Well, that’s a wrap on this year’s GAY TIMES’ stage at The Great Escape! Here’s everything you need to know about our exclusive LGBTQ+ set…

As the GAY TIMES’ festivities kicked off on 12 May at Brighton’s renowned Club Revenge, we had a very promising lineup from our hand-selected set of acts.

Shaking things up from last year’s first-ever GAY TIMES stage with Rebecca Black and NOAHFINNCE, we called in Kai Bosch, Jessica Winter, Grove and Jazmin Bean to give us a show to remember.

Newcomer Kai Bosch set things in motion with an incredible live performance. The London-based artist gave heartbreaking renditions of his hit songs Spider, Blood, Blue Jeans and unreleased track Bodybag.

If that wasn’t enough, we had a full room cheering him on. There’s no doubt this Queer & Now-endorsed artist is a superstar in the making.

Next up on the stage, we had the brilliant and eccentric Jessica Winter. A synth-pop icon blew the crowd away with her stellar vocals and captivating on-stage charisma.

From shedding suit blazers to having the GAY TIMES’ initials taped to her back (yes, really!), Winter delivered a knockout set. If you ask us, that performance of Choreograph was one to beat.

@gaytimes What a night 🤯 watch till the end to see GROVE do their thing… #thegreatescape #thegreatescapefestival #thegreatescapefestival2023 #livemusic #grove #jazminbean #jessicawinter #kaibosch #newmusic ♬ original sound – Jessica Winter

Halfway through our curated lineup, Grove and their partner EJ:AKIN switched things up with an alt-washed mix of dancehall, gritty political tunes, and boot-stomping beats that went hard.

It’s not often you get a crowd chanting “Fuck your landlord” or pulling off a remix (and a mosh pit) to Girls Aloud’s Sound Of The Underground.

And, closing off our night, with a punk-rock-turned-intimate set was Jazmin Bean. For fans of Ashnikko and Chloe Moriondo, the nightmare grunge artist closed off a killer night playing new track Piggy as well as familiar favourites Yandere.

With tracks slayed, beats dropped and stand-out sets delivered, it’s safe to say this year was a success.