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Greenness: Cyclicity EP Launch

The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Saturday 18th August
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African Night Fever: 15 Year Celebration Party

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
Saturday 18th August
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Kevin Morby

The Haunt, Brighton
Thursday 23rd August
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Yo La Tengo

Komedia, Brighton
Wednesday 29th August
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Album Reviews



  • Mystic Braves – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 12th August 2018

    Mystic Braves - The Hope & Ruin, Brighton - 12th August 2018 Mystic Braves – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 12th August 2018 Since 2013, Acid Box Promotions have carved a niche out of the Brighton music scene that has made them truly stand out. Focussing on “Psychedelic, garage rock, fuzz-fuelled nights” they’ve put on great gigs that have an intimate feeling and are put together with genuine love and care. Their latest night saw an arrival of L.A. psych descend on The Hope & Ruin with a joint tour between The Creation Factory and Mystic Braves. Both bands, along with Brightonians Buddha Blood, provided an enticing night of jangly, gloomy psychedelia.
  • The Rhythm Method – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – 11th August 2018

    The Rhythm Method - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton - 11th August 2018 The Rhythm Method – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton – 11th August 2018 Many people - probably due to their name and their hilarious social media presence - think that The Rhythm Method are a parody band. It couldn’t be further from the truth, however, as not only are the duo a terrific live band but they’ve got fantastic pop songs in abundance. Subsequently, a Saturday night in Sticky Mike’s basement with the band’s infectious pop songs about politics, football and nuanced social observations provided one of the more humorous, enjoyable and entertaining gigs of the year. Make no mistake about it, The Rhythm Method are one of the freshest acts on the indie circuit.
  • Bishop Nehru – The Haunt, Brighton – 8th August 2018

    Bishop Nehru - The Haunt, Brighton - 8th August 2018 Bishop Nehru – The Haunt, Brighton – 8th August 2018 As good as the Brighton live scene is, a sorely overlooked genre is hip-hop. While most overlook Brighton in favour of London, there seems to be a change in the air. Before both GZA and 808ink hit Brighton later this year, prodigious rapper Bishop Nehru made his way to Brighton in support of his latest record Elevators: Act I & II.This created a special atmosphere for his gig at The Haunt, and both Nehru and the crowd treated it as a major occasion.
  • Love BN1 Festival 2018 – Preston Park, Brighton

    Love BN1 Festival 2018 - Preston Park, Brighton Love BN1 Festival 2018 – Preston Park, Brighton After the madness and hedonism of the Saturday, a sense of peace and calm descended over Preston Park. With many revellers still trying to get home as the second day of the Pride festival kicked off, there was a noticeably quiet start to proceedings. The decision to extend the musical celebration over two days was a risk, but with the geniuses that are Nile Rodgers and Chic in town to party, it felt like the perfect way to end the weekend.
  • WOMAD Festival 2018 – Charlton Park, Wiltshire

    WOMAD Festival 2018 – Charlton Park, Wiltshire Music from far and wide - 130 countries to be precise - descended on WOMAD Festival (World of Music, Art & Dance) to turn the Earl of Suffolk’s beautiful Charlton Park estate in Wiltshire into a musical Mecca. Now in its 36th year, the four-day event holds a reputation for being one of the politest, most relaxed and feel-good festivals out there.
  • Pride Festival – Preston Park, Brighton – 4th August 2018

    Pride Festival - Preston Park, Brighton – 4th August 2018 Pride Festival – Preston Park, Brighton – 4th August 2018 There is no bigger event in Brighton than Pride, and this year’s celebration of inclusivity and equality broke all records with more than 450,000 in town on a sweltering Saturday. At Preston Park, tens of thousands gathered in order to witness a truly staggering event. Britney Spears in Brighton. When the news of her booking was announced back in January, you could almost hear the entire city draw in its breath sharply in disbelief. That noise turns into an ear-splitting shriek when she finally appears on stage a few minutes before 9pm.
  • JAZZ RE:FEST – Brighton Dome – 22nd July 2018

    JAZZ RE:FEST – Brighton Dome – Sunday 22nd July 2018 JAZZ RE:FEST – Brighton Dome – 22nd July 2018 Jazz Re:freshed can be seen as the glue to London’s incredible jazz scene, having run a weekly jazz residency there for the past 15 years. Beyond that, they’ve hosted jazz stages at festivals, developed an already impressive record label, issued an annual print magazine and are now touching bases internationally as well. They’ve situated themselves at the vanguard of promoting the prolific UK jazz scene abroad by hosting showcases at SXSW, New York, Paris, Brazil, New Orleans and the like. JAZZ RE:FEST is an annual celebration of the cutting edge jazz scene that they champion, which we’re lucky to welcome to Brighton Dome for the first...
  • Brainchild Festival 2018

    Brainchild Festival 2018 Brainchild Festival 2018 Having been fortunate enough to experience a lot of festivals over the years, Brainchild is one that comes with its own unique vibe that few can replicate. I can only liken it to the atmosphere that you feel at Glastonbury Festival, where although you are in fields with lots of people you have never met, it’s welcoming, open and relaxed. You feel totally at ease, as if it was your own backyard surrounded by people you love. A lot of this is down to the DIY ethos of the festival: Brainchild is volunteer-powered and not-for-profit. This means that the people who are behind the festival aren't getting paid for their amazing efforts, while all the acts and artists are...
  • Amadou & Mariam – Concorde 2, Brighton – 20th July 2018

    Amadou & Mariam - Concorde 2, Brighton - 20th July 2018 Amadou & Mariam – Concorde 2, Brighton – 20th July 2018 Having been nominated for Grammys, French Victoires de la Musique prizes, supported bands such as Blur, Coldplay and U2, as well as performing at the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony, there’s no denying that Malian duo Amadou & Mariam are musical icons. With a back-catalogue of 20 years, they brought an effervescent, empowering and thought-provoking set to Concorde 2, made up of their brilliant fusion of disco, funk and traditional Mali music. A Friday night at Concorde 2 usually looks a lot different to this, so this was a pleasant surprise and a wonderfully unique evening.
  • Suzi Island – Green Door Store, Brighton – 17th July 2018

    Suzi Island - Green Door Store, Brighton - 17th July 2018 Suzi Island – Green Door Store, Brighton – 17th July 2018 Brighton’s Suzi Island have been on various blogs’ ‘ones to watch’ for a while now, but it was not until their most recent single that they’ve really shown their potential to bloom. ‘Actor’ has not only featured on countless amounts of hype blogs and prestigious Spotify playlists, but it was also showcased at half-time of BBC One’s coverage of England’s World Cup quarter-final match against Sweden. So there was a lot of hype building up to their headline showcase at Green Door Store and, in the criminally short time they were on stage, they exhibited themselves as a very exciting...
  • 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.

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