Great Escape Festival Brighton (Day 3) - A review in pictures

After watching Art Brut's set at the Corn Exchange I arrived at Brighton's train station, hoping to return to London.Unfortunatly staff gave me the wrong information and the train I got the previous evening failed to arrive, stranding me in Brighton!
Luckily this was a blessing in disguise as there were bands playing during the early hours that I wanted to see anyway.
I hopped in a taxi and headed down to the beach to watch teen Rockabilly's - Kitty, Daisy and Lewis (helped out by Mum and Dad) play a fun set.
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis are a family band with their ages ranging from 14 to 18.They play an assortment of instruments - guitar, keyboards, banjo, harmonica and steel guitar, alternating on vocals.The trio are backed by their Mother and Father, with Mum on double bass and Dad on guitar.They play fairly authentic 50's based material and are a regular "Party" band.
The crowd in Brighton's Beach Club certainly thought so anyway as there was a lot of dancing going on.
Kitty, Daisy and Lewis are playing a few festivals this summer and are worth catching if you have the chance.

I stayed at my spot on the front row barrier to see what the next act - Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip were up to.
Their single "Thou shalt always kill" created a bit of a buzz earlier this year so I was curious as to what they would be like live.
Dan Le Sac spent most of the set behind his box of tricks, doing whatever DJ's do these days while Scroobius Pip delivered his "Poems to beats" using a few props, including a giant smiley balloon and an assortment of head gear.He also gave out lots of beer to the hot and thirsty audience, guaranteeing a great response from the crowd.

DJ act the Dub Pistols rounded off the evening.I know nothing about them but they seemed to consist of two guys who were old enough to know better, jumping around and shouting a lot.It reminded me of a hideously updated version of "The Hitman and Her" and had me running towards the exit, even though it meant standing around in the cold for a while!
I jumped on the 4am train to London looking forward (again) to some much needed sleep!

I started off my Saturday evening by watching Australian girl rockers - Sex Panther at the Audio venue.
The girls had been recommended to me the previous evening so I thought they were worthy of my attention.
They weren't too bad but they reminded me of the Australian Hedrons or We Start Fires - entertaining enough to hold your attention for half an hour but not worth seeking out.

I was looking forward to seeing Liverpool's Candie Payne as I had an early listen to her debut album and really warmed to it.
The Honey Club was rammed, even at 8pm and I had to fight my way to the front to take some pictures.
I really enjoyed her set so look forward to seeing her again soon.

My evening took a disappointing turn as I was looking forward to watching the Russian group Ranetki as I found them on My Space a few weeks previously.Unfortunatly they had cancelled for some reason so I was left at a bit of a loose end.
I decided to go along to the Brighton Centre as a few of my friends were watching the Magic Numbers.
I've seen the band a lot previously but I wasn't impressed with their second album apart from a couple of songs so haven't given them much time recently.
I caught up with my friends and watched a few Numbers songs but they weren't doing it for me so I retired to the bar as the Festival was getting the better of me, ending my Escape with a nice cold drink.

I'll certainly return to The Great Escape again next year if it's around.I think i'd spend more time watching bands that I hadn't seen before though.

You can listen to some of the bands mentioned at their My Space pages...

Kitty, Daisy and Lewis

Dan le Sac VS Scroobius Pip

Sex Panther

Candie Payne


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