Brighton’s Demonstrations have been picking up a head of steam in 2018. Releasing their debut single ‘Extradite’ – a stuttering piece of atmospheric rock – they’ve gone from strength to strength moving towards the end of the year. Now, they’ve returned with their follow-up, ‘Kingfisher’, which is a vibrant and jangly slice of indie-rock.
Kudu Blue have been a band that we’ve championed for some time here at Brightonsfinest. From reviewing their headline shows at Green Door Store and The Hope & Ruin back in 2014 and 2016, to interviewing the band in the very same year. After some time out, they’ve finally followed up 2017’s ‘Call Out’ with the excellent ‘Auras’.
Lacuna Bloome look set to be the breakout Brighton band of 2019. Currently on the This Feeling Alive tour supporting Trampolene, they’ve also dropped a brand-new single to end 2018 just how they started it: with a bang! ‘Find Your Way’ sees the band further exploring their psych meets swaggering indie-rock sound.
The first three acts for the 2019 Love Supreme Jazz Festival have been announced and feature a return for jazz-pop star Jamie Cullum, legendary disco-soul diva Gladys Knight, and three-time Grammy Award-winning jazz and funk collective Snarky Puppy.
Having supported the likes Bel Esprit, Safe to Swim and Belles around the city, Moth, the Brighton-based quintet, have been stamping their mark on the local live scene ever since their arrival on the South Coast. Working their way up to their debut single – an important moment in the life of any band – they’ve finally arrived with ‘Thirst’, which is a tropical indie banger with tinges of reggae and ska.
Brighton singer-songwriter Edward Sansom has been impressive in his short career as a musician thus far. Not only has he played Glastonbury festival, but he won a bursary from the ‘Real Unsigned Project’ through Arts Council England and gained support from BBC Introducing in both Sussex and Surrey.
From the moment we first laid eyes on Brighton quartet Fur we knew they were onto something special. Since then, we’ve seen them dominate The Beach stage at this year’s The Great Escape festival – as well as our very own stage for the Alternative Escape – and headline The Haunt at the start of the year.
With the likes of Taff’s My Element EP, Caged Tigers’ dazzling new single ‘Home’ and Scarlett Fae’s soothing debut ‘Knew You’, it’s safe to say that Brighton label QM Records have been on a bit of a roll in the latter half of 2018. Following in that thrilling line of hip-hop and soul is Sylvia Mwenze with her gorgeous debut single ‘Alarm’.
Even we’re getting tired of our own voices when we talk about Thyla – but we just can’t help ourselves. Such is the dynamism and brilliance of the Brighton quartet – with brilliant 2018 singles ‘Candy’, ‘Blame’ and ‘I Was Biting’ under their belt as well as some breathtakingly exciting live shows – that we just can’t help ourselves but to wax lyrical about the four-piece.
Here at Brightonsfinest we love a heady dose of noisy garage rock. From supporting the likes of Idles and Shame every step of the way, it looks like Brighton outfit Guru could follow on in their footsteps as our very own noisemakers. Describing themselves quite brilliantly as “Post-avant-garde-psychedelic-doom-nü-pop”, they impressed us recently with a superb support slot for Kagoule at The Prince Albert.