The Great Escape took place in Brighton from May 8-10. NME Radar was reporting on the best new bands daily. Here’s Rhian Daly on the best of Saturday:
On the sunniest, warmest day of the festival, it seemed like a shame to spend it in dark venues. Luckily, Jaakko Eino Kalevi’s LCD Soundsystem-esque electronic psych oddities are worth missing all the prime beach lounging weather in the world for.
Later, in the even darker confines of The Hope, Copenhagen teens Baby In Vain add their names to the list of new bands who are hell-bent on making a proper racket. They played their only show of the festival last night, where they showed they’ve got more than what it takes to back up the hype around single ‘Corny #1’ – namely, hair-flipping, guitar-duelling rock brilliance. Over at the Corn Exchange things were slightly less face-melting with Cheerleader’s gorgeous dream-pop and Years and Years electro-pop tinged with hints of experimental weirdness.
Yesterday, Jungle announced details of their debut album and, last night, they gave a preview of just how glorious that record could be. Their set closing the Radar stage at The Haunt was one of the most triumphant I’ve seen all weekend and ‘Busy Earnin’’ shone as a massive festival anthem in waiting.
Over the weekend, impromptu DIY gigs have been some of the most exciting things I’ve seen, from The Magic Gang inviting a load of their mates into their front room while they and Bloody Knees played, to Falmouth garage-rock group The Black Tambourines playing their only gig of the festival out of the back of a van on the street (locals Spit Shake Sisters clashed with police when they tried to do the same thing a bit later). So it only seemed right to head to another similar show, this time in the basement of a yet-to-open cafe. Grungy, garage-rock Brightonites Demob Happy use the space as their HQ and previewed a shedload of new songs as hordes of people tried to cram into the tiny, cobble-floored room before finishing with the ridiculously fun Technohead cover ‘I Wanna Be A Hippy’ (sample lyric “I wanna be a hippy and I wanna get stoned” tells you all you need to know).
Superfood followed them, playing tracks from their forthcoming debut album like the funk-tinged ‘Meet Me At The Parking Lot’ and, despite oxygen running seriously low down there, when they finished with traditional closer ‘Superfood’ everyone stuck around chanting for more.