The Great Escape 2013

Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th May 2013
venues in Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9NA, England MAP
£49.50 - sold out, Dome & Concorde2 shows still available
daily capacity: 15000
last updated: Mon 13th May 2013

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The Great Escape features hundreds of international and UK pop, cutting edge, hip hop, electronic, and rock acts showcased at venues all over Brighton.

The dates for 2013 are confirmed as Thursday 16th until Saturday 18th May 2013.


The latest additions are Absynthe Minded, Alarm Bells, Aliment, Andreya Triana, Archipel, Arlissa, Arrows Of Love, Arthur Beatrice, Aufgang, Beataucue, Birkin Jersey, Bipolar Sunshine, Bird, Blek, Boats, Bombay Show Pig, Brother & Bones, C Joynes, Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs, China Rats, Chris Letcher, Clean Bandit, Crystal Fighters, Current Swell, Cut Ribbons, Damerels, Deadboy DJ, Dean McPhee, DENA, Dom Servini, Drop Out Venus, Eamon McGrath, Elle Eyre, Embers, Etta Bond, Fatherson, Faye, Fear of Men, Feathers, Fenech-Soler, Fenster, Filosofische Stilte, FOE, Gavin James, Great Cynics, Guards, Hjaltalin, Hk119, Holy Esque, Honeyblood, Ian Helliwell, In The Valley Below, Instrumenti, Iyes, Jackmaster, Jeremy Loops, Jeremy Neil, John Newman, Khushi, Kid Karate, Kinnie The Explorer, Kid Wave, Knytro, Lauren Aquilina, LULS, Marques Toliver, Melodys Echo Chamber, Mike Dignam, Mikill Pane, Milo Greene, Misty Miller, Moko, Mt., Natty, Nina Nesbitt, No, Of Rust And Bone, Ofei, Oquadro, Os Nelsons, Oyama, Pope, Popstrangers, Prata Vetra, Pyramid, Rainer, Red River Dialect, Redinho, Seward, Shuyler Jansen, Sibile, Sinead Harnett, The Skints, Sky Ferreira, Sid Batham, Sophie, Soul Sister Dance Revolution, Straw Bear, Symphonic Pictures, The Adelines, The Dancers, The Family Cheese, The Family Rain, The Heatwave with Lady Chann, The Next Men, The Orwellls, The Penelopes, The Temperance Movement, The Wytches, Tom Prior, Torus, Tourist, Vondelpark, Washington Irving, Whirr, Wildflowers, Wounds, YADi, Young Fathers, and Young Husband.

They join a line-up that includes at The Dome acts Everything Everything, Bastille and Billy Bragg. Also confirmed are Unknown Mortal Orchestra, King Krule, Chvrches, Tom Odell, AlunaGeorge, Title Fight, Eddi Front, Awaken I Am, The Black Heart Rebellion, David Rodigan, Dinosaur Pile Up, Drenge, Dune, Ed Harcourt, Hungry Kids of Hungary, Jacco Gardner, Night Engine, Soak, Superfood, The Trouble With Templeton, The 1975, A.M.E, Andreya Triana, Bo Bruce, Sons And Lovers, Spencer, The Blackout, We Were Evergreen, The Nextmen, Brodka, Brooke Candy, Diiv, King Krule, Kodaline, London Grammar, Mac DelMarco, On an On, Only Real, Phosphorescent, Scrufizzer, Ruen Brothers, The 1975, Allah-las, Deap Vally, Ed Harcourt, Evert and the two Dragons, Iggy Azalea, Indians, Klaxons, Luke Sital Singh, Merchandise, The Neighbourhood, Soak, Susanne Sunford, Temples, The Blackout, Tres.B, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Velociraptor, Big Deal, Chloe Howl, Chvrches, David Ram Jam Rodigan (MBE), Jagwar Ma, Little Green Cars, Mary Epworth, Mausi, Nick Mulvey, Parquet Courts, Swim Deep, The Midnight Beast, The Strypes, Three Trapped Tigers, Toddla T Sound, Woods, and many more.

The full line-up of 300+ bands have been announced, performing in more than 30 venues spread across Brighton over the course of three days. For the line-up details as available please click here.

The line-up will include over 300 acts from around the globe in around 30 venues within Brighton City Centre. The venues are all a close walk from each other with each venue equipped to an international showcase standard.

International partner

Poland's Adam Mickiewicz Institute will be this year's lead international partner for the 2013 festival in Brighton, presenting Don't Panic! We Are From Poland. This longstanding Polish institution will transport the very best of its dynamic, home-grown talent across the channel to showcase at the festival.

The Convention

As well as the live music, there's also a number of "Parkinson" style interviews with luminaries from the world of Music and Media, to show the way in which success is achieved, as well as educational panels, workshops and networking sessions. The UK's premiere music business convention, is a place for music industry professionals from across the world to exchange knowledge, ideas, contacts and business.

Taking place at the same time as the music festival, it offers delegates an extensive programme of panels, conversations, parties and networking sessions, enabling them to better tackle the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities that exist in the modern music industry.

The speakers

The Great Escape convention's keynotes speakers will be Everything Everything In Conversation With John Kennedy; The Art of A&R with Seymour Stein (Sire Records), Korda Marshall (Infectious Music), Jack Shankly (Domino/Weird World) and Jos Watkin (Parlophone); John Robb's Pop Question Time featuring Billy Bragg, Skint's Damian Harris, The Pirate Party's Loz Kaye and Kerry McCarthy MP; Heroes & Villains with music business lawyer Ben Challis and music journalist Simon Price. Plus Arts Council England Chief Executive, Alan Davey and co-Owner of Rough Trade Retail, Stephen Godfroy. Tackling topics including arts funding and the future of High Street retail. Other speakers include Vanessa Reed (Executive Director of PRS for Music Foundation), Chris Cooke (The Great Escape Convention Programmer of The Great Escape), Brian Message (Radiohead and Nick Cave) and Garry Blackburn (Madness).

DIY programme for 2013

Comprised of a strand of workshops, panels and conversations, the inspired programme, supported by Arts Council England National Lottery funded Grants for the Arts, is specifically aimed at future music industry talent and the grassroots music community, including managers, promoters, songwriters, producers, self-releasing artists and music business entrepreneurs.

This year's DIY programme will take place on Saturday 18 May, the third day of the convention, and will include practical workshops on getting started as an artist, how to build up the buzz for your band, managing an online presence and tips for pursuing careers in the music business, plus panels offering invaluable insight from industry experts including Billy Bragg and Korda Marshall.


A 3 day ticket was priced at £49.50 and has sold out. Individual event tickets for the Dome & Concorde2 shows are still available.

To buy tickets, click here.

The three day delegate passes have now sold out.

To gain access to a Brighton Dome Show, attendees can top up their festival wristband for only £7 per show, or purchase a separate gig ticket for £14.50.

14+ audiences

The Great Escape have also announced they will be opening up a number of the shows to a 14+ audience.


It's also possible to book accommodation early at The Great Escape's official hostel partner Journeys,for £30 a bed a night. Well located in relation to all TGE gig venues, a stay at Journey's guarantees that all guests receive the lowest price possible for their stay as well as providing a better atmosphere for meeting and interacting with fellow festival goers.

There are also rooms at the exclusive delegate hotel, The Queens, on sale from £420 for three nights.

More information will be here when available.

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Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th May 2013
venues in Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9NA, England MAP
£49.50 - sold out, Dome & Concorde2 shows still available
daily capacity: 15000
last updated: Mon 13th May 2013

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