Lightspeed Champion showcases new track at Great Escape

Plus The Temper Trap and The Phantom Band make their mark

Lightspeed Champion debuted a new track from his second album at The Great Escape Festival tonight (May 15).

Dev Hynes dropped in ‘Marlene’ during a special covers set at Digital.

Introducing the track, he told the crowd: “I want to give you a present. I’ve been recording a new album in America. This is my first song from it.”

The singer also pulled in a brass section for the guitar heavy blues driven tune.

He only performed one other song of his own from his debut ‘Falling Off The Lavender Bridge’ in between a host of Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye and Badfinger covers which saw much of the crowd bellowing out the words to the likes of ‘Without You’ and ‘Mercy Mercy Me’.

Lightspeed Champion played:

‘Galaxy Of The Lost’
‘Little Diane’
‘Without You’
‘Sound Of’
‘God Only Knows’
‘La La Means I Love You’
‘Mercy Mercy Me’
‘Marlene’
‘Sir Duke’

Earlier The Phantom Band played a stunning set at the Pavilion switching between guitars and melodicas throughout as they performed tracks from their debut album ‘Checkmate Savage’ including forthcoming single ‘The Howling’, ‘Crocodile’ and ‘Burial Sounds’.

They were followed by Brooklyn trio Vivian Girls who performed a raucous reverb-laden set of tracks from their debut before they all swapped instruments for a messy finale.

The Temper Trap also made an impressive debut at the Honeyclub as they whipped up the crowd with recent single ‘Science Of Fear’ and signature tune ‘Sweet Disposition’.

Guitarist Lorenzo Slitto told NME.COM before the gig: “It’s our first Great Escape, I’m looking forward to tonight, there’s a little bit of pressure with the hype but I guess you’ve got to look forward and kind of concentrate on what you’re doing and not listen to the hype machine which is out there.”

Over at The Old Market, Scottish ensemble Broken Records made their return to the festival.

Singer Jamie Sutherland said: “We played three nights last year and I’m really looking forward to tonight because the venue is a lot bigger this time around.

“It’s fantastic, a really good setting and it was one of the highlights of last year. We’re looking forward to trying to win over a few new fans.”

Later Crystal Antlers played an energetic set at the Hectors House pub which included single ’Andrew’.

Wrapping up the night, Metronomy played a midnight set at the Corn Exchange with a show heavy on their concept album ‘Nights Out’ including ‘Holiday’, ‘Radio Ladio’ and ‘My Heart Rate Rapid’.