Brighton review: The Staves @ Brighton Ballroom 2 May 2012

Brighton review The Staves @ Brighton Ballroom  2 May 2012

The Staves – sisters Emily, Camilla and Jessica – charmed Brighton on Wednesday night on the last date of their UK and Ireland tour. With a fan base picked up from word of mouth and numerous supporting gigs, The Staves managed to woo every person in the small but packed out Brighton Ballroom. Opening with [...]

Brighton preview: Sharon Van Etten @ Komedia 21 May 2012

Brighton preview Sharon Van Etten @ Komedia 21 May 2012

PJ Harvey might have got there first, but American singer-songwriter Sharon Van Etten, who appears at the Komedia on Monday 21 May, is no slouch when it comes to reinvigorating indie rock with a distinctively feminine touch. Hailing from New Jersey, and currently centred in Brooklyn, New York, it could be argued that Van Etten [...]

Brighton event: Hot-Tip Hi-Fi @ The Office 19 May 2012

Hot-Tip Hi-Fi Brighton

Dig out your best dancing Brogues folks… Reggae, Rocksteady and Ska – classic and rare selection of jumping vintage cuts. Enjoy an audio cocktail of the finest Jamaican musical sunshine + good time/old time party vibes! http://hthf.mono.net Free entry / 8pm – 1am Venue: The Office, 8 Sydney Street, Brighton. BN1 4EN Start Date: 2012-05-19 [...]

Brighton review: Patrick Watson @ Komedia – Tuesday 1 May 2012

Brighton review: Patrick Watson @ Komedia - Tuesday 1 May 2012

Watching Patrick Watson playing live makes me want to round up anyone who watches the X Factor or any other shows where talentless morons sing karaoke to get famous and make them see what actual music is. I always wonder what tv talent show contestants think when they hear actual music – The Beatles for [...]

Brighton preview: Balkan Beat Box (BBB) @ Concorde 2 Friday 18 May 2012

Brighton preview Balkan Beat Box (BBB) @ Concorde 2 Friday 18 May 2012

Balkan Beat Box, now known as BBB, will be bringing their international beats to our shores in May as part of their tour, which sees them play across Europe and North America. The band will be playing at Concorde 2 in Brighton on Friday 18 May, one of their four dates here in the UK. [...]

Brighton review: Of Montreal @ Concorde 2 Thursday 26 April 2012

Brighton review Of Montreal @ Concorde 2

‘A game of two halves’ is a cliché usually saved for football – but I think it’s an apt way to describe my night at Concorde 2. Of Montreal’s lacklustre first half only managed to get the crowd simmering. The second half, however, opened with a volley of the band’s more crowd-pleasing hits from 2007’s [...]

Brighton review: Graham Coxon @ Concorde 2 Monday 23 April 2012

Brighton review Graham Coxon @ Concorde 2

Last time I saw Graham Coxon live, he was very much a solo performer. Under an unforgiving sun, he stood awkwardly at the front of an open-air stage with his guitar and assailed a London festival crowd with angular pop ditties like ‘Freakin’ Out’ and ‘Bittersweet Bundle Of Misery’. The honesty and directness of both [...]

Professor Green and Katy B added to Shakedown 2012 line up

Professor Green and Katy B added to Shakedown 2012 line up

Professor Green and Katy B, plus Stooshe and Clement Marfo & The Frontline, have been added to the Shakedown 2012 music festival line up. Professor Green will perform before previously announced headliner, Dizzee Rascal in Stanmer Park. His debut album, ‘Alive Till I’m Dead’ crashed into the charts and went double-Gold, spawning four hit singles [...]

The Great Escape 2012: Fourth wave of acts confirmed for TGE 2012

The Great Escape 2012 Fourth wave of acts confirmed for TGE 2012

42 bands have been added to the Great Escape 2012 line up as part of the fourth wave of confirmed acts for Brighton’s very own festival of new music. New acts set to hit Brighton for the Great Escape this year include legendary house pioneer DJ Leo Zero, disco-rock leftfielders We Have Band, Norfolk based [...]

Maria McAteer’s Brighton Boy video released on Wednesday 18 April 2012

Maria McAteer

Brighton boys of all ages co-star with singer-songwriter Maria McAteer in a new pop video to be released on Wednesday 18 April. The new video promotes her single, ‘Brighton Boy’, which is released for download on Wednesday as a sneak peek of the long-awaited debut album ‘Her Night At Noon’. Maria directed the video, shot [...]

Brighton preview: The Staves @ Brighton Ballroom 2 May 2012

Brighton preview: The Staves @ Brighton Ballroom  2 May 2012

Brighton will soon be welcoming The Staves, a folk-pop trio who sound like they’re from Portland, Oregon, but are actually Londoners of the Watford persuasion. Emily, Jess and Camilla – sisters who pair stripped-back tunes with pitch-perfect harmonies – are a little bit Mountain Man, a little bit Fleet Foxes. Hot on the heels of [...]

Brighton event: Bitter Disko @ Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar 26 May 2012

Brighton event: Bitter Disko @ Sticky Mike

Alternative audio delights – past & present. Experimental party soundtrack of mutant funk, dirty electronics, dark acid & off-kilter grooves + jump-up post-punk, no-wave killer cuts & below radar favourites… For more information, visit the Bitter Disko website. Venue: Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, 9-12 Middle Street, Brighton, BN1 1AL Start Date: 2012-05-26 Price: FREE POSTED [...]

Brighton preview: Andrew Bird @ Theatre Royal Brighton 10 June 2012

Brighton preview Andrew Bird @ Theatre Royal Brighton

In June 2012, Brighton’s Theatre Royal will play host to one of the world’s most accomplished and prolific multi-instrumentalists, Andrew Bird. In an exclusive performance as part of only a handful of UK dates, the enigmatic Bird will take to the stage of the enchanting Theatre Royal on Sunday 10 June 2012. 2012 has already [...]

Brighton preview: Patrick Watson @ Komedia 1 May 2012

Brighton preview Patrick Watson @ Komedia 1 May 2012

Patrick Watson, the award-winning Canadian songwriter, pianist, composer and all-round musical genius, is coming to Brighton on 1 May 2012. In one of only two UK dates, Patrick Watson will be playing the fabulously intimate downstairs cabaret area of one of Brighton’s favourite music venues: Komedia. Renowned for his delicate but nonetheless distinctive live performances, [...]

Brighton event: Bitter Disko @ The Shakespeare’s Head 5 May 2012

Brighton event: Bitter Disko @ The Shakespeare

Alternative audio delights & below radar killer cuts: experimental dance selection of mutant funk, dark acid & dirty electronics… + post-punk, no-wave & DIY/indie tracks. “Brighton-based experimentalists Bitter Disko are creating their own take on the style of legendary New York clubs from the late-70s and early-80s such as Mudd and Danceteria. Combining driving disco [...]