Tryptich 2: Heirloom – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton – 18th January 2019

Tryptich is a festival over three days in the middle of January, which you might think is a crazy time to have a festival. Though Brighton has a long tradition of mini-festivals around this time of the year and I’ve been to quite a few over during that time. Despite it being the coldest night of the year so far, The Hope & Ruin was rammed when I turned up at the beginning of the night. It’s a bit of an eclectic mix of bands tonight but I have been looking forward to this show for a while.

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Green Door Store’s Birthday – Green Door Store, Brighton – 5th January 2019

When it was announced that legendary Brighton venue Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar would be closing at the end of last year it sent shockwaves through the Brighton music scene. Firstly a sense of grief, due to lost jobs and the beautiful memories created there and, secondly, because if an independent venue can’t exist in Brighton – a liberal, music-loving city with independence running through its veins – then where can it? Thank goodness, then, for Green Door Store; a venue that has reached its eighth year by doing everything right. Showcasing excellent underground bands, as well as some of the most hotly-tipped in the world, as well as giving brilliant Brighton bands a leg up.

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Heirloom ‘Speak in Tongues’ with new single and video

Brighton quintet Heirloom are, arguably, the most exciting guitar band in Brighton at the moment. Brimming with a beautiful aesthetic style, and their exquisite double A-side ‘Come on Down / Bunny’, they’ve turned a lot of heads on the South Coast with their enthralling live shows. Ending the year the way they started it, they’ve just released their third single ‘Speak in Tongues’ – an energetic, and hazy, dark pop banger with added bite.

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Utopia All-Dayer – Green Door Store, Brighton – 9th June 2018

All day music events seem to be the in thing this year, this is the fourth one I’ve been to so far and it’s a great way to see a short set from a bunch of bands in one day. It can be a tricky thing to get right, especially somewhere like the Green Door Store where there is only one stage and quite a confined space. Though new promoter Utopia did a great job.

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