Breathe Panel – The Western, Brighton – 13th September 2018

Brighton’s Breathe Panel have really stepped things up a notch in 2018. Not only have the played some great shows – such as their fantastic Great Escape slot at One Church – but they released their debut, eponymous record back in July. Produced by MJ of Hookworms, we described it as “Touching on shoegaze tendencies, with Nick Green’s luscious vocals at the forefront of every track, it’s an album perfect for the summer”. After two months, they finally returned to showcase the record at The Western in an impressive performance that perfectly highlighted the professionalism and talents of the band.


Breathe Panel – Breathe Panel

Breathe Panel are a Brighton band through and through. Having formed here at university, they became synonymous with the Brighton live scene having supported the likes of The Big Moon, Honeyblood and Quilt across the city. Excitement built so much from their live showcases and their early singles ‘On My Way’ and ‘Try To See’ that they were then signed by Brighton label Fat Cat Records and, finally, they’ve released their eponymous debut album, Breathe Panel, which more than lives up to the hype the band have created. Touching on shoegaze tendencies, with Nick Green’s luscious vocals at the forefront of every track, it’s an album perfect for the summer.


Breathe Panel announce album and track

Brighton based four-piece Breathe Panel have announced the imminent arrival of their much anticipated self-titled debut album, to be released on their hometown label, Fat Cat, 13th July. ‘Sunrise/Sunshine’, from the album, combines duel-guitar, dreamy shoegaze, garage-rock and psychedelia and can be heard here.


The Great Escape Festival – 2018

To paraphrase that Marmite film classic, the streets were alive with the sound of music! Over three long days and nights, Brighton did truly come alive as The Great Escape juggernaut rolled into town for its 13th edition. The festival for new music saw over 500 acts playing in 40-odd venues, representing countries from all around the globe. If you add in the The Alternative Great Escape, and the plethora of events and pop-up performances arranged off the back of TGE and AGE, you’re looking at closer to 1,000 acts in 80-odd venues. Yes, it was mad, but glorious. Helped along by some beautiful mid-May sunshine, somehow within all the chaos, Brightonsfinest were out in force, documenting, commenting, and enjoying what we like to do best. Watch live music.

So, brace yourself. If you were there, hopefully memories will be stirred. If you weren’t, dive into our thoughts about the state of new music, and check out our many recommendations.

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SPECTRUM: All Day Special – Brighton Dome – 21st April 2018

Spectrum, a project of the Brighton Dome to support local music, has run a concert on Record Store Day for a few years in the Studio Theatre but, as that is being redeveloped at the moment, they decided to host the event in the main concert hall this year. It is an eight hour marathon of almost non-stop live music with some of the best local acts around, in collaboration with the Green Door Store venue, QM Records and Love Thy Neighbour record labels.


Breathe Panel album ‘Carmine’ soon

Brighton/London four-piece Breathe Panel have announced details of their debut album, to be released on Brighton’s Fat Cat Records, on the 13th July 2018.

Produced by Hookworms’ MJ, ‘Carmine’ is the first fruit to emerge from the self-titled album sessions: a fine example of the propulsive, bittersweet dream-rock that they do so well.

We’ve been watching their progress closely these last couple of years and we think there is a very bright future for this band! Check out ‘Carmine’ here: