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.
It’s hard to believe, but January is just around the corner, and to shake off those new year blues, the Green Door Store have announced a fantastic line-up for their eighth birthday.
If we’ve learnt anything from Warmduscher, the indie supergroup made up of members from Fat White Family, Insecure Men, Childhood and Paranoid London, it’s that they like to embrace the eccentricity. Their sold-out Brighton gig – from Warmduscher, to Rodeo Death Burger and Jack Medley’s Secure Men – was testament to this as the night was full of Mexican wrestling masks, weird and wonderful characters and a whole load of mishaps. The night, started by new supergroup Jack Medley’s Secure Men, led by Filthy Pedro, started with anti-folk, then continued with the “Turbo folk fetus rock” from Rodeo Death Burger, and ended with the dirty riffs of Warmduscher, was one of the strangest in Brighton in recent memory.
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.