The queue at Komedia was literally all the way down the road for Alabama Shakes, seemingly the next big thing and one of the most popular gigs at the festival. Since releasing their debut album Boys and Girls last month they have appeared on Later… with Jools Holland and graced the front cover of NME.
Having been nominated in the BBC’s Sound of 2012 poll, featured on Later… with Jools Holland, toured with Bon Ivor and written songs with Prince it’s no wonder a lot of people turned up to see Lianne La Havas play at Komedia as part of Brighton’s Great Escape festival.
This was one of those shows where I honestly wasn’t sure what to expect. As a newcomer to Brighton Fringe I was unfamiliar to the Hurly Burly tent, beyond passing it on the bus and seeing a lot of children hanging around.
Fans of the much loved show were treated to a wacky evening of food and frolics on Saturday night as the Faulty Towers Dining Experience came to town yet again as part of the Brighton Fringe.
It would be difficult to have a more enjoyable gig than this. Fair enough, in some ways it seemed like possibly the coolest school disco ever, with Blackberry-wielding youngsters jumping around like they’ve had one too many Panda Pops.
If you were to draw a picture of what you would expect a slightly crazy poet to look like then I imagine you’d come up with something very much resembling Chris Parkinson. The local wordsmith is all side burns and braces. Of course there’s a good likelihood that he’s not at all crazy at all, but I can confirm that he is definitely a poet.
There was a lot of expectation at The Haunt for Violet, there were dozens of photographers huddled around the front of the stage and the place was full. Which isn’t all that unexpected since Violet is fronted by Pixie Geldof, daughter of Bob and model/celebrity/general ‘it’ girl.