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Afro Celt Sound System

Brighton Dome
Tuesday 20th November
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Sunflower Bean

The Old Market, Brighton
Wednesday 21st November
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77:78

The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Wednesday 21st November
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Jade Bird

The Haunt, Brighton
Thursday 22nd November
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Live Reviews

Easy Life – Green Door Store, Brighton
Easy Life

Green Door Store, Brighton
Pretty Vicious - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
Pretty Vicious

Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
Johnny Marr - Brighton Dome
Johnny Marr

Brighton Dome
The Blinders - The Haunt, Brighton
The Blinders

The Haunt, Brighton


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  • Sunflower Bean – The Old Market – 21st November 2018

    Sunflower Bean – The Old Market, Brighton – Wednesday 21st November 2018 “A thrilling ride which lands a solid sonic punch right in your guts” is how we have described Sunflower Bean’s most recent and second album, an album that quite rightly landed them in the Top 40 Album Charts. The impeccably cool American retro rockers are coming back to Brighton having proved themselves as bonna fide superstars with a stand out performance at Conocrde 2 back in April of this year. It was vigorous, energetic and compelling; playing the dreamy soft-rock from their first record, Human Ceremony, and the 70s power-pop pastiche of Twentytwo In Blue. This...
  • Courtney Barnett – Brighton Dome – Friday 16th November 2018

    Courtney Barnett – Brighton Dome – Friday 16th November 2018 Courtney Barnett – Brighton Dome – Friday 16th November 2018 The Australian indie-rocker can barely put a foot wrong. With two absolutely corking albums under her belt, plus a magnificent collaboration with Kurt Vile, and a steady drip of special releases, Barnett is the consummate singer songwriter, creating a music powered by her dazzling, multi-layered wordplay, lethargic sing-song delivery, and excellent guitar skills, all disguising her desire to go through life making as little fuss as possible. But the fuss she has made with her music has turned this unassuming Aussie into an unlikely star for the millenial generation. One we can’t wait to see later this month when she decends on the Brighton Dome stage for a full band performance you won’t want to...
  • Afro Celt Sound System – Brighton Dome – Tuesday 20th November 2018

    Afro Celt Sound System – Brighton Dome – Tuesday, 20th November 2018 Afro Celt Sound System –Brighton Dome – Tuesday, 20th November 2018 Dancing into The Dome just days ahead of the release of their eighth studio album, Flight, Afro Celt Sound System are a group who are legendary in the field of world music for their celebrated fusion of traditional and tribal influences. There are several reasons why seeing this band will not just be entertaining but enlightening, not least the two Grammy nominations but most importantly the social conscience that they bring to their music. Exploring...
  • Florence + The Machine – Brighton Centre – Sunday 25th November 2018

    Florence and the Machine – Brighton Centre – Sunday 25th November 2018 Florence + The Machine – Brighton Centre – Sunday 25th November 2018 As wonderful as our great city is, it’s not often we get a bonafide Glastonbury headliner in town. It’s happening, however, as BRIT Award winning group Florence and the Machine will be at the Brighton Centre on 25th November playing music from each of their Mercury Prize Nominated albums. Their latest, High as Hope,is a triumph. Describing it as “by far her most important album” in our review, it’s a bombastic pop album with important lyrical content about mental health. With huge hits such as ‘Hunger’ and ‘Grace’, as well as indie classics such as ‘Dog...
  • Mogwai – Brighton Dome – Sunday 25th November 2018

    Mogwai – Brighton Dome– Sunday, 25th November 2018 Mogwai – Brighton Dome – Sunday 25th November 2018 Formed in Glasgow in 1995, all hail the kings of shoegaze rock as they return to the beautiful Dome Theatre on their latest outing around the UK. Having just released their latest soundtrack album, KIN, in August 2018, which followed swiftly on the heels of last year’s Every Country’s Sun album, this will be a real treat to see them in what a relatively intimate setting, considering that they have just confirmed several festival appearances next year, including a huge Scottish show supporting The Cure. Most followers of the alternative scene will be familiar...
  • Estrons – Green Door Store, Brighton – Friday 16th November 2018

