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.
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.
It’s hard to believe that this Brighton-based rock-duo is on its third album with latest single ‘Cold’ premiering on Radio One.
If you want to know what a band that has absolutely made it sounds like then you should have been at Concorde 2 on Saturday where Tribes kicked off their headline 14 date UK and Ireland tour.