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Music festival season has begun: The Great Escape

Hotels in Brighton have been packed out every weekend with families enjoying weekends in Brighton and the hours of summer sun. Well, now it’s the turn of the partygoers as music festival season has begun!

As summer festivals go, it still seems a little early for a full-blown music festival – not that the weather conditions or the time of year ever mattered in Brighton, which has been enjoying a pre-summer, summer.

And to kick things off, we’ve ‘The Great Escape’ this weekend (12-14 May). Billed as Europe’s leading festival for new music it promises a wild collection of tunesters (300+) playing at 30 venues across the city.

And it’s more than just a music festival; it’s a conference during which you can get to hear the thoughts and views of the leading movers and shakers from within the industry.

Names we spotted performing are Beardyman, DJ Shadow and John Cooper Clarke – look at the Great Escape gigs list for more details. And speaking at the conference, you’ll hear Wired Magazine’s Duncan Geere talking about the future of digital music and DJ Shadow reviewing his success in the biz.

So, from Thurs to Sunday expect to see plenty of music industry types sauntering in and out of hotels in Brighton. ‘Then after the show it’s the after party and after the party it’s the hotel lobby’ – sorry, could help it.

It’s going to be another weekend to remember, but remember to pack your sun cream and maybe even your swim shorts because if current form is anything to go by, the music festival and the regular beachfront party will merge into one. Bring it on!

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Music fest gets its Gaelic groove on

Just as the movie on legendary crooner, womaniser, and drunk, Serge Gainsbourg is released on DVD, Brighton is warming up for its third French music festival. There’s no connection, mind; Gainsbourg is a musical legend – but of yesteryear.

Très bon!

Très bon!

Well, the music festival is all about French music now and it’s backed up with top food (and wine of course) and after-hours DJ sets.

Four venues in the North Laines will play host: Komedia, The Basement, The Hope, and the Duke of York’s Picturehouse.

With so many acts, you’ve got to look at the flyer (from our link) but for us the highlights will be Melanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague) on the 27th and the screening of Delicatessen on the 29th.

And if you’ve never seen the YouTube clip of Serge Gainsbourg chatting up Whitney Houston, watch it!

The Flyer

The Duke of Yorks

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