Resident, Brighton’s most popular independent record shop, doesn’t just sell records. While last year the likes of Slaves, Pale Waves and Bill Ryder-Jones all played sets inside the shop – while Idles played the very first ‘out-store’ in Komedia – the iconic shop also holds in-store signings for a chance to get your brand-new record signed by the band themselves, and they’ve just announced two absolute corkers.
Brighton-based Kai Khan has impressed us since her debut single ‘Call Me Back’ dropped back in 2017. Since then, she’s released the equally brilliant ‘Ruin’ and provided some of the most memorable support slots in recent memory for the likes of Chloe Bodur. Now, she’s helped singer-songwriter Natty Reeves bring his brand-new single ‘November’ to life.
I think it’s safe to say that many – including myself – were wrong about The 1975. The tide began to change when the follow-up to their critically-panned debut eponymous record, I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It, was received slightly warmer than its predecessor and topped the album charts on both sides of the Atlantic. Their third album, A Brief Enquiry Into Online Relationships, however, has seen many a critic eat humble pie. A record with a dizzying amount of experimentation and intensely laid-out themes, it’s an uneven but incredibly impressive record, that has genuinely seen the band become world beaters.
One thing that Brighton doesn’t lack for is festivals. Whether they’re urban multi-venues, or all-dayers, we’re saturated with brilliant festival entertainment pretty much all year round. One thing we do lack for, however, since the departure of Together the People and Wild Life, is an outside, summer festival. Enter Land Beyond, a festival promising “a land unexplored”.
Alfie Neale’s debut single, ‘Liquor Dreams’, set off a chain reaction for the Brighton-based artist’s career. Since it dropped, he’s performed sold-out headline shows, appeared in reputable music blogs, and announced a huge headline show at Brighton’s The Haunt. It was always going to be difficult to follow that up, then, but thankfully Neale has done it perfectly.
In 2018, South Coast band Submariner took some serious steps to making it into the next level of their relatively short career. They released ‘T.O.Y.S.’, which we called “Pure indie-pop brilliance”, as well as performing a euphoric headline set at Green Door Store that we described as “sumptuous” and “atmospheric”.
When it was announced that legendary Brighton venue Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar would be closing at the end of last year it sent shockwaves through the Brighton music scene. Firstly a sense of grief, due to lost jobs and the beautiful memories created there and, secondly, because if an independent venue can’t exist in Brighton – a liberal, music-loving city with independence running through its veins – then where can it? Thank goodness, then, for Green Door Store; a venue that has reached its eighth year by doing everything right. Showcasing excellent underground bands, as well as some of the most hotly-tipped in the world, as well as giving brilliant Brighton bands a leg up.
After a terrific 2018 edition that took place over two days at The Arch, the team at Small Pond Recordings have gone bigger and better for their 2019 edition. Taking place at Brighton’s Concorde 2 over the weekend of 21st April, the line-up is certainly fitting of the bigger venue.
Brighton-based music blog Hidden Herd became one of the most impressive promoters on the South Coast in 2018, bringing the likes of Pizzagirl, Wyldest, Childcare and Swimming Tapes to the city, in addition to the inaugural Hidden Herd Festival. Thankfully, they show no signs of slowing down in 2019 and, if anything, look like they’re upping the ante with a brand-new series of gigs called ‘Sptlght’ which promises to, “Put a spotlight on some of the UK’s most exciting new artists.”
Always the purveyors of Brighton’s music and arts scene, QM Records know a thing or two when it comes to putting on events. Which makes it all the more exciting that they’re bringing back MOVES Festival, following its epic inaugural year which saw performances from Normanton Street, Half Crown, Bobbie Johnson, One Eyed Jacks and many, many more.