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1Enter Shikari Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

Enter Shikari Live at the Great escape Festival 2009 Richard Johnson
The crowd go nuts at Brighton's Pavilion Theatre, one of 34 venues across the city that took part in the three-day Great Escape festival, 15-17 May. A total of 300 artists took part, including The Maccabees, SCUM, thecocknbullkid, Kasabian and Babyshambles. Pic: Richard Johnson

2Enter Shikari Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

Enter Shikari Live at the Great escape Festival 2009
Enter Shikari played Brighton's Concorde 2 at the ungodly hour of midday, Saturday May 16. The electro-metallers' second album 'Common Dreads' is due out June 16, preceded by a single, 'No Sleep Tonight'. Another new track, 'Juggernauts', is on YouTube now. Pic: Richard Johnson

3Enter Shikari Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

Enter Shikari Live at the Great escape Festival 2009 Dean Chalkley/NME
Enter Shikari frontman Roughton "Rou" Reynolds puts his best foot forward on day two of the Great Escape. The band played a matinee show as a prelude to a round of intimate shows in the run-up to the release of their second album in June. Pic: Richard Johnson

4Black Box Revelation Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

Black Box Revelation play the tiny Horatio's venue, Saturday May 16. The hotly-tipped Belgian garage-rock duo aired tracks from their recently released debut album 'Set Your Head On Fire'. Pic: Richard Johnson

5Black Box Revelation Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

Black Box Revelation at the Great Escape. The duo recently supported Eagles Of Death metal on tour. Pic: Richard Johnson

6Kasabian Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

Kasabian helped bring The Great Escape to a close on Saturday (May 16), headlining a Club NME event at the Brighton Dome. They opened with 'Vlad The Impaler', a track from their forthcoming third album 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'. Pic: Richard Johnson

7Juliet Lewis Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

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Juliette Lewis performs on the first night of The Great Escape, May 14. The star was supported by her new backing band, The New Romantiques. Lewis recently completed work on her second album, which was recorded in Brooklyn and Mexico. Pic: Richard Johnson

8Gang Of Four Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

Gang Of Four Live at the Great escape Festival 2009 at The Old Market
Gang Of Four closed the third night of The Great Escape with a set at the Old Market, May 16. Singer Jim King strutted around with his shirt open as the post-punk veterans, who are currently celebrating their 30th anniversary, rolled through a host of classics from their back catalogue. Pic: Richard Johnson

9Gang Of Four Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

Gang Of Four Live at the Great escape Festival 2009 at The Old Market
Gang Of Four played three tracks from their 1979 debut album 'Entertainment' before moving on to a series of songs from their second album 'Solid Gold'. Sadly their set was cut short due to curfew issues, drawing boos from the crowd. Pic: Richard Johnson

10fightlikeapes Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

fightlikeapes Live at the Great escape Festival 2009 at Horatios bar
Dublin rockers Fight Like Apes were among the up-and-coming bands hoping to make a splash at The Great Escape. Pic: Richard Johnson

11Babyshambles Live at the Great escape Festival 2009

Babyshambles Great Escape Festival 2009
Babyshambles Live at the Great escape Festival 2009
Babyshambles played a 'secret' outdoor afternoon show in the garden of Brighton's Audio venue, May 16. The foursome weren't on top form - Pete Doherty and bassist Drew McConnell had been up until the early hours playing a gig with Libertines members Carl Barat and Gary Powell. Pic: Richard Johnson

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This is the scene that greeted punters coming out of The Great Escape's many matinee gigs. A total of 300 artists took part in the city-wide bash. Pic: Danny North

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The fact many gigs started early meant fans and artists were able to enjoy barbecues before heading back into venues for night-time gigs. Pic: Danny North

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The Rumble Strips' appearance at The Great Escape marked the start of a busy summer of festival appearances. They're also set to appear at Glastonbury, Isle Of Wight and Latitude, in support of upcoming, Mark Ronson-produced album 'Welcome To The Walk Alone'. Pic: Danny North

15Micacho and the Shapes // The Great Escape Brighton

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Micachu played the first night of The Great Escape, Thursday May 14. London-based fans will be able to catch the multi-instrumentalist this coming weekend at Stag And Dagger, Thursday May 21. Pic: Danny North

16Blue Roses // The Great Escape Brighton

Blue Roses at The Great Escape. Blue Roses is the stage name of Shipley-based singer-songwriter Laura Groves, who has been compared to both Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell. Pic: Danny North

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Black Lips came all the way from Atlanta, Georgia to play The Great Escape. They are now set to tour the UK, winding up at Camden's Electric Ballroom on May 26. Pic: Danny North

19Hockey // The Great Escape Brighton

May 17 saw a bumper crop of US talent playing at the same venue, with Passion Pit, Brooklyn's Bear Hands, and Portland, Oregon-based party-rockers Hockey all playing Brighton's Audio venue. Pic: Danny North

20The Maccabees // The Great Escape Brighton

The Maccabees drew a mammoth crowd to Brighton's Corn Exchange, bringing the first night of The Great Escape to a close (May 14). Their 13-song set included seven tracks from new album 'Wall Of Arms'. Guitarist Felix White told the crowd: "We've been to Brighton a few times but this is the biggest crowd we've played to." Pic: Danny North

21Turbowolf // The Great Escape Brighton

Turbowolf at The Great Escape. You can catch the high-voltage Bristol-based punks at Stag And Dagger in east London this Thursday (21 May). Pic: Danny North

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Heartbreak were another band taking a breather from the nationwide Samsung NME Radar Tour to thrill crowds at The Great Escape with pulsating disco anthems such as 'Living Just For Fun'. Pic: Danny North

23Metronomy // The Great Escape Brighton

Metronomy mainman Joe Mount unveiled a new line-up at The Great Escape. Gabriel Stebbing, who quit in order to concentrate on his other band Your Twenties, has now been replaced by bassist Gnenka Adelekan and drummer Anna Prior. Pic: Danny North

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Melbourne-based epic rockers The Temper Trap pose for NME's photographer ahead of their Great Escape gig. They now embark on a UK tour, include a return Brighton date - they play Club NME at the city's Coalition venue on Saturday 23 May. Pic: Danny North
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