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High Tyde

The Old Market
Monday 26th February
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Stereophonics

Brighton Centre
Tuesday 27th February
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Strong Asian Mothers

The Hope & Ruin
Wednesday 28th February
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Hollie Cook

Concorde 2
Thursday 1st March
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Morrissey

Brighton Centre
Saturday 3rd March
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Electric Six

Concorde 2
Saturday 3rd March
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AK/DK

Patterns
Saturday 3rd March
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Listener

The Prince Albert
Monday 5th March
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  • British Sea Power – Concorde 2 – 20th February 2018

    British Sea Power - Concorde 2 - 20th February 2018 British Sea Power – Concorde 2 – 20th February 2018 There are few finer feelings than returning home to celebrate good times with friends, and so it was tonight at a heaving Concorde 2. British Sea Power have earned a huge cult following ever since 2003's debut The Decline Of British Sea Powermarked them out as worthy successors to the likes of Echo & The Bunnymen with their artful take on indie-rock. As the years have gone by, the Brighton band has continued to tread their own path, never doing anything overtly commercial yet finding a strong audience with every new move. Tonight marked a great way to wrap up the end of another national tour in support of last...
  • Erasure – Brighton Dome – 19th February 2018

    Erasure - Brighton Dome - 19th February 2018 Erasure – Brighton Dome – 19th February 2018 “Don’t let people scare you” advised Andy Bell at one point tonight, “Remember that everything is going to be alright”. On a night that was anything but merely alright, Erasure provided the crowd of a packed Brighton Dome with the ultimate feel-good factor - not a single soul would have left the venue tonight without a big goofy grin on their face. In a career spanning over 30 years, the synth-pop duo of Bell and Vince Clarke have been responsible for some of the biggest pop songs of modern years. They may not be troubling the singles charts these days, but they are still producing cracking new work as last...
  • Rex Orange County – Patterns – 19th February 2018

    Rex Orange County – Patterns – 19th February 2018 You know an artist is going to be big when you, at the age of 22, are the oldest person there. This was the case for Rex Orange County, performing only his second show of his first ever headline tour, at Brighton’s Patterns on Monday night. With no support act, and with fans queuing down the road before the doors had even opened, there was a huge amount of pressure on the 19-year-old from Haslemere, Surrey, to deliver.
  • Jen Cloher – Patterns – 17th February 2018

    Jen Cloher – Patterns – 17th February 2018 Jen Cloher – Patterns – 17th February 2018 Being at Jen Cloher's show made me feel like a teenager again and I've never had that before. She's an exciting figure to watch and her music gets under your skin. Some of her songs sound like frustration, these however are Jen's most satisfying. The way she communicates this for instance in 'Shoegazers' feels like bleeding an emotional radiator. There's this kind of feeling underlying many of her songs, quite subtly but you get something out of it. Almost through her songs you get to vent something yourself.
  • Seal – Brighton Dome – 17th February 2018

    Seal – Brighton Dome – 17th February 2018 Seal – Brighton Dome – 17th February 2018 Sometimes your suspicions can be aroused by an undone bow tie and a vintage microphone. Have you smelled a rat (pack)? Is this a middle-aged slide into mediocrity - pop’s equivalent of the proverbial pipe and slippers? Is it perhaps a cynical marketing manoeuvre to keep pace with an ageing fanbase? Or is something else going on? Something more estimable and with more substance.
  • Paul Weller – Brighton Centre – 17th February 2018

    Paul Weller - Brighton Centre - 17th February 2018 Paul Weller – Brighton Centre – 17th February 2018 Paul Weller has been a constant point in the British music scene ever since The Jam arrived, fully formed and full of vitality, back in 1977. Taking influence from the mod explosion, he repackaged it into something new as the new wave and punk scene took off, a trick he repeated at the dawn of Britpop as the likes of Oasis and Ocean Colour Scene paid homage. Nowadays, he dips his toes into an ever-changing experimental and creative mood with every new release. He can, and does, basically just whatever he damn well pleases, and why not - unlike any of his original peer group, he doesn’t have to fall back on heritage and nostalgia when on...
  • HAUS – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – 13th February 2018

