The Great Escape to kick off in Brighton today; NME Stage secret guests to be announced

400 new and established acts set to perform around Brighton over the weekend

This year’s Great Escape festival kicks off today (May 14) with over 400 new and established acts set to perform around Brighton.

The music showcase event, which takes place in a number of venues in the coastal city, celebrates its 10th anniversary this year and runs from May 14-16.

NME will host two stages across the weekend with George The Poet, Hollie McNish and Kate Tempest set to perform at the Corn Exchange venue tonight (May 14). Tempest will perform twice on the night, with a poetry recital set to be followed by a full live band show later in the evening.

Meanwhile, NME Radar at The Haunt will run every evening over the weekend. Tonight (May 14) will see Courtney Barnett’s tourmate Fraser A Gorman, London duo Formation, Sydney trio Little May and former Late Of The Pier man LA Priest (pictured above) all perform live. See the set times below.

NME Radar at The Haunt – Thursday (May 14)

Fraser A. Gorman (7.45pm)
Formation (8.30pm)
Little May (9.15pm)
La Priest (10pm)

Bands and artists including Yak, Girl Band, Shamir and Gengahr will also performing on the NME Stage over the weekend. Friday night (May 15) will see The Garden, Bully, Yung, The Big Moon and Rat Boy all appearing at The Haunt. A special guest headline act for Friday night will also be announced shortly. Palma Violets, Fat White Family and Peace have all played secret gigs for NME at The Great Escape the slot in previous years.

Stage times for NME at The Great Escape 2015 can be seen below:

NME Radar at The Haunt – Friday (May 15)

The Garden (7.15pm)
Bully (8pm)
Wand (8.45pm)
Yung (9.30pm)
The Big Moon (10:15pm)
Rat Boy (11pm)
Very Special Guests (12am)
NME DJs (12:45am)

NME stage at Dome – Corn Exchange – Friday (May 15)

Rag N Bone Man (9:30pm)
Sunflower Bean (10:15pm)
DMA’s (11pm)
Django Django (12am)

NME Radar at The Haunt – Saturday (May 16)

Yak (7.15pm)
Heat (8pm)
Shamir (8.45pm)
Gengahr (9.45pm)

NME stage at Dome – Corn Exchange – Saturday (May 16)

Bad Breeding (6pm)
Girl Band (6.45pm)
Slaves (7.30pm)
Swim Deep (8.15pm)

NME Radar’s Matt Wilkinson has recommended which acts to catch at the festival and those that everyone will be talking about afterwards, including Tobias Jesso Jr, The Magic Gang, Novelist, Georgia. Read the full list here.

Festival Director Kat Morris says of this year’s event, “The Great Escape is extremely proud to champion emerging talent and creativity across the entire music industry. For the past decade, TGE has given upcoming artists the opportunity to perform for 18,000 passionate fans each year who are all hugely supportive of new music. To mark this very special 10th anniversary, we are excited to be bringing back some very special guests who have all performed iconic and memorable shows in previous years to play alongside 400 of 2015’s hottest emerging artists from across the world.”

Former Jam frontman Paul Weller will play a free secret gig at the festival on Saturday (May 16), with the venue to be announced.

See the full festival schedule and find more information here.