Late Of The Pier played to a packed crowd in the Barfly at the Great Escape in Brighton last night (May 15).
There were queues stretching far down the road from the venue long before the gig began, with punters desperate to catch the fast-rising Midlanders’ set.
Wearing sky-blue T-shirts, the band came onstage at 10:15pm (BST) and tore into opening song ‘Broken’. The synth-drenched foursome were in euphoric mood throughout the set, displaying an array of bizarre dance moves.
Before playing ‘Space And The Woods’, frontman Samuel Dust invited the crowd to “do everything you can to get as close as possible. Use your arms, legs and your own spit if you have to”. The crowd responded by surging towards the band.
‘The Bears Are Coming’ upped the ante, as various fans lost their shoes attempting to crowd surf towards the stage from the moshpit.
As the gig got sweatier, Dust said cryptically that his band needed to “exorcise ghosts, exercise legs, and exercise instruments”.
During a sweaty, riotous rendition of set closer ‘Bathroom Gurgle’, the singer grabbed onto the ceiling, before leaning into the front row to give crowd members a hug.
The song’s refrain, “Find yourself a new girl”, prompted a mass singalong, before Dust thanked the crowd for their efforts, saying, “Sweet dreams Brighton.”
Late Of The Pier played:
‘Space and the Woods’
‘Bears Are Coming’