Final line-up announced for Brighton’s Great Escape | Young Academic Ultimate Festival Guide

With over 100 more acts added to the Great Escape line-up, Young Academic can today bring you the completed line-up which is sure to wet your appetites for the Brighton based festival that has been named the best destination for delivering the finest new music from around the globe.

The Great Escape is recognised as the best destination in Europe to catch the cream-of-the-crop of fresh, global, live talent. We are delighted to announce the last acts to be added to the already extensive list of live acts performing at over 30 Brighton venues over May 12th to 14th.

“The Great Escape offers an erratic trail through the city’s music venues…There’s an enormous variety on offer here ” – The Guardian Guide


Cheeky chaps The View will bring their own crowd-pleasing take on indie-pop to Brighton, playing future hits, and tried and tested favourites. Expect euphoric recall courtesy of The Guillemots who regroup with ringleader Fyfe Dangerfield to air new material from the forthcoming third album. Two of Austin, Texas’ finest exports join the bill. First up Okkervil River will be taking us on their journey from ear candy to veiled audio violence, to the sea, up to the highest mountains and back again. Also playing are White Denim whose punk-infused, psychedelic blues-rock never fails to deliver live. Black Devil Disco Club were discovered by Aphex Twin and The Chemical Brothers some 30 years after the release of his first tracks. The legendary crooner of space disco is finally back with a new album and brings it to Brighton…Beardyman needs little introduction having compared many a festival these past couple of years. His unique vocal dexterity winning him fans around the world. Expect man-made re-rubs, re-edits, and layer upon layer of cheeky aural wizardry. Anna Calvi is one of the names on the tip of everyone’s tongue to break through in 2011. Seeing her brand of big, challenging pop songs is sure to be one of the hottest shows at The Great Escape. The Black Lungs is a side project of Alexisonfire guitarist, Wade MacNeil. Wade is the lead singer of this band, reminiscent of his first punk rock band Plan 9. Dirty but as addictive as Marlborough Reds, these St Catherine’s residents will be flying the Canadian flag in Brighton. London trio Factory Floor are raw, chaotic, fantastic and different. Everything you could want from a new band. Critics and the public alike have been flocking to their industrialized and synthesized live shows. Watch it go off. Grouplove are favorites of the NME, and their take on California is as forward thinking as it is inspired by the classic harmony groups of yesteryear. Packed to the rafters with energy and good vibes, they are set to bring some proper sunshine to Brighton beach! Once again proving that artists get deals off the back of The Great Escape, King Charles has, since his incendiary performance at last year’s event, been snapped up by Universal in the states, and has been recording his debut album in LA. His unabashed twist on colonialist folk has to be seen to be believed. His personality is only dwarfed by his huge tunes (and his massive hair)…And the list goes on….for the full line up head to the Great Escape website!

Ted Baker brings the HMV Next Big Thing stage to Brighton featuring the cream of emerging talent that played the London event in February plus special guests.

Relentless energy drink are back for the third year with their legendary street gigs!

Arts Council England are yet again generously supporting us to deliver a diverse and exciting plethora of Urban, British Asian and Indian music. In addition they will also be supporting some innovative street theatre from Periplum and gig collaborations with Brighton Festival featuring DJ Shadow, Sufjan Stevens & Max Richter.

Ticket info:

Early bird festival tickets £45 for 3 days up till 12th April – price then £49.50

Early bird delegate tickets £125 for 3 days up till 12th April – price then £150

Single day tickets now on sale – Thursday £22.50, Friday £27.50, Saturday £30.00

Friday and Saturday combined tickets now on sale – £38.00



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