Everything Everything, Merchandise and Deap Vally play first day of The Great Escape 2013

Mac DeMarco, Wolf Alice, Childhood and Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs also perform at Brighton festival

Everything Everything brought the first day of The Great Escape 2013 to a close yesterday (May 16) with a headline performance at The Dome.

The three-day festival in Brighton also kicked off with sets from the likes of Deap Vally, Childhood, Brooke Candy and Charlie Boyer and The Voyeurs.

Former Brit School pupil King Krule previewed songs from his debut album at seafront venue Coalition, including previous singles ‘Rock Bottom’ and ‘Octopus’. Radar stars Wolf Alice also played the same venue before heading to Latest Music Bar to play their second set of the night. The London four-piece opened their eight song performance with their debut single ‘Fluffy’ before playing a host of new tracks, such as the grungy ‘Your Love’s Whore’ and ‘Freasy’.

Mac DeMarco, wearing a blue backwards cap and Rambo T-shirt, also played his second show of the festival at Green Door Store, sharing with the crowd that he was “already really wasted”. Despite a delay after breaking two guitar strings during ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll Night Club’, the band powered through songs including ‘Annie’, ‘Freaking Out The Neighbourhood’ and ‘Baby’s Wearing Blue Jeans’. The Canadian musician announced to the audience that his guitarist Peter Sagar is to become a father in nine months, before finishing the set jamming whilst crowdsurfing and being carried out of the venue shirtless.

Meanwhile, Florida-based fourpiece Merchandise played at the Corn Exchange, with songs from their new album ‘Totale Nite’ g alongside older tracks such as ‘Become What You Are’, which saw the front rows of the crowd form a circle pit as the band played the outro. Guitarist Dave Vaselotti ended the track by playing on his knees.

Following support slots from We Were Evergreen and Kodaline, Everything Everything brought proceedings to a close at The Dome. The Manchester band played songs from their debut album ‘Man Alive’ and this year’s follow-up ‘Arc’ including ‘MY KZ, YR BF’, ‘Duet’ and ‘Photoshop Handsome’. Earlier in the afternoon, the group discussed their career to date with XFM DJ John Kennedy as part of the festival’s additional convention programme.

Everything Everything played:

‘Torso Of The Week’
‘Qwerty Finger’
‘Choice Mountain’
‘Final Form’
‘Photoshop Handsome’
‘The Peaks’
‘Suffragette Suffragette’
‘Don’t Try’
‘Cough Cough’

The Great Escape continues today with performances from Klaxons, Mykki Blanco, Temples, Jacco Gardner and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.