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Sunday afternoon is the point in a festival where one often starts to feel contemplative. This was especially true at this year’s Brainchild*, where 5 performers from across the weekend gathered in the Kite Bar to ask and answer the question ‘If the world were ending, what would be the last piece of music you'd want to hear?'.


During the Back-to-back session, hosted by Haseeb Iqbal, musicians Alice Phoebe Lou and Allysha Joy, performers Koko Brown and Jospehine Chime, and comedian Chloe Petts reflected not only on their relationship with life and death, but also with music - what it can mean and what it can provide. Some chose a song to uplift, others to soothe, others to relish the impending doom. 


We’ve compiled a special edition of the Hook mixtape with their answers, along with those of other festival-goers - some sad, some triumphant, others completely inexplicable. Have a listen, and let us know what you would choose.


Alice Phoebe Lou

Planet Caravan - Black Sabbath


Allysha Joy

My House Is Falling Down - Vulture St Tape Gang


Koko Brown

Have Mercy - Eryn Allen Kane


Josephine Chime

Venus As A Boy - Björk


Chloe Petts

The Whole Of The Moon - Kirin J Callinan


Other festival-goers


This Must Be the Place - Talking Heads x2​


Maggot Brain - Funkadelic


Just - David Lang


Topaz - the B-52s


Sign 'O' the Times - Prince


Seasons in the Sun - Terry Jacks


Sanctuary EP - Koan Sound


Move On Up - Curtis Mayfield


Tiny Dancer - Elton John 


Many Rivers To Cross - Jimmy Cliff


Changes - David Bowie


Do You Realize?? - The Flaming Lips


Prickly Pear - Portico Quartet


The End of the World - Skeeter Davis


Dirty Old Town - The Pogues


White Flag - Dido 


Kalimankou Denkou - Le Mystère des Voix Bulgares


Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush


Kiss from a Rose - Seal


Pure Shores - All Saints


Marilyn ft. Micachu - Mount Kimbie


Vienna - Billy Joel


Dry Your Eyes - The Streets


Lovely Day - Bill Withers


Water No Get Enemy -  Fela Kuti


The Disintegration Loops - William Basiniski


I Think It’s Going to Rain Today - Nina Simone


Move On  - Charlotte Dos Santos 


Once Around The Block - Badly Drawn Boy


I Am The Black Gold Of The Sun - Nuyorican Soul


Sandstorm (10 hour mix) - Darude


Keep On - D-Train


Soothe Me - Sam & Dave


Sound and Vision - David Bowie 


Wild Eyed Boy from Freecloud - David Bowie


All my Friends - LCD Soundsystem 

Absolute silence - All the people in the world at once


























*This is our first collaborative piece with Brainchild - an arts and music platform which runs a yearwide programme of events, the pinnacle of which is a festival, taking place every July in Sussex. The team seem to have a knack for spotting rising talent (King Krule, Loyle Carner, Ezra Collective and Squid all played here in their early days), but the beauty of Brainchild is that it’s not about big names - there’s a passion for music and artistry which permeates every part of the festival, and fits perfectly with our ethos at Hook To find out more about them and why we think they’re so brilliant, check out their site here.

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