    HAUS – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – 13th February 2018 HAUS – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – 13th February 2018 Forget Harry Kane, HAUS are the best thing to come out of Tottenham in a very long time. Like indie-meets-grime-meets-dub, they’re a dynamic band that make music you can really dance to. Their gig at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar brought that rave atmosphere and then some, putting the audience in a delectable mood, as they danced to every song and sung along to each and every word. With art-pop vocals, along with sensational synth beats, they’re a very impressive live unit that looked already too big for the dingy and dark Sticky Mike’s.
  • Kendrick Lamar – The O2 Arena, London – 12th February 2018

    Kendrick Lamar – The O2 Arena, London – 12th February 2018 Kendrick Lamar – The O2 Arena, London – 12th February 2018 Kendrick Lamar knows how to put on a show. From his 2016 Grammy performance, in which he arrived on stage as part of a chain gang before performing in front of a giant bonfire, to his show at the same awards this year where he (fake) shot his dancers one-by-one and was accompanied by military-inspired performers on the night. Kendrick’s shows are always eye-catching and more often than not, politically charged.
  • Wild Front – Green Door Store – 12th February 2018

    Wild Front – Green Door Store – 12th February 2018 Wild Front – Green Door Store – 12th February 2018 Wild Front's show tonight also doubles up as an informal label showcase from Chalkpit Records. The line-up showcases their pop arsenal in the form of Wild Front, Submariner and Nakamarra. Each band are enjoyable to watch and clearly have a lot of potential. Every act was well rounded and polished and clearly have a lot of potential, sounding as sleek on stage as they would in the studio.
  • The Go! Team – Concorde 2 – 11th February 2018

    The Go! Team – Concorde 2 – 11th February 2018 The Go! Team – Concorde 2 – 11th February 2018 Brighton’s very own The Go! Team didn’t just bring the party to their adoring fans at their upgraded Concorde 2 show, they somehow managed to turn an evening of enough chaos and eccentricities to derail many other gigs into a crazy success. In a venue that was packed to the rafters even for the early supports, the crowd had turned up for just one thing: to have a good time. Indeed that is what they got on a night where convention, rules and pretty much everything else went out of the window.
  • 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...
  • Colter Wall – Green Door Store – 7th February 2018

    Colter Wall – Green Door Store – 7th February 2018 Colter Wall – Green Door Store – 7th February 2018 Equally one of the biggest-selling genres in the world, and one of the most undervalued at the same time, country music is undergoing something of a resurgence in recent years as a new group of young singer-songwriters breathe new life into the scene. One of the most interesting is Colter Wall, from Saskatchewan in Canada - a singer who doesn’t just possess the same type of deep, rich rumbling voice as a certain Johnny Cash, but one that draws from the same barrel of tales of outlaws from a time long forgotten. It was far from the usual gig crowd at the Green Door Store, with more lost wayfarers stumbling around...
  • Marmozets – Concorde 2 – 4th February 2018

    Marmozets – Concorde 2 – 4th February 2018 Marmozets – Concorde 2 – 4th February 2018 Following their triumphant return with their newest smash record, Knowing What You Know Now, Marmozets are back on the rock scene like never before. Tonight when they play an absolutely rammed Concorde 2, the evening is full of nothing but excitement, heavy riffs and the most beautiful vocal performance of the year.
  • The Weather Station – Latest Music Bar – 1st February 2018

    The Weather Station – Latest Music Bar – 1st February 2018 The Weather Station – Latest Music Bar – 1st February 2018 “I’m Canadian, so I obviously love Neil Young” laughed Tamara Lindeman, the driving force behind The Weather Station, “but he finds gold when he mines, and I just find worry, trouble and things that could go wrong”. There was good news tonight then, as she and her band treated a tightly-packed Latest Music Bar to a set that was as rich in musical gold as it was lacking in anything going wrong. Touring in support of last year’s self-titled album, The Weather Station were supported by Red River Dialect, led by David Morris. With great timing for the former Brighton resident (as well as a former member of the...
  • Nightmares On Wax – Concorde 2 – 1st February 2018

