Since 2006 The Great Escape Festival has been widely accepted as the leading international event for showcasing new music.

Bands of note to play the TGE stage in the past include : Kasabian, Noah And The Whale, Broken Social Scene, Chase & Status, Mumford & Sons, Santogold, Kate Nash, Laura Marling and The Gossip, true testament to TGE’s music discovery power.

The Great Escape is for many, the beginning of the festival season, and why wouldn’t it be?

Seasoned performers, spanking new acts, scheduled and impromptu gigs, all at a myriad of venues in Brighton…

Today, James Vincent McMorrow, had a secret gig on Brighton beach. We gave a wee bit of warning on Twitter, so hopefully some of you made it.

We announced it on Twitter, so hopefully you got the message, but just in case you DID miss James, listen to a live recording of the performance here and… here’s some non-secret gigs we don’t want you to miss this weekend:

Tonight – Friday 13 May 2011
Alcopop at the Pav Tav
James Vincent McMorrow 21:00 at Unitarian Church
Funeral Suits 20:00 at Hector’s House
Ghostpoet 20:00 at Hector’s House

Tomorrow – Saturday 14 May 2011
OuiLove – Team Ghost and Anoraak
The Jezabels 19:00 at Digital
Fiction 20:30 at The Hope
D/R/U/G/S 20:45 at Audio
Out Like a Lion 22:00 at Prince Albert

Seymour Stein, best known for signing The Pretenders, Madonna, The Smiths and Depeche Mode talking to James Vincent McMorrow after Friday night’s church gig.