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.
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.
The fifth annual Eastbourne Festival will take place from 7 April and will feature a mixture of traditional and contemporary events across the town.
Following on from last year’s more politically influenced festival, Brighton Festival 2012 see’s Vanessa Redgrave taking up the role of Guest Director.