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Since being founded in 2006, The Great Escape has been firmly established internationally as the leading event for showcasing new music. Taking place in Brighton over 3 days in May, The Great Escape kicks starts the festival season, introducing over 15,000 music lovers to the key artists and sounds of the year. With over 300 bands playing in 30 venues over 3 days, The Great Escape is a key date in the music calendar. In addition to pre-publicised performances, impromptu street gigs spring up all over town. The Alternative Escape, numerous club nights, label parties, industry showcases, unique collaborations and outdoor gigs all add to the festivities. 


“Think of it as Glastonbury by the sea.” - NME


Many New Zealand artists have played at The Great Escape over the years including Aldous Harding, Nadia Reid, Tiny Ruins, TEEKS, Louis Baker, Six60, Lawrence Arabia, Princess Chelsea and Delaney Davidson.


In 2019, The Great Escape will be taking place 9-11thMay.


Register to showcase at The Great Escape 2019 at


Artist registration closes 11 February 2019.


For more information visit contact Alan Holt at