    Estrons – Green Door Store, Brighton – Friday 16th November 2018 Estrons – Green Door Store, Brighton – Friday 16th November 2018 With a sold-out Lout Promotions show at the Green Door Store, Welsh indie rockers Estrons come to town to celebrate the release of their debut album You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough.The record replicated their live appeal to a tee, so fans of their ferocious guitars, sledgehammer drums and Tali Källström’s hard-hitting vocals and lyrics will find much to love here. Guaranteed to be one of the messiest nights on the live scene this autumn, the intensity of Estrons’ sound is something to behold. A superb line-up is bolstered by the much-hyped Glaswegian band Lucia and...
  • Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Concorde 2 – Thursday 22nd November 2018

    Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Concorde 2 – Thursday 22nd November 2018 Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Concorde 2 – Thursday 22nd November 2018 Portland, Oregon-based Kiwis, Unknown Mortal Orchestra have established themselves as one of the most inventive sonic travellers around. Performance chameleons, the band shapeshift through psychedelic discos, alternative R&B, pink-hued lo-fi indie, and sprinkles of garage rock. One-killer album per year isn’t enough for Ruban Nielson, brainchild of the orchestra, releasing Sex & Food– an expansive and electric sonic explosion, informed and influenced by Nielson’s travels and recordings-locales for the LP (listing Mexico City, Seoul, Auckland, Portland…), and then sixth months later...
  • Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – Friday 23rd November 2018

    Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – Friday 23rd November 2018 Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – Friday 23rd November 2018 Acid Box Promotions and Dictionary Pudding combine to bring two mighty acts together at The Hope & Ruin. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs are renowned for putting on a beast of a show, bringing a fierce energy that promises to wring every drop of sweat out of an audience with their mix of psych rock and heavy metal. Support comes from Girls In Synthesis, a very special DIY punk/post-punk band, plus Brighton’s own Yetti. This is going to be a hard and heavy-hitting night. Tickets: SOLD OUT Presented by Acid Box Promotions and Dictionary...
  • Jade Bird – The Haunt, Brighton – Thursday 22nd November 2018

    Jade Bird – The Haunt, Brighton – Thursday 22nd November 2018 Jade Bird – The Haunt, Brighton – Thursday 22nd November 2018 It’s been quite the year for Hexham’s Jade Bird. When she played at The Green Door Store in March, she was nowhere near a household name yet sold it out at lightning speed due in part to being on the BBC Music Sound of 2018 List. Since then, a string of singles and high profile TV slots in the US and on Jools Holland have followed, and tonight she returns to Brighton on a much bigger scale. All this, and still only a handful of singles to her name – there’s still time to jump on the Jade Bird juggernaut before it overtakes us all. Tickets: £12.25 Ents 24  ...
  • Happy Accidents – Green Door Store, Brighton – Saturday 17th November 2018

    Happy Accidents – Green Door Store, Brighton – Saturday 17th November 2018 Happy Accidents – Green Door Store, Brighton – Saturday 17th November 2018  Following a successful year that saw this London-based trio playing memorable sets at The Great Escape and Reading and Leeds festivals, it is with a distinct joy that they return to Brighton to show off their DIY indie punk/pop at one of the city’s most unique venues. Having released their second album Everything but the Here and Now earlier this year on Alcopop! Records, the young group have impressed the likes of Steve Lamacq and Annie Mac, quickly making a name for themselves as ones to watch as we move into 2019. For fans of introspective lyrics, good solid guitar hooks and bands that cause a crowd to pogo with gay abandon, this will be one gig to warm the cockles...
  • Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita – St Pauls, Worthing – Thursday 29th November 2018

    Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita – St Pauls, Worthing – Thursday 29th November 2018 Catrin Finch and Seckou Keita – St Pauls, Worthing – Thursday 29th November 2018 What is set to be yet another revelatory experience courtesy of African Night Fever, we can hardly believe that Welsh harpist, Catrin Finch and Senegalese kora player, Seckou Keita, are coming to Worthing. With the stunning former church, St Paul's, as a perfect setting for an exhibition of such world-class musicianship, this is bound to be an extraordinary and diverse performance, also delivering an inspirational message of unity and exploring many themes through their instrumentation. Released in Spring 2018, their long-awaited second album, SOAR is entrancing and intricate, inspired by the osprey, the magnificent bird of prey that makes its annual 3000-mile migration from the coasts...
  • Voodoo and the Crypts – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – Thursday 22nd November 2018

    Voodoo and the Crypts – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – Thursday 22nd November 2018 Voodoo and the Crypts – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – Thursday 22nd November 2018 It’s been a joy to watch the gradual rise of Brighton’s Voodoo and the Crypts. From very early opening support slots, to brilliant singles and their burgeoning growth, there’s no band more deserving of their early success. Now, they’re headlining Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar as part of a short tour to celebrate their latest single ‘She’s My Queen’. Much like fellow Brighton band Lacuna Bloome, Voodoo and the Crypts are a throwback to the baggy days of The Stone Roses and the Happy Mondays. Featuring swirling guitars, distorted riffs and euphoric choruses, their captivating sound is equally gargantuan and self-reflective. So much so,...
  • John Cooper Clarke – Brighton Dome – Friday 23rd November 2018

    John Cooper Clarke – Brighton Dome – Friday 23rd November 2018 John Cooper Clarke – Brighton Dome – Friday 23rd November 2018 “Poet; movie star; rock star; TV & radio presenter; comedian; social & cultural commentator” so reads John Cooper Clarke’s bio and, when you get the cultural and critical acclaim the original people’s poet has achieved, there’s no reason to be modest. Simply put, John Cooper Clarke is an icon. Having influenced everyone from Arctic Monkeys to Plan B, he’s left a mark on the entire creative industry and he’s back touring to take his thrown back. Promised as a, “Mix of classic verse, extraordinary new material, hilarious ponderings on modern life, good honest gags, riffs and chat”, it’s truly a rare chance to witness a living legend at the...
  • Matt Maltese – The Haunt, Brighton – Monday 26th November 2018

    Matt Maltese – The Haunt, Brighton – Monday 26th November 2018 Matt Maltese – The Haunt, Brighton – Monday 26th November 2018 Matt Maltese’s Bad Contestantcould be one of the most underrated albums of 2018. Featuring his self-proclaimed “Brexit pop”, as well as his heartfelt, genuinely warming tales of love, it situated Maltese as the UK’s version of Father John Misty. Excitingly, too, he’s touring the record and it reaches the South Coast on 26th November. Having not performed in Brighton since 2017’s edition of The Great Escape, it’s incredibly exciting to have him back at The Haunt for a special show. It’s set to be a melancholic night of Maltese’s dulcet tones, but one that, surely, won’t leave a dry eye in the house. With Brighton’s very own 50s...
  • Twilight Driving – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – Friday 30th November 2018

    Twilight Driving – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – Friday 30th November 2018 Twilight Driving – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – Friday 30th November 2018 It’s testament to the strength of the Brighton music scene at the moment that it seems like a weekly occurrence where a Brighton band is making the step up to headlining venues they used to play first support at. Twilight Driving, the quartet who have had a cracking year with two excellent singles in the form of ‘Between the Sheets’ and ‘When Love Goes Wrong’ are doing just that with a headline show at The Hope & Ruin. The indie-pop band have made a name for themselves with captivating and memorable slices of dream-pop on record and their live shows are no different. Euphoric and uplifting, it’s sure to be an incredibly stirring and heartwarming show...
  • 808Ink – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – Tuesday 27th November 2018

