The Great Escape 2018

The Great Escape 2018 - around the festival site
Photo credit: Katy Blackwood

The Great Escape 2018

Thursday 17th to Saturday 19th May 2018
various venues, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9NA, England MAP
currently £70 for a festival ticket
Daily capacity: 15,000
Last updated: Thu 19th Apr 2018

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 this the 12th edition are confirmed as Thursday 17th until Saturday 19th May 2018.


Hundreds of acts have been announced, which include acts from Australia, Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, USA, and elsewhere, as well as the UK.

For all of the acts announced so far including day and stage splits please see the line-up page.

The Great Escape will be taking over 60 venues, with 500+ artists and a brand new festival site on Brighton Beach. 


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Festival tickets are on sale, currently priced at £70 for a 3-day adult ticket.

A 3-day Festival ticket gives you access to the core venues, subject to each venues capacity. A small number of the shows will take place at The Dome in Brighton; to ensure guaranteed access to Dome Shows, attendees will be able to top up their festival wristband for a small fee, or purchase separate gig tickets.

Note: over 18s only.

International partner

For 2018, The Netherlands will be the lead international partner.

The Great Escape's lead international partnerships have enabled new and emerging artists from some of the most exciting music markets in the world to showcase their talents in front of the festivals internationally diverse audience of industry and festival goers.

The Great Escape has welcomed previous lead international partners including Switzerland (2017), Latvia and Lithuania (2016), United Kingdom (2015), Finland (2014), Poland (2013), Catalonia & The Balearic Islands (2012), Ireland (2011), Australia (2010), New Zealand (2009), Norway (2008), France (2007) and Canada (2006).

The Convention

As well as the live music, there's also a number of 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.

More information will be here when available.

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