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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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Easy Life – Green Door Store, Brighton
Easy Life

Green Door Store, Brighton
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Pretty Vicious

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Johnny Marr

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The Blinders - The Haunt, Brighton
The Blinders

The Haunt, Brighton


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  • The Blinders – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th November 2018

    The Blinders - The Haunt, Brighton - 10th November 2018 The Blinders – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th November 2018 The latest band to offer a very modern voice of dissent in a world of discord, Manchester’s The Blinders steam into Brighton for a night of sweaty, intense and dark post-punk. First from an interesting line-up, Brighton’s Swoon. A fascinating, heady combination of punk and electro, they ignore the empty space that is initially present in front of them and seize the show as if it is their own. Their recent Fun PoliceEP release is one of the most exciting debut releases for some time, and there is a potent energy to their live performance tonight. Expect to hear a lot more about these in the months to come. Following them are White Room, who are increasingly looking like the...
  • Yak – The Haunt, Brighton – 2nd November 2018

    Yak - The Haunt, Brighton - 2nd November Yak – The Haunt, Brighton – 2nd November 2018 As live bands go, you don’t get much more bang for your buck than Yak. Our first experience of the London band was at 234 Fest 2015, when lead singer Oliver Henry Burslem climbed up to the ceiling of the Green Door Store and dangled from the steel beam above the stage whilst screeching his rock’n’roll tones – memorable to say the least. Having released the fantastic debut Alas SalvationLP in 2016 and having featured on our Brightonsfinest...
  • Bad Sounds – The Haunt, Brighton – 3rd November 2018

    Bad Sounds - The Haunt, Brighton - 3rd November 2018 Bad Sounds – The Haunt, Brighton – 3rd November 2018 “Make bad better” goes the advice from the pre-show tannoy, followed shortly by, ”This is the room where you get better in.” Public service announcements at gigs normally get disregarded, but not tonight. Not this time. Bad Sounds, the indie-pop sensations from Bath, provided a hungry crowd with nothing but better times, and hands down one of the best live shows of the year in Brighton.
  • 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  ...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • Zeal & Ardor – The Haunt, Brighton – Saturday 1st December 2018

    Zeal & Ardor – The Haunt, Brighton – Saturday 1st December 2018 Zeal & Ardor – The Haunt, Brighton – Saturday 1st December 2018 Zeal & Ardor, the six-piece Basel by-way-of New York City outfit led by Manuel Gagneux, describe themselves as “blues, gospel and soul meet harsher music” and, in many ways, that’s a perfect description. The avant-garde metal musical project mixes sounds of negro spirituals with black metal with devastating effects. They arrive at The Haunt for a special show in support of their 2018 album, Stranger Fruit. Said album is a masterful blend of the darkest Delta blues, soaring gospel, and ice-storms of blackened metal and has many of the attributes that make them such an exciting live prospect. A diverse beast, they constantly keep their audience on their toes with wild riffs, and...
  • Freya Ridings – The Haunt, Brighton – 31st October 2018

    Freya Ridings – The Haunt, Brighton – 31st October 2018 Freya Ridings – The Haunt, Brighton – 31st October 2018 “I am so pleased to be here on Halloween! And this place is called The Haunt which makes me so happy… and you sold it out!” beams Freya Ridings as she looks out over the packed venue. Fans are shoved in every nook and cranny, craning to catch a glimpse of the latest darling graduate of the BRIT school, who has been extremely attention-grabbing following the release of her debut single, ‘Blackout’, in spring last year. Just 24 years old and immaculately, radiantly beautiful – tonight sporting a festive cobweb painted on her left cheek – she seems genuinely touched by the electric reaction she gets. Of course, there is still the murmur of some people at the back who prefer to come to a gig to...
  • Our Girl – The Haunt, Brighton – 26th October 2018

    Our Girl – The Haunt, Brighton – 26th October 2018 Our Girl – The Haunt, Brighton – 26th October 2018 To say it’s been quite a year for Our Girl is rather the understatement. From releasing their debut album, to live sessions on Radio 6 music, European festivals, and finally finishing off the year with a UK headline tour. So, what better way to round up a headline tour than with a homecoming show?
  • Yak – The Haunt, Brighton – Thursday 1st November 2018

    Yak – The Haunt, Brighton – Thursday 1st November 2018 Yak – The Haunt, Brighton – Thursday 1st November 2018 As live bands go, you don’t get much more bang for your buck than Yak. Creating a frantic yet enthralling encounter, you never know what you’re going to get at a Yak performance, though you can rely on being made to jump around raucously to their brilliantly loud racket. Our first experience of Yak was at 234 Fest 2015, when lead singer Oliver Henry Burslem climbed up to the ceiling of Green Door Store and dangled from the steel beam above the stage whilst screeching his rock’n’roll tones – memorable to say the...
  • Novo Amor – The Haunt, Brighton – 20th October 2018

    Novo Amor – The Haunt, Brighton – 20th October 2018 Novo Amor – The Haunt, Brighton – 20th October 2018 Operating very much under the radar, with minimal radio or media exposure, Ali Lacey is a new kind of artist. One who can sell out venues such as this, embark on a global world tour, release high quality music via his own channels, and make sophisticated looking videos on the cheap. Without much need for the traditional gatekeepers, he feels like a guilty fake at times. However, that’s probably because he’s a super-sensitive sort of guy, the antithesis of the decidedly knackered old school Britpop bombast of a Noel Gallagher, who grips more and more tightly on his precarious lofty perches, dispensing ‘wisdom’ and ‘truth’. He now sounds like a very old codger, living in the past. While Novo Amor –...
  • Baloji – The Haunt, Brighton – 15th October 2018

