After little glimpses of summer sun in Brighton over the last few weeks we’ve been getting excited for the fine weather to come and, following The Great Escape Festival’s announcement of a further 120 artists on Wednesday, we’re now absolutely desperate for festival season to roll around.
The Great Escape Festival is, without a doubt, the greatest weekend of the Brightonian calendar. Thousands of bands, artists and industry people get together for a huge celebrations of new music from a dizzying array of genres in one of the best cities in the country. Taking place across the entire city, in venues, bars, hotels, on the street and even on the beach, it’s a music fans dream come true. The festival is just a mere four months away now, too, and the music announcements are starting to make their way towards us.
It’s kind of the same as a festival in a field, minus the camping, and the mud. There are more than 450 performances on over 30 stages, played out to an overall audience of 20,000. Like a traditional festival, there is plenty of schlepping from one stage to the next, re-fuelling at various points, staying up too late and getting up too early. Crucially though, almost everyone is here to actually watch and listen to music, and everyone has a real bed to head to, and a solid roof over their heads. It is knackering, but in the best kind of way.