The Great Escape is an absolute mammoth of a festival, showcasing over 450 bands across dozens of venues in just three days. But although it may be vast, the setting – sunny seaside city, Brighton – gives it a community feel, making this the perfect opportunity to discover your new favourite band.
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This year (18-20 May) might’ve seen the spring showers hit, but that didn’t stop the music or the fun and the event showcased some impressive newcomers. One act that proved popular was Norwegian artist Sigrid and her solid performance (which lived up to the hype) shows that this singer is going places in the pop world.
On the Friday, after the weather decided to cheer up and Brighton saw its many street performers keeping crowds entertained, California perfectionist Jay Som showed off her pop-music perfectionism with an equally tight three piece band.
Also on the Friday, one of the most unique acts of the event, Robocobra Quartet, confused and bedazzled the crowd with their mix of jazz and rock. There aren’t many festivals where you can enjoy such an eclectic mashup of different genres.
The Saturday brought beautiful weather with it and to bring the weekend to a memorable end, Rory Indiana and In Dynamics were two particular highlights – Rory Indiana with their alternative pop songs and In Dynamics with their musically perfect indie songs.
Overall, there were quite literally hundreds of acts to see and hundreds of memories to be made. Once again, The Great Escape overflowed with talent and good vibes. Will we be going back again next year? Without a doubt – and you should too.