Thursday, 20 May 2010
The Great Escape 2010 - Day 2
Day 2 began quietly. Feeling very hung over and having very little sleep I decided to spend much of the morning exploring the sights of Brighton and even attending one of the festivals many industry conferences. The afternoon consisted of meeting some friends and chilling in a beer garden surrounded by the many festival goers in the gorgeous sunshine. Which leads on to my first gig of the day. Hearing through the grapevine that The Futureheads (above) were due to play a surprise set outside the Above Audio, we decided to go check that out. Instead of waiting in the massive queue, we opted for a decent view in the beer garden next door, and the Sunderland post-punk-pop act managed to wow the audience to a short set of hits from their 4 LP back catalogue.
Next up my good friend Sidonie and I walked along the sea front with towards Life, to see the bedroom electronica sounds of Dam Mantle. However, despite squeezing into the tiny packed out room where he was performing inside the nightclub turned venue, we got to witness one track and that’s where his set ended. So we then cracked open a couple of cans walked along towards the Komedia Theatre, whilst getting stopped and photographed with a giant panda (above), ready in time to see the amazing Cate Le Bon (below). Initially suffering a couple of minor technical difficulties at the start, Cate and her band went on to majestically perform a beautiful display of songs from her stunning album ‘Me Oh My’, much to the delight of the crowd.
The next venture for us was back to the Audio. This time inside the venue for Japandroids (below). One of my favourite bands from the past couple of years performed an extremely energetic set composing of tracks from ‘Post Nothing’ and their two early EP’s. The packed crowd were clearly enjoying it as well, going crazy amongst an epic mosh-pit. Whilst successfully debuting a never performed track and finishing their set with the live favourite ‘Young Hearts Spark Fire’, The spectators' reaction to the Vancouver duo sparked extreme gratiousness from a band finalising their second Brighton gig of the weekend. Another job well done left me pleasantly leaving the venue aching and sweating, reminiscent of the punk shows I attended in my teens.
My next tip of the day were Fiery Furnaces at the Pavilion. However, seeing as the start of their set intertwined with the end of Japandroids, we arrived only for me to devistatingly find a MASSIVE queue! Looking at the timetable and noticing that Wild Beasts were on directly after, frustratingly explained the long wait and I was gutted to realise there would be no chance of making it for the end of Fiery Furnaces set. So instead we went along to a bar with some people for a few more drinks, ultimately failing to witness any more live music that evening.
Words: Freddy Rothman
Pictures: Andy Sturmey.