Deap Vally, Parquet Courts and Bastille bring The Great Escape to a close
The Strypes, DZ Deathrays and Chvrches also played on Brighton festival's final day (May 18)
The three day Brighton bash continued its run of secret shows, following Palma Violets' late night headline set on Friday and Temples and Superfood’s more low-key affairs across the rest of the weekend. Amongst them, Birmingham escapists Swim Deep made a surprise appearance at Smack, performing a short set of songs taken from their forthcoming debut album 'Where The Heaven Are We', before heading over to top the bill at Audio.
Parquet Courts also played twice, with the New York band first enticing crowdsurfers as they brought the NME Radar showcase at The Haunt to a close before moving on to more rabid scenes at a special late night show at The Loft, where Australian thrash pop band DZ Deathrays also made their only appearance of the festival.
Earlier in the evening Deap Vally previewed their debut album Sistrionix, and set the crowd some homework, as they replaced an unwell Jagwar Ma at The Haunt. Reminiscing on their own gig at the venue earlier in the year, the duo reprimanded the audience for not responding when they mentioned their former tour support Drenge. As the crowd remained silent, drummer Julie Edwards chided: "you need to find out about Drenge. Consider that your research project."
Elsewhere, chart toppers Bastille played to a sold out crowd at The Dome, while Chvrches celebrated their return from Europe with a set at Digital. Irish teenagers The Strypes played two sets at The Dome Studio Theatre and The Warren, respectively.