Europe’s leading festival for new music : The Great Escape | Young Academic Ultimate Festival Guide

A three day event crammed full of new bands hoping to be your future favourites and more venues than you can imagine, The Great Escape is officially the start of the festival season.  Here at Young Academic Headquarters we bring you the latest line up plus all the information you need to plan your weekend to escape from all that studying!

The line-up so far:

Friendly Fires (Dome Show), DJ Shadow (Dome Show), Sufjan Stevens (Dome Show), Katy B, Example, The Vaccines, The Naked and Famous, The Joy Formidable, Warpaint, Gang Gang Dance, Villagers, Twin Shadow, Marnie Stern, Alela Diane, Max Richter, YUCK, Brother, The Radio Dept., Devlin, Cults, The Antlers, Ed Sheeran, Little Dragon, Hauschka, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Mona, PVT, Suuns, SBTRKT, 2:54, Ben Howard, Thus:Owls, Josh T. Pearson, The Phantom Band, Fixers, Grimes, Handsome Furs, Chad Valley, D/R/U/G/S, Braids, Big Deal, Matthew and The Atlas, Alex Winston, Luke Abbott, P.S i Love U, Oh Land, K Flay, James Vincent McMorrow, Seams, The Wave Pictures, Trophy Wife, Worriedaboutsatan, CHLLNGR, Teeth, Visions of Trees, Saint Saviour, Team Ghost, Sissy and the Blisters, Tribes, Tripwires, Lucy Swann, Said the Whale, Worship, Marques Toliver, Alex Clare, Becoming Real, Nedry, Winter Gloves, Woodhands, To The Bones, The Secret Sisters, The Soft Moon, ANR, Smoke Faires, Seekae, The Heartbreaks, The Jezabels, The Mountains & The Trees, Spark, The Staves, Brasstronaut, The Holidays, Team ME, The Bonfire, NLF3, Paper Crows, Dutch Uncles, Dan Parsons, Dean McPhee, Deep Sea Arcade, Bonjay, Alexander Tucker, ANORAAK, DZ Deathrays, Ghostpoet, Heathers, Housse de Racket, Luluc, MALPAS, Marcus Foster, Funeral Suits, GaBLé

In keeping with his breakthrough album title Example definitely ‘Won’t Go Quietly’ when he hits Brighton this May. His live show is nothing short of €brilliant and you’ll definitely hear new material at this show – rumours are bound that his third album is coming together and will be released early summer. The Vaccines are set for monumental achievements in 2011and the records and live shows more than live up to the hype. Their big, woozy rock’n’roll takes some beating. NME Radar Award winning The Naked and Famous smashed through in late 2010 and their debut LP ‘Passive Me, Aggressive You’ is set for release in March. Grunge revivalists YUCK have been embraced on both sides of the Atlantic, and their Dino-ish feedback howls, Pixies-esque basslines, and Sonic Youth inspired guitar growls make for a captivating live show. Coming over from New York, Gang Gang Dance are defined by their synthesized electronics and percussion, and distinctive vocal styles of singer Lizzi Bougatso. Hugo Manuel AKA Chad Valley brings his unique Oxbridge chill wave to Brighton, making nerdy sound experimentation sound like super-cool-pop. And the list goes on and on…

The venues are unusual, the bands are often unknown, and there are more of them than you could possibly hope to handle. But that’s the beauty of this three day event: a chance to spot future talent. Don’t plan for any sleep, though…

– The Independent

For the third year running Relentless Energy Drink bring their outdoor daytime shows to The Great Escape. There’s some really interesting talent on offer at this year’s street gigs.  The festival organiser’s can’t let the cat out of the bag just yet, but last year saw standout shows by Funeral Party and Violent Soho among others. The shows are secret until an hour before the performance, and the only way you can find out when and where they are happening is through the TGE text sign-up.

HMV’s Next Big Thing comes to Brighton for the first time with Ted Baker. Following an incredibly successful Next Big Thing this February (45 gigs, 143 artists in London), HMV brings its new & breakthrough talent festival to the seaside at The Great Escape.  It will feature a mix of talent – either that played and caused a stir at Next Big Thing in February or talent that are ready to join the list of Next Big Thing artists in May.

Wondering what to do about accommodation for The Great Escape? Many of our festival goers choose to stay in hostels when they come to The Great Escape. They are a great way to meet fellow Great Escapers and catch up on a bit of sleep in between all of the bands, club nights and everything else TGE has to offer! This year we are offering you the chance to package a Hostel bed with your Festival Ticket, which is now on sale! Hostel accommodation is available from only £23.50 per person per night including breakfast and can be packaged with a Festival Ticket at the Super Early Bird rate of £35. There are many different options ranging from 8 bunk dorms to 2 bed private rooms. These will be snapped up fast so don’t miss out!  Go to http://escapegreat.com/book-hotel/budget-festival-accomdation to check out your options.

Ticketing Information:

3 Day Great Escape Festival Ticket – Early Bird : £45

3 Day Festival Ticket + Single Dome Show Ticket : £51


Starting Price For Single Dome Show : £15


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