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.
As far as years go, Brighton’s Sick Joy might have had the most impressive 2018 of any Brighton band. Not only did they release two excellent singles and their debut EP, but they wowed audiences with huge support slots for the likes of Tigercub at Concorde 2 and Feeder at Brixton Academy.
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.
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.
Released on Fat Cat Records, Brighton electronic maestro Knightstown’s debut album was one of our favourite records of the year. A brilliant slice of melancholic electronica in the vein of James Blake and Sampha, that referenced everything from classical music to literary classics, it was an absolute joy from start to finish. Now, the Brighton artist is back with a three-track EP.
The Great Escape Festival is, without a doubt, the greatest weekend of the Brightonian calendar. Thousands of bands, artists and industry people get together for a huge celebrations of new music from a dizzying array of genres in one of the best cities in the country. Taking place across the entire city, in venues, bars, hotels, on the street and even on the beach, it’s a music fans dream come true. The festival is just a mere four months away now, too, and the music announcements are starting to make their way towards us.
Here at Brightonsfinest we’re constantly on the lookout for the very best new Brighton bands and with Roma Palace we think we’ve found something very exciting. Formerly known as Riviera, but deciding to reinvent the band as a three-piece, the trio have arrived with their debut single ‘Tell Me’ and we’re delighted to be premiering the track. A tropical delight, it’s one of the most exciting indie-pop debuts we’ve heard in some time.
2018 was an exciting year for Brighton psych outfit White Room. Not only did they perform a euphoric headline set at Patterns, but they embarked on a brilliant support tour for Doncaster rockers The Blinders, which included an iconic night at The Haunt. Now, the quintet have given us a taste of what’s to come in 2019 with ‘Bleeding’.