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Sigur Rós
Sigur Rós
Eventim Apollo
20th – 22nd September
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LCD Soundsystem
LCD Soundsystem
Alexandra Palace
Fri 22nd-Sat 23rd September
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Anteros
Anteros
Komedia Studio
Monday 25th September
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Frank Iero
Frank Iero & The Patience
Concorde 2
Monday 25th September
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The Skints
The Skints
Concorde 2
Tuesday 26th September
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Mayday Parade
Mayday Parade
Concorde 2
Wednesday 27th September
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The National
The National
Eventim Apollo
Thursday 28th September
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Phoenix
Phoenix
Alexandra Palace
Saturday 30th September 2017
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  • 234 Fest – Green Door Store – 26th-27th August 2017

    234 Fest – Green Door Store – 26th-27th August 2017 234 Fest – Green Door Store – 26th-27th August 2017 Sometimes it’s easy to take Brighton’s music scene for granted and things such as 234 Fest may pass you by. Thankfully, I was sent to 234 Fest at the Green Door Store for what was coincidently my last weekend as a permanent Brighton resident. It served as a reminder of all the great things that happen in the city and reminded me what I’ll miss. Certainly an appropriate send off.
  • Boomtown Fair – 10th-13th August 2017

    Boomtown Fair - 10th-13th August 2017 Boomtown Fair – 10th-13th August 2017 I woke up Tuesday morning with a strange feeling, as though there was a hole inside me. A space that I didn’t know was there before, was now empty - I was homesick. Not of my two-bedroom flat in Brixton, but of my two-person tent in a muddy field in Winchester. Every music festival is built on the promise of one thing – fun – and none fulfils this promise as exceptionally as Boomtown. A sprawling, make-believe fantasy town now in its ninth episode, which provides immersion and depth in its story-telling and entertainment that is likely unrivalled anywhere else in the country.
  • At The Edge Of The Sea Festival 2017

    At The Edge Of The Sea Festival 2017 At The Edge Of The Sea Festival 2017 First, a quick introduction to At The Edge Of The Sea Festival. It’s basically a Wedding Present all-day gig with loads of cool bands that David Gedge, the band’s frontman, has discovered or likes. It takes place at the Concorde 2, kicks off at 3pm sharp and the music is non-stop till kick-out time. The way it works is one band plays in the bar area, right opposite the bar in fact. As soon as they leave the stage then the next band starts up on the main stage. Likewise, when the main stage band is done then the music kicks off in the bar again. So you get a good solid eight hours of non-stop live music.
  • Brighton Pride Festival – Preston Park – 4-6th August 2017

    Brighton Pride Festival – Preston Park – 4-6th August 2017 Brighton Pride Festival – Preston Park – 4th-6th August 2017 Undoubtedly one of the largest celebrations of humanity, equality and self expression, the Brighton Pride Festival is a beacon of hope and prosperity for the LGBTQ+ community across the globe. This weekend sees thousands descend on our little seaside city for a weekend of pure celebration no matter who you are, or how you identify.
  • Womad 2017 – Charlton Park

    Womad - 2017 Womad 2017 – Charlton Park The first leg of our journey was a truly epic Southern Fail! After four trains and six hours we arrived, at last, in good dry weather. Beautiful Womad, flags and banners lining every pathway set amongst green landscape and plentiful trees. We felt our burdens of the week ebb away within moments, as every festival should make you feel. Womad Festival celebrates cultural expression from all over the globe and has been around since 1982 when Peter Gabriel with a few other like-minded creatives put it together. Womad combines music, arts, dance, spoken word, food (cookery classes), laughter, yoga, mindfulness workshops and talking books – but music in particular amongst a wealth of other experiences. In its 35th year, Womad brings everyone together and has something for all ages. One of the biggest...
  • The Rock House Festival – Green Door Store – 29th July 2017

