May is far and away the best month to be in Brighton. It’s festival season, and the town centre is buried for four sweet weeks in performances, crowds and NOISE. And this weekend was the noisiest yet, as The Great Escape 2015 bowled into town to join Brighton Festival and the Fringe Festival, bringing with it hundreds of acts (not to mention the hundreds more acts in the co-occurring The Alternative Escape and all the totally off-the-grid gigs conveniently taking place all over the city this weekend). I could do in-depth reviews of all the gigs, but I’ll leave that to the music journalists, so instead, here is The Great Escape 2015 in pictures.
Look, I didn’t really think about taking good pictures because that wasn’t really the point in going. The fact is, it was a bloody brilliant weekend and I WILL be going again next year.
And as for the hygge? Yeah it was everywhere. Live music does that. Thousands of people together being part of the same thing does that. Being slightly tipsy for two days does that too. The Great Escape 2015 really was a great escape (now how many other people have already said that?) and I’m so very glad that one of my longest-standing favourite bands (Mew) brought me to a festival with so many artists I never would’ve come across otherwise. And that is exactly the point.