The band last performed at Newquay’s Relentless Boardmasters festival in 2011 but since then have only played a handful of shows in Europe and the US.
Opening with ‘Atlantis To Interzone’, the new rave veterans tore through an 11-song set that included five new songs, plus fan favourites ‘Golden Skans’ and ‘Gravity’s Rainbow’. Actress Keira Knightley, who recently married keyboard player James Righton in a ceremony in France, was reportedly supporting her new husband from the crowd.
Elsewhere, Kettering band Temples made a surprise appearance at Republic of Music’s showcase in Shipwrights Yard in the afternoon, where they played a short five song set to a packed crowd. Tucked into an alcove in the courtyard, the glam-psych group received an enthusiastic response for the likes of ‘Keep in the Dark’, ‘The Golden Throne’, and set closer ‘Shelter Song’. The band were followed by Heavenly Recordings label mates Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs, playing tracks from their debut album ‘Clarietta’, which is due for release next week.
American rapper Mykki Blanco also performed at the festival, taking to the stage at Audio to play tracks from his ‘Cosmic Angel: The Illuminati Prince/ss’ mix tape. “If any of you smoke weed, light that shit up now but don’t get thrown out,” he instructed fans at one point, later asking “who wants to get wavy?”, before playing his final full-length song ‘Wavvy’. Blanco then performed another short a Capella verse before leaving the stage.
New Zealand psych rock group Unknown Mortal Orchestra made an appearance at Coalition, playing songs from their new album ‘II’ and 2011’s self-titled debut whilst Birmingham’s newest band Superfood crammed into local students’ living room to play a midnight set at a house party.
The second day of the event also featured sets from the likes of Swim Deep, Jacco Gardner and Billy Bragg.
‘Atlantis To Interzone’
‘Children Of The Sun’
‘Rhythm Of Life’
The Great Escape continues today (May 18) with performances from Bastille, Chvrches, The Strypes and Parquet Courts.