THE GREAT ESCAPE officially relaunched last night with music fans flocking to the city for the first day of fun.

Brighton welcomed thousands of visitors yesterday for the four-day new music festival, which kicked off with a night of top DJs and bands in Jubilee Square.

This year's event marks The Great Escape’s return to an in-person format, having been cancelled in 2020 and held online in 2021 due to the pandemic.

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Platform B radio station, usually hidden in the Green Door Store under Brighton railway station, hosted the opening event, which was headlined by the city’s own Lambrini Girls.

The free event was a gentle precursor for the next three days, as the multi-venue festival kicks into life today, with 500 artists playing across 45 sites.

Though the festival is focused on new music, a number of established artists are also set to play, including American internet sensation Rebecca Black, who shot to fame with her song Friday, in 2010.

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The Great Escape will also welcome Brighton rapper Arrdee, who recently gained national attention for his collaboration with Manchester star Aitch.