Nick Cave, Warren Ellis and Bernard Butler watch newcomers Palma Violets at The Great Escape

Third day of festival saw another storming set from Alabama Shakes

Nick Cave, Warren Ellis and Bernard Butler were among the audience members who turned up to see south London newcomers Palma Violets’ Great Escape show at Brighton’s Komedia last night (May 12).

The band, who also played a packed out show for their NME Radar gig at the festival on Friday, showcased tracks from their forthcoming debut album during the half hour set, ahead of headliners Alabama Shakes, who also drew a huge crowd.

The Athens, Alabama five-piece played tracks from their debut record ‘Boys & Girls’, which stormed into the Official UK Album Charts at Number Three last month, as well as road-testing some new tracks, while singer Brittany Howard had the whole audience singing along to ‘Hold On’.

Meanwhile, US newcomers Milk Music kicked off their first UK tour with a set at Horatios. The four-piece relied on tracks from their forthcoming album, though they also played a selection of rabidly received songs from last year’s EP ‘Beyond Living’.

Also playing yesterday were Palma Shakes’ fellow Rough Trade signees Howler, We Are Scientists and electro pop artists EMA who played a storming show at the Pavilion Theatre.

Friday night saw a headline performance from The Temper Trap, who showcased new material from their forthcoming self-titled second album, as well playing a host of songs from their 2009 debut ‘Conditions’.