    Nightmares On Wax – Concorde 2 – 1st February 2018 Nightmares On Wax – Concorde 2 – 1st February 2018 Following the release of his new smash album, Shape The Future, Nightmares On Wax (aka George Evelyn) graced the Brighton seafront this week at a sold out Concorde 2 where George and his fellow performers brought an evening of wholesome and fresh hip-hop beats, which made for one of the most electrifying gigs I’ve ever been to.
  • Tyler Childers – Komedia – 29th January 2018

    Tyler Childers – Komedia – 29th January 2018 Tyler Childers – Komedia – 29th January 2018 A little bit of Kentucky came to Komedia to help celebrate Independent Venue Week in the shape of Tyler Childers, the man behind this month’s Purgatory.Its mixture of an old-school country aesthetic allied with a modern grit through Childers’ starkly honest lyrics has been winning hearts on the other side of the Atlantic for some time, but tonight’s show was his first in Brighton. Perfect timing for IVW ’18, the campaign that shines a light on those smaller venues around the country that are the lifeblood of local and breaking artists alike. Purgatory may be the first record to break through over here, but...
  • Iglooghost – Green Door Store – 31st January 2018

    Iglooghost – Green Door Store – 31st January 2018 Iglooghost – Green Door Store – 31st January 2018 Brighton’s live music scene is a very impressive beast, indeed. Every night there’s multiple places to go, people to see and fun to be had. However, take guitars away and the options become more and more limited. This made Irish producer Seamus Malliagh’s, also known as Iglooghost, gig at Green Door Store even more of a special proposition. It was sold-out, people looked absolutely buzzing to be there, and Iglooghost provided a very unique show.
  • Lord Huron – Komedia – 24th January 2018

    Lord Huron – Komedia – 24th January 2018 Lord Huron – Komedia – 24th January 2018 It’s a peculiar quirk of an overseas artist’s touring schedule that found Lord Huron, the famed indie-folk sensations from Michigan (now based in Los Angeles), playing a ridiculously intimate show at Komedia. As two fellow travellers from North America remarked in the audience, they would usually be expected to perform in anything up to a 5,000 capacity venue back home. Yet, despite their huge fame and success in the U.S. (180 million plays on Spotify for ‘The Night We Met’ alone!), it hasn't translated into the same mass recognition or ticket sales in the UK just yet - tonight’s show was originally...
  • Lewes Psych Fest – All Saints Centre – 26th-27th January 2018

     Lewes Psych Fest – All Saints Centre – 26th-27th January 2018 Lewes Psych Fest – All Saints Centre – 26th-27th January 2018 Melting Vinyl and Innerstrings’ Lewes Psychedelic Festival is always a highlight of the calendar year. Not only do they get a group of fantastic bands together, they craft the perfect mixture of a great venue, mesmerising visuals and lighting, and substantial doses of psych goodness. This year’s was no different, with the likes of Wax Machine, Wolf People and Josefin Öhrn + The Liberation all descending upon the old-school setting of the All Saints Centre.
  • To Kill A King – The Hope & Ruin – 25th January 2018

     To Kill A King – The Hope & Ruin – 25th January 2018 To Kill A King – The Hope & Ruin – 25th January 2018 To Kill A King have been an indie staple on the touring circuit for almost a decade now. Having just released their rather good fourth album, The Spiritual Dark Age,they descended onto Brighton’s The Hope & Ruin to showcase their brand of foot-stomping, indie-rock-via-folk music style in a show that, ultimately, proved what a bunch of lovely guys they are and how fervent their fanbase is. Additionally, it proved that the days of the good old indie sing-song are not dead, and To Kill A King have those songs in abundance.  


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