Festival access reviews

The Great Escape

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FESTIVAL: The Great Escape

WHERE: Various venues around Brighton

WHEN: 15 - 17 May  2025

SPOTLIGHT SHOWS*:  TBA

*Tickets for Spotlight Shows must be purchased separately.

HOW TO BUY ACCESS TICKETS

You can purchase standard tickets for The Great Escape at greatescapefestival.com.

Registered disabled people can claim a complimentary ticket for their Personal Assistant by emailing [email protected] The email address is also in operation to answer any questions if you require special access at one of the shows. 

VENUE ACCESS

Please note the below venues participated in The Great Escape 2024, this page will be updated for the 2025 edition when details are released.

ALPHABET 

11 Dyke Road, Brighton, BN1 3FE

Level Access 

To the HiFi pub, but there are stairs leading to the upper level

Accessible Toilets

N/A

Audio & Visual

N/A


THE BEACH 

Brighton Beach, BN2 1EN - Adjacent to Maderia Drive

Level Access

 Access is via the promenade down a ramp and across the Volks Railway

Accessible Toilets

 Accessible toilets are available at all toilet blocks.

Audio & Visual

 Bars have Lowered Counters & large-print menus


BRIGHTHELM

North Road, BN1 1YD

01273 821521

Level Access

Level access from North Road and Church Street

 Automatic doors

 Accessible toilets

Accessible unisex toilets on ground floor located in the Cafe, kept unlocked.

Audio & Visual

Hearing loop in Auditorium

Seating available 


BRIGHTON DOME

29 New Road, BN1 1UG

01273 261525

Level Access

Level access to venue, no kerb.

Level access at the stage door and onto stage

Lift to balcony level - however there is no room for wheelchair users

Accessible toilets

4 accessible toilets

All RADAR key system - keys available from reception

Audio & Visual

Hearing loop

Viewing Platform at back of horseshoe (space for 2 wheelchair users and 2 Pas) – needs booking in advance

Alternative viewing area in Row 2

Large print format bar prices and listings


BRIGHTON UNITARIAN CHURCH

New Road, BN1 1UF

Level Access

 Level access from Street to venue. 

 All venue areas are accessible except the gallery

Accessible Toilets

 Yes

Audio & Visual

 Seating Available


CHALK

13 Pool Valley, Brighton BN1 1NJ

Level Access

Ramp access through the rear of the building. 

The ramps are above the recommended gradient for wheelchair use, but most people that come through, do opt to use them.

Accessible Toilets

Yes [Ask a member of staff for access]

Visual & Audio

Accessible Toilets (ask a member of staff for access)

Hearing Loop

Seating Available

Raised Accessible Viewing Area


CHARLES STREET TAP

8 Marine Parade, Kemptown, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN2 1TA

Level Access
TBC

Accessible Toilets
Yes 

Audio & Visual
TBC


DUST

77 East Street, Brighton BN1 1NF

Access - TBC


FABRICA

40 Duke St, Brighton BN1 1AG

Level Access 

Venue all on one level, with stairs up to chancel/ stage

There is some slightly uneven floor surface due to the historic building having a mixture of wooden and stone flooring, but it is minimal.

Ship St entrance has rubber ramp that's brought out for all events

Duke Street entrance features a ramp down into level space.


GREEN DOOR STORE

Trafalgar Arches, Lower Goods Yard,

BN1 4FQ

Sophie Roberts: 07944 693214

Level Access

Venue all on one level

Please note venue has a cobbled floor

Accessible toilets

One unisex accessible toilet unlocked

Audio & Visual

Large print format bar prices and listings

No viewing area or platform

Seating available


THE HOPE & RUIN
11-12 Queens Road, BN1 3WA

Level Access
No Level access from Street to venue. Live Music space is located up a 
flight of stairs

Accessible Toilets
N/A

Audio & Visual
N/A


HORATIOS

Pier, Madeira Dr, Brighton BN2 1TW

Access - TBC


JUBILEE SQUARE  [FESTIVAL HUB]

Jubilee Street, BN1 1GE

Level Access

Jubilee Square is fully accessible to all and is a public square.

