All the Unofficial Great Escape Gigs we can find

Once upon a time, alongside the main Great Escape there was the Alt Escape. More local bands would play, but you’d also get surprise sets from some of the bigger artists too. It looks like this year the Alt Escape is just an add on to the Great Escape – I didn’t recognise any of the artists, and there weren’t any slots just marked “Special Guest” where you’d keep your fingers crossed that the guest would be someone quite special. As well as that though, I heard that to be an “official” Alt Escape gig, you had to pay for the pleasure.

This year there’s a third tier of gigs, wholly unaffiliated with the main festival, that just coincidentally happen to be happening at the same time. These gigs are brilliant for those who haven’t got a weekend ticket who want to join in the fun, of for those who do have a ticket but find there’s a big queue for whoever they wanted to see. Keep your ears to the ground / social media, though, and there might be a few sets tucked in there which are more exciting than the main event.

Anyway, here’s a list as comprehensive as possible. If I hear about more I’ll add them over the next few days:

Fl presents NO ESCAPE from music industry / Prince Albert
The Alt-Alt Escape Kick Off Party / Rossi Bar

Collect Call + The Sound of Brighton Present; “answer the call#1” The Great Escape Showcase / PRESUMING EDS
ROM x Small Pond x Submarine Cat / Brighton Youth Centre
BN: The Considerable Departure / Pipeline
FREE GIG: SNAYX w/ support from Panic Shack / Village
JOY. X UnBarred Brewery present: RSVP Party / Unbarred
Love Thy Neighbour / Hope & Ruin
Love Thy Neighbour / Fiddlers Elbow

Acid Box / Abyss all dayer / East Street Tap
BACK IN THE WOODS Alt Escape / St Nicholas Church
Republic of Music / Shipwrights Yard/
JOY. X UnBarred Brewery present: RSVP Party / Unbarred
Hard of Hearing & Slack City / Presuming Eds
Mr Bongo / Shindig Celebrate the Great Escape 1-8 / Mr Bongo Shop
Love Thy Neighbour / Hope & Ruin
Love Thy Neighbour / Fiddlers Elbow
FORM x Folklore Rooms Party / Folklore Rooms
Brightonsfinest’s Alt Escape Showcase at PRYZM / PRZYM
Play It Loud UK’s Brighton Fête / Grand Central

Acid Box / Abyss all dayer / East Street Tap
C21 Presents An Alternative Escape / GLADSTONE/
WASP NEST: The Great Escape Showcase 2022 / BEE’S MOUTH
Love Thy Neighbour / Hope & Ruin
Love Thy Neighbour / Fiddlers Elbow
Slack City at Presuming Eds / Presuming Eds
The Escaped / Contractors Classic Stage / The Signalman  
Escape to Pelirocco / Hotel Pelirocco 
The Fake Escape / The Rose Hill


July Gig Previews

Three days in it’s probably time to make our July gig post.

31958801_10156507911402941_8413843466894704640_oFirst up on Thursday 5th July the Long Goodbye launch their new album Wait Another Day at the Brunswick. Support comes from Seadog and Luke Hyttner.

DITZ release their new single Seeking Arrangement at the end of next week, and to celebrate they’re playing a launch gig at the Hope & Ruin next Tuesday (10th July). Also on the bill are Haze, Guru and Demonstration. Continue reading

Weekend Gig Picks

Our regular Weekend Gigs feature is back after a bit of a Christmas break. If you’re willing to brave the cold (and the snow if weather reports are to be believed), here’s what we’d recommend

Tonight’s recommendation is a new night called Night Sweats. “But Brighton Music Blog” I hear you cry, “it’s gone seven o clock, I should have made plans already”. Aha, but Night Sweats doesn’t start until 9pm. It’s a new night for people who want to stay out a bit later, and who don’t have to worry about work in the morning. It’s headlined by Elle Kaye who are onstage at 12:15. Support comes from Rosales, Saint Savanna and Classic Plastic. More info over on Facebook.

Friday night we’re recommending a gig just outside of Brighton, but it’s close enough that we’ll let them off. Derriere haven’t played a local gig for a while, so to make up for it they’re playing two sets at their gig. They’ll be raising the roof at the Ropetackle centre in Shoreham from 8pm. More info here.

Our Top Tip for Saturday is Fragile Creatures at Green Door Store, but we’ve also spotted the latest Brighton Rocks night headlined by Forestears at Sticky Mikes, and Nick Williams at the Prince Albert

Then Sunday our advice is a gig that you can’t buy a ticket for. Esben & The Witch are launching their fantastic new album “Wash The Sins Not Only The Face” (review coming soon!) at the Green Door Stoor, and the only way to get in is to pre-order the album, which is out next monday, from Resident.

On gigs and things

One of the best things about living in Brighton, and one thing I really can’t ignore on this blog, is the fantastic live music scene. However, one thing I’m not going to try and do is put together a comprehensive list of who’s playing where. I could put in a lot of time and effort, but inevitably I would miss things, and there are other places you could look which already do the same thing – One of the best sites for this is The Source, or if you would rather someone read things out to you, Juice do a round up of the gigs in the evenings too. I will mention the odd gig here and there when they come onto my radar, and there’s some more bloggers joining me soon, who no doubt will be able to talk about some of the bands and gigs that I’ve missed.

Cate Ferris

It is worth mentioning the Source and Juice monthly new music nights though – The next Source New Music night is tomorrow (Thursday 10th November) at the Pavilion Theatre, and is headlined by AK/DK with The Woo!Worths, June Deer and Cate Ferris (the photo above was taken by me and is on the flyer for the event). More details here. The next Juice New Music Showcase is on the 30th November at the Green Door Store and is headlined by Ice Black Birds. More details here.