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Live Reviews


Previews


The Levellers

De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill
Sunday 22nd July
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JAZZ RE:FEST

Brighton Dome
Sunday 22nd July
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WOMAD Festival

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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Album Reviews



  • 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...
  • Orbital – Brighton Racecourse – 29th June 2018

    Orbital - Brighton Racecourse – 29th June 2018 Orbital – Brighton Racecourse – 29th June 2018 With the Orbital brothers, Paul and Phil Hartnoll, still having ties in Brighton, a big old party at Brighton Racecourse, on top of Whitehawk Hill, was more than enough to get the city excited. What made this show doubly as exciting, was that this tour was to celebrate the release of their ninth studio album, Monsters Exist, giving us a chance to hear the new material for the first time ahead of its September 2018 release.
  • Stonefield – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 5th July 2018

    Stonefield - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton - 5th July 2018 Stonefield – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 5th July 2018 In support of their impressive and most recent album, Far From Earth,Stonefield took to The Hope & Ruin this week for the first date of their UK/EU tour, which will see them perform in London, Manchester, Paris and many more. The show featured support from Hill and Sister Witch, initially seeming pretty empty even for a small venue such as TH&R, but quickly gathering attention once the music had begun.
  • Love Supreme Festival 2018

    Love Supreme Festival 2018 Love Supreme Festival 2018 Man, was it hot! The sixth edition of Love Supreme Jazz Festival was bathed in wall to wall sunshine for its duration, a veritable cauldron of baking summer sounds and party vibes emanating from all corners of the expanded site, in the pitch perfect setting of the expansive, gently rolling grounds of Glynde House. As one wide-eyed punter put it as they entered the arena, “This weekend is going to be sexy!” For sure, clothing was liberally dispensed with, but it really was a tad too hot to engage in any other physical activity apart from the partying kind. With Love Supreme increasingly a magnet for all ages, it truly is a remarkably accessible music festival of very...
  • FemRock Festival – Green Door Store, Brighton – 30th June 2018

    FemRock Festival – Green Door Store, Brighton – 30th June 2018 FemRock Festival – Green Door Store, Brighton – 30th June 2018 So, it turns out the smoking area of Green Door Store has the capacity to be quite pleasant. Who knew? It helps that on this occasion (Saturday 30th June), it was populated largely with Brighton’s femme, queer (and otherwise) creatives. So, rather than stinking of Tuborg and cigarettes, the much more alluring smell of tacos filled the space, courtesy of Cactus Kitchen Girls.
  • Eels – O2 Academy Brixton, London – 2nd July 2018

    Eels – O2 Academy Brixton, London – 2nd July 2018 Eels – O2 Academy Brixton, London – 2nd July 2018 After taking the stage to the climax of the theme from Rocky, Eels’ set is something close to explosive from the off. They walk on, tearing into covers of 'Out in the Street' and 'Raspberry Beret'. It's striking how fun it must be to be in Eels.
  • Kristin Hersh – Duke of York's Cinema, Brighton – 30th June 2018

    Kristin Hersh - Duke of York's Cinema, Brighton – 30th June 2018 Kristin Hersh – Duke of York's Cinema, Brighton – 30th June 2018 On a sweltering Saturday night, Brighton was lucky to play host to Kristin Hersh, who performed at Duke of York’s Cinema. The Atlanta-born musician has been making music since the early 80s and has, to date, released ten solo albums, along with her contributions to bands Throwing Muses and 50 Foot Wave. With another album, titled Possible Dust Clouds, due for release later this year, Hersh has been touring in advance, stopping off in Brighton for the penultimate night of her June tour.
  • Community Festival – Finsbury Park, London – 1st July 2018

    Community Festival - Finsbury Park, London - 1st July 2018 Community Festival – Finsbury Park, London – 1st July 2018 With festival season well underway, London’s Finsbury Park has become hope to this year’s Community Festival, a day-long event with arguably one of the best line-ups for any indie lover across the entire country this year. As the punters descend onto the burnt-out field, there are sweet tunes being carried in the air and we’re all invited.
  • Queens of the Stone Age and Friends – Finsbury Park, London – 30th June 2018

    Queens of the Stone Age and Friends - Finsbury Park, London - 30th June 2018 Queens of the Stone Age and Friends – Finsbury Park, London – 30th June 2018 Blistering heat, big tunes and one of rock’s biggest icons on the planet today, Queens of the Stone Age enlivened a London crowd for a day that many won’t be forgetting anytime soon for a variety of reasons. Before we delve into the bands, the lack of organisation behind this event has to be addressed. With 30 degree sun scorching down on the park field, 45,000 people will need hydrating. Almost every bar in this event had queues easily in excess of one to two hours just for a simple beer, leaving many missing their favourite artists and unwilling to even stick around for the...
  • Folklore Volume One Launch Show – The Prince Albert, Brighton – 26th June 2018

