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The Hope & Ruin
Tuesday 25th July
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Frankie Cosmos
Frankie Cosmos
The Haunt
Friday 28th July
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Prince Vaseline
The Rock House Festival
Green Door Store
Saturday 29th July
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Maya
QM All Day - Music Festival
Patterns
Saturday 29th July
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Pride Festival
Brighton Pride Festival
Preston Park
Saturday 5th August
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Boomtown Fair
Boomtown Fair
Matterley Estate
10th – 13th August
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The Afghan Whigs
The Afghan Whigs
Concorde 2
Thursday 17th August
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Julie Byrne
Julie Byrne
St Mary's Church
Monday 28th August
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  • 12 Stone Toddler – Green Door Store – 19th July 2017

    12 Stone Toddler – Green Door Store – 19th July 2017 12 Stone Toddler – Green Door Store – 19th July 2017 The stars have finally aligned for the return of 12 Stone Toddler. These guys were always one of Brighton’s best loved bands, with a massive cultish following of devotees who would pack out every gig, drink the bar dry and terrify the locals on their rowdy way home. I don’t think I’m being over the top by saying they felt like a phenomenon at the time, producing two sparkling albums that showcased world-class songwriting, musicianship and unique style. Unfortunately the band never managed to get that big break that they deserved at the time, everyone in the know felt they should have gone platinum, been all over our TV...
  • Citadel Festival - Victoria Park - 16th July 2017

    Citadel Festival - Victoria Park Festival - 16th July 2017 Citadel Festival - VictoriaPark- 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 - Lisbon – 2017

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

    Egyptian Blue - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – Friday 7th July 2017 Egyptian Blue - Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – 7th July 2017 As I walked into Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar the DJ was playing a set that can only be called Now That’s What I Call 2000’s. The Vines, Strokes and Vex Red all rubbed shoulders while American Psycho played on the wall behind him.
  • Gogol Bordello - Brighton Dome - 6th July 2017

    Gogol Bordello - Brighton Dome - 6th July 2017 Gogol Bordello- Brighton Dome- 6th July2017 Gypsy punk isn’t a genre that many are overly familiar with, and yet Gogol Bordello have never been more atop of their game. This Manhattan eight-piece are pure insanity and pack a show of nonsense, hilarity and single handedly some of the best live music I've heard in a while.
  • The Menzingers - The Haunt - 9th July 2017

    The Menzingers - The Haunt - Sunday 9th July The Menzingers - The Haunt - 9th July 2017 When the editor of Kerrang! Magazine states on Twitter that he would travel to Chernobyl to watch two particular bands, it pricks your ears up. As I don’t possess a radiation suit, luckily for me there was no need to travel that far as The Menzingers and Lemuria came to The Haunt on a sweaty Sunday night. With both bands earning rave reviews from sets at the 2000trees Festival over the weekend, expectations were high.
  • Richard Ashcroft - Brixton Academy - 1st July 2017

    Richard Ashcroft - Brixton Academy - 1st July 2017 Richard Ashcroft - Brixton Academy - 1st July 2017 It’s a warm July evening and the O2 Brixton Academy is filling up rapidly as the door staff clinically execute their searches. This great venue is brimming with anticipation, a fever is in the air. A feeling that something remarkable is about to happen. The fans and revellers here tonight know that this artist is more than capable of bringing the house down, as he has proven before on more than one occasion.
  • Cold War Kids - Concorde 2 - 5th July 2017

    Cold War Kids - Concorde 2 - 5th July 2017 Cold War Kids - Concorde 2 - 5th July 2017 Cold War Kids are a band with an immensely powerful sound which has pushed their name to the masses. Tonight the band play their first UK show in over five years and bring all they have in an evening of powerful ballads, intense guitar solos and one very rowdy crowd.
  • 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...
  • The Maccabees – Alexandra Palace – 30th June 2017

    The Maccabees – Alexandra Palace – 30th June 2017 The Maccabees – Alexandra Palace – 30th June 2017 In a music industry drowning in reunions and comebacks, it’s fitting to finally see a band call it a day on their own terms, whilst still at the peak of their powers and headlining festivals. The Maccabees have done exactly that in a run of three shows at Alexandra Palace. Ever since the uncompromising debut single ‘X-Ray’ introduced the world to the five-piece, the London band have never faltered, consistently putting out unique pop music that carries an edge. They’ve never stopped evolving, whilst always retaining their quintessential lush melodies, heartfelt lyrics and emotional soundscapes.
  • The Flaming Lips – Brighton Dome – 27th June 2017

