The Maccabees confirm surprise show at The Great Escape

They will play tomorrow at Brighton Corn Exchange

The Maccabees have revealed plans for a surprise show at The Great Escape festival this weekend in Brighton.

The band will play midnight tomorrow (Saturday May 15) at the Corn Exchange. Entry to the Q Magazine show begins at 11pm and will be open to those with festival wristbands.

The Maccabees performed a raft of new material as they rounded off their UK tour in London last night (May 14). They performed at The Coronet in Elephant & Castle, with the venue located minutes away from the Elephant Studio in which they recorded their upcoming fourth record. It was the final date on a short UK tour which saw the band road-test new material in Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.

Playing in front of a backdrop that featured an image of the infamous Elephant & Castle roundabout, frontman Orlando Weeks payed tribute to the area and explained how it had influenced the band’s new songs. He said: “This album is about looking at things like this roundabout that you’ve seen thousands of times before and finding beauty in them.”

However, the show got off to a rocky start when fans were left stuck outside just moments before the band were due on stage, with hundreds left queing as the 9pm stage time arrived. Eventually The Maccabees pushed back their arrival by 45 minutes with Weeks apologising after opener ‘Wall Of Arms’ came to a heavy ending, saying the band did “everything they could” to ensure everyone got in on time.

The Maccabees played four new songs from their as yet untitled new album, with ‘Kamakura’, ‘WW1 Portraits’ and new single ‘Marks To Prove It’ all featuring in the main set.

Weeks added that the theme of the album, finding beauty in something you had previously ignored, made them reasses the songs the band had previously decided not to play live. This led to a performance of early single ‘Latchmere’, as well as ‘Precious Time’. Guitarist Felix White marked the early material by announcing that the gig was taking place on the eight-year anniversary of debut album ‘Colour It In”s release.