Kele Okereke – Leave To Remain

As well as the announcement of a Bloc Party UK tour that celebrates their classic debut record Silent Alarm, Okereke had also finished writing music for the stage performance he helped direct called Leave To Remain, which tells a story of the love between a gay couple in Brexit Britain. Accompanying this play, we were treated to a solo record from the Bloc Party frontman that shares the same name and essentially serves as the play’s soundtrack.

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Cancer Bats – The Haunt, Brighton – 23rd January 2019

The Toronto-raised hardcore-punk pirates that go by the name of Cancer Bats did a marvellous job of moving their legacy forward with a brilliant 2018, in which the group released their sixth studio album, The Spark That Moves, and laying waste to The Hope & Ruin after a sold out show. It seems that they are off to an equally impressive 2019 with their new single ‘Inside Out’ and a brand new tour, which sees Cancer Bats return to Brighton once again for yet another sold out gig, this time at The Haunt.

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Astroid Boys – The Prince Albert, Brighton – 15th January 2019

Despite this being my fourth time seeing Astroid Boys live, I was especially excited to see them perform at The Prince Albert, as I really didn’t know what to expect this time around. A lot had changed within the Welsh group that put hardcore-grime on the map since their last live performance I saw, supporting Enter Shikari at the Brighton Centre back in 2017.

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Soilwork – Verkligheten

If this is the first time that you’ve heard of the Swedish melodic death metal band Soilwork, you may be surprised to find out that they have been going strong for over 20 years, since their formation in late 1995, and have recently released their 11th studio album titled Verkligheten.

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Perch – No Step

No Step is the second full-length album from local art rock/post-grunge group Perch and clearly displays a progression in the band’s style, whilst keeping that Brighton band aesthetic that made their past efforts so brilliant.

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Bloom – The Prince Albert, Brighton – 19th December 2018

One of Brighton’s favourite four-pieces Bloom had quite an unconventional beginning. Essentially the offspring of a previous band of theirs (The Beautiful Word) due to a radical change in their music style, transitioning from folk-inspired music to a far more ambient style of indie-pop. Since then, they’ve released an impressive debut album titled What Is Life, which successfully showed a much more refined approach to their sound that was promised with their re-branding.

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Method Man – Meth Lab Season 2: The Lithium

The members of the Wu-Tang Clan have been as productive as ever, with the legendary rap group releasing The Saga Continues last year. Some of the members have also individually gained a lot of attention thanks to more recent releases. This includes Ghostface Killah’s The Lost Tapes, which came out in October, and the release of the late, great Ol’ Dirty Bastard’s posthumous single ‘Intoxicated’, celebrating what would have been his 50th birthday. However, now is the time for one of Wu Tang’s most prominent members, Method Man, to step into the spotlight with his newest album Meth Lab 2: The Lithium.

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Ryley Walker – The Old Market, Hove – 30th November 2018

Ryley Walker, the singer and songwriter from Rockford, Illinois visited us in Brighton and Hove as part of his 2018 international tour, promoting his latest recording. A homage to The Lillywhite Sessions (a scrapped album by the Dave Mathews Band), this album uses the same name. Walker manages to put his own dynamic and modern twist on the record that inspired it, making it a very interesting and entertaining listen. Fans had a lot of these new track to look forward to on the night of the show at the marvellous Old Market in Hove.

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Earl Sweatshirt – Some Rap Songs

In his long-awaited return, Chicago-born rapper and part of the Odd Future collective, Earl Sweatshirt, champions a brilliantly abstract style throughout what is quite possibly one of his most riveting works to date.
Fans had to wait almost four years for Earl to make a comeback after his previous studio album, I Don’t Like Shit, I Don’t Go Outside: An Album by Earl Sweatshirt, which was released back in March 2015. However, it was certainly worth the wait.

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