John Grant – Brighton Dome – 29th October 2018

Since the dissolution of The Czars, John Grant has been steadily moving further down an electro lane with each new release. This year’s Creep Show side-project record was no anomaly, as last month’s Love Is Magic proved. Tonight’s return to Brighton is a celebration of his continued ability to balance devastating electro beats with his smooth, almost classic soft rock style. It may take the audience a little while to loosen those limbs, but by the night’s climax they are all eating out of his hand.

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First Aid Kit – Brighton Dome – 30th October 2018

After three years away, First Aid Kit applied the perfect balm for any troubled souls on a gorgeous night at the Dome. This year’s Ruins was a heartbroken and heartbreaking record, as much about the dissolution of Klara Söderberg’s relationship as it was the sudden geographical distance between her and her sister, Johanna. Through all of the hurt, however, the record contained an ability to turn sadness into joy – a feeling that carried through tonight’s show. First though, a word on The Staves. The Dome is the perfect location for their beautiful harmonies, the room packed with adoring fans to an extent rarely seen for a supposed support act. Each track from the three sisters is met with wild acclaim, a cover of The Waterboys’ ‘Whole Of The Moon’ slotting in perfectly to a set that surely demands a return visit to this venue in their own right.

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Tom Odell – Brighton Dome – 27th October 2018

As a man who defies his critics, I was excited to see Tom Odell for what would be my second time, the last being after the release of his sophomore album, Wrong Crowd, back in 2016. Odell was due to play the Brighton Centre once more, having performed there previously with support from Rag’n’Bone Man, an artist who has achieved monumental success since. Because of this, I was intrigued as to who would be supporting Odell this time around and was a little surprised when the gig was moved to Brighton Dome, although still excited having already witnessed what a great performer he is.

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