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De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
Sunday 22nd July
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Brighton Dome
Sunday 22nd July
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Charlton Park, Wiltshire
26th - 29th July
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The Rock House Festival 2018

Green Door Store, Brighton
Saturday 28th July
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Live Reviews

Orbital – Brighton Racecourse – 29th June 2018
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BODEGA – The Haunt, Brighton
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The Haunt, Brighton
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The Haunt, Brighton

Live reviews from The Haunt, Brighton


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  • BODEGA – The Haunt, Brighton – 5th July 2018

    BODEGA - The Haunt, Brighton - 5th July 2018 BODEGA – The Haunt, Brighton – 5th July 2018 “For those that don’t know, we’ve got our first record coming out at midnight, so this is our album launch party” stated BODEGA frontman Ben Hozie as the New York post-punk quintet packed out The Haunt for the second time in as many months after their Great Escape show, which saw queues filing all the way around the corner of the venue. This performance, featuring a crowd made up of everyone from 15 to 50, confirmed BODEGA as one of the most exciting, most important bands making their way through the ranks right now. Their brand of post-punk not only feels vital, it’s also an incredibly fun slice of postmodernism that doesn’t take itself too seriously.
  • Starcrawler – The Haunt, Brighton – 19th June 2018

    Starcrawler - The Haunt, Brighton - 19th June 2018 Starcrawler – The Haunt, Brighton – 19th June 2018 Starcrawler’s Twitter bio simply states, “We will kill you” and last year they told LA Weekly that “They like freaking out their audiences”. Their Haunt show was indicative of both of these things, as lead singer Arrow de Wilde intensely stared down the audience, spewed fake blood everywhere and wildly screamed Starcrawler’s fatal lyrics. On the other hand, though, this show was an example of just how terrific a live band they are. Although only one album in, thus far, Starcrawler have the hits and the eccentricity to pack out an hour set, as well as the musical talent to be dubbed one of the most exciting rock bands in the world right now.
  • Waxahatchee – The Haunt, Brighton – 16th June 2018

    Waxahatchee - The Haunt, Brighton – 16th June 2018 Waxahatchee – The Haunt, Brighton – 16th June 2018 On a blustery Saturday night, it was a refreshing change of events to witness a performance from a band such as Waxahatchee at Brighton’s The Haunt. The indie-folk project is fronted by Katie Crutchfield, a performer whose vocal range exceeds expectations and then some.
  • Gengahr – The Haunt, Brighton – 2nd May 2018

    Gengahr – The Haunt, Brighton – 2nd May 2018 Gengahr – The Haunt, Brighton – 2nd May 2018 After a period of what felt like forever, London quartet Gengahr returned with their sophomore album, Where Wildness Grows,last month, which was a heavier slice of their already trademark indie, falsetto pop. We said that each track has, “The power to introduce an all new chapter to this band’s incredible sound,” and their live performance showcased an entirely different, more unique sound as a result of this, as well as more than a few from A Dream Outside,in a spectacular performance at The Haunt.
  • Isaac Gracie – The Haunt, Brighton – 25th April 2018

    Isaac Gracie - The Haunt, Brighton - 25th April 2018 Isaac Gracie – The Haunt, Brighton – 25th April 2018 Following the release of his debut album, Isaac Gracie is commencing on his biggest tour to date. It’s clear that this 23-year-old has an unbelievably bright future ahead of him and tonight, as he plays to a sold out The Haunt, he has proven that he is truly one of the best rising artists around.
  • Shame – The Haunt, Brighton – 20th April 2018

    Shame - The Haunt, Brighton - 20th April 2018 Shame – The Haunt, Brighton – 20th April 2018 Sometimes Brighton is a little too good for its own good. While Shame were rocking at The Haunt, Spanish four-piece Hinds were playing Concorde 2 and Manchester post-punk outfit Cabbage were at Patterns. Still, such was the impressive nature of South London’s Shame, it felt like a sizeable moment both for the band and the city, as both came together to create one of the gigs of 2018 so far, subsequently creating one of the most raucous, balls-to-the-wall atmospheres Brighton has seen for a while.
  • Demob Happy – The Haunt, Brighton – 14th April 2018

