The Maccabees wowed fans at Brighton's Corn Exchange yesterday (14 May) as day one of a very soggy Great Escape kicked off.
The band, who are based in the seaside city, were one of the many acts who left festival-goers disappointed as queues for the venue stretched along the street.
But for those who made it inside, saw the five-piece on fine form as they mixed tracks from their debut album and their latest release ‘Wall Of Arms’.
“We’ve been to Brighton a few times and this is the biggest crowd we’ve played in front of,” said guitarist Felix White as the hoards, who were largely sat down for support band The Hundred In The Hands, got into the swing of things.
Opening with new track ‘No Kind Words’ the band played an epic set which also included ‘Lego’, ‘First Love’ and singalong ‘Toothpaste Kisses’.
Earlier in the evening Pulled Apart by Horses opened the festival in the Sallis Benney Theatre in riotous fashion with lead singer Tom Hudson finishing the set in the crowd for ‘I Punched A Lion In The Throat’.
They also played ‘E=MC Hammer’ and ‘High Five’ which prompted guitarist James Brown to ask: “do you know what a high five is?” after he’d jumped from the speakers,“High five the person next to you whether it’s your mum, your dad or an elf,” and the crowd duly obliged.
It was Mean Poppa Lean in the Prince Albert, however, who were by far the most entertaining gig of the evening. Their Red Hot Chili Peppers sounding funk drew a big crowd in the small pub as the lead singer split the crowd in two for a good old ‘which side is louder’ sing off.
Backed by a trumpet and saxophone duo, named the Horny Brassholes, the band played a ten minute version of ‘Hot Times How Hot’ during which the guitarist played his guitar with the shark sign from the pub’s wall.
There were also sets from the likes of Wintersleep, Chew Lips, Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee and Hockey during the festival.
The Great Escape 2009 continues today with sets from Mystery Jets, British Sea Power and Slow Club.