The Great Escape Festival – 2018

To paraphrase that Marmite film classic, the streets were alive with the sound of music! Over three long days and nights, Brighton did truly come alive as The Great Escape juggernaut rolled into town for its 13th edition. The festival for new music saw over 500 acts playing in 40-odd venues, representing countries from all around the globe. If you add in the The Alternative Great Escape, and the plethora of events and pop-up performances arranged off the back of TGE and AGE, you’re looking at closer to 1,000 acts in 80-odd venues. Yes, it was mad, but glorious. Helped along by some beautiful mid-May sunshine, somehow within all the chaos, Brightonsfinest were out in force, documenting, commenting, and enjoying what we like to do best. Watch live music.

So, brace yourself. If you were there, hopefully memories will be stirred. If you weren’t, dive into our thoughts about the state of new music, and check out our many recommendations.

Read reviews from Ben Walker, Dan Whitehouse, Liam McMillen, Iain Lauder, Jeff Hemmings, Jamie MacMillan, Ben Noble


Wild Front announce new album and Great Escape dates

Southampton-based indie-rockers Wild Front have announced an album release, with the first single, ‘Simmer Down’, released the day before their appearance at the Brightonsfinest Alternative Escape showcase at St. Mary’s Church, Saturday 19th May. They are also playing Latest MusicBar as part of TGE.

Here is what the band had to say, “We’re super stoked to say that we’ve been busy in the studio working on our debut album that’s going to be released next year, and the first single from it will be dropping on the 18th May!”


Brightonsfinest Alternative Escape Showcase

Brightonsfinest are once again taking over the breathtakingly beautiful St Mary’s Church on Saturday 19th May, during The Great Escape Festival, for another great day of music. After the success of last year’s Alternative Escape showcase, we are excited to bring you the full line-up that boasts to be our best yet. It’s free entry to all and features ten fantastic emerging as well as established acts from Brighton and further afield. Check out the line-up below.

SJ Brett, Charles Watson, Dog In The Snow, Thyla, Trudy and The Romance, FUR, Her’s, Wild Front, The Fiction Aisle, Phoria.


Wild Front – Green Door Store – 12th February 2018

Wild Front’s show tonight also doubles up as an informal label showcase from Chalkpit Records. The line-up showcases their pop arsenal in the form of Wild Front, Submariner and Nakamarra. Each band are enjoyable to watch and clearly have a lot of potential. Every act was well rounded and polished and clearly have a lot of potential, sounding as sleek on stage as they would in the studio.