Jungle, Superfood and Charli XCX were among those closing the final night of Brighton new band festival The Great Escape last night (May 10), playing packed out sets at their respective venues.
Jungle, who were playing at The Haunt for NME Radar, had queues down the road to gain access to their capacity set at 10pm. The group, who have remained secret about their identity but play live as a seven piece band, went through a half-hour set of disco-inspired, genre-fusing pop, regularly thanking the crowd and seeming genuinely surprised at the amount of people in the venue. Finishing the set with recent tracks ‘Busy Earnin” and ‘The Heat’, they then left the stage with no encore to huge cheers.
Superfood, meanwhile, played a secret midnight show in the basement of soon-to-be-opened cafe Nowhere Man, supported by local band and previous tour support Demob Happy. With the names of both bands written on the back wall in tape, Demob took to the stage at 11pm with fans dancing to the likes of ‘Rattlesnake’ and ‘Wash It Out’ and then chanting for the group to come back for one more song. Superfood then played to the intensely hot and busy basement, bringing out tracks from their recent ‘Mam EP’ as well as new offerings ‘Bug’ and ‘Don’t Say That’. They returned for a crowd-incited encore.
Slaves played a rowdy set at Coalition on the seafront, the Tunbridge Wells garage punk duo performing the track ‘Where’s Your Car Debbie?’ with vocalist and drummer Isaac Holman telling the packed crowd about the story behind the song, which involved them trying to find a friend’s car late at night while worried about bumping into a sasquatch in the Kent countryside. The set also included new song ‘Not Ideal’, after which the energetic Holman commented: “I feel really fucking knackered now, man.” Later, he asked the crowd which kind of biscuit they preferred, leading into a shouting match with members of the audience over Hobnobs and Bourbons, before they played the short ‘Girl Fight’. The show finished with Holman crowdsurfing.
Charli XCX played the NME showcase at the Corn Exchange, arriving onstage sporting a leather jacket and sunglasses. As well as playing ‘Black Roses’ from last year’s ‘True Romance’ album, she aired new song ‘Breaking Up’, 2013 single ‘SuperLove’, ‘Boom Clap’, which will feature on new film The Fault in Our Stars, and a cover of ‘I Want Candy’. Backed by an all-female three piece band, she whipped up the crowd with her yells of “Fucking louder, Brighton!”
New Domino signings White Lung played their intense brand of hardcore and post punk at Coalition. Frontwoman Mish Way opened up the set by commenting: “We’re gonna play some new songs off our new album, it’s called market research, right?” The band’s third LP ‘Deep Fantasy’ is due out next month. The four piece Canadian band’s set included new single ‘Drown With The Monster’ and saw Way balancing her drink on her head and also asking the crowd why it was so windy in Brighton, adding that she was baffled as to why anyone would risk going on the pier in the weather.
Elsewhere across the festival, Kelis played a headline show at The Dome while the likes of Future Islands, Jon Hopkins and Twin Atlantic also performed at various venues throughout the town to round off the final night of the event.