Ever since catching their set supporting Pizzagirl back in December, we’ve been hooked on Jumanji’s brand of indie-pop. An extremely polished band, who revel in sultry beats and breezy rhythms, they’ve become one of our favourite Brighton bands. Excitingly, then, they’ve returned with a brand-new single. Titled ‘Houdini’, it’s another tropical indie banger from the sparkling quintet.
The rise of Dorchester-via-Brighton artist Alfie Neale has been a joy to watch. Through hard work and perseverance – as well as a truckload of talent – the youthful singer-songwriter has become one of the hottest artists in the South East. His Haunt headline show, however, was a revelation. Outing him as not only one of the most talented artists Brighton has seen for a long time, but also one of the most popular and charismatic stars Brighton has produced in years, it was an utter joy to behold.
There’s just something enchanting about Brighton quartet Fur. From their retrogression music videos (the ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ parodying croquet-learning video for ‘Angel Eyes’ being a particular highlight), to their almost magical rise on YouTube, where they’ve been played millions of times and fans go absolutely bananas for them, they’ve been an utter joy to watch evolve into an indie behemoth that, genuinely, could go on to incredibly exciting things across the globe. That’s without mentioning the music, too, which has been near-perfect time and time again.
Following the smash hit of last year’s Brighton Pride weekend, which saw performances from huge mega-stars such as Britney Spears and Nile Rodgers & Chic, expectations were high for its 2019 edition, which has become a huge festival in its own right.
This is very exciting indeed. Brighton artists Seeva and La Lune have teamed-up for a brilliant collaboration on ‘Heartstop’. Written while both were single on Valentine’s Day, it’s a track that combines two different sides of the pop spectrum. While La Lune’s pop sensibilities lie more on the indie side, with The xx and Bon Iver cited as influences, Seeva tackles a more mainstream edge, and the finished product is something incredibly special.
In our interview with indie rockers White Lies, frontman Harry McVeigh told that, “With us, we’ve stuck to the course. We haven’t necessarily grown any bigger, but we haven’t gone anywhere at the same time. We still attract new people.” This was evidently clear with their Concorde 2 show – the first date of their huge UK tour in support of their brand-new album Five – where they showcased an awesome exhibition of their entire catalogue to an extremely passionate crowd both young and old.
In Brighton, we’ve come to know Queen Zee as an incredibly impressive live outfit. Whether at their own headline show at The Prince Albert (we described it as, “Exciting lyrically, captivating onstage and a remarkable amount of fun”), or supporting huge bands at Concorde 2 such as Dream Wife and Marmozets, they’ve become one of the most exciting, fiery and vibrant live bands in the country. When it comes to their debut album, then, the question was always: could they replicate that sense of urgency and thought-provoking art onto a record?
Liverpool outfit Trudy and the Romance have been a favourite of Brightonsfinest for a long time now. Not only did we call their last Brighton headline show, “Contemporary, stylish and huge amounts of fun”, but we had them on our very own stage at our Alternative Escape showcase at last year’s The Great Escape Festival. Which makes us all the more excited that they’ve return with a brand new single and announced their debut album.
What a year Brighton-based three-piece Demob Happy had last year. Returning from the brink of dissolution, after losing a band member, the band released their sophomore album Holy Doom to critical acclaim. Not only that, but the trio also provided main support for Jack White on his mammoth UK tour, as well as touring America with Nothing but Thieves. To think they started by playing sets at Brighton house parties!
Not set with being one of the most forward-thinking and progressive festivals in the UK, Love Supreme is also returning with its mini-festival at London’s Roundhouse. While last year saw performances from the likes of Mr Jukes, Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Moon Hooch, Elli Ingram and Soccer96 all perform, this year’s looks set to be an even bigger affair.