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Brighton Journal | 19th February 2020

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Another Chance To Escape – The Great Escape’s Little Brother

Another Chance To Escape – The Great Escape’s Little Brother
Hannah Midgley

When you go to The Great Escape’s website to check out for festival tickets, it will say ‘Sold Out’ for most of the ticket categories and you will probably be disappointed. But what if I told you that you can still enjoy three days full of live music and great fun even without having tickets for the official lineup? Don’t believe me? Then you should check this out!

Along with the Great Escape, The Alternative Escape is back in Brighton too. Often referred to as its ‘little brother’, Alternative Escape runs alongside the main festival and features hundreds of new bands and artists from all over the UK and Europe who will perform in smaller venues all over the city. And the best thing: it’s completely free.

The Wild Things. Credit @ Marcus Maschwitz.

One of the bands who you will get to see: The Wild Things. Credit @ Marcus Maschwitz.

So no worrying about tickets and no queuing to get a place for that concert you absolutely want to see. Whenever you feel like going, just grab your phone and check out what gig is on and where you have to go. Just like for The Great Escape, there is an Alternative Escape Planner that helps you to keep track of all the gigs and stay up to date with the latest information.

From 12 o’clock next Thursday afternoon onwards, there will be bands and solo artists performing non-stop in venues such as the Black Lion pub, the Marlborough Theatre, Hotel Pelirocco or the Fiddler’s Elbow. They will be on till late in the night before taking up again on Friday and Saturday with an equally charged programme.

 Credit @ The Ray Rays.

The Rays Rays will rock Brighton@s stages. Credit @ The Ray Rays.

Want to know who you will see on stage during theses three days? Far too many to list all of them but here are a few to get you started: Kent based rock band The Ray Rays, singer-songwriter Lara Smiles, New Yorker band Pavo Pavo, local rock band Fragile Creatures, punk trio LadyBird, Lighthouse, The Wild Things…

Never heard about them before? Then this is your chance to get to know them. Who knows, you might be one of the first to see a new rising star on stage.

The Alternative Escape will run from Thursday 18 May till Saturday 20 May. Click here to check out the full lineups for Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

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