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The Great Escape – done for another year



Full details of the final night to follow, but a couple of notes in the meantime, seeing as we’ve not produced an update since last it was light.

Santogold cancelled both her scheduled sets due to illness, and The Bookhouse Boys also pulled out, leaving the schedulers with even more shuffling to do. Sam Sparro was originally due on at 2am, then 12.30 before eventually following The RGBs on to the Coalition’s stage at 1.30, throwing in a Crystal Waters encore moment to add to the audience participation fest that was Black And Gold.

Further up the road, Crystal Castles finished a late shift at the Barfly and the artist party at the Ocean Rooms, compered by the Mighty Boosh, was for people who’d not been criscrossing Brighton on foot for three days.

Earlier in the evening Bon Iver looked genuinely delighted with reception to his Spiegel Tent set and Jay Jay Pistolet apologised for the preceding Mumford And Sons, we think jokingly.

After three days of cloud and drizzle, today Brighton basks in sunshine and freezing wind. Summer’s not quite here yet, but it’s making its imminence felt.

The festival whirl moves on next week to Northants’ Gatecrasher Summer Sound System, arguably the dance-skewed UK fest with the best line-up of the year, from where this blog will be receiving entries, barring technical gremlins. In Barcelona it’s Primavera – alas for that one you’ll need to await full reviews.

Let us know your Great Escape highlights – and lowlights – here, if you please, but from the Sussex coast for another year, it’s toodle-oo the noo.



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