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Previews


Greenness: Cyclicity EP Launch

The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Saturday 18th August
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African Night Fever: 15 Year Celebration Party

Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham-by-Sea
Saturday 18th August
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Kevin Morby

The Haunt, Brighton
Thursday 23rd August
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Yo La Tengo

Komedia, Brighton
Wednesday 29th August
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Album Reviews


  • Love BN1 Festival 2018 – Preston Park, Brighton

    Love BN1 Festival 2018 - Preston Park, Brighton Love BN1 Festival 2018 – Preston Park, Brighton After the madness and hedonism of the Saturday, a sense of peace and calm descended over Preston Park. With many revellers still trying to get home as the second day of the Pride festival kicked off, there was a noticeably quiet start to proceedings. The decision to extend the musical celebration over two days was a risk, but with the geniuses that are Nile Rodgers and Chic in town to party, it felt like the perfect way to end the weekend.
  • WOMAD Festival 2018 – Charlton Park, Wiltshire

    WOMAD Festival 2018 – Charlton Park, Wiltshire Music from far and wide - 130 countries to be precise - descended on WOMAD Festival (World of Music, Art & Dance) to turn the Earl of Suffolk’s beautiful Charlton Park estate in Wiltshire into a musical Mecca. Now in its 36th year, the four-day event holds a reputation for being one of the politest, most relaxed and feel-good festivals out there.
  • Pride Festival – Preston Park, Brighton – 4th August 2018

    Pride Festival - Preston Park, Brighton – 4th August 2018 Pride Festival – Preston Park, Brighton – 4th August 2018 There is no bigger event in Brighton than Pride, and this year’s celebration of inclusivity and equality broke all records with more than 450,000 in town on a sweltering Saturday. At Preston Park, tens of thousands gathered in order to witness a truly staggering event. Britney Spears in Brighton. When the news of her booking was announced back in January, you could almost hear the entire city draw in its breath sharply in disbelief. That noise turns into an ear-splitting shriek when she finally appears on stage a few minutes before 9pm.
  • End Of The Road Festival – Larmar Tree Gardens – 30th August to 2nd September 2018

    End Of The Road Festival – Larmar Tree Gardens, near Blandford in Dorset – Thursday 30th August to Sunday 2nd September 2018 End Of The Road Festival should be an annual pilgrimage for any alternative music fan. Always boasting an incredible line-up, it’s a festival where you almost have to play Top Trumps to decide which act you should be seeing, as there is just so much good playing all over the four-day event. Yet it’s not all about the music, it’s a unique, relaxed and friendly atmosphere where you can also experience comedy, films, literature, workshops, healing and an amazing array of delicious food and drinks in the beautiful setting. As with past line-ups, 2018 is an incredible celebration of how great music is at the moment. Headliners come in...
  • Brainchild Festival 2018

    Brainchild Festival 2018 Brainchild Festival 2018 Having been fortunate enough to experience a lot of festivals over the years, Brainchild is one that comes with its own unique vibe that few can replicate. I can only liken it to the atmosphere that you feel at Glastonbury Festival, where although you are in fields with lots of people you have never met, it’s welcoming, open and relaxed. You feel totally at ease, as if it was your own backyard surrounded by people you love. A lot of this is down to the DIY ethos of the festival: Brainchild is volunteer-powered and not-for-profit. This means that the people who are behind the festival aren't getting paid for their amazing efforts, while all the acts and artists are forgoing a big pay packet (which they'd get at other festivals) for smaller fees in order to be a part of the festival's special...
  • Love Supreme Festival 2018

    Love Supreme Festival 2018 Love Supreme Festival 2018 Man, was it hot! The sixth edition of Love Supreme Jazz Festival was bathed in wall to wall sunshine for its duration, a veritable cauldron of baking summer sounds and party vibes emanating from all corners of the expanded site, in the pitch perfect setting of the expansive, gently rolling grounds of Glynde House. As one wide-eyed punter put it as they entered the arena, “This weekend is going to be sexy!” For sure, clothing was liberally dispensed with, but it really was a tad too hot to engage in any other physical activity apart from the partying kind. With Love Supreme increasingly a magnet for all ages, it truly is a remarkably accessible music festival of very high quality for those who like to have a bit of fun, too.
  • Isle of Wight Festival 2018

    Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Isle of Wight Festival 2018 Whoever’s decision it was - whether it was new owners Live Nation, promoter John Giddings, or indeed Solo Music Agency - to move the Isle of Wight Festival to Glastonbury weekend, it turned out to be a masterstroke. Not only was the sun blazing for four days straight with not even a sign of any clouds, let alone rain, but it was one of the busiest Isle of Wight weekends since its reformation back in 2002, as seemingly everyone filled the fallow year void across the Solent. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the very first year back in 1968 (which saw the likes of Jefferson Airplane, T. Rex and Fairport Convention flock to the island), this year too had a suitable amount of legends in the form of Nile Rodgers, Van Morrison and Depeche Mode, as well as enough new music to keep it feeling as fresh and vital...
  • Utopia All-Dayer – Green Door Store, Brighton – 9th June 2018

    Utopia All-Dayer – Green Door Store, Brighton – 9th June 2018 Utopia All-Dayer – Green Door Store, Brighton – 9th June 2018 All day music events seem to be the in thing this year, this is the fourth one I’ve been to so far and it’s a great way to see a short set from a bunch of bands in one day. It can be a tricky thing to get right, especially somewhere like the Green Door Store where there is only one stage and quite a confined space. Though new promoter Utopia did a great job.
  • Love Supreme day and stage timings announced

