“Get down early to see Black Midi,” demanded Shame ahead of their 100 Club show earlier this year, “Best band in London.” From a group who’ve been heralded in all corners as one of the best in the country – and the figureheads of London’s emergent guitar scene – it’s high praise. What’s more, it’s far from the first time they’ve expressed their adoration for the mysterious group. “Disturbingly brilliant,” Shame dubbed Black Midi back in November of last year; “mighty” they called them just a few days later.
Come this past weekend’s Great Escape festival in Brighton, Black Midi were on the lips of everyone in the know. An early slot at the Black Lion pub on Thursday afternoon was packed out, while a 2:15am re-appearance at The Green Door Store saw weary, wasted punters dragging themselves through the night, desperate for another glimpse of this elusive group.