Alternative Escape

The Alternative Escape – TGE15

For those of you who left it too late or were unable to afford a ticket for The Great Escape there is good news: the Alternative Escape is also happening in Brighton at the same time and it’s FREE.

As part of TGE15, the Alternative Escape features over 200 artists taking over 15 venues between Wednesday 13th May and Saturday 16th May 2015.

Venues for the Alt Escape include a number of great local bars and pubs such as:

  • The Black Lion
  • The Fishbowl
  • Latest Music Bar
  • The Mesmerist (upstairs and downstairs)
  • The North Laine
  • The Royal Standard
  • The Fiddler’s Elbow
  • The Joker
  • The Warren

As with the main TGE15 event there is simply too much to choose from, but here are a few of my highlights if you find yourself at a loss for where to go for the Alt Escape. Check out my playlist on soundcloud below:

Thursday 14th May

Inspired Artists Agency New Music Showcase @ Latest Music Bar
12pm – 9pm

A showcase of great up and coming talent from all over the country. Notable mentions from this all-dayer go to The Science of the Lamps (one of my favourite band names ever) and JJ Draper who I last saw at an open mic in Bangor, North Wales. Really looking forward to hearing both acts play in Brighton!

Blastbeat Rising & Blackthorn Music Festival @ Mesmerist

If you like cocktails, quirky decor and vintage attire then head on down to one of Brighton’s coolest bars for a full day of live music on two floors. Downstairs is the electric set-up, with the upstairs being Gigslutz Unplugged stage, where a lot of the downstairs artists will be playing exclusive acoustic sets. My ones to watch are Will Mussett, Phantom Runners and Garden City Movement, all of whom have caught my eye in the last few months.

Brighton Unsigned @ Royal Standard
7pm – 10:30pm

Local promoter Brighton Unsigned puts on some of their favourites over three days (Thursday – Saturday). My pick of the litter is Thursday’s line up, finished off with Your Garden Day and Chris Marsh & Edd Mann.

Friday 15th May


Island Records presents Island Life @ The North Laine
7pm – 11pm

Island Records have long been known for harbouring some of the superstars of the last 50 years, including in recent years Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Drake, Florence & The Machine, Hozier, Jack Johnson, Jamie Cullum, Keane, Mumford & Sons, Passenger, U2 and Weezer. Their showcase is GUARANTEED to be filled with talent and I certainly won’t be missing it! Special acoustic sets from JP Cooper and George The Poet should seal the deal. You’ll need to register for free to be on the guestlist and get there early so you don’t miss out.

Saturday 16th May

The Playground PR Presents @ Mesmerist
12pm – 4pm

London-based PR company and label The Playground PR will be showcasing some of their best and brightest, with artists representing folk, indie, rock and even drum&bass. Expect a real variety and particularly look out for Australian singer-songwriter Hein Cooper in the line-up.

Night House Presents local breaking acts @ Marwood

Brighton band Night House will be hosting a 2-day showcase at Marwood, the home of kick-arse coffee. I saw a great Alt Escape event there last year and am sure that this year’s will be just a promising with a very strong line up of local acts including Alex KP, Bella Spinks, Paul Murray and Warsaw Radio.


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