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12 - 15 May 2021 / Brighton and Hove, England

The Great Escape Festival

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The Great Escape Festival returns in May 2021

The Great Escape Festival launched in Brighton in 2006, quickly cementing its global reputation as one of the world's leading new music showcases. Taking inspiration from its stateside counterpart South By Southwest (SXSW), the festival brought together a selection of the most promising rising musicians from a multitude of genres, running alongside a music industry convention aimed at providing networking opportunities.

The Great Escape Festival began life across 15 of Brighton's venues, welcoming a bill of over 150 artists. The first year included notable appearances from the likes of Bat For Lashes, Paulo Nutini, The Fratellis, The Gossip, and The Kooks, setting the standard for the eclectic line-ups to follow. The conference element featured addresses by the likes of Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis and then-EMI boss Tony Wadsworth.

The festival grew in both size and stature over the following years, providing exposure for fledgling global superstars such as Adele (2007), Foals (2007), Bombay Bicycle Club (2008), Bon Iver (2008), The xx (2009), Ellie Goulding (2010) and Ed Sheeran (2011). Every Great Escape since has followed suit, priding itself on its ability to present new artists on the verge of breaking into the mainstream - the majority playing multiple 30-minute sets across three days.

In order to highlight the biggest artists on the line up, The Great Escape added standalone ticketed shows at Brighton Dome, latterly called the festival's Spotlight Shows and spreading into other venues across the city. These comparably intimate appearances by more established artists have included Skepta and JME in 2015, Stormzy in 2016, Kano and Slaves in 2017, Mist + MoStack in 2018, and Lewis Capaldi in 2019.

In 2020, The Great Escape Festival announced its 15th anniversary from 12 - 15 May 2021, returning to over 30 venues across the city of Brighton.


The Great Escape Festival will take place from 12 - 15 May 2021.

The Great Escape Festival takes place across multiple venues in Brighton, England.

Fans can purchase festival tickets, granting access to the many shows across The Great Escape. Delegate passes grant priority access to the shows as well as access to the conference. Individual tickets are also available for the designated Spotlight Shows.

The first The Great Escape Festival and conference took place in Brighton in May 2006.

The Great Escape Festival take place in over 30 core venues across Brighton and Hove.

Among thousands of artists, previous TGE line ups have seen the likes of:

  • Adele
  • Ed Sheeran
  • Stormzy
  • Lewis Capaldi
  • HAIM
  • Lizzo
  • Aitch
  • Idles
  • Little Simz
  • The 1975
  • Christine and The Queens
  • Skepta
  • Dave
  • Foals
  • Mura Masa