Band play headline Great Escape festival slot

Young Knives played a headline slot at the Audio venue in Brighton last night (May 15) as part of the first day of the Great Escape festival.

The band played an energetic set in the packed, intimate venue, which they described afterwards as the best show they’d played in half a year.

Demand for the gig was high, with fans queuing around the block well before the 9:15pm (BST) show time in an attempt to get in. One punter even successfully bribed the bouncers with a free pair of jeans each to get him and two friends to the front of the queue.

Inside the venue the band were on jovial form, singer/guitarist Henry Dartnell jokingly saying, “Holy shit – now’s our moment Thomas, don’t fuck it up!” to his bass playing brother Thomas Dartnell, aka The House Of Lords.

After playing opener ‘Part Timer’ the frontman continued his banter with his brother, saying, “He’s the best member of the band – he’s got the looks, the talent and, of course, the dance moves.”

Later in the set he made reference to the fact that Young Knives were no longer a new band. “We’re not new – we’ve been around at least two years,” he said. “Mind you, The Futureheads are the granddads. They’re up there with The Buzzcocks.”

Young Knives ended their set with a pacey run-through of ‘She’s Attracted To’ which Henry Dartnell described as “being about when I met someone and they were a fucking twat.”

“That was the best show we’ve played in six months!” he told NME.COM after the show, clearly pleased with his band’s performance.

Young Knives played:

‘Part Timer’



‘Terra Firma’

‘Here Comes The Rumour Mill’

‘Dyed In The Wool’

‘Turn Tail’

‘Weekends And Bleak Days’

‘Up All Night’

‘The Decision’

‘She’s Attracted To’