The Brighton Music Blog Great Escape Special


This week is Brighton’s biggest week for music. As if there wasn’t enough going on in Brighton with the Festival and the Fringe we also have The Great Escape, when the music industry takes a weekend away from London and decamps to our brilliant city. I won’t go on about how criminally under-represented Brighton bands are in the main festival, because most of the Alternative Escape is made up of local acts, and most of the Alternative Escape is free. Don’t take this as a slur on the value of the Great Escape – with tickets available for less than fifty quid, it’s no wonder that it was sold out weeks ago.

Here’s a some of the Brighton based musicians playing this weekend. I don’t claim that this is an exhaustive list (although if you’re not on this list, it could mean that Brighton Music Blog doesn’t know about you, so get in touch). And being a festival, there’s definitely no promises about stage times! There’s plenty more info over on the Great Escape Website, and on their smartphone app, and it’s worth signing up to the text alerts over the weekend too. And if you can’t make it, we’ll be posting up some of our photos next week (once we’ve recovered!)


At Jubilee Square, there’s Abi Wade at 5pm, and Jennifer Left at 7pm
Latest7 are hosting an event at Latest music bar, obviously – Warsaw Radio are 8.15 – 8.45, Simonne & The Dark Stars are 9 – 9.30, and Nick Williams 9.45 – 10:15
Pull The Plug are at the Mucky Duck, headlined by Luke Sital Singh
Never Been Kissed promotions are at The Hope, with a selection of Brighton and Hastings bands, headlined by Plasticine who are on at 10.45pm


Kinnie The Explorer take on a residency on Resonance’s stage – They’re every day at the Brighthelm Centre at 1.30pm
Noisescape is Brighton Noise’s all day event at Moshi Moshi – their line up is: 1pm Cat Fire Radio, 2.25 Monsters Build Mean Robots, 3.50 Black Black Hills, 5.15 Us Baby Bear Bones, 6.40 AK/DK, 8.05 Dark Horses, 9.30 Nordic Giants
Boon Magazine and Two Sisters Records are at Fitzherberts from 7pm : TigerCub 7.15, The New Union 8pm, The Red Lapels 8.45, IC1s 9.30 , Demob Happy 10:15
Spindle Magazine / Les Enfants Terribles are at The Mesmerist – TigerCub are on at 2.30pm, Curxes are at 6.55pm, with The Wytches headlining at 22:15
Fear of Men are on at Latest at 9pm at a night put on by London in Stereo and Fear of Fiction
Southsea Fest are hosting at the Black Dove, and Curxes are playing at 8.50


Emma Gatrill is playing at the Fountainhead for Neighbourhood’s all day event. No details of what time she’s on, but looking at the line up it’ll be mid-afternoon
The Wytches are on of the first bands on at Republic of Music‘s event at the Shipwrights Yard on Middle Street. They’re on at 12:55
The Line of Best Fit are hosting at the Unitarian Church – Luke Sital Singh is on at 9.45pm
Drowned in Sound at hosting three nights over the weekend. On Friday they’re at Saint Mary’s Church and Martin Rossiter plays at 8pm
Brighton Music Blog favourites IYES are on at the Blind Tiger at 8.30pm
The Wytches are at The Haunt at 9.15pm
Fiddlers Elbow have a few Brighton acts on – Luke Sital Singh is on at 4pm, Nick Williams is at 6pm
Beatcast and Dirty Bingo are at 10 Below (formerly The Jazz Place).  Fear of Mean play at 9.15pm
Alcopop records host twelve hours of music at the Pav Tav. Tall Ships and Jumping Ships are amongst the bands playing
Then if you’re still standing there’s an afterparty at Brighton Electric – From 20pm there’s Dog in the Snow (acoustic), Jacko Hooper (acoustic), Wild Cat Strike, Hundredth Anniversary, Us Baby Bear Bones, AK/DK, Spacenoid, and Physics House Band DJs


The St Ann’s Well Gardens Festival is part of this year’s Alternative Escape – their bill includes Mr B The Gentleman Rhymer at 12.30, Jennifer Left at 1.40, Traams at 2.30, and Jake Shillingford playing a My Life Story set at 15:10
The Beautiful Word play Common Tongue‘s event at The Black Dove at 6.20pm
In ther afternoon The Fiddlers Elbow The Move Ons are on at 2pm, and Matt Carpanini is on at 3pm
The Recommender’s have their annual Blog Up Party at The Mesmerist. It’s not just and event for bloggers, there are bands for everyone and IYES play at 15:20
Kins play not one but two shows as part of the main festival on saturday, at the Green Door Store @ 15:30, and at the Brighthelm Centre at 20:30
Milk No Sugar cafe on Trafalgar Street sees Donna Fullman at 2:30, Warsaw Radio at 3:15 and Nick Williams at 4pm
Brighton Promoters Cable Club are at Sticky MikesTwo Jackals are on at 2:10pm and Written in Waters are on at 3pm
Fools Paradise vs Bad Math is at the Pav Tav , and Tyrannosaurus Dead play at 8pm
The amazing Physics House Band are on at the Concorde 2 at 8.30pm, and then at 9.15 there’s Tall Ships
80s Matchbox B-Line Disaster play at 9.45pm at Coalition
Last, but by no means least there’s an Under The Influence Billy Bragg special at Fitzherberts, and The Bobby McGees play at 10.10pm

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