Billy Bragg to headline three-day Brighton music event The Great Escape in May

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By Laurence Townsend

Bragg was today announced to be set to play at the Brighton Dome in a musical event that will include over 300 bands playing in 30 venues around Brighton over the three days from the 16th to the 18th of May.

The folk, punk and protest singer-songwriter, famous for his left-wing political activism over a 30-year career, will perform on Friday the 17th in what is to be the first big UK show with his new band.

The Great Escape, a yearly three-day festival that covers a multitude of musical genres, has been running since 2006.

News of Bragg’s involvement comes along with the second wave of artists announced to be playing in the festival and he himself remarked that “It’s brilliant to be invited to play at The Great Escape alongside such a great roster of new acts”.

As well as featuring established headliners, it is well-regarded as an event that introduces music lovers to the year’s up-and-coming music artists.

After the three days of music in May thrilled the public and reviewers alike last year, many expect similar successes this time around, with 16,000 people are set to attend.

See the full announced festival line-up so far here: http://mamacolive.com/thegreatescape/festival-line-up

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