There aren’t many promoters and labels that support Brighton’s thriving music scene like QM Records. From live gigs, to single launches, as well as appearances on radio stations and conferences, the label is at the centre of a flourishing scene. Which makes it all the more exciting that they’re bringing back Moves Festival. This time taking place at The Old Market, it’s announced its first two acts for the evening section of the festival.
The announcement of a brand-new festival in East Brighton, curated by Brighton Rox, got us really excited at the beginning of this year. Finally a replacement for Wild Life and Together the People, it looked set to be one of the highlights of the summer period. Now, we can confirm that it’s destined for great things, as the first headliner has been announced for the event.
Last year’s Brighton Festival, curated by David Shrigley, produced some of the finest gigs of the year. The likes of Ezra Furman and Jungle graced the Brighton Dome stage for some unforgettable performances, and the 2019 edition looks set to be similarly fantastic. Directed this time by Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist Rokia Traore, this year’s programme is brimming with beautiful talent.
After a 2018 which saw them support the likes of Kasabian and Bring Me the Horizon, as well as playing at some of the most prestigious music festivals Europe has to offer, last year was the year that saw Yonaka break out of Brighton and truly enter the mainstream arena. With huge rock bangers such as ‘Teach Me to Fight’ and ‘Creature’ under their belts now, too, the band look to have all the ingredients to become rock juggernauts.
It was announced on Tuesday that, due to unfortunate circumstances, rap star Professor Green, aka Stephen Manderson, would have to cancel his UK tour at the last minute. Whilst literally packing the tour van, Green had a seizure and fell, leading to him fracturing vertebrae in his neck. Those of you looking forward to seeing his show at The Haunt next Thursday will need to wait a little longer, as Manderson has promised to reschedule for the winter once he has had time to suitably recover.
Anyone in and around Brighton will have come to love post-punk quintet Ditz at this point. Having supported everyone from Projector, to Lice, and Queen Zee, as well as awesome headline shows of their own, they’ve become an integral part of the Brighton music scene. With a steady amount of momentum now built, they’ve returned to the studio for another thrilling slice of noise-rock in the form of ‘Gayboy’.
Since being handpicked by indie icons Dream Wife to open for them at their Concorde 2 show, things have been picking up for dynamic two-piece Arxx. After releasing 2018’s Daughters of Daughters, too, the band are looking to continue the momentum that they built so well last year. Kicking off their 2019 with a brand-new European tour, the duo look like they’re showing no signs of messing around.
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.
Music and entertainment store HMV will remain open in Brighton’s Churchill Square despite the closure of almost 30 shops across the UK, the company have announced, following its acquisition by Sunrise Records.
At the end of last year Britain’s music news was full of despairing reports about HMV’s misfortunes, with the company heading into administration for the second time in six years. It seemed like another of Britain’s major high street music retailers was about to close its doors for good, a couple of years shy of its 100th anniversary.
Brighton-based musician and songwriter Ellie Ford will release her second full-length album in May, Light.Repeated., and to celebrate the arrival of her sophomore record, she will be holding a special in-store performance at Brighton’s Resident on Monday 13th May at 6.30pm.