    Baloji - The Haunt, Brighton - 15th October 2018 Baloji – The Haunt, Brighton – 15th October 2018 It’s not every day you get the chance to see a Belgian rapper of Congolese origin perform in Brighton, but that’s exactly what the audience got during Baloji’s gig at The Haunt this week. Baloji began his musical career as a member (under the name Balo) of hip-hop group Starflam, who achieved great success with their album Survivant going platinum. Since going solo in 2004, he’s released four albums, his latest being 137 Avenue Kaniama. This show was the first night of his UK tour, which additionally sees him play London, Bristol, Leeds and Gateshead.
  • Novo Amor – The Haunt, Brighton – Saturday 20th October 2018

    Novo Amor – The Haunt, Brighton – Saturday 20th October 2018 Ali John Meredith-Lacey aka Novo Amor is a new breed of artist, and one making some serious waves with a fantastic combination of atmospheric music and stunning visuals. He’s also a DIY artist, who through sheer hard work has spread the word via blogs, Youtube, and the internet in general, winning legions of fans who love the highly emotive and ethereal music he makes, as well as the grand cinematic videos that accompany many of his creations. New album Birthplace is his first proper solo album, following on the heels of last year’s collaboration with good friend Ed Tullett, and the title track was accompanied by a remarkable video, that featured renowned free diver Michael Board, themed around the proliferation of plastic in our...
  • Baloji – The Haunt, Brighton – Monday 15th October 2018

    Baloji – The Haunt, Brighton – Monday 15th October 2018 At the age of 15, Belgium MC Balo started hip-hop group Starflam, who went on to release their self-titled debut album in 1998. The group released a follow up album, Survivant, in 2001 which went platinum. Despite their success, Balo and the other band members decided to part in 2004, but Balo made a return to music a few years after, with his new stage name Baloji.
  • 12 Stone Toddler – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th October 2018

    12 Stone Toddler – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th October 2018 12 Stone Toddler – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th October 2018 12 Stone Toddler continued on their steadily upward trajectory with a sold-out show at The Haunt, Brighton, to launch third album, IDIOLALIA,released on local indie label Freshly Squeezed.They set the scene with a wonderful opening performance from Tankus The Henge singer, Jaz Deloreon. Jaz performed solo, accompanying himself on piano whilst standing askance, cutting a bit of a Buster Keaton-like figure in a three-piece check suit, as he led the crowd into a series of sing-a-longs. His set climaxed with a rendition of ‘Henge song, ‘You Can Do Anything’, sung back at him as he left the stage by the growing crowd....
  • Yussef Dayes – The Haunt, Brighton – 26th September 2018

    Yussef Dayes – The Haunt, Brighton – 26th September 2018 Yussef Dayes – The Haunt, Brighton – 26th September 2018 As I stand alone on the top balcony of The Haunt, listening to trap blasting out of the PA, I look down to a packed-out crowd. I remind myself that everyone here, including myself, has come to see a solo jazz drummer perform live. Yussef Dayes nearly sold-out the gig before dropping his debut release, ‘Love is the Message’, selling out days later with only two tracks to his name.
  • 12 Stone Toddler – The Haunt, Brighton – Wednesday 10th October 2018

    12 Stone Toddler – The Haunt, Brighton – Wednesday 10th October 2018 Nearly a decade ago 12 Stone Toddler rules the stages and airwaves of our quaint little seaside town. They had it, that certain je ne sais quoithat changes a band from exceptional to magical. Their success seemed almost pre-ordained, and the fearsome homegrown support which with glee and anticipation as they started to climb the rickety ladder from obscurity up into forever. Unfortunately and inexplicably the world missed out. The magic remained mysteriously obscured, it seemed to us that they did everything right, but maybe the world just wasn't ready. But now, by jove, they are back with an excellent third album (
  • Crown The Empire - The Haunt - 18th September 2018

    Crown The Empire - The Haunt - 18th September 2018 Crown The Empire - The Haunt - 18th September 2018 Having spent the majority of the year on tour and not looking like they’re due to slow down any time soon, Crown The Empire took to The Haunt this week with support from Volumes and Coldrain. 2018 has seen them support bands such as Black Veil Brides and Asking Alexandria, along with performances at the likes of Slam Dunk Festival and Warped Tour. Since forming in 2010, the band have released an EP along with 3 studio albums, with plenty more music on the way.
  • Mahalia - The Haunt, Brighton - Friday 5th October 2018

    Mahalia - The Haunt, Brighton - Friday 5th October 2018 Despite the fact she’s only nineteen years of age, Mahalia at been in the music industry for six years. Writing her first song at the age of eight, and getting signed to a major label at thirteen, she’s grown in style and glamour with each single being better than the last. Plus, having tracks with Rudimental, touring with Ed Sheeran, and starring in Noel Clarke’s Brotherhoodwill make her a legend to most.
  • Iceage – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th September 2018

    Iceage – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th August 2018 Iceage – The Haunt, Brighton – 10th September 2018 Danish post-punk six-piece Iceage, who are currently touring their new release Beyondless,treated the ears of their dedicated fans at The Haunt. They had support from Josiah Konder, who also travelled a similar distance for the show. Now, I wish not to be mean, but Josiah Konder made a mistake touring with Iceage. Not because they were bad (they weren’t), just uncomfortably similar to the headliners – but a bit less settled in their image. Then again, for a lot of the fans in attendance, anything similar to the headliners most definitely wasn’t a bad thing.

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