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11 - 14 May 2022 / Brighton and Hove, England

The Great Escape Festival

Line up

More acts to be announced...

The line up for The Great Escape Festival 2022 will be announced soon.

About

The Great Escape Festival returns in May 2022

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.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, The Great Escape could not take place in 2020.

In late February 2021, organisers announced The Great Escape would no longer be taking place in Brighton this year. Instead they will be taking the festival online for the first time from 13 – 14 May 2021.

Organisers also confirmed The Great Escape would return live from 11 – 14 May 2022 to over 30 venues across the city of Brighton for a huge belated 15th birthday celebration.

News

The Great Escape announces 2022 dates

The Great Escape announces 2022 dates

Organisers will be taking the festival online for the first time from 13 – 14 May 2021. The Great Escape will return live from 11 – 14 May 2022.

The Great Escape Festival 2021 details announced

The Great Escape Festival 2021 details announced

The new music festival will return to Brighton from 12 - 15 May 2021.

Photos: Ticketmaster New Music at The Great Escape ’19 pt2

Photos: Ticketmaster New Music at The Great Escape ’19 pt2

Relive more action from the Ticketmaster New Music stages at The Great Escape 2019

Photos: Ticketmaster New Music at The Great Escape ’19

Photos: Ticketmaster New Music at The Great Escape ’19

Relive the action from the Ticketmaster New Music stages at The Great Escape 2019

FAQS

The Great Escape will take place online from 13 – 14 May 2021, with the best new artists showcasing their talents.

The festival will return in real life to venues across Brighton from 11 – 14 May 2022.

For 2021, The Great Escape will take place online. When the festival returns in 2022 it will be held across numerous venues in Brighton, England.

Tickets for The Great Escape 2021's online stream are on sale now here.

Tickets are not yet on sale for The Great Escape 2022.

Original tickets from The Great Escape 2020 and 2021 remain valid for the rescheduled dates.

There are several options. 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, or there are individual tickets for the designated Spotlight Shows.

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

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

Among thousands of artists over the years, 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