Brighton Reviews

Brighton preview: Ben Howard @ Concorde 2 – 15 February 2012

Brighton event Ben Howard

Ben Howard is no stranger to Brighton. So far he’s played The Great Escape, The Hope and Komedia, among others. Having toured all of the country and beyond since 2009, he’s gained quite a following of loyal fans. He’s returning to Brighton on 15 February for his biggest solo Brighton gig yet at Concorde 2, [...]

Brighton review: VIVE LA FRANCE! @ Duke of York’s Cinema Saturday 28 January

Brighton review VIVE LA FRANCE! @ Duke of York’s Cinema Saturday 28 January

The successful Vive La France festival ended on a high with a night of music and film at the Duke of York Cinema. Cinemagoers were treated to a concert by Melanie Pain, formerly of successful French group Nouvelle Vague, before a late night screening of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s modern classic Amelie. The 100-year-old building provided the [...]

Brighton review: VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Green Door Store Friday 27 January

Brighton review VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Green Door Store Friday 27 January

Friday’s Vive La France offerings at The Green Door Store came in the form of Sing Sing My Darling, Justine Taton and Phoebe Killdeer and The Short Straws. Local favourites Transformer, a ‘French Connection’ act with members from Brighton and France, were also on hand. They entertained the crowd between sets with their eclectic concoction [...]

Brighton review: VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Green Door Store Thursday 26 January

Brighton review VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Green Door Store Thursday 26 January

This year’s Vive La France festival, courtesy of Brighton promoters Melting Vinyl, got started at The Green Door Store with performances by Les Zuts, Mesparrow and Francois and the Atlas Mountains. Performing under the ‘French Collection’ banner, Les Zuts opened the night with a charming performance of Gallic songs from over the years. Fronted by [...]

Brighton review: Explosions in the Sky @ Concorde 2 – 28 January 2012

Brighton review: Explosions in the Sky @ Concorde 2 - 28 January 2012

The blustery seafront walk to Concorde 2 is a tiresome task which raises your hopes and expectations of the night ahead. Having not seen Explosions in the Sky in years, just increased my expectations even more. The quasi-classical-post-rock symphonies and towering crescendos were delivered with plenty of momentum, which was always expected and their humility [...]

Brighton review: Quick Fictions, best-sellers, autobiography and sex – First Fictions

Elizabeth Hughes reports from First Fictions Festival 20 – 22 January There was a fast start to the First Fictions Festival when 20 writers read their 300 word stories aloud to a packed room at the University of Sussex. 120 people had entered a bite-sized tale into this annual Quick Fictions competition and, whilst there [...]

Brighton preview: VIVE LA FRANCE! @ Duke of York’s Cinema Saturday 28 January

Brighton preview VIVE LA FRANCE! @ Duke of York’s Cinema Saturday 28 January

Saturday night at the Duke of York’s presents a unique opportunity for the full-on-Francophile and the more casual French fan alike. Melanie Pain (pictured), a former member of Nouvelle Vague, will be performing a delightful selection of chansons to prepare us for a late-night screening of Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s quintessentially French masterpiece Amelie. For anyone who [...]

Brighton preview: VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Hope Friday 27 January

Brighton preview VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Hope Friday 27 January

Friday at The Hope might throw up a few unexpected surprises with Turzi Electronique Experience, Concrete Knives, Halfway (pictured) and L’Amour Electronique DJs all playing. Turzi seem to be setting their own scene by describing themselves as an ‘Electronique Experience’. The five piece fronted by Romain Turzi may not sound particularly French but their unique [...]

Brighton preview: VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Green Door Store Friday 27 January

Brighton preview VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Green Door Store Friday 27 January

It’s another quintessentially French night at The Green Door Store this Friday as Phoebe Killdeer & the Short Straws (pictured), Justine Taton, Sing Sing My Darling and Transformer DJs all take to the stage. Anyone who knows Nouvelle Vague will most likely be aware of Phoebe Kildeer who joined the band in 2004 and toured [...]

Brighton preview: VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Hope Thursday 26 January

Brighton preview VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Hope Thursday 26 January

Thursday’s show at The Hope is presented by French taste-makers Les Inrockuptibles and will see Polarsets, College, Air Bag One (pictured) and JD the DJ (of Les Inrock) all perform. Polarsets aren’t actually French, but are signed to Kitsune, the French label renowned for their indie-pop spotting abilities and home to the likes of Delphic [...]

Brighton preview: VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Green Door Store Thursday 26 January

Brighton preview VIVE LA FRANCE! @ The Green Door Store Thursday 26 January

Vive La France gets off to a very French start at the Green Door Store with Francois & The Atlas Mountains (pictured), Mesparrow and Les Zuts all on the billing. Saintes-born Francois moved to Bristol many years ago where he found his Atlas Mountains, which include Rozi Plain. Although, unfortunately in the circumstances, she isn’t [...]

Brighton preview: VIVE LA FRANCE! @ various venues 26-28 January 2012

Brighton preview VIVE LA FRANCE! @ various venues 26-28 January 2012

Melting Vinyl’s Vive La France is back for its fourth year as our friends from across the channel take over North Laine for a fantastique couple of days. The festival, in association with Bureau Export, will see an array of musicians invading Brighton’s shores once again to deliver some of the best acts the French [...]

Brighton feature: Ian Rankin @ First Fictions Festival University of Sussex

Brighton feature: Ian Rankin and Lesley Thomson @ First Fictions Festival University of Sussex

By Elizabeth Hughes After 19 books, a mantelpiece full of awards, a graphic novel and an OBE it is surprising to hear Ian Rankin announce that: “Writing does not get any easier. I wish it did. I thought it would. Like stripping an engine, I thought it would get easier the more you did it [...]

Brighton event: Reginald D Hunter @ The Brighton Dome 17 February 2012

Brighton event Reginald D Hunter @ The Brighton Dome 17 February 2012

Following his sell out show during last year’s Brighton Comedy Festival, Reginald D Hunter is returning to our fabulous city on Friday 17 February 2012. After adding 20 dates to his Spring 2012 UK tour – making it an impressive 50-date tour in total – Reginald D Hunter’s ‘Sometimes Even The Devil Tells The Truth’ [...]

Brighton preview: Rizzle Kicks @ Concorde 2 – 13 & 14 March 2012

Brighton preview: Rizzle Kicks @ Concorde 2 – 13 & 14 March 2012

2011 wasn’t a bad year for Brighton duo Rizzle Kicks: a number one with Olly Murs for single ‘Heart Skips A Beat’, as well as three other top 10 UK singles – ‘Down With The Trumpets’, ‘When I was A Youngster’ and ‘Mama Do The Hump’. 2012 is already looking like it’s not going to [...]