen.

There will be no set plan but there will (I hope Hamber) be more co-organisers and we will give out mobile numbers and arrange certain times and places to gather. More details to follow but....

It's well worth taking the 2 days off work if you can as the daytime is relaxed, you can easily move from venue to venue and see bands that will be hard to get into in the evenings.

Even if you can only make the evenings get a 3 day ticket.

Don't worry that you haven't heard of most of the bands. The best experiences I have had was stumbling across Suuns one year and Trust the next and immediately realising I won't see anything better over the next few days. Everyone else has the same experiences. 

Note that Trust and Suuns are obscure and Canadian. Much of the best music is sadly not from these shores.  For me it's about discovering bands I've never heard of and most of all having fun. Highlight of last year was five of us dancing 'til 4 in the morning on Thursday night in a club on the seafront to the best techno set I'd heard for years (thanks Peter F). 

Anyway get a three day ticket if you can. The day tickets are a rip-off, particularly Saturday. Here's a link to the Great Escape site where you can buy tickets but you save a fiver if you get them from Resident

We will arrange a pub meet the week before so those new to the festival can meet those of us who have been before and know where to go and what to see (joke by the way, but the randomness is the fun of it). All I know for certain is that I will be at the Canadian showcase on the Saturday lunchtime/afternoon as the bands are always good and and they had some free Mooseburgers or something last year which were very tasty.

-Andy

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  • Ruby

    Anyone know how to get a spare ticket for saturday?

    May 12

    • Susie

      Hi ruby, this is the post for last year's great escape - I think there are a few people with spare tickets (for this year) if you check the latest post. :)

      May 12

  • Roz S.

    Anyone have any folk music recommendations or acoustic music like Alison Bowman? I have also been told there is a Canadian venue. Any idea where? Can you add me to the e-mail list so I can see your recommendations? If anyone recognises me from the site, come and say hi. Trolling through the programme as we speak, it will be a long night...

    May 7, 2014

    • Susie

      Alice boman looks like a highlight for me - haven't found anything folky/acoustic that sounds as good as that in my research so far. So maybe see you at the dome studio on Thursday night roz. I like that they've put her before the hold steady - two completely different but completely brilliant acts.

      May 7, 2014

    • Roz S.

      Thanks Andy and Susie... I have just seen these comments a bit late. Probably need an app for my phone... if they do them for blackberries ; Fantastic festival. I am missing Bach9 tomorrow unless I can get away from another concert. Hope to see you soon.

      June 5, 2014

  • Ian

    Well that was rather fun! The full three days was something of a physical challenge but well worth the effort. Great to see you all. Now its off to find all those recommended albums...

    1 · May 12, 2014

  • Charlie

    Abs love great escape. Esp love the warren. Having a blast :)

    May 9, 2014

  • Jools S.

    I'm starting at the Haunt for East River..something!, then Coalition for Fat White Family, then back to Concorde2 for the Hold Steady, all being well. :)

    May 9, 2014

  • Fiona L.

    i'll be at Bermuda triangle to see Electric Eye then shall stroll past the corn exchange to see if its full, if so shall probably head to Dome studio

    May 9, 2014

  • Ian

    Flexible as these things always are, heading to Coalition for a few bands then over to corn exchange. Seems a few other gig buddies are on broadly the same track.

    May 9, 2014

  • Rachel D.

    Heading to digital for 6.30, maybe see some people there :)

    May 8, 2014

    • Rachel D.

      The haunt for 8.30 & Coalition for 10pm, plus other stuff between. Anyone any good Friday pm suggestions?

      May 8, 2014

    • Jools S.

      Hold Steady last night were phenomenal, as were Augustines. Will be at Coalition for Fat White Family at 9, then back to Concorde 2 for THS.

      May 9, 2014

  • Fiona L.

    i'm starting at Above audio at 12.30 then moving to the Dome studio. Back up will be the spiegelpub/tent area. Hope to see some of you at some point.

    May 9, 2014

    • Dave

      Hi Fiona, I'll be starting my day at Brighthelm with Moodoïd at 1pm. Then catching Ichi at the Spiegelpub at 1.30pm. Hopefully see you about.

      May 9, 2014

    • Dave

      I'll be with Susie for those two.

      May 9, 2014

  • Ian

    Hi All, if you've not had the pleasure yet, you might want to stop by the Spiegeltent and at least have a quick look inside. Saw the last two bands there this evening and its rather nice as a venue. Assuming I can walk tomorrow I should be starting over between Audio and Blind Tiger for the first few. No doubt I'll hook up with some of you in due course.

    1 · May 9, 2014

  • Dave

    Some of us are at the Blind Tiger listening to Doomsquad...Pete is at the Green Door listening to Ballet School.

    May 8, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      essay submission due 5pm, BANG! party party party!

      May 8, 2014

    • Fiona L.

      Dave- Orval Carlos Sibelius was on my list until i realised i'd been planning gigs for Thursday which i didn't even have a ticket for.

      May 8, 2014

  • Andy H.

    Anyone who loved Trust (Robbo) one of my favourite discoveries from a couple of years ago, got their new album today. Very good indeed. Not quite as full on as the last one but v similar.

    1 · May 6, 2014

    • Andy H.

      Yeah he's at The Albert Saturday night. Not sure if I will make it as I think it clashed and the bands before weren't good.

      May 7, 2014

    • Ian R.

      Cool, might go to that one but the Albert can be a bit of a squeeze. Still putting my plans together as recovering from man flu!!!!

