Brighton Festival 2017

This year's Brighton Festival - along with the accompanying Fringe, Open Houses and Great Escape events - promise to be the biggest yet with more acts than ever.

And with musician and poet Kate Tempest at the helm, there's a heady mix of entertainment to catch in the weeks ahead.

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Kent's Slaves and Uckfield's Rag'n'Bone Man star in Great Escape festival

It's been described as the most important festival for new music in England and tomorrow the curtain will rise on Brighton's Great Escape once again.

Now in its 12th year, an incredible 480 acts will play over the next three days to both adoring fans and music industry experts looking for the next 'big thing'.

And with more than 30 venues Brighton's very own Palace Pier is becoming a stage for some of the region's biggest bands.

Andy Dickenson reports and speaks to Carolyn Bates from The Great Escape, Laurie Vincent from Slaves, Tom Peterson and Clementine Douglas of Kudu Blue, and Abi Woodman of MarthaGunn.

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