Great Escape Festival Brighton (Day 1) - A review in pictures

The Great Escape Festival takes place in Brighton over three days.Europe's leading new music festival sees a host of bands playing at over 20 venues.
I've only watched gigs in Brighton a handful of times so my evening started wandering in circles for about 20 minutes looking for the Corn Exchange venue as it seemed to have made it's own great escape, having eluded me for a considerable time!
I eventually found it in a back street and arrived just as Swedish sensation Hello Saferide was starting her set.
Hello Saferide is the name Annika Norlin goes under when performing her wonderful bittersweet love songs.Joined by her band, including singer Maia Hirasawa who is currently making waves in Sweden with her debut release, Annika delivered a great set mostly comprised of tracks from her "introducing..." album, one of my favourites of 2006.
I had recently seen the band play at London's far more intimate Water Rats venue so it was a pleasure to see them all looking at home on a large stage.

Short on time I jumped into a taxi, making my way to the Concorde 2, where I would spend the rest of the evening.
I've seen Liverpool lads Hot Club De Paris several times over the last year including performances in Iceland and Texas so they probably think I'm stalking them!
I do enjoy their "Drop it till it pops" album and always find their live sets highly entertaining as there is always a bit of "stand up" on display alongside their quirky stop - start breakneck speed Pop offerings.
The sets at Concorde 2 were being recorded for MTV2 so the place was jam packed with sweat dripping off the walls.The audience were really lively and up for the occasion,singing the words to Hot Club's songs just by hearing the opening chords.It was great to see the trio playing to a welcoming crowd as I hadn't realised how many people knew their material previously.

Concorde 2 headliners CSS are one of my favourite live bands.With their recently re-released album "Cansei De Ser Sexy" doing well and single "Lets make love and listen to death above" all over TV and radio the Brazilian 6 piece are bigger than ever.Their set was the usual manic affair with lead singer Lovefoxxx having the time of her life, while the band pummeled their way through their album friendly set, throwing in a cover of L7's "Pretend we're dead" for good measure.
I watched the first few numbers from the comfort of the photo pit, squeezing myself to the back for the rest of the set as I was in need of a cold drink.

I really enjoyed my first day at the Great Escape but promised myself a more adventurous band line up for my second day....

Visit the bands My Space pages if you want sample their wares....

Hello Saferide

Maia Hirasawa

Hot Club De Paris

CSS (Cansei De Ser Sexy)

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