    Demob Happy - The Haunt, Brighton - 14th April 2018 Demob Happy – The Haunt, Brighton – 14th April 2018 The dictionary definition for ‘demob happy’ is, “Feeling elated because one is about to leave a stressful or responsible job or situation.” So how perfect that Newcastle-via-Brighton rockers, Demob Happy, brought the Holy Doom tour to their adopted home city on a Saturday, the day that most are free to do whatever they like. Many people, wisely, chose to spend it celebrating and dancing to Demob Happy’s excellent and intense live show - a decision that I don’t think anyone from the sold-out audience would regret. It was an exceptional commemoration of the band’s career to date, with a particular emphasis on the...
  • Cosmo Sheldrake – The Haunt – 4th April 2018

    Cosmo Sheldrake - The Haunt - 4th April 2018 Cosmo Sheldrake – The Haunt, Brighton – 4th April 2018 As song introductions go, “This one was built on a sample taken from a cow carcass” is fairly unique. This is the world of Cosmo Sheldrake, though, a weird and wonderfully eccentric place for sure but also one that is entrancing and hypnotic. A night celebrating the release of The Much Much How How and I, it is a simple show built entirely around one man and his ability to craft magic from a vast collection of samples and a genius for finding beauty in the strangest of places.
  • A Certain Ratio – The Haunt, Brighton – 25th March 2018

    A Certain Ratio - The Haunt, Brighton - 25th March 2018 A Certain Ratio – The Haunt, Brighton – 25th March 2018 Back in the late 70s, within the seismic-shifting environment of the Manchester music scene, there emerged a band as unique and futuristic as fellow Mancs Joy Division, and The Durutti Column, both of whom also ended up on Tony Wilson's Factory Records label. A Certain Ratio were an avante-garde post-punk proposition who more than anyone from that rarefied world, dealt primarily at the time with soundscapes, grooves and moods, with traditional song structure a secondary consideration.
  • George FitzGerald – The Haunt, Brighton – 26th March 2018

    George FitzGerald - The Haunt, Brighton - 26th March 2018 George FitzGerald – The Haunt, Brighton – 26th March 2018 Mondays are a strange day for gigs. People are still groggy from the weekend, as well as being tired from their first day back at work, which usually creates quite a subdued atmosphere in an audience. It is to George FitzGerald’s testament, then, that he got The Haunt crowd moving and grooving to his electronic dance music like it was the early hours of the morning on a Saturday, subsequently forgetting that a certain Mr Cocker was playing an intimate, sold-out set just down the road at Patterns. FitzGerald’s Brighton show, the first night on the All That Must Bealbum tour, featured an immense amount of banging dance tunes, as well as a few moments of quiet reflection in a show that was well balanced, exciting...
  • Superorganism – The Haunt – 9th March 2018

    Superorganism - The Haunt – 9th March 2018 Superorganism – The Haunt – 9th March 2018 Even in a venue such as The Haunt where each week seems to bring a new superstar artist in the making, anticipation for Superorganism’s show was high. On a day where they had not only played a Brightonsfinest session but also a packed intimate acoustic set at Resident, it was absolutely the hot ticket in town. Their debut album has created a huge buzz for this eight-piece band drawn from around the world but now living together in East London. Tonight was one of those life-affirming moments when the hype was not only justified, but the start of something very special indeed was glimpsed. Amongst an all-ages crowd, there was barely any wiggle room at the front even before the French duo Pi Ja Ma...
  • Hollie Cook – The Haunt – 1st March 2018

    Hollie Cook – The Haunt – 1st March 2018 Hollie Cook – The Haunt – 1st March 2018 There was an immense amount of disappointment when Hollie Cook had to postpone her Brighton performance a couple of weeks ago due to the illness of a band member which, subsequently, made the rescheduled show all the more enjoyable. “Brighton, I made it!” Hollie Cook uttered as she leapt onto The Haunt’s stage, with a knowing nod to her cancellation a fortnight prior. Not that the exuberant Brighton crowd cared about the prolonged wait for Cook’s return to Brighton, however, as even an inkling of annoyance was washed away with the Londoner’s exquisite set brimming with the old and the new. The cancellation meant that this was now the final date of the tour, which has travelled all the way across Europe, and it was a huge celebratory...
  • FUR – The Haunt – 24th February 2018

    FUR - The Haunt – 24th February 2018 FUR – The Haunt – 24th February 2018 Playing their largest headline show to date, upcoming Brighton talent FUR brought together a packed show tonight which was fun, fresh and what may possibly be the resurgence of a genre into the modern age. Opening tonight are BLUSH, a Brighton group who already have a great deal of respect from the Brighton music community, their dreamy sounds and soothing tones from vocalist Asya Fairchild made for a great opening to the evening. This was BLUSH’s first show back in around half a year, so the nerves were surely flowing, but the group performed a fantastic set which will surely be the foundation for many more this year.
  • Jamie Lenman – The Haunt – 10th February 2018

