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WPGM Previews: The Great Escape Festival 2018

Upcoming artists must be celebrated for their talent and dedication to their art, and what better way to do that than unite them together for a weekend of new music with a coastal backdrop in Brighton’s very own, The Great Escape Festival.

And escaping you will, with multiple venues spanning across the seaside town over the three days from May 17-19, it will hold host to over 450 of the world’s finest newcomers on the music scene spreading across 35 venues with an expectation of 15,000 people passing through.

Expect performances from the amazing Tom Grennan, Tom Tripp, Jordan Mackampa, Goat Girl and Dermot Kennedy to name a few. It goes without saying, from electro-pop to indie-rock to heavy-metal, Brighton will be welcoming musicians across multiple genres and an array of sounds for everyone to experience and enjoy.

An ever expanding festival, this year organisers have unveiled a brand new space alongside the 30 plus other venues. A festival within a festival, ‘The Beach’ is a 2000 capacity space on Brighton’s finest coastline and curation from Youtube, Island Records and AWAL with more to be released soon!

It’s the perfect musical hub. Here you can grab a beverage or two, browse around the pop ups, chill out at the many hang-out spots and with two new music venues expect to listen to some of the best rising artists on the circuit right now.

For tastemakers and music lovers it’s the perfect weekend to kick off your 2018 festival season.

With a number of ticket options available, there is something for everyone. A 3-day ticket at £65 for anyone 18+ who wants the whole Great Escape experience, and for age 16-17 years, tickets start from £35. If you are heading to Brighton for the day to see an array of your favourite newcomers, tickets start from £35.

For those avid networkers and those looking to soak up the knowledge, the delegate passes start at £215. This gives access to everything The Great Escape has to offer, from networking events, priority entry to the must-see shows, as well as to the TGE Convention this is for someone looking to spend their weekend immersed in all things music industry.

With the concerns of third party ticket sales rife across the industry, it is strongly advisable to purchase from official sellers which include as follows: Ticketweb, Ticketmaster, See Tickets, Resident, Festicket, Gigantic, Dice and Stargreen.

As a holiday destination and a tourist hotspot, Brighton has a vast amount of locations to rest your head after a full day and night of caressing your ears from the talent at the festival. With a number of Air BnBs, hostels and hotels available across Brighton and Hove, from just convenience to a little more luxury, there are plenty of options to suit your needs. Check out Skiddle’s guide to The Great Escape accommodation here.

Not forgetting two Spotlight Shows, a platform for more established artists to perform. With tickets starting at £17.50 and previous appearances from Anne-Marie, Blossoms, Dave and whole host of some of you favourite artists of today, you can expect your ears to be opened up to the next generation of artists. Any festival wristband holders can also enter the giveaway by registering your interest for the show, allowing the chance to win entry to this exclusive event.

Confirmed so far at The Brighton Dome venue presented by GRM Daily, you can expect to see rap phenomenon Mist and rising hip hop star MoStack. Support acts include Steel Banglez, Fredo & Ebenezer. Highlighting the festival’s vast array of genres, another new addition includes ‘The Download Stage’ showcasing the hottest heavy metal acts.

Its clear to see that The Great Escape is a Music extravaganza, that after three days immersed in the sound of 2018’s rising talent, it will leave you feeling excited, cultured and most importantly inspired. For a sneak peak of what to expect from the line-up you can check-out the Spotify playlist below.

Words by Jodie Brunning

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