There is level access from the street to the square

Accessible Toilets

Yes

Audio & Visual

Bars have large-print menus


JURYS INN WATERFRONT

Kings Road, BN1 2GS

Level Access

Kings Road (Seafront) Level Access from Street to lobby

Bartholomew Square (Lanes) Ramp access from street to Atrium

Lift Access to all floors, with exception of the Health Club

Accessible Toilets

Yes

Audio & Visual

Induction Loop at Reception

Accessible Hotel Rooms

Portable Handrails

Bars have large print menus and low counter service areas

Seating in both conference venues and all networking/party events


KOMEDIA STUDIO/ KOMEDIA BASEMENT

44-47 Gardner Street, BN1 1UN

01273 647101

Level Access

Public lift access to downstairs areas.

Three steps up to back of stage, however it is possible to arrange steep ramp access to both the stages.

Accessible toilets

2 accessible toilets, one in foyer and second downstairs.

Doors open inwards & both toilets are kept unlocked.

Both toilets have an alarm

Audio & Visual

Assistance Dogs welcome

Accessible Toilets on both levels

Bars have large print menus, Braille menus and low counter service areas

Infra-Red hearing system in downstairs performance space – Advanced booking require


THE OLD MARKET

1A Upper Market Street, BN3 1AS

Level Access

Level access to venue from the street.

Lower level access via platform lift.

Accessible Toilets

Via platform lift - Radar Keys available on request

Audio & Visual

Seating available


ONE CHURCH

Gloucester Place, Brighton, BN1 4AA

01273 694746

Level Access

No level access or disabled access up the stairs.

Accessible Toilets

Yes

Visual & Audio

Seating Available
Bars have large print menus and low counter service area


PLAYERS

171-181, Kings Road Arches, Brighton BN1 1NB

Access - TBC


PAGANINI BALLROOM [THE OLD SHIP]

Old Ship Hotel, Kings Road, BN1 1NR

01273 329001

Level Access

The main entrance has 3 steps and revolving doors

Level access is available through bar doors to the right of the main entrance and provides ramped entry.

Level entry from car park, although there are heavy fire doors and a fairly steep slope down the corridor.

There is a lift to all floors and stairs have a handrail both sides

Accessible Toilets

One accessible toilet on ground floor which is kept unlocked

Visual & Audio

Induction loop in hotel reception only

Dropped counter at reception/cloakroom but not bars, staff are happy to personalise service

Seating is available


PATTERNS UPSTAIRS

10 Marine Parade, BN2 1TL

01273 606906

Level Access

Yes

Accessible Toilets

One accessible toilet, the key is kept behind the bar.

Visual & Audio

No viewing platform

Seating available

No hearing loop or infrared


PRINCE ALBERT

48 Trafalgar St, Brighton, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 4ED

Level Access

Stairs into main bar

Accessible Toilets

N/A

Visual & Audio

N/A


QUEENS HOTEL

1-5 Kings Road, BN1 1NS

Level Access

Ramped access to Hotel entrance, with manual doors.

Lift to all floors.

Stairs down to function rooms have a handrail on both sides.

Accessible Toilets

1 unisex accessible toilet located on the ground floor. Door opens inwards and there is an alarm in toilet.

Visual & Audio

Hearing loop at reception desk only

No dropped counters or large print menus but hotel staff are friendly and willing to assist

There is no viewing area or platform, however chairs are available.


    TEMPEST INN

    159 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 1NB

    Access - TBC


    THE ARCH

    187-193 Kings Rd, Brighton BN1 1NB

    Access - TBC


    THE BEACH 

    Brighton Beach, BN2 1EN - Adjacent to Maderia Drive

    Level Access

     Access is via the promenade down a ramp and across the Volks Railway

    Accessible Toilets

     Accessible toilets are available at all toilet blocks.

    Audio & Visual

     Bars have Lowered Counters & large-print menus


    THREE WISE CATS

    5 Middle St, Brighton and Hove, Brighton BN1 1NA

    Access - TBC


    VOLKS

    3 Madeira Drive, Brighton, BN1 1PS

    Level Access

    Yes – on ground floor but not in basement area.

    Accessible Toilets

    None in the venue however there are public ones close and available until 6pm.

    Visual & Audio

    N/A


    DID YOU KNOW?

    The Great Escape hosts around 300 bands across 30 venues around Brighton and has been compared to South By Southwest – A huge festival in Texas which showcases new talent.

    OFFICIAL WEBSITE

    greatescapefestival.com