Whenyoung – Komedia Studio Bar, Brighton – 10th October 2018

In 2018, Limerick trio Whenyoung have been quite the fans of Brighton. Having played here with Public Access TV back in February, as well as a terrific, packed-out show for The Great Escape at The Haunt, there’s been a lot of love for the band on the South Coast. “It’s good to be back in Brighton, we always love coming here” stated lead singer Aoife Power, “we didn’t get a chance to go for a swim this time though,” she continued. With an unfortunate clash with similar indie-pop buzz band Anteros playing at Sticky Mike’s, the room was only half full but, that aside, it’s hard to ignore the momentous propulsion the band are exhibiting. With doses of brilliantly addictive indie-pop, and Power’s heavenly vocals, Whenyoung are an absolute delight.

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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.

Read reviews from Ben Walker, Dan Whitehouse, Liam McMillen, Iain Lauder, Jeff Hemmings, Jamie MacMillan, Ben Noble

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