The Great Escape Festival returns

Barfly are proud to present the return of The Great Escape in Brighton on 17th – 19th May 2007

More Artists announced for 2007:

We are excited to announce that the following artists have been added to the bill for this years Great Escape Festival: Archie Bronson Outfit, Magenta Skycode, The Pigeon Detectives, Les Breastfeeders, The Draytones, We Are The Physics, Hello Saferide, The Immediate, The Metros, Cherry Ghost, Ghosts, 1990s, Polarkreis 18, The Lionheart Brothers, Black Ghosts, Good Shoes, Hot Club De Paris, Kate Nash, Art Brut, The Dash, The Enemy, Goose, The Heights, I Say Marvin, Navel, Neil’s Children and Trailing Laces!

This follows last weeks announcement where we confirmed that The Besnard Lakes, Blood Red Shoes, CSS, Dan Mangan, Foals, Hadouken, Help She Can’t Swim, I Like Trains, Kubichek, Mechanical Bride, Mumm-ra, Mr. Hudson & The Library, Nouvelle Vague, Orange Lights, Passenger, Patrick Watson, The Prayers, The Strange Death Of Liberal England, Ripchord, Rubik, We’re Marching On, Willy Mason, Wintersleep and Yes Boss will all be taking to the stage at this years event.

We will be making regular announcements over the coming weeks as more and more bands and speakers are confirmed for this hotly tipped event.

Tickets are now on sale and are expected to sell fast, so get your Early Bird tickets from and join us for round 2 of this fabulous festival by the sea.  1 wristband will get you access to over 15 venues showcasing more than 150 of the world’s best new artists over 3 days.  There are a limited number of these £35, 3 day wristbands available – dont miss out!

Artist Submissions for 2007 – its not too late to apply!

For the second year running, The Great Escape has teamed up with Windows Live Spaces and this year are offering a unique registration process for bands wishing to submit unsolicited applications to perform at the Great Escape Festival 2007.   The Windows Live Spaces mechanism is free for artists and enables them to register their details and maintain their Spaces profile for viewing by the public as well as The Great Escape Bookings Team.

So if you think youve got what it takes go to or to register!

What happened last year?

In 2006, its debut year, the Great Escape Festival immediately became Europes best global export ready showcase festival.


* 20 venues
* 180+ of the hottest new artists
* 3 days and nights
* 200 key media attended from the UK and around the world
* 650 international music industry professionals in attendance.
* 4500 music lovers
* The festival was SOLD OUT

The first Great Escape Festival was a rip roaring success, but how do you measure it?  One way is by taking a look at what just a few of the relatively unknown bands that were put on the bill by Martin Elbourne and the Barfly Bookings Team are doing now:

FOUR of the top ten debut albums in the UK in 2006 played as relative unknowns at this years festival:

The Fratellis – debut album went to No 2 in September and is now platinum.
The Kooks – have now achieved over one million album sales in the UK
The Feeling – has now achieved mutli platinum sales in the UK since TGE
Paolo Nutini – has now achieved multi platinum sales in the UK since TGE

Other highlights included:

The Gossip – Lead singer was named coolest person in the world by NME this year
Guillemots – received a Mercury Music Prize Nomination since TGE
Richard Hawley – received a Mercury Music Prize Nomination since TGE
The Klaxons – have gone on to be NME darlings and will be headlining the NME Awards tour early this year

International acts like Metric (CAN), You Say Party We Say Die! (CAN), Holy Fuck (CAN), Disco Ensemble (FIN), Scissors for Lefty (USA) Tapes N Tapes (USA), Spleen United (DNK) Spinto Band (US) and Howling Bells (AUS) all saw their UK profiles significantly enhanced following their Great Escape shows in 2006.

After a hard night of gigs and parties the worlds music industry took to the streets of Brighton, espresso in hand to attend talks and speed dating networking sessions.  Speakers included Michael Eavis (Glastonbury Festival), Laurence Bell (Domino), Tony Wadsworth (EMI), Peter Hook (New Order) and Rob da Bank (Radio1 / Sunday Best).

The Great Escape Festival is unique in its International appeal.  Year one saw it become the key event for an export ready international act to showcase at, in order to grab the attention of the UK music industry and media.  It has also earned itself the reputation of being the best place to come and catch the UKs next big things just before they hit the big time.

2007s Great Escape Festival plans to be bigger and better.

With Brightons larger capacity venues on board for year two it has made it possible to book even bigger bands than last year, enabling even more music fans to share in the experience.  We can now confirm that these venues include The Corn Exchange and The Pavilion Theatre.

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