I decided to plant myself for a couple of hours at Komedia to listen to some Dutch artits. This is Pitou.
Billy Carter is not the obvious name for a South Korean band but here they are at Volks Cafe on the Brighton seafront
With no write up in The Great Escape programme I took a punt on Crewel Intentions at The Haunt. Curiously the place was packed for this band which was first onto stage that evening. This is Palma Violets’ Chilli Jesson's second band.
It seems that Crewel Intentions rely on word of mouth, and this was a great atmosphere for this set.
At another musical extreme this was Rina Sawayama at the Wagner Hall, the nearest I would get to Radio 1!
Away from the stage Rina Sawayama is a graduate of Cambridge Univerisity with a degree in politics. Less surprisingly perhaps she is also a successsful published model.
Brian Christinzio apparently had the honour of being deported from the UK in 2015 - but he's back in Manchester (when not in Brighton!). This was the launch of songs from his new album.
We finished the evening watching American Brian Christinzio (now based in Manchester) and his band BC Camplight at the Sallis Benney Theatre
K-Phax was joined on the Beach House stage by a not-so-random audience member standing near us to do a rap routine.
A minor distraction between the two stages at the Great Escape on the Beach, the FA Cup Final shown live on a TV screen. I wonder if the Royal Wedding earlier in the day garnered greater interest?
Again at Patterns, a semi-acoustic set by two members of Stereo Honey and I could relate to why the band were tipped for bigger things in the year ahead.
At the Fender stage at Patterns played the impressive Hattie Briggs - an appearance no doubt something to do with her being named Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017.
After the gig, Wyldest were outdoors in Horatios' beer garden at the end of Brighton pier for what may have been an interview but definately was a photoshoot.
It was then down Brighton pier to Horatios where the trio Wyldest played their accessible indie songs.
Downstairs at The Walrus, the day kicked off with Montreal duo The Beat Escape treating the Great Escape to their mellow electronic dance vibes.
The indie band Pale Waves play at the Wagner Hall venue on the first day of The Great Escape Festival 2018.
On the first day of the festival, access to The Great Escape Festival's new beach site is held up to allow the reinstated Volks Electric Railway to pass through.
The wait behind the scenes for the South Koreans of the band 'In The Endless Zanhyang We Are' outside The East Street Tap venue as part of 'The Alternative Escape'
From Ireland Tim Chadwick and his band, the first artist on the stage at The Prince Albert pub at The Great Escape Festival 2018
Streets of Brighton during Great Escape 2017
On Jubilee Street Brighton, hub of the Great Escape Festival 2017