MUSIC has flooded through Brighton this weekend thanks to this year’s Great Escape Festival.

Fans have had the chance to see a range of about 500 well-known and up-and-coming bands from all over the world playing across different venues in the city.

Antonio Taborda, 27, from Brighton, works as a supervisor at Horatio’s Bar, one of the festival’s chosen venues.

He said: “The atmosphere in here was just amazing during the Great Escape.

“Everyone seemed to have such a great time. It was really busy in here.

“There was quite a bit of heavy rock, which isn’t completely my thing, but a band called Leisure were really good.

“I think the festival went really well.”

Leisure are a soul, R&B band from Auckland, New Zealand.

They performed on the Thursday night.

Will Moore, venue manager at The Prince Albert in Trafalgar Street said the festival has been the best one yet.

He said: “It was really such a great success.

“We were packed in here and the music was fantastic.”

The Prince Albert often host Irish bands on the Thursday night of the festival every year.

Will said: “We had some other great Irish music.

“Last year we had the great Fontaines DC play here and this year we had the excellent band The Murder Capital.

“We actually had Bono’s son play, he’s got a band called Inhaler.

“So many people knew who it was straight away.”

Will said his favourite band of the festival was Brighton band Gaffa Tape Sandy - a garage rock band.

The bigger headline acts of this year included Glasgow singer-songwriter Lewis Capaldi, who played at the Brighton Dome on Thursday and rock group Foals who performed at Concorde 2 on Friday.

Charlie Fosker, 20, from Brighton, said he loved the wide range of music throughout the festival.

He works as a barman in The Three Wise Cats, Casablancas and Churchill Bar in Middle Street and managed to appreciate the music in each venue.

He said: “It was a really great mix of music. I am not sure I have really seen such a variety before.

“People behind the bar were saying how varied the music was and all the different cultures coming together.

“There was a fantastic singer who had a sort of blue beehive on her head.”

While the festival welcomed fans with open arms, it also hosted many who were on the lookout for “the next big thing”.