One of the UK's most talked about music festivals lands on our fair shores this May, injecting our membranes with a whole host of musical madness. Between 8th-10th May 2014, The Great Escape showcases 400 acts across 35 venues, a 'hella exciting way to kick off the UK festival season. Described by critics as a 'mecca for music lovers', and bringing an international line up to a small British seaside town, The Great Escape Brighton has been hailed as one of the best places to discover new music. 

We've lined up our top tips for surviving The Great Escape 2014, answering any and all queries to keep y'all in the know as to what's what. 

Line Up:

We've singled out three favourites: 


Jon Hopkins:

The Hold Steady:

Sweet sounds, eh?

The Venues:

The Great Escape takes place across thirty five of Brighton's bars, pubs and clubs throughout North Laine, The Lanes and across the Seafront, all accessible on one festival wristband. Whilst the majority of acts play shows at individual venues, three large headline acts will take to the stage of The Brighton Dome later on in the evening, accessible through separate gig tickets or a cheeky wristband top-up that'll set you back £7. Look forward to a whole host of impromptu street gigs, channeling the friendly party vibe and extending it across the entire town. 

The Great Escape Brighton Green Door Store

Something of a live music institution in Brighton, get yourself down to The Green Door Store.

Head down to The Green Door Store, an industrial space under the Trafalgar Arches that boasts quite the pedigree when it comes to independent live music acts. This large North Laine warehouse space takes centre stage during The Great Escape 2014, and is sure to host a 'hella raucous afterparty.

Otherwise, get ready to do some serious dancefloor damage at Audio, a beachfront venue that has become something of an institution on the Brighton live music and clubbing scene. Boasting a stellar soundsystem, a relaxed party vibe and a cheeky rooftop cocktail bar (aptly named Above Audio), you've found yourself another top venue for live music and dancing at The Great Escape 2014

Just shy of The Lanes, The Haunt plays host to myriad events throughout The Great Escape: marrying a bustling dance floor with a sterling live music offering, this naughty little spectre is your one stop shop for drinking, dancing and a hefty dose of debauchery this May. A Brighton party institution through and through, The Haunt is a rowdy choice for live music and after-partying at The Great Escape 2014.  

The Great Escape Brighton The Haunt

See, look how much fun they're having. That's The Haunt for ya. 

The Alternative Escape:

An extra special somethin' for regular music lovers and wristband holders alike, The Alternative Escape showcases more club nights, label parties, industry events, unique collaborations and outdoor gigs than you live music bunnies can shake a battered drum stick at. Headed by Brighton's Lout Promoters, The Alternative Escape delivers a unique live music experience in some of Brighton's most unusual venues.

The Great Escape 2014, don't miss out on what BBC Radio 6's Steve Lamacq calls "The Cannes of the Music World". Boy, it's like music to our ears!