Palma Violets cause mass stage invasion during late night Great Escape show

The Amazing Snakeheads and Merchandise also perform at Brighton's The Haunt last night (May 17)

Palma Violets headlined a special late night show at The Great Escape yesterday (May 17), as part of NME Radar‘s series of gigs at the festival.

Supported by new Glasgow trio The Amazing Snakeheads, the Lambeth band were also joined at The Haunt by Floridian post-punk group Merchandise for their second performance of the festival.

Introducing the headliners on stage, unofficial fifth member Harry Violent told the audience, “it’s 2am, that means only two things. You’re either ready to go home or you’re here to party real time.” He then leaped into the crowd, making way for Palma Violets to begin.

Launching into ‘Johnny Bagga Donuts’, the four piece played a breakneck 11 song set of tracks taken from their recently released debut album ‘180’. ‘Best Of Friends’ inspired a glut of stage divers, whilst waves of crowd surfers were a regular fixture of the set. Taking time to conduct fans in Palma Violets’ now trademark “spirit fingers” move before ‘Last Of The Summer Wine’, bassist Chilli Jesson told the audience “I discovered this in Horatio’s last year,” referring to the band’s set in the pub on the pier at 2012’s festival.

Penultimate song ’14’ saw a mass stage invasion, followed by Harry Violent rejoining the band on stage for a cover of The Hot Nasties’ ‘Invasion Of The Tribbles’, which concluded with all members of the group, except drummer Will Doyle, jumping into the crowd.

Palma Violets played:

‘Johnny Bagga Donuts’
‘Rattlesnake Highway’
All The Garden Birds’
‘Tom The Drum’
‘Chicken Dippers’
‘Best Of Friends’
‘Step Up For The Cool Cats’
‘Last Of The Summer Wine’
‘We Found Love’
‘Invasion Of The Tribbles’

The Great Escape continues today (May 18) with performances from Bastille, Chvrches, The Strypes and Parquet Courts