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  • Utopia All-Dayer – Green Door Store, Brighton – 9th June 2018

    Utopia All-Dayer – Green Door Store, Brighton – 9th June 2018 Utopia All-Dayer – Green Door Store, Brighton – 9th June 2018 All day music events seem to be the in thing this year, this is the fourth one I’ve been to so far and it’s a great way to see a short set from a bunch of bands in one day. It can be a tricky thing to get right, especially somewhere like the Green Door Store where there is only one stage and quite a confined space. Though new promoter Utopia did a great job.
  • Love Supreme day and stage timings announced

    Love Supreme day and stage timings announced You can all get properly planning now as Love Supreme, 30th June - 1 July, have announced the stage and timings for each act. If you haven’t purchased a ticket, there is still time. Weekend, Saturday and Sunday day tickets are still available. However, be warned that the festival sold out last year, so don’t leave it to the last minute! https://lovesupremefestival.com/lineup/stages You can also use the Love Supreme app on both android and iOS, if you want to make and plan your schedule for the weekend. In other Love Supreme news, the new Bands & Voices stage has announced the line-up for the weekend, showcasing poets, next generation hip-hop artists, as well as cabaret, dance battles...
  • The Great Escape Festival – 2018

    The Great Escape Festival – 2018 The Great Escape Festival – 2018 To paraphrase that Marmite film classic, the streets were alive with the sound of music! Over three long days and nights, Brighton did truly come alive as The Great Escape juggernaut rolled into town for its 13th edition. The festival for new music saw over 500 acts playing in 40-odd venues, representing countries from all around the globe. If you add in the The Alternative Great Escape, and the plethora of events and pop-up performances arranged off the back of TGE and AGE, you’re looking at closer to 1,000 acts in 80-odd venues. Yes, it was mad, but glorious. Helped along by some beautiful mid-May sunshine, somehow within all the chaos, Brightonsfinest were out in force, documenting, commenting, and enjoying what we like to do best. Watch live music. So, brace yourself. If you were there,...
  • St Ann's Well Gardens Spring Festival – 12th May 2018

    St Ann's Well Gardens Spring Festival – 12th May 2018 St Ann's Well Gardens Spring Festival – 12th May 2018 It’s quite typically English isn’t it. Two weeks of beautiful sunshine and then, on the day of the outside festival, the heavens open. Solid rain from start to finish too. It’s a real shame really as this year’s music line-up was one of the best they have had at St Ann's Well Gardens Spring Festival.
  • Bad Pond Festival 2018 – The Arch, Brighton

    Bad Pond Festival 2018 - The Arch, Brighton Bad Pond Festival 2018 – The Arch, Brighton Small Pond Records have always done things their way; supporting bands that they genuinely want to succeed. Thus, their very own festival, Bad Pond Festival, now bigger and better than ever, was a showcase of the alternative side of the music industry and a perfect encapsulation of the Small Pond ethos. Whether it was math rock, indie, pop, or psych, it was a celebration of the bands on the outside of mainstream music, and it had a real community feel of bands supporting bands. Ultimately, it was a diverse and interesting array of acts over two fantastic days and two unique stages, which were staggered in stage times meaning you could catch every single band you wanted to.
  • SPECTRUM: All Day Special – Brighton Dome – 21st April 2018

    SPECTRUM: All Day Special - Brighton Dome – 21st April 2018 SPECTRUM: All Day Special – Brighton Dome – 21st April 2018 Spectrum, a project of the Brighton Dome to support local music, has run a concert on Record Store Day for a few years in the Studio Theatre but, as that is being redeveloped at the moment, they decided to host the event in the main concert hall this year. It is an eight hour marathon of almost non-stop live music with some of the best local acts around, in collaboration with the Green Door Store venue, QM Records and Love Thy Neighbour record labels.
  • The Great Escape just got greater

    The Great Escape just got greater With only six weeks to go, The Great Escape have just announced a further 100 acts that will appear in over 60 venues, with over 500 artists in total. 16,000 music fans and 3,500 industry delegates will descend upon Brighton for the best new music showcase in Europe. Perhaps top of the list are hot Bristolian indie-punk rockers Idles. In inimitable fashion they replied on the news: “TANANEE TANANEE TANANEE TANANINGTING BOOYEH... with a little bit of luck you'll be at The Great Escape festival to taste the rainbow with us morons.”
  • Love Supreme Festival additions

    Love Supreme Festival additions The three-day celebration of jazz, soul and funk music that is Love Supreme Festival is back this year (29th June-1st July) and has just announced a new wave of acts on the bill that include Pharoah Sanders, Level 42, Chris Dave & The Drumhedz, Lalah Hathaway, Orphy Robinson, Denys Baptiste and many more. Pharoah Sanders will certainly pique the interest of jazz heads. A veritable giant in the world of space-jazz, free-jazz and afro-jazz fusion, he is possibly the most becalming musician known to man. A tenor saxophonist of both highly dissonant and meditative qualities, he first made his mark as a member of John Coltrane's band back in the 60s, before releasing albums under his own name, and partaking in collaborations with the likes of Alice Coltrane and Stanley Clarke.
  • Wilderness Festival announce The Valley line-up

    Wilderness Festival announce The Valley line-up Gearing up for the eighth annual Cornbury Park bash, one of Wilderness' many delights includes 'The Valley', set in a hidden natural amphitheatre, under cover of ancient oak trees. It's where the late night DJ action takes place, a heaving mass of party heads intent on having a good time.
  • Isle of Wight Festival new additions

