Taking place as standalone gigs inside The Great Escape festival, the spotlight shows have always been a chance to see some of the finest artists gracing the big stage. Throughout the years, the likes of Mist & Mostack, Slaves and Skepta have played the ‘headline’ shows and the first Spotlight artist for next year’s edition has been announced.
Brighton band Youth Sector have impressed us in the latter stages of this year, particularly with shows supporting Childcare and Bloxx. Showcasing a brand of spiky, noisy post-punk brilliantly fused with mid-00s indie and late-90s pop-punk, the band have exhibited an impressive formula with tracks such as ‘Automatic’ and ‘Dig it and Repeat’.
Sussex’s Love Supreme festival has announced that Madeleine Peyroux, Kamaal Williams, and 22-time Grammy-winning Latin-jazz pianist Chick Corea will join the line-up for the 2019 edition, which takes place from 5th – 7th July, in Glynde Place.
These three top line acts join festival favourites Snarky Puppy – who played the first Love Supreme festival back in 2013 – Jamie Cullum, and Gladys Knight, who were all announced a couple of weeks ago.
Things have been pretty quiet on the Grasshopper front this last year or so. After having been simultaneously one of the youngest and buzziest bands in Brighton for some time, university departures and line-up changes forced the group to step out of the limelight. However, now they’re back, with the excellent sounding Stricken EP.
Local live music promoter and record label, Love Thy Neighbour, have just announced they’re bringing back their excellent Tryptich Festival this January to brighten up the coldest and most miserable of months.
The loss of Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar at the end of this month (31st December) will, no doubt, leave a hole in the Brighton music scene. A venue loved by promoters, musicians and punters alike, the end of its life deserves to go out with a proper bang. Thankfully, Brighton promoters Neat Neat Neat are on the case with their second ever Christmas party also turning into a farewell party for the beloved venue on Middle Street – and boy have they recruited a stunning line-up.
With genres explored such as Northern soul, disco and big brass sounds as well as the very best of neo-soul, hip-hop beats and the UK’s flourishing jazz scene, Funk and Soul Weekender has become a favourite over the years. This year marks the beginning of the festival’s expansion, moving to a brand new location on Brighton Beach, and the line-up is an absolute corker.
It’s been a busy year for Brighton hip-hop artist Hatter, who has released single ‘Murky’, as well as mini-EP HatterDay – which featured Bobbie Johnson and Moony – already this year. Not only that, he featured on Normanton Street’s remix for ace single ‘That’s It’. Now, the young musician has collaborated with Mëi and Phonetic for the brilliant ‘Kingpin’.
As fantastic as the Brighton music scene is it does seem, at times, to be a little too guitar and rock-heavy. Which makes Collect Call, the new project from Joseph Thorpe, even more exciting. The Brighton trio leave the indie-rock style guitar hooks for a dose of electronica that is more aligned with the likes of Four Tet, James Blake and Thom Yorke. Using euphoric synthesisers and emotive vocal hooks, their debut single ‘Greenhouse’ is a beautiful, yet sombre, piece that makes you want to return again and again.
Things are really heating up for Brighton’s buzziest band, Thyla. After dropping the superb ‘Blue’ last week, the quartet have played a raucous and packed-out headline show at London’s The Shacklewell Arms this week as well as announcing their very first headline tour of the UK and their first trip to the USA.