Childhood, Example and Tom Vek to kick off day one of The Great Escape in Brighton

Wild Beasts, Kelis and Future Islands will also perform over the weekend

Brighton’s annual new music festival The Great Escape kicked off this morning, with hundreds of sets planned over the next three days.

The multi-venue festival, which takes place throughout Brighton between today (Thursday, May 8) and Saturday (May 10), will take over dozens of venues across the city, showcasing a host of new bands alongside more established artists at The Dome.

The first day sees a Dome headline show from Example (pictured right), while NME Radar at The Haunt will present a headline set from London quartet Childhood (above) as well as shows from Courtney Barnett, US newcomers The Districts and psych outfit Neon Waltz.

Across the rest of the venues the likes of Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr, TRAAMS, Chloe Howl and Har Mar Superstar’s recent touring partner Lizzo are also set to appear. Tom Vek will also play a free, non-ticketed show at The Tube from 11pm.

The Great Escape continues tomorrow and Saturday with sets from Fat White Family, Future Islands, Superfood, These New Puritans and many more.

The Dome shows will be headlined by Wild Beasts (Friday) and Kelis (Saturday), while NME will also present a special secret guest performance at The Haunt tomorrow night at midnight.