10 May, 2012: Festival season has official begun, with the Brighton seaside currently bouncing to the sounds of some of the biggest bands in the UK - and beyond.
Kicking off on Thursday this week, Gigwise headed down for the first night of live music, catching Friends, Django Django, Maximo Park and Mystery Jets - among others. See exclusive photos of day one's action below.
The festival continues until Saturday 12 May, and you can check out some of the best bands (as recommended by Gigwise) right here.
Albums to listen to when you need to unwind
London Grammar, Deap Vally, The 1975 and more bands you can't afford to miss this weekend
Electronic band continue Delta Machine tour
Stunning shots of The Strypes, Chvrches, Swim Deep, Arcane Roots and more
'So much quality on offer it was tough to choose who to squeeze in'
Iggy Azalea stuns on the second day of this year's TGE