    Isle of Wight Festival new additions Isle of Wight Festival new additions The Isle Of Wight Festival, 21st-24th June, have announced 18 new acts to add to an already impressive bill that includes Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Liam Gallagher. Line-up additions include: Travis, The Wombats, Rak-Su, Sigrid, Hot Dub Time Machine, Hurts and The Pretty Things, who played the very first Isle of Wight Festival back in 1968.
  • Beautiful Days announce line-up

    Beautiful Days announce line-up The Levellers’ Beautiful Days festival (17th-19th May) line-up has been announced, and it's a stunning gathering of the old and new that will almost certainly ensure another sell out this year. Headlining the main stage this year will be Manic Street Preachers, with one more to be announced in June. The Levellers, as is traditional, close the festival out on the Sunday.
  • The Great Escape 2018

    The Great Escape 2018 Full Great Escape schedule announced There is less than four weeks to go until The Great Escape, tickets are selling fast, and it’s time for the planning to commence. With this week's latest additions to the bill, the full festival schedule can now be announced (although expect some super late special guests announcements)! You can view the gig planner here: www.greatescapefestival.com/gig-planner/
  • Love Supreme Line-up

    Love Supreme Line-up With a slew of festival announcements in recent days we were starting to get a bit worried for Love Supreme. Could it come up with the goods in an increasingly competitive marketplace? Could it at least challenge the quality and depth of last year’s sold out three-dayer?
  • Winter Festival – One Church – 2017

    Winter Festival – One Church – 2017 Winter Festival – One Church – 2017 It was the first Saturday of December and Brighton was in full festive buzz. The One Church had been taken over by SOTONES, a co-operative from Southampton, who were celebrating their tenth birthday along with a new compilation showcasing some of the bands they have worked with over the last ten years. With the headliner being the Moulettes, their last show in Brighton before taking a year off, along with a host of local favourites and lesser known bands.
  • Boomtown Fair – 10th-13th August 2017

    Boomtown Fair - 10th-13th August 2017 Boomtown Fair – 10th-13th August 2017 I woke up Tuesday morning with a strange feeling, as though there was a hole inside me. A space that I didn’t know was there before, was now empty - I was homesick. Not of my two-bedroom flat in Brixton, but of my two-person tent in a muddy field in Winchester. Every music festival is built on the promise of one thing – fun – and none fulfils this promise as exceptionally as Boomtown. A sprawling, make-believe fantasy town now in its ninth episode, which provides immersion and depth in its story-telling and entertainment that is likely unrivalled anywhere else in the country.
  • At The Edge Of The Sea Festival 2017

    At The Edge Of The Sea Festival 2017 At The Edge Of The Sea Festival 2017 First, a quick introduction to At The Edge Of The Sea Festival. It’s basically a Wedding Present all-day gig with loads of cool bands that David Gedge, the band’s frontman, has discovered or likes. It takes place at the Concorde 2, kicks off at 3pm sharp and the music is non-stop till kick-out time. The way it works is one band plays in the bar area, right opposite the bar in fact. As soon as they leave the stage then the next band starts up on the main stage. Likewise, when the main stage band is done then the music kicks off in the bar again. So you get a good solid eight hours of non-stop live music.
  • Womad 2017 – Charlton Park

    Womad - 2017 Womad 2017 – Charlton Park The first leg of our journey was a truly epic Southern Fail! After four trains and six hours we arrived, at last, in good dry weather. Beautiful Womad, flags and banners lining every pathway set amongst green landscape and plentiful trees. We felt our burdens of the week ebb away within moments, as every festival should make you feel. Womad Festival celebrates cultural expression from all over the globe and has been around since 1982 when Peter Gabriel with a few other like-minded creatives put it together. Womad combines music, arts, dance, spoken word, food (cookery classes), laughter, yoga, mindfulness workshops and talking books – but music in particular amongst a wealth of other experiences. In its 35th year, Womad brings everyone together and has something for all ages. One of the biggest...
  • The Rock House Festival – Green Door Store – 29th July 2017

    The Rock House Festival – Green Door Store – 29th July 2017 The Rock House Festival – Green Door Store – 29th July 2017 Rock House was initially started eight years ago as a project for local charity Carousel, who help learning-disabled artists develop and manage their creative lives. Before Rock House there was a lack of real performance opportunities for these disabled musicians in a town that prides itself on its music scene, so they launched these nights to try and redress the balance. Since those early days these Rock House nights have grown to become one of the best and most forward-thinking integrated music nights in the UK. I recently caught one of the monthly Rock House nights and, was blown away by the friendly atmosphere and the inventiveness of the musicians. I decided to come and attend this, their first all-dayer event at the Green Door Store, which seemed a great opportunity to...
  • Citadel Festival – Victoria Park – 16th July 2017

    Citadel Festival - Victoria Park Festival - 16th July 2017 Citadel Festival – Victoria Park – 16th July 2017 Following the aftermath of the intense Friday and Saturday showings at Lovebox, its chilled out counterpart Citadel took over Victoria Park on Sunday to cap off a momentous weekend.
  • Brainchild Festival 2017 – Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum

    Brainchild Festival 2017 – Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum – Friday 7th - Sunday 9th July Brainchild Festival 2017 – Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum Brainchild is certainly one of the best and most forward-thinking festivals in the UK, and yet it is still relatively unknown even though it has won the AIM Best Independent Festival award in 2015 and 2016. It happens in the beautifully serene setting of the Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum on the Lewes Road heading to Uckfield and boasts only 2,000 people, including all the acts and workers on site.

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