      May 8, 2014

  • Federica

    Hi there, I have a 2-days ticket and have been so busy lately that I haven't had time to attend at previous meeting and neither to schedule a gig plan.. I really would like to catch up with some of you guys, unfortunately any friend of mine are coming with me this year, so I would be more than happy to share some musical experience with anyone who would like too. Get in touch! Anyone for Subways on Saturday?

    May 7, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Federica, I`m out and about fri and sat, and clubbing in the evenings, prob a crawl, pending on ques, please feel free to text me on[masked] to meet up and go with the flow, and anyone else who wants to socialise. Should be rocking, Rebecca.

      May 7, 2014

  • David S.

    Sad face. I'm not going to be able to go to TGE after all so I too have a spare 3 day ticket for sale to a good home...

    May 5, 2014

    • David

      Hi David, my mate still would like the ticket. Can you pass on your number and i will send it to him. Thanks

      May 7, 2014

    • David

      Hi Dave. Please call me. [masked] I'll give you my mates number. He still sounds keen to have one for 2 days. I'm sure you can come to am arrangement over price. Cheers

      May 7, 2014

  • Claudine

    Hi all.
    Does anyone fancy meeting at the Spiegeltent bar for a couple of beers this evening?
    I'm raring to go!
    Claudine[masked]

    May 7, 2014

  • Susie

    Andy's sent out an email tonight to everyone who signed up. If you've not received it, check your spam folder, that's where I found mine...

    May 6, 2014

  • Susie

    For anyone who doesn't have a ticket - there's still lots of free stuff going on. The One Inch Badge/Rockfeedback party is free as long as you've RSVP'd and if its anything like last year, is as good as, if not better than anything you'll see at the Great Escape proper. Here's the facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1416224561980062/

    To get in, you have to RSVP via this link: http://ymlp.com/xgeqwujbgmguj

    2 · May 2, 2014

    • Andy H.

      What about White Fence Susie? He was brilliant

      May 3, 2014

    • Andy H.

      Rat King are playing at it. One I will love. Their new album is brilliant.

      May 6, 2014

  • David

    Hi all, There's a young chap called Mirror Signal playing that I cannot recommend highly enough if you like your soulful vocals!

    May 6, 2014

  • Camille

    Hi,ARE you guys going to TGE during day time? im working w.ends half-days?
    is it worth buying a 3dayer in that case?

    May 6, 2014

  • Fiona L.

    I've spent all of today and some of yesterday listening to the bands playing at TGE so at least I now have some idea of where i'm heading (with alternatives). One I liked so much i've already bought them on vinyl! No more music today though...

    May 5, 2014

    • Fiona L.

      it's a secret, don't want 70 + gig buddies turning up and ruining my chances of getting in !

      May 5, 2014

    • Fiona L.

      what days are you going Charlie? I'll email you some of my likes for those days tomorrow.

      May 5, 2014

  • Justine R.

    Hi, I have 2 X 3 day tickets for the great escape festival. Tickets in hand, face value £50 each. Contact me if interested and make me an offer. 07828114043. Justine

    May 5, 2014

    • David

      Nice to see Cheerleader on that list. Their song new daze is real nice. We are really looking forward to interviewing them at the festival. https://www.youtube.co...­

      April 26, 2014

    • Andy H.

      Probably obvious for anyone who has been before but anything recommended by the NME you will probably have to get there in time for the band before. David Ma whose mobile will be on the email I send out in the week is an expert on getting into NMR stuff

      May 3, 2014

  • Philip K.

    There were a few people after tickets at the meet-up last night. Resident tweeted about an hour ago that they've found 10 more 3 day tickets. Probably gone, but might be worth a quick phone call.

    May 2, 2014

  • Mike

    I met a couple of folk at the pre-event pub meet-up who didn't have tickets yet, and would quite like one...and since it's now sold out, can I suggest that if you do have a ticket and find you can't go in the next week, it would be well worth posting that up on here :-)

    May 2, 2014

  • Fiona L.

    I'm on a work's course in Bromley on the Friday that finishes at 3 pm. I could cancel it and take annual leave but i did want to do the course . Am i still going to see loads if I only do the evening? I'll probably be back by
    5 pm. l need to decide soon (cancel or not). Any thoughts welcomed, thanks.

    April 18, 2014

    • Mike

      It really depends on whether or not there is any artist you specifically want to see, Fiona - full listings are here http://greatescapefes...­. The festival starts about 12 noon each day, then breaks from about[masked]pm before kicking off again for the rest of the evening, into the wee hours - so you'd miss the Friday afternoon session, but be back in time for all of the evening. Hope that helps your deliberations...

      April 19, 2014

  • Fiona L.

    got myself a 2 day ticket for Friday and Saturday.

    April 17, 2014

  • David

    Anybody going to the Made In Brighton launch party event on the Wednesday night at Spiegeltent? Some excellent new local bands on the bill!

    April 4, 2014

  • Andy H.

    Resident have said that the Great Escape Saver tickets (which are the 3 day ones for about £55 inc booking fee) are being taken off sale on Monday 17th (by the GE). Not sure what the 'full wack' tickets cost, probably another £10 for the 3 day ones. I'd suggest if you are going for the 3 days, or even 2 days (even if it's only the evenings) and want to save a bit of cash you get one this weekend. You can buy them over the phone from Resident[masked] and then pick them up from the shop.

    March 15, 2014

  • Tony J.

    As a regular gig and festival go-er, this is always an amazing 3 days! If you have an eclectic taste in music then this is the event for you! If you need me, I'll be the annoying drunk at the front with a camera!

    March 6, 2014

  • Matt C.

    Gutted can't afford it unfortunately. Got lots of gigs booked around that time (NMH, NIN, Swans etc) so need a weekend off the sauce.

    March 5, 2014

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