Ady Suleiman announces UK tour and Brighton date

Following his run of sold out UK dates in March and the release of his debut album, Memories, Ady Suleiman will return this autumn with his biggest ever UK headline tour.

The long-awaited but critically-acclaimed Memories featured a bold collection of uninhibited songs inspired by his personal experiences. Drawing on touchstones of British adolescence, the album covers a broad range of themes – from love and relationships through to mental health issues.

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­Who to see at The Great Escape 2018

Back for its 13th year, The Great Escape is the premier showcase in Europe for new music. Over three days and nights, Brighton is host to 450-plus acts playing over 30 venues, from around 20 countries. You won’t have heard of many of these acts, but quality and potential is the name of the game here. Along with a few fairly established names, the bulk of the bill is made up of acts who have shown their talent, and are on the cusp of bigger and better things. It is a fabulous opportunity to check out new music, covering almost all genres known to man. Alongside The Great Escape, there’s The Alternative Escape, which also features a wealth of stunning new talent, and The Great Escape Convention, where many of the music industry’s movers and shakers congregate to check out the talent, and do a spot of networking and deal making. For three days in May, Brighton truly is the place to be! To help you get a grasp of what is out there, we asked various Brightonsfinest contributors, along with some industry players, to give us the lowdown on who they are looking out for.

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Ady Suleiman – Memories

Memories, the long anticipated debut album from soulful singer Ady Suleiman has finally arrived. Suleiman first hit the Brightonsfinest radar when he appeared at The Great Escape, way back in 2015, but he’s been a signed artist in development since 2013. I stepped in to review a live show when he kicked off a UK tour at the Green Door Store, just over two years ago. I was seriously blown away – largely because what I saw was totally unexpected, given my preparation of listening to a few single releases on Spotify. To me it seemed like there was a big mismatch between this guy’s releases and his live show. I found his often jazzy, emotive material came to life in the hands of these live performers, whereas what I heard in the recordings was much more electronic, sample-based and hyped. This may just be personal taste, but I think it’s a lot harder to make a computer sound soulful, when compared to a musician with a microphone or an instrument in their hands. After the show I spent weeks obsessing over all the live YouTube videos there are of Ady, often accompanied by guitarist Ed Black, performing live, stripped-back and beautiful versions of his fantastic songs.

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