    The Rock House Festival – Green Door Store – 29th July 2017 The Rock House Festival – Green Door Store – 29th July 2017 Rock House was initially started eight years ago as a project for local charity Carousel, who help learning-disabled artists develop and manage their creative lives. Before Rock House there was a lack of real performance opportunities for these disabled musicians in a town that prides itself on its music scene, so they launched these nights to try and redress the balance. Since those early days these Rock House nights have grown to become one of the best and most forward-thinking integrated music nights in the UK. I recently caught one of the monthly Rock House nights and, was blown away by the friendly atmosphere and the inventiveness of the musicians. I decided to come and attend this, their first all-dayer event at the Green Door Store, which seemed a great opportunity to...
  • Citadel Festival – Victoria Park – 16th July 2017

    Citadel Festival - Victoria Park Festival - 16th July 2017 Citadel Festival – Victoria Park – 16th July 2017 Following the aftermath of the intense Friday and Saturday showings at Lovebox, its chilled out counterpart Citadel took over Victoria Park on Sunday to cap off a momentous weekend.
  • Brainchild Festival 2017 – Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum

    Brainchild Festival 2017 – Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum – Friday 7th - Sunday 9th July Brainchild Festival 2017 – Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum Brainchild is certainly one of the best and most forward-thinking festivals in the UK, and yet it is still relatively unknown even though it has won the AIM Best Independent Festival award in 2015 and 2016. It happens in the beautifully serene setting of the Bentley Wildfowl & Motor Museum on the Lewes Road heading to Uckfield and boasts only 2,000 people, including all the acts and workers on site.
  • NOS Alive Festival 2017 – Lisbon

    NOS Alive - Lisbon – 6-7th July 2017 NOS Alive Festival 2017 – Lisbon The sun-kissed port of Lisbon was the venue as the Portuguese capital hosted one of the Iberian Peninsula’s largest music festivals.
  • Love Supreme 2017

    Love Supreme 2017 Love Supreme 2017 After the first Love Supreme Festival in 2013, the organisers very nearly decided to throw in the towel. They lost a tonne of money. But disco legends Chic, in a roundabout way, saved the day. Not only had the festival sold a fair few tickets on the back of their appearance, but they also delivered a nigh-on perfect set of sunshine hits that had the crowd in raptures. It proved to be a lucky booking for, only a week before, Chic had stolen the show at Glastonbury, and re-established their credentials as true icons and purveyors of ridiculously infectious and classy hits galore. This fact reverberated to Glynde, in Sussex, telling the organisers that there was potentially a market for this kind of event, an outdoor festival that catered for a well-heeled, mature crowd, that would literally get down to the right kind of music.
  • Funk The Format 2017

    Funk The Format 2017 Funk The Format Festival – Hove Park – 17th June 2017 The idea behind Funk The Format is a good one – a festival made by a local for the locals, with no big corporate companies from out of town leaching in on the weekend utopia. The festival, which is in its fourth year, is the idea of Lucy ‘Elle J’ Small - a once globetrotting music journalist and musical tastemaker from London, turned mother of two and now a funk festival curator. Using her experience from her time working the music biz, she has brought together other mums and friends to...
  • Wild Life 2017

    Wild Life 2017 Wild Life Festival returned to Shoreham, bringing with it some of the country’s hottest and most vital grime and pop stars along for a blistering weekend. The event continues to be curated by Disclosure and Rudimental, and the eclectic line-up was once again packed with acts who have strong links to the two bands.
  • Elderflower Fields - Pippingford Park -26th-29th May 2017

    Elderflower Fields - 26th-29th May - Pippingford Park Elderflower Fields - Pippingford Park -26th-29th May 2017 Last year I reported on this festival as a day tripper, and not as a camper. We were enamoured with it so much that we took the plunge to camp this year. Although it was a momentous mission to get from the entrance to where we eventually set up, it was worth it in the end, thanks in part to the kind weather. and the fact that this is a delightful, small scale, family-friendly affair set in Pippingford Park, a wooded and parkland estate set in-between Uckfield and East Grinstead.
  • 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 bed to head to, and a solid roof over their...
  • The Alternative Escape Festival – 18th-20th May 2017

    The Alternative Escape Festival – 18th - 20th May 2017 The Alternative Escape Festival – 18th-20th May 2017 THURSDAY This year I was off-duty from the main Great Escape Festival, leaving it in the capable hands of our growing team of writers and photographers (and writer-photographers), I instead dipped into the free festival which runs alongside the main event every year, taking over any left-over scraps of venues which the behemoth of Europe’s largest new music festival has yet to absorb. In fact, as I found myself involved in three different performances as a musician, I didn’t get too much time to explore but I did see some great bands over the three days nonetheless.
  • The Great Escape - 2017

    The Great Escape - 2017 The Great Escape 2017 Playlist chosen by Adam Ryan - Main Great Escape Festival programmer Now entering its twelfth year, The Great Escape (TGE) goes from strength to strength and continues to be an established and much loved showcase for new music from around the world. In a time when heritage acts and old timers are increasingly exploiting our hard earned spare cash, TGE is an island of freshness, surrounded by the (sometimes pleasingly, it has to be admitted) stench of artists rolling out the hits once again, taking away valuable exposure to new music. And contrary to some perceived wisdom there has never been so much good new...
  • Lucy ‘Elle J’ Small - Director - Funk the Format & Funk the Family Festival

    Lucy ‘Elle J’ Small - Director - Funk the Format & Funk the Family Festival Lucy ‘Elle J’ Small - Director - Funk the Format & Funk the Family Festival Now the director of Funk the Format & Funk the Family Festival, as a journalist in London Elle J Small wrote for some of the world’s most influential publications in the heyday of music journalism - Blues & Soul, Rwd, Mixmag, Dazed and Confused - before the internet sent many of them tumbling. As well as earning a reputation for tipping unknown bands, she was instrumental in importing the sounds of Brazil to London in the early noughties. Now a mother of two living in Hove, Brightonsfinest sat down with...
  • Oxjam Brighton Festival -2016

    Oxjam Brighton Festival 2016 - 15th October 2016 Oxjam Brighton Festival 2016 - 15th October 2016 Ten years ago the charity Oxjam launched its month-long music festival Oxjam, which takes place every October. It's made up of hundreds of events happening all around the UK, all run by volunteers with all the money raised going towards funding the good work Oxfam does around the world. Brighton was a bit late to the party but the Brighton Takeover event has been running solidly for the last four years and has hosted an amazing variety of bands at numerous venues over the years. After scanning through the list of about 70+ bands and a dozen or so venues I filled my schedule up with a selection of bands I’d heard of but not seen, old favourites and the odd random act, then headed out into town to see what this year had in store.
  • Hackney Wonderland Festival - London - 2016

    Hackney Wonderland Festival, London - 15 October 2016 Hackney Wonderland Festival, London - 15 October 2016 Returning to the hipster, gentrified wasteland of north-east London for a third year, the Hackney Wonderland Festival has grown in relevance since its 2014 inauguration. A combination of cheap tickets, well-established venues and a high average disposable income within the local area always leads to packed out crowds. This year the organisers went with a potent mix of exciting new bands and established (but still relevant) veterans of the mid-noughties indie scene.
  • Lollapalooza Festival - Berlin - Germany - 2016

    Lollapalooza Festival - Berlin - 2016 Lollapalooza Festival - Berlin - 2016 The world famous Lollapalooza began life as a modest farewell tour for Jane’s Addiction frontman, Perry Farrel. The band had split-up at the time, stating differences in lifestyle, but reformed multiple times in the future. What Farrel had begun, without realising, was a long-standing legacy that revived itself in the form of the two day festival repeatedly, up until 1999. In 2006, it was officially revived permanently in Chicago before branching out internationally.


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