    Folklore Volume One Launch Show - The Prince Albert, Brighton – 26th June 2018 Folklore Volume One Launch Show – The Prince Albert, Brighton – 26th June 2018 “If you ever want to start a record label…don’t,” joked Jacko Hooper, addressing the crowd in-between performing at the launch show for Folklore Volume One, the first release from Hooper’s new record label. Joking aside, Hooper and co seem to have done a pretty good job organising their EP and accompanying show, which featured all of the artists on the record; OKTOBA, George Ogilvie, Bess Atwell and of course Jacko himself.
  • Isle of Wight Festival 2018

    Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Whoever’s decision it was - whether it was new owners Live Nation, promoter John Giddings, or indeed Solo Music Agency - to move the Isle of Wight Festival to Glastonbury weekend, it turned out to be a masterstroke. Not only was the sun blazing for four days straight with not even a sign of any clouds, let alone rain, but it was one of the busiest Isle of Wight weekends since its reformation back in 2002, as seemingly everyone filled the fallow year void across the Solent. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the very first year back in 1968 (which saw the likes of Jefferson Airplane, T. Rex and Fairport Convention flock to the island), this year too had a...
  • Belly – Concorde 2, Brighton – 19th June 2018

    Belly – Concorde 2, Brighton – 19th June 2018 With the release of Dove back in May, early 90s heroes Belly followed up their second album, King, 23 years after its release on the 4AD label, which is also home to another of Tanya Donelly’s iconic groups Throwing Muses.
  • Miles Kane – Concorde 2, Brighton – 25th June 2018

    Miles Kane - Concorde 2, Brighton - 25th June 2018 Miles Kane – Concorde 2, Brighton – 25th June 2018 If you ever thought Miles Kane was just Alex Turner’s right hand man in The Last Shadow Puppets, you were very, very wrong. His packed out Concorde 2 show - probably the most packed I’ve ever seen it - was testament to this as he was welcomed like a hero from start to finish, as the crowd chanted his name between every song. Make no mistake, with his new album Coup De Graceout in August, Miles Kane looks set to join the upper echelons of indie music.
  • Indigo Husk – Green Door Store, Brighton – 20th June 2018

    Indigo Husk - Green Door Store, Brighton - 20th June 2018 Indigo Husk – Green Door Store, Brighton – 20th June 2018 London four-piece Indigo Husk, who we first laid eyes on with their impressive support slot for Will Joseph Cook back in September, are an indie band that wear their heart on their sleeves. This is clear from their Green Door Store performance that, it is fair to say, was far from sold out. Nevertheless, the quartet delivered a passionate and thrilling display of indie-meets-garage-rock as if they were playing to hundreds of people.
  • Lionel Richie – The 1st Central County Ground, Hove – 23rd June 2018

    Lionel Richie - The 1st Central County Ground, Hove – 23rd June 2018 Lionel Richie – The 1st Central County Ground, Hove – Saturday 23rd June 2018 A man that needs no introduction, Hove was lucky enough to be in the presence of the legendary Lionel Richie on Saturday evening, with support from Westlife frontman Shane Filan. While the sun couldn’t decide if it wanted to stay out, the conditions ended up perfect for the occasion, as the rain held off and there was a warmth in the air with a comforting breeze. As fans loaded into the stunning arena, the venue had a festival feel to it, mostly due to the food and drinks stalls scattered around, along with the impressively sized stage.
  • 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...
  • Giant Peach – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 20th June 2018

    Giant Peach – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 21st June 2018 Giant Peach – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 20th June 2018 The moment Giant Peach step on-stage you can tell there’s something new about them, a new air of confidence surrounds them. The band - who were formally playing as ISLA until last year - took almost a year out to gather themselves and focus on a sound and direction, emerging now as very much a different group entirely. Everything has been taken up a gear and not in terms of decibels. Tonight the band sound like pros; their music is focussed and considered, as well as being sharp, balanced and well rounded. They’ve taken their initial promise and quantified it, with Giant Peach being the result.
  • 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.
  • Laura Veirs – Komedia, Brighton – 11th June 2018

    Laura Veirs – Komedia, Brighton - 11th June 2018 Laura Veirs – Komedia, Brighton – 11th June 2018 “We trade slaps for sighs, it’s that point of the tour”. Fear not, Laura Veirs has not become slap-happy over the two months that she has been on the road in support of her tenth solo studio album The Lookout. Instead, as the final night brings her to Brighton, there is a palpable sense of celebration and mischief around the singer-songwriter and her band. The Lookout was yet another fine addition to the Veirs canon with its meditations on the fragility of modern life, and tonight brought the album’s subtleties to the fore and showed her for what she is - one of the most impressive, and most...
  • Julie Byrne – St. George's Church, Brighton – 9th June 2018

    Julie Byrne - St. George's Church, Brighton - 9th June 2018 Julie Byrne – St. George's Church, Brighton – 9th June 2018 Resident’s number one album last year, as chosen by its staff, was Not Even Happiness, by the American singer/songwriter Julie Byrne. It was her second album, in a slowly gestating career that had been built up in a DIY fashion, by her own hands, so to speak. She even told us mid-way tonight about her very first gig in Brighton, at The Globe pub, with only a handful of chattering punters present, and no PA. In classic needs-must fashion, she slept on the floor of an obliging new friend.

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