This weekend (May 12 – 15) saw Brighton play host to 300+ artists across 30 stages as the annual Great Escape festival came to town. Keep clicking for all the action across the weekend.
The Joy Formidable, like many bands at The Great Escape, played a much smaller venue than they’re used to. They delighted crowds at Hector’s House.
Guillemots set up shop by the roadside for an impromptu gig – a not unusual site at the festival.
Oh Land play the Great Escape festival 2011. For an interview with the band, and many other acts from the weekend, head to NME.COM/video now.
Shockwaves NME Awards Philip Hall Radar Award winners The Naked And Famous pose for a pic during the weekend.
Cerebral Ballzy tore up the stage at the Hope venue on Thursday night (May 12) as part of a line-up compiled by London fanzine Artrocker.
Frankie And The Heartstrings drew a large crowd during the weekend, and gave new track ‘Berlin Calls’ an airing. Catch up on all their tour news on their band blog.
Montreal’s Braids joined the NME Radar Live line-up at Horatio’s on Brighton Pier over the weekend.
The indie world’s answer to Marmite, aka Slough’s rock and rollers Brother, also played live for NME at Horatio’s on the pier. Their set ended with ‘New Years Day’ and ‘Time Machine’ and the band told NME afterwards they’d like to collaborate with Odd Future.
Dry The River, who made NME’s Radar Band Of The Week a while back also headed to Brighton over the weekend.
Crowds pack into Horatios on the pier for NME Radar Live, which saw Cults, Fixers, Alex Winston, EMA, Tribes, Big Deal and more play live over the course of the weekend.
DZ Deathray’s guitarist rocks a classic Maiden tee during their Great Escape set.
EMA – aka Erika M Anderson – shows off her personalised necklace, and very triangular tongue, at Horatio’s during The Great Escape.
Horatio’s on the pier, scene of the NME Radar Live nights for the past few years.
Frank Turner sweats his way through an emotional set at The Great Escape. Watch an exclusive session track with Turner from the festival.
Friendly Fires were one of the biggest bands playing The Great Escape 2011. The recent NME cover stars whipped through a large portion of new album ‘Pala’ during the performance.
Nashville’s Mona played tracks from their self-titled debut (out this week) during their Great Escape set, including ‘Listen To Your Love’ and ‘Teenager’.
Katy B packed out the Dome venue and played the vast majority of her NME rated 8/10 album ‘On A Mission’.
The View followed up their triumphant show at London’s Camden Crawl with a high profile slot at The Great Escape.
Lo-fi slackers Yuck brought the fuzz – and the fuzzy hair – to Brighton over the weekend.
The Neon Gold record label held a showase at The Loft featuring Walk The Moon, Post War Years and Wolf Gang (pictured).
Chad Valley played the Dome in Brighton on Friday night (May 13) ahead of Friendly Fires.
Art Brut proved they’re still going, and going quite strong actually, as they showcased much of their fourth album ‘Brilliant! Tragic!’ at the festival.
Anna Calvi returned to The Great Escape to play to a much bigger crowd than before, thanks to her headline slot on the Emerge NME Radar Tour. She played a host of tracks from her self-titled debut album including ‘Love Won’t Be Leaving’ and ‘Rider To The Sea’ at the Komedia bar.
War Paint debuted a new song – ’Jubilee Real’ – during their set at the Corn Exchange. They spoke to us after the show; find out what they had to say about the new material here.