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.
The inaugural Cro Cro Land Festival is set to take Croydon by storm this April, with an independent, multi-stage all-day festival curated by culture bloggers The Croydonist. The festival will take place on 6th April with a hand-picked line-up of new and upcoming acts drawn from indie and alternative rock scenes.
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”.
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.
Taking place as standalone gigs inside The Great Escape festival, the spotlight shows have always been a chance to see some of the finest artists gracing the big stage. Throughout the years, the likes of Mist & Mostack, Slaves and Skepta have played the ‘headline’ shows and the first Spotlight artist for next year’s edition has been announced.
Brighton band Youth Sector have impressed us in the latter stages of this year, particularly with shows supporting Childcare and Bloxx. Showcasing a brand of spiky, noisy post-punk brilliantly fused with mid-00s indie and late-90s pop-punk, the band have exhibited an impressive formula with tracks such as ‘Automatic’ and ‘Dig it and Repeat’.