Now in its third year, the Soundcrash Funk & Soul Weekender is stepping things up a gear. Having sold out their old site for the last two years, the festival is moving to the heart of Brighton this year, with a new site right on Brighton Beach. We’re sure that local music lovers are going to flock to this celebration of big brass, hip-hop, future soul, tropical, Afrobeat, disco, house, and everything funky in-between.
Brighton quartet Klae originally came to our attention back in 2017 when they produced a beautiful set supporting Manchester’s Findlay. Since then, the band have impressed with their studio output, with both ‘Fake’ and ‘Expectations’ proving to be excellent, razor-sharp pop songs with their influences firmly rooted in theatrical rock, pop-punk and alternative pop.
In addition to huge names such as Jamie Lenman, Anchorsong and Kagoule already announced, the latest wave includes even more killer names. Nottingham noise-makers Palm Reader, hardcore outfit Press to Meco, Holy Roar Records signees Ohhms, and Brighton-based Nervus are all set to feature at the festival, while the homegrown aspect of the festival has continued to rise, too, with Wild Cat Strike, Poly-Math and Broker also appearing across the two day festival.
Love Supreme Festival has been a festival that has been an honour to watch go from strength to strength over the years. Taking place in Glynde Place, the festival has seen headliners from legends of funk, soul and hip-hop, sets from some of the finest experimental jazz maestros, as well as performances from some of the most exciting up-and-coming talents on the planet. It’s been an absolute delight year in year out and, amazingly, this year’s edition, already boasting Jamie Cullum and Gladys Knight as headliners, looks like it could be the best edition yet. Outstandingly, it’s just grown monumentally bigger too.
Despite originally hailing from the Isle of Man, Brighton-based outfit Penelope Isles have always been a typical Brighton band. From their beautifully striking melodies, to the way they conduct themselves on and off stage, they’ve enchanted Brighton audiences with ease.
We were first introduced to Brighton-based Caleb Harris with his acoustic folk debut ‘Banshee’. Featuring brooding vocals and an atmospheric ambience, it massively impressed us. Now he’s back with ‘The Reasons I Fear’, another beautiful track that relies far more on a pop sensibility than its moody predecessor. Celebrated with a single launch show at The Prince Albert, it’s a beautiful track that reminds us of the acoustic euphoria of the likes of Seafret and Amber Run.
It’s an exciting time for Brighton quartet Fur. Not only are they just about to embark on their first ever headline tour across the UK, but they’re also gearing up to release their first EP. At the end of last year they released the lead single, ‘Angel Eyes’, and now they’ve followed it up with ‘Him and Her’, another delicate number from the doo-wop group.
Since announcing its return at the end of last year, with a line-up consisting of headliners White Denim, as well as Snapped Ankles, Josefin Ohrn and Goat Girl, there’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Mutations Festival, resurrected by One Inch Badge and Small Pond Recordings. Now, we’ve learnt where it’s taking place as well as the line-up in its entirety.
Fusing elements of electronica sublimely with an in-depth classical knowledge, C Duncan became a household name in the UK with his experimental gaze. Signed to Brighton’s Fat Cat Records he has, excitingly, announced a brand-new album and this time things are set to be different.
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.