The Great Escape.

Well, I’ve been off the hook busy (more on this in the next post or two).

My last couple of weeks have been spent at shows mostly – the first of which was the most excellent Great Escape Festival. The best performances for me were The Young Knives on Thursday night at Audio…

Yeasayer were also fantastic on Thursday night at the now closed Barfly, although one downer on this was the fact that The Ting Tings were on afterwards and the crowd had a large percentage of dickheads who were trying to push their way to the front so they could see their Radio 1 faves before they appeared on Now Thats What I Call Music Vol. 87 and muttering the likes of “God, hurry up” between every Yeasayer tune.

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Yeasayer @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

And then on to the delegate’s afterparty where I chilled with the most excellent Famous Poet Derek Meins. He gave me a little comic chronicling his battle with the bastard bottle (gin). What a dude.

The Famous Poet Derek Meins @ The Great Escape, Brighton, 2008

Friday brought more highjinx down on the pier in the frankly bizarre Horatio’s bar. It was the Moshi Moshi party and I went with a view to seeing the brilliant Mae Shi whose Hillyh album is one of my faves so far in 2008. I got there a bit early and caught Slow Club‘s set too and I have to say they were brilliant too. Totally unassuming. Mae Shi came on and joined them for their last tune, and Rebecca returned the favour by coming on midway through the Mae Shi’s set and covering their brilliant Run To Your Grave. The Mae Shi really smashed it live – as I had heard they did from others…

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

They got a huge sheet half way through and covered the crowd with it, like a sleepover singalong. Fantastic.
The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi
Slow Club guest

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

The Mae Shi

Headlining on the night were Hot Club du Paris, who were pretty great too. A great night all round.

Delegate passes open many doors, although, as the Twat Twats might say “Thats not my name”…

The Mae Shi photos were all by Elinor Jones. Sorry for yoinking, but I forgot my camera!

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