It’s that time of year again; The Great Escape Festival is back in Brighton. Hundreds of acts will play all over the city from the large venue’s to cosy pub back rooms, and Hotel Pelirocco is getting involved again.

Emily Dean of Syncsquirrel has been hosting an all day live music event ‘Escape to Pelirocco’ as part of The Alternative Great Escape festival at Pelirocco for a few years now and we thought we’d ask her some questions about her event, the festival and so on.

“What made you want to first get involved with The Great Escape Festival?”
‘Brighton is an amazingly creative city.  It’s buzzing with new music from talented artists and bands.  I felt it was a shame that there wasn’t an “official” Brighton stage as part of the festival and wanted to give an opportunity and platform for local bands to be heard by a new crowd and important music industry bods.’

“We love the events that you’ve been hosting at Pelirocco over the years. What made you want to put events on in the bar?”
‘I love Hotel Pelirocco.  It was a place I used to stay at before I decided to move to Brighton.  I love watching bands in the bar it has a feeling of watching bands in your front room, although sadly my front room isn’t quite as cool.  It’s the number one Rock N’ Roll boutique hotel the perfect venue for live music!’

“What’s your favourite memory from Hotel Pelirocco over the years?”
‘I have lots but it has to be the first ever time I came to stay…it left a big impression on me and probably one of the reasons I decided to make Brighton my home.  I stayed in the Jamie Reid room; waking up to No Future printed on the walls was weirdly inspiring! I loved drinking cocktails in the bar until 5am and then sleeping for 4 hours waking up and ordering a Bloody Mary breakfast. I just didn’t want to leave!’

‘Brighton’s a haven for live music. Do you have any favourite venues, and what makes them your favourites?’
‘Well of course my favourite is Hotel Pelirocco for the reasons I have explained.  We are pretty spoilt in Brighton for good venues.  I prefer the smaller venues such as the Hope and Ruin or upstairs at The Prince Albert. I also love The Green Door Store for it’s gritty warehouse party feel to it and the cosiness of the Komedia.’


“Your event ‘Escape to Pelirocco’ always brings in a fabulous, diverse crowd, drinking everything from Mojitos to Corona’s. Whats your favourite tipple when watching live music?”
‘Well it depends on what bands are playing.  For a sit down chilled band I love to sip on one of Hotel Pelirocco’s delicious cocktails but for a more raucous affair it has to be lager for me!’

‘Have you any tips for those who are out to enjoy their first Great Escape festival?’
‘Don’t make a plan just stumble around and see where you end up as there is so much going on.  Enjoy it rather than stressing about what bands are on at what time.  You may just stumble across a band that you’ve never heard of who turns out to be your new favourite band!’

“Finally, who are you looking forward to seeing at this years Great Escape?”
‘Well of course all the bands at Escape To Pelirocco! Outside of that I’m off to see Mura Masa on the Thursday which I’m looking forward to – such talent at such a tender age.  Then it’s a case of taking my own advice…stumbling around to hear new interesting music.’

Thankyou for your time Emily! On behalf of everyone at Hotel Pelirocco we hope you have a great fest this year! Emily’s Event ‘Escape to Hotel Pelirocco’ is a free entry event in Hotel Pelirocco’s bar on Saturday 21st May with the first band ‘Man Ray Sky’ taking to the stage at 3pm. Get down early as it’s going to be a busy event with bands such as Sego, Oktoba and Fable (Fable Music) playing till late. We hope to see you there!