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Afro Celt Sound System

Brighton Dome
Tuesday 20th November
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The Old Market, Brighton
Wednesday 21st November
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The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Wednesday 21st November
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The Haunt, Brighton
Thursday 22nd November
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Easy Life – Green Door Store, Brighton
Easy Life

Green Door Store, Brighton
Pretty Vicious - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
Pretty Vicious

Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Brighton
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Johnny Marr

Brighton Dome
The Blinders - The Haunt, Brighton
The Blinders

The Haunt, Brighton


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Demob Happy

  • Half Year Review: January – June 2018

    Half Year Review: January – June 2018 Half Year Review: January – June 2018 Ladies and gentlemen, in time honoured tradition, it’s time for the bi-annual Brightonsfinest Half Year review. Every six months we ask our writing team to look back over the past half a year in order to pick out some highlights and to identify some great music that we’d somehow managed to let slip between our fingers. Every writer is asked to pick out the best album and best live show we’ve reviewed in the last six months, as well as an album that we didn’t manage to write-up. 2018 is shaping up to be a...
  • The Great Escape Festival – 2018

    The Great Escape Festival – 2018 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...
  • Demob Happy – The Haunt, Brighton – 14th April 2018

    Demob Happy - The Haunt, Brighton - 14th April 2018 Demob Happy – The Haunt, Brighton – 14th April 2018 The dictionary definition for ‘demob happy’ is, “Feeling elated because one is about to leave a stressful or responsible job or situation.” So how perfect that Newcastle-via-Brighton rockers, Demob Happy, brought the Holy Doom tour to their adopted home city on a Saturday, the day that most are free to do whatever they like. Many people, wisely, chose to spend it celebrating and dancing to Demob Happy’s excellent and intense live show - a decision that I don’t think anyone from the sold-out audience would regret. It was an exceptional commemoration of the band’s career to date, with a particular emphasis on the...
  • Demob Happy – Interview 2018

    Demob Happy – Interview 2018 Demob Happy – Interview 2018 Demob Happy are back – and my word they are back! The have brought with them Holy Doom, their sophomoric effort which features more of the sleaze, the swagger, the fuzz and the hooks that we’ve come to adore. The Brighton via Newcastle act have been together ten years now and it feels like they have just got into their stride with an album that is sure to be high up on our Best Of Year list. A lot has changed for these dirty rockers since 2015 when their seminal debut LP, Dream Soda, came out. The main thing being they have gone from a quartet to a trio. We questioned Matthew Marcantonio, when in Norway on a European tour with Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes, about their journey to this new album.
  • Demob Happy – Holy Doom

    Demob Happy – Holy Doom Demob Happy – Holy Doom Three years on from their killer debut, Dream Soda, Demob Happy have finally returned with a powerful follow-up. They’ve lost a guitarist along the way, with the 2016 departure of Mathew Renforth, but Holy Doom still retains the band’s weighty presence on record, paired with an even greater sense of melody and harmony. Don’t for a second think they’ve gone soft though – this is a full throttle record, only its choruses are fuelled by harmonies that The Beatles would have been proud of. In fact, The Beatles come to mind...
  • The Great Escape Festival 2017 - 18th-20th May 2017

    The Great Escape Festival 2017 -  18th-20th May 2017 The Great Escape Festival 2017 -  18th-20th May 2017 Another year, and another huge comedown after the exhilaration of three days of heady music, heavy bodily abuse, and heaving bodies. It’s kind of the same as a festival in a field, minus the camping, and the mud. There are more than 450 performances on over 30 stages, played out to an overall audience of 20,000. Like a traditional festival, there is plenty of schlepping from one stage to the next, re-fuelling at various points, staying up too late and getting up too early. Crucially though, almost everyone is here to actually watch and listen to music, and everyone has a real...
  • The Great Escape - 2016

    The Great Escape 2016 The Great Escape - 2016 Some Brighton Festival and Fringe and media types have over the years bemoaned the fact that The Great Escape (TGE) happens slap bang in the middle of the May festivities. It means that the on-going celebration of the arts is partially halted in its tracks while the new music juggernaut arrives in convoy from around the globe, taking over many of the city's venues and a few of its streets for three very long days. What it does however is perfectly compliment the sense of occasion. Yes, the festival programs a small number of excellent ‘contemporary’ shows, but in general it and the fringe are far more geared towards theatre, comedy, spoken word and ‘performance’. Like the concurrent Artists Open Houses, TGE is a distinct strand that is the veritable icing on the...
  • Brightonsfinest Compilation Volume 1

    Brightonsfinest Compilation Volume 1. Brightonsfinest Compilation Volume 1 Here at Brightonsfinest HQ we are proud to announce the first in a series of vinyl compilation records we will be releasing through our newly established label wing Brightonsfinest Presents, showcasing all of the wonderful talent we come across on the site. Volume 1 is going to be a high quality (180gram) double-vinyl release with 21 tracks, exclusively for this year's Record Store Day (April 16th 2016) – an annual celebration of our fantastic independent record shops. As it is our first compilation we...
  • Demob Happy - Interview 2015

    Demob Happy - Interview 2015 As I write this, today (2 October, 2015) is a big day for Brighton based four-piece Demob Happy. After seven years as a band, and with the same line-up, they are releasing their debut album, playing an in-store at the recently expanded Resident Records, and a 'secret' show later tonight, a celebration of where they've got to so far. Back in May they performed several shows as part of The Great Escape, including bringing the house down at the rammed Latest Bar, their fearsome, yet intricate and melodic stoner grunge rock sending many of the audience delirious. Their...
  • Demob Happy – Dream Soda

    Demob Happy – Dream Soda Demob Happy are one of those bands who will appear, to the casual observer, to have come from nowhere – but that's not really the case. Press play on their début album and while it may seem to have just appeared, perfectly formed and effortless this belies the fact that these guys have poured seven years of passion into this project to get to this point: Demob Happy in fact formed as teenagers in Newcastle way back in 2008, moving to Brighton two years later to continue their development. The first track on Dream Soda opens with a jagged riff played on a pitch-shifted...
  • The Great Escape - 2015

    The Great Escape - 2015 The Great Escape - 2015 Jeff Hemmings Well, that was something else, wasn't it? As a colleague from local radio station Juice FM put it: 'That was the best three days! I didn't want it to stop!' I'll wager that a great many others, both industry people and punters, shared that sentiment when they staggered out of the last venue, bar, or hostelry, for the last time.  
  • Demob Happy – Young & Numb EP

    Demob Happy - Young & Numb EP Things are going extremely well for this young Brighton based 4-piece, they're playing the official Great Escape Festival for the first time this year after having created quite a storm at last year's event with their infamous basement party and shows performed from the back of a van. I saw them live at Bleach last year and, despite going on stage nearly an hour later than advertised, they did more than keep my attention. They're a really exciting live band and, with 'Young & Numb' in particular, they've managed to distill that energy potently in the studio as well.
  • Demob Happy - Bleach - 17th October 2014

    Demob Happy Demob Happy - Bleach - 17th October 2014 I arrived to a large friendly crowd at Bleach just as a band started playing, they didn't introduce themselves - actually they didn't say much at all throughout, presumably preferring to concentrate on their musical performance. I thought, from the stage times posted online, that they must have been main support Gang but later realised they were a new group called Big Society and the entire evening was running almost an hour behind schedule.
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