    Jamie Lenman – The Haunt – 10th February 2018 Jamie Lenman – The Haunt – 10th February 2018 Time does funny things. Before their split in 2008, alternative rock band Reuben were enjoying a decent, but not stellar, spell – like so many bands, they never quite got the recognition or status that they perhaps deserved. However, in the intervening years, while their frontman Jamie Lenman embarked on a hugely successful career as an acclaimed illustrator, something changed. Their three album legacy influenced a succession of like-minded bands, and the sustained love they received eventually drew Lenman back into the musical world as a solo artist, slowly working on 2013’s Muscle Memory. Following that success with last year’s Devolver, he is now finally receiving the adulation that he always deserved.
  • Daniel Wakeford – The Haunt – 16th December 2017

    Daniel Wakeford – The Haunt – 16th December 2017 Daniel Wakeford – The Haunt – 16th December 2017 A Daniel Wakeford gig is bottled joy at any time of the year, but the feel-good factor cranks up a notch or four when it takes place in Daniel’s home town a week before Christmas. Many people know Daniel’s face, voice and signature curls from the unfortunately and misleadingly titled television series, ‘The Undateables’ – actually a sweet, endearing and wholly respectful programme - where his capacity to charm and entertain in equal measure shines forth in abundance. In a live show setting, these attributes are magnified manyfold, as Daniel capably owns the stage and connects with his rapturous audiences.
  • Best Of The Year (July - Dec 2017)

    Best Of The Year (July - December 2017) Wow, what a year 2017 has been for music! It’s also been a particularly big year for us at Brightonsfinest too. We started the year by making the much needed office move from Hove to the heart of Brighton’s bustling North Laine area. Round about the same time this spring we launched our Radio Show on Brighton’s Juice 107.2 station, which has grown to become hugely popular and featured many interviews with incredible artists. The show runs from Monday-Thursday, 9-11pm, with a focus on new...
  • Ho99o9 – The Haunt – 8th December 2017

    Ho99o9 - The Haunt - 8th December 2017 Ho99o9 – The Haunt – 8th December 2017 Ho99o9 are a volatile band, both on record and live. They’ve been kicked off Warped tours, chucked out of SXSW but, when they are allowed to stay, they give nothing more than 100% which is reciprocated by their devoted, almost unhinged crowds. Their show at The Haunt was no different, in a gig that saw mad moshpits, insane crowd surfing and loud punk-rap music. Ho99o9 are truly a band like no other and there’s no other group that can get a reaction from a crowd like Ho99o9 can.
  • Alex Cameron – The Haunt – 29th November 2017

    Alex Cameron - The Haunt - 29th November 2017 Alex Cameron – The Haunt – 29th November 2017 It’s been a bumpy road for Alex Cameron and his friend and business partner, Roy Molloy, thus far as they plough through their worldwide tour for second album, Forced Witness. They’ve played to empty rooms and had to share beds but, now, there appears to be a changing of the tide. They’ve just been on an excellent run with mega-band, The Killers, and they arrived at The Haunt for the first of, I assume, many sold-out shows in the UK after the success of their second album. Their show at The Haunt showcased an artist enjoying an immense amount of momentum and loving every minute of being on the stage.
  • METZ – The Haunt – 25th November 2017

    METZ – The Haunt – 25th November 2017 METZ – The Haunt – 25th November 2017 When Captain Haddock coined the phrase “Thundering Typhoons!” I’m sure he didn’t mean it to work in relation to a METZ gig. His famous phrase is the best way of describing them live though. Bands like METZ make sense when you see them live. It comes down to the impact the show makes and it’s one to remove any cobwebs in your system. I’ve been a fan of METZ for a long time now and have always said the same, you need to see them to get it. It’s not that their records don’t have anything special to them, they really do. Their latest album Strange Peacemay be one of their best yet but, for me, I never quite clicked with METZ until I first saw them. They’re a band that put everything into their...
  • Aldous Harding – The Haunt – 21st November 2017

    Aldous Harding - The Haunt - 21st November 2017 Aldous Harding – The Haunt – 21st November 2017 It’s been a pretty good year for Aldous Harding, the gloomy folk artist from New Zealand, all things considered. Not only has she transitioned to a new, major label nicely (4AD), but she’s released her second album, Party,which recently received the coveted Album of the Year award from Rough Trade. She played The Haunt in support of this album in a show that was as enchanting as it was surreal; as bewitching as it was beautiful and, for such little stage production, one of the most captivating shows of the year.

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