    Love Supreme day and stage timings announced You can all get properly planning now as Love Supreme, 30th June - 1 July, have announced the stage and timings for each act. If you haven’t purchased a ticket, there is still time. Weekend, Saturday and Sunday day tickets are still available. However, be warned that the festival sold out last year, so don’t leave it to the last minute! https://lovesupremefestival.com/lineup/stages You can also use the Love Supreme app on both android and iOS, if you want to make and plan your schedule for the weekend. In other Love Supreme news, the new Bands & Voices stage has announced the line-up for the weekend, showcasing poets, next generation hip-hop artists, as well as cabaret, dance battles...
  • 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 music. So, brace yourself. If you were there,...
  • St Ann's Well Gardens Spring Festival – 12th May 2018

    St Ann's Well Gardens Spring Festival – 12th May 2018 St Ann's Well Gardens Spring Festival – 12th May 2018 It’s quite typically English isn’t it. Two weeks of beautiful sunshine and then, on the day of the outside festival, the heavens open. Solid rain from start to finish too. It’s a real shame really as this year’s music line-up was one of the best they have had at St Ann's Well Gardens Spring Festival.
  • Bad Pond Festival 2018 – The Arch, Brighton

    Bad Pond Festival 2018 - The Arch, Brighton Bad Pond Festival 2018 – The Arch, Brighton Small Pond Records have always done things their way; supporting bands that they genuinely want to succeed. Thus, their very own festival, Bad Pond Festival, now bigger and better than ever, was a showcase of the alternative side of the music industry and a perfect encapsulation of the Small Pond ethos. Whether it was math rock, indie, pop, or psych, it was a celebration of the bands on the outside of mainstream music, and it had a real community feel of bands supporting bands. Ultimately, it was a diverse and interesting array of acts over two fantastic days and two unique stages, which were staggered in stage times meaning you could catch every single band you wanted to.
  • SPECTRUM: All Day Special – Brighton Dome – 21st April 2018

    SPECTRUM: All Day Special - Brighton Dome – 21st April 2018 SPECTRUM: All Day Special – Brighton Dome – 21st April 2018 Spectrum, a project of the Brighton Dome to support local music, has run a concert on Record Store Day for a few years in the Studio Theatre but, as that is being redeveloped at the moment, they decided to host the event in the main concert hall this year. It is an eight hour marathon of almost non-stop live music with some of the best local acts around, in collaboration with the Green Door Store venue, QM Records and Love Thy Neighbour record labels.
  • The Great Escape just got greater

    The Great Escape just got greater With only six weeks to go, The Great Escape have just announced a further 100 acts that will appear in over 60 venues, with over 500 artists in total. 16,000 music fans and 3,500 industry delegates will descend upon Brighton for the best new music showcase in Europe. Perhaps top of the list are hot Bristolian indie-punk rockers Idles. In inimitable fashion they replied on the news: “TANANEE TANANEE TANANEE TANANINGTING BOOYEH... with a little bit of luck you'll be at The Great Escape festival to taste the rainbow with us morons.”
  • Love Supreme Festival additions

    Love Supreme Festival additions The three-day celebration of jazz, soul and funk music that is Love Supreme Festival is back this year (29th June-1st July) and has just announced a new wave of acts on the bill that include Pharoah Sanders, Level 42, Chris Dave & The Drumhedz, Lalah Hathaway, Orphy Robinson, Denys Baptiste and many more. Pharoah Sanders will certainly pique the interest of jazz heads. A veritable giant in the world of space-jazz, free-jazz and afro-jazz fusion, he is possibly the most becalming musician known to man. A tenor saxophonist of both highly dissonant and meditative qualities, he first made his mark as a member of John Coltrane's band back in the 60s, before releasing albums under his own name, and partaking in collaborations with the likes of Alice Coltrane and Stanley Clarke.
  • Wilderness Festival announce The Valley line-up

    Wilderness Festival announce The Valley line-up Gearing up for the eighth annual Cornbury Park bash, one of Wilderness' many delights includes 'The Valley', set in a hidden natural amphitheatre, under cover of ancient oak trees. It's where the late night DJ action takes place, a heaving mass of party heads intent on having a good time.
  • Isle of Wight Festival new additions

    Isle of Wight Festival new additions Isle of Wight Festival new additions The Isle Of Wight Festival, 21st-24th June, have announced 18 new acts to add to an already impressive bill that includes Depeche Mode, The Killers, Kasabian, Nile Rodgers & Chic, and Liam Gallagher. Line-up additions include: Travis, The Wombats, Rak-Su, Sigrid, Hot Dub Time Machine, Hurts and The Pretty Things, who played the very first Isle of Wight Festival back in 1968.
  • Beautiful Days announce line-up

    Beautiful Days announce line-up The Levellers’ Beautiful Days festival (17th-19th May) line-up has been announced, and it's a stunning gathering of the old and new that will almost certainly ensure another sell out this year. Headlining the main stage this year will be Manic Street Preachers, with one more to be announced in June. The Levellers, as is traditional, close the festival out on the Sunday.
  • The Great Escape 2018

    The Great Escape 2018 Full Great Escape schedule announced There is less than four weeks to go until The Great Escape, tickets are selling fast, and it’s time for the planning to commence. With this week's latest additions to the bill, the full festival schedule can now be announced (although expect some super late special guests announcements)! You can view the gig planner here: www.greatescapefestival.com/gig-planner/
  • Love Supreme Line-up

    Love Supreme Line-up With a slew of festival announcements in recent days we were starting to get a bit worried for Love Supreme. Could it come up with the goods in an increasingly competitive marketplace? Could it at least challenge the quality and depth of last year’s sold out three-dayer?

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