A bloody cold night in Brighton, and the queue for tonight's gig is tailing down the road - the first time I've ever seen one like this outside this venue, The Haunt. This could however be due to the fact that doors were supposed to have opened half an hour ago, and as the public are let in slowly one by one its almost a further 30 minutes before I get into the venue. Sadly, this means I miss all but one song of local Brighton band Kill Moon, such is the joy of a gig running solely on reference numbers and just one guy on the door to check them all. Hopefully I can catch them another time.

Touring support act Death At Sea only started gigging just six months ago back in May, yet have already hit the stage with other 2012 hype-bands Palma Violets, Savages, and Splashh. For an act so new to the scene they've been positioned pretty well on the right tours with the right new bands. Tonight forms part of the Liverpudlian quintets first UK tour and they're playing to a full house - Brighton, it seems, is as anticipative about this band as they are our headliners.

Opening their set with 'Die Young', these kids look assertive on stage in their hipster charity shop clothes, get past their attire and you find yourself hit with the sounds of noisy pop-punk hits, all catchy tunes amongst the yelps and shouts of singer Ralph Kinsella. With songs such as 'Drag', if you close your eyes and ignore the accents, you'll start to hear artefacts of early Cribs songs; in fact I'm sure if you love one band, you'll certainly enjoy the other.

Other songs in their set tonight such as crowd favourite 'Sea Foam Green' are a little too summery-pop for them to easily be penned as 'the new Cribs' or other such cast-away comparison. But they're certainly popular with the kids in a similar vein as The Vaccines and Tribes, perhaps 2014 will repeat their success with Death At Sea. I for one wouldn't raise an eyebrow of surprised if they were to be announced on the next NME Tour.

Tonight's headliners taught me a very valuable lesson - never judge a band on just one EP. The long-lock trio of sisters that make up Haimhave been filling my social network feeds all week, as tonight is the last date of the tour. With such surprising comments involving words such as 'mosh pits', 'crazy dancing', and 'best live band of the year', I had to check (several times) that the band I'd been listening too was in fact the same band I was going to watch. Their EP, Forever, is full of strong toe-tapping bests, vocal harmonies and fast words of folky RnB, but only covers just a small part of what Haim are.

Having played Great Escape at the start of the year, Haim's most talkative member Danielle expressed some joking concern they wouldn't be allowed back in the city after an incident involving her getting half naked on stage and getting with a random fella. All part of the rock and roll lifestyle, no? All honesty and great onstage banter meant the audience were very quick to take the band into their hearts as the evening turned into an night of laughter, warmth and surprise.

Joining Danielle is older sister Este on bass, and the youngest Alana who was mainly on the keyboard, and it all starts of as we expect; warm folk harmonies with Este spitting out fast talking lyrics over those RnB beats. But then, hang on a minute - then we've got epic guitar breakdowns during songs that will have mosh pit breakouts in the future, probably the same for the amazing jam that occurred midway through the set, and by the end each sister was leaning over a drum and hammering out a purely tribal beat only accompanied by strobes. An hour long set and a variety of genres explored for a band with just that one EP, and, dare I say this - possibly the best gig I've attended this year. Even ignoring the buzz and just going on the reactions of the audience tonight, the UK has fallen in love with this band and I cannot wait for their album and future tours. Seeing Haim live is a must.