Wild Beasts, Fat White Family and Telegram were among those to play on day two of Brighton festival The Great Escape last night (April 9), appearing at various venues throughout the town alongside a host of other new acts.
Wild Beasts headed up the evening’s bill at the Brighton Dome, playing a set that drew heavily from their fourth album, ‘Present Tense’.
”It’s great to see so many girls here – boys too,” commented Tom Fleming, before telling the crowd about the first time they played The Great Escape and shared a bill will Bon Iver and No Age. “Neither of whom I knew anything about. It was a humbling experience – we turned up with our fifties haircuts and trousers up to here.” They then played early song The Devil’s Crayon as a tribute to that era of the band.
Another older song, Hooting and Howling, had the audience clapping along before the track built up to a dramatic crescendo. Reach a Bit Further was introduced as “a very British love song” by Thorpe.
“Thank you for putting up with the whole encore facade,” said Thorpe after the first song of the encore, Wanderlust, and raising a toast to the crowd. “We love it, it’s cheesy.” The band closed the evening’s show with a hypnotic version of All The Kings’s Men and a thundering take on Lion’s Share.
Wild Beasts played:
‘The Fun Powder Plot’
‘The Devil’s Crayon’
‘A Simple Beautiful Truth’
‘Hooting and Howling’
‘Reach a Bit Further’
‘Bed of Nails’
‘A Dog’s Life’
‘All The King’s Men’
Elsewhere, Fat White Family (pictured, right) played a late night 2am slot for NME at The Haunt, packing out the venue with a hugely excitable crowd who provided the most fervent reaction of the festival so far.
Frontman Lias Saudi entered topless and began covering himself in beer before the band broke into previous single ‘Wet Hot Beef’ with the crowd dancing and singing along from the off. Addressing the audience, Saudi then questioned, “Has anyone else had a run in with the door staff at this party? What a bunch of horrible fascists they are man” before launching into ‘Is It Raining In Your Mouth?’ complete with a crowd sing-a-long of the track’s “five sweaty fingers on the dashboard” refrain.
Continuing with the likes of ‘Heaven on Earth’, ‘Auto Neutron’ and ‘Touch The Leather’, Saudi stripped down to his pants, started throwing water on the crowd and encouraged people to crowd surf before finishing with ‘Bomb Disneyland’, taken from last year’s album ‘Champagne Holocaust’.
Earlier that evening US newcomers Public Access TV played a well-received set at the same venue, ending with a rendition of recent single ‘Middle Child’ while Telegram also played NME’s showcase at The Haunt, bringing out two new tracks entitled ‘Inside Out’ and ‘Godiva’s Here’ alongside established favourites ‘Follow’, ‘Folly’ and ‘Eons’.
Ratking played a early 90s-inspired set, with a DJ backing a combination of sung vocals and rap, while Blaenavon also played a half-hour set of math-rock influenced tracks at The East Wing. The young Hampshire trio, made up of Harris McMilan, Frank Wright and Benjamin Gregory were playing a showcase event for their label Transgressive.
Elsewhere, the likes of Superfood, These New Puritans and Royal Blood also appeared across various venues at the festival.
The Great Escape concludes today (April 10) with performances from Slaves, Kelis and Jungle among a host of others.