    808Ink – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – Tuesday 27th November 2018 808Ink – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – Tuesday 27th November 2018 808Ink, made up of rapper Mumblez, producer 808Charmer, and their visual collaborator, Pure Anubi$, have had a busy 2018 so far. Having release two brilliant albums - When I’m About, You’ll Knowand When I’m About, You’ll Know, Pt. 2which featured collaborations with the likes of Kojey Radical, Prynce Mini and Sam Wise -they’re capping off their prolific year with a headline tour which hits Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar on 27th November. Known for their electric live shows, Sticky Mike’s intimate setting will provide the perfect backdrop for their sweaty, stirring and fierce live performance. With massive hits such as...
  • Hudson Taylor – The Haunt, Brighton – Thursday 29th November 2018

    Hudson Taylor – The Haunt, Brighton – Thursday 29th November 2018 Hudson Taylor – The Haunt, Brighton – Thursday 29th November 2018 There was a time, back in 2015 when they released their debut Singing for Strangers,where folk duo Hudson Taylor looked set to be the next big thing. After taking an extended break after being dropped by Polydor, that didn’t happen but they’re finally back with their follow-up Bear Creek to Dame Street,extended play mixed with some live performances from the show at Dublin’s Olympia. Additionally, they’re back out on a tour that hits Brighton’s The Haunt on 29th November. Known for their incredibly loyal following, as well as their euphoric live shows, this is set to be a very special show and will almost certainly sell-out....
  • Deacon Blue – Brighton Centre – Wednesday 5th December 2018

    Deacon Blue – Brighton Centre – Wednesday 5th December 2018 Deacon Blue – Brighton Centre – Wednesday 5th December 2018 Who doesn’t know who Deacon Blue are? This band of Glaswegians are celebrating 30 years together and are visiting Brighton on their To Be Here Someday tour, which will see them play some of their biggest ever shows while celebrating 30 years of being Deacon Blue. With massive commercial hits like ‘Real Gone Kid’ and ‘Twist and Shout’ sure to be a welcome reminder of 1987’s million selling debut, Raintown, 2016’s Believers also gave them their highest charting album in 23 years so there will be something for fans of every era. For band members Ricky Ross, Lorraine McIntosh, James Prime and Dougie Vipond, the legacy of their platinum selling success in...
  • Sleeper – Concorde 2, Brighton – Saturday 17th November 2018

    Sleeper – Concorde 2, Brighton – Saturday 17th November 2018 Sleeper – Concorde 2, Brighton – Saturday 17th November 2018 Back in the mid-90s, Britpop was all the rage. Blur, Oasis, Pulp, Elastica et al. fighting it out for airtime, media coverage and gossip columns. It was a BIG thing, perhaps the last major hurrah in the world of guitar-driven pop music, when the singles charts really mattered and Top Of The Pops was still on the air. Sleeper have been largely forgotten about now, long years of silence have made it easy for us to forget they were once one of the major players, with three consecutive top ten albums, and eight top forty hits between 1995-1997. Frontwoman Louise Wener was a guitar-toting sex symbol, a woman who adorned magazine covers and became a mini-celebrity, appearing regularly on Chris Evan's TFI Friday show. One of a number...
  • Ben Ottewell – The Prince Albert, Brighton – Sunday 9th December 2018

    Ben Ottewell – The Prince Albert, Brighton – Sunday 9th December 2018 Ben Ottewell – The Prince Albert, Brighton – Sunday 9th December 2018 Best known as the husky-voiced one from indie darlings, Gomez, Ben Ottewell playing in The Prince Albert in the run up to Christmas promises to be one of the best presents we could hope for, right? 2017 saw the release of his third solo album, A Man Apart, which was co-written with school friend and former Tunng member, Sam Genders, and features a bluesy Americana sound that perfectly suits his distinctive vocal. Covering themes of love, fame and politics, this show will be soulful, awe-inspiring and sure to make a few hairs stand up on end (in a good way). Will he be wearing his Santa hat? Unfortunately you will have to shimmy up a drainpipe and peek through the window to find out because this...

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