Make no mistake about it, day festival fever has hit Brighton in recent years. No doubt ignited by the success of The Great Escape festival, over the last year alone we’ve had Bad Pond festival, Washed Out festival and Lewes Psychedelic festival all provide us with fantastic entertainment and value for money. Now, the good folks at One Inch Badge and Small Pond are reviving Mutations festival, which last took place in 2015.
Anyone in and around the Brighton music scene will know both Nelson Navarro and RIAH; Navarro for his excellent MC’ing around the city and Riah for her jazz-inspired, down tempo, original soul. Excitingly, they’ve teamed up for a brand-new single, ‘So Long’, under the name Knight & Navarro.
This is very exciting news, indeed. JF Sebastian, from Brighton band Underwater Boys, has dropped his debut single ‘Komodo’ and we’re big, big fans of it – and not just because he’s named himself after a character from Blade Runner.
After an incredible 2017, where we saw them support the likes of YOWL and Strange Cages as well as headlining Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar in their own right, Egyptian Blue have continued that momentum into 2018 with some excellent shows in both London and on the South Coast. Now they’ve released their fourth single, ‘To Be Felt’, which is a cracker. With razor sharp guitars and crashing melodies, it’s a heady dose of brilliant post-punk.
It didn’t take long, did it? Soon after their brilliant sold out show at Concorde 2 a few days ago, Bristol five-piece Idles have announced a new date, as part of a global tour, this time at the Dome, on 29th March. Three times the capacity, no doubt this will sell out as well, so you’d better be quick!!
Lewes Psychedelic Festival will be back to blow your minds in 2019, with this two-day event taking place across 8th and 9th February, and tickets are on sale now.
Held on two consecutive nights, at the Lewes Arms (8th) and All Saints Centre (9th), expect superlative light shows (courtesy of Innersprings), live bands, and DJs. So far only Brighton’s synth and drums duo AK/DK have been announced, with the rest of the line-up to be announced over the coming weeks.
Brighton duo Blood Red Shoes have announced the release of their fifth album Get Tragic, out 25th January.
Continuing their sensational year, it has been confirmed that the Brighton three-piece, Our Girl, are about to make their live debut on national TV. Following on from their impressive debut album, Stranger Today, which we said, “Unfurls its aural delights gently, but forcibly, the songwriting often nuanced and intricate”, as well as their triumphant homecoming show at The Haunt last week, the band are performing on Saturday morning football show Soccer AM. Usually reserved for the ‘laddier’ bands (Blossoms, The Coral and Slaves have all made appearances recently).
Moonoversun, the pop duo who were the first band signed to Brighton-based independent record label Pool Valley Records, have had a cracking 2018 thus far with two fantastic singles in the form of ‘Girls/Boys’ and ‘Friendz’. Embracing their pop sensibilities wholly, as well as creating a gorgeous and colourful aesthetic for themselves, both their records and live shows have an enticing postmodernist pop twinge.
We’ve got a strong affiliation with punk meets hip-hop duo Para Fiction here at Brightonsfinest due to attending their first ever gig, supporting HAUS (where we said they “Expertly combine the jangly math-rock of the likes of Foals and Bombay Bicycle Club, with the boisterous vocals akin to Benny Mails and Rejjie Snow”) and subsequently witnessing their rise through the ranks to an extremely exciting band.