    The Flaming Lips – Brighton Dome – 27th June 2017 The Flaming Lips – Brighton Dome – 27th June 2017 It was a miserable night in June and I was feeling grumpy as hell as I wandered down the hill through thin sheets of rain, getting soaked for the second time that day. Reaching deep inside myself I tried to gather the requisite enthusiasm for The Flaming Lips show I was about to see, but it just wasn’t there. I wandered through the doors as the clock was striking nine and in the time it took me to shuffle into a decent position in the...
  • Richard Dawson - Sunday 25th June - The Old Market

    Richard Dawson - Sunday 25th June - The Old Market Richard Dawson - Sunday 25th June - The Old Market A pretty good move, putting on a decent show whilst the hordes are at Glastonbury, enjoying a rare rain-free affair. But they missed a cracker here, at a tiny fraction of the cost, and without the headache and heartache of having to de-camp, trudge miles to get to your vehicle, and file back to work the next day.
  • Strange Cages - Brighton Electric - 23rd June 2017

    Strange Cages - Brighton Electric - 23rd June 2017 Strange Cages - Brighton Electric - 23rd June 2017 Tonight is a celebratory show for the band Strange Cages who released their second EP, The Cracks,earlier in the month. We’re huddled at the end of Brighton Electric in a medium sized rehearsal space. The room is full to the brim before the band even come on. Support slots from Tuval and Egyptian Blue have been great and have set the tone for the evening well. In particular, I’d give a nod to Tuval who were absolutely fantastic and a band I’d definitely recommend going to see again.
  • Thurston Moore - The Old Market - 23rd June 2017

    Thurston Moore - The Old Market - 23th June 2017 Thurston Moore - The Old Market - 23rd June 2017 Thurston Moore and the Rock and Roll Consciousness Tour. Yeah. Let’s just let that float there for a moment. Thurston Moore and the Rock and Roll Consciousness Tour. It isn’t the most awe-inspiring band name of all time, and has a weird 1970s feel to it. What is awe inspiring however is the music they make.
  • Tove Lo - Concorde 2 - 26th June 2017

    Tove Lo - Concorde 2 - 26th June 2017 Tove Lo - Concorde 2 - 26th June 2017 Fresh from a storming Glastonbury performance, Brighton was treated to some Scandi-pop in what was Tove Lo’s sole UK headline date inbetween her current run of sporadic festival appearances. The Grammy nominee shot to fame with her ‘Habits (Stay High)’ song, which has amassed over 200 million hits on YouTube. Whilst her new album doesn’t have the pure pop sensibilities of the debut record, a greater focus has been placed on production, with a hazy decadence and sensual underbelly manifesting into what is a fascinating evolution.
  • Lisa Hannigan - Concorde 2 - 23rd June 2017

    Lisa Hannigan - Concorde 2 - 23rd June 2017 Lisa Hannigan - Concorde 2 - 23rd June 2017 With sea themes flowing strongly through all of her solo work, Concorde 2 was the perfect venue for an evening with Lisa Hannigan. First coming to the public attention through her work with Damien Rice, her most recent album, At Swim, has shown that she is a major artist in her own right and perhaps ready to eclipse her former collaborator. Playing against wall-to-wall televised Glastonbury coverage is always tough, and her support act John Smith deserved a bigger crowd for his support set. Having caught his sold-out Komedia show recently, I was already familiar with his soulful voice and self-effacing style but found a more...
  • Cancer Bats - The Haunt - 22nd June 2017

    Cancer Bats - The Haunt - 22nd June 2017 Cancer Bats - The Haunt - 22nd June 2017 Bat Sabbath is arguably one of the most interesting projects stemming from the metal world at the moment. Thrash heads Cancer Bats, impersonating the iconic satanic gods of Black Sabbath. Those are big boots for anyone to attempt to fill, for those who are unaware, Cancer Bats have always been known for doing the outrageous. So no one could be more suited to the role. I for one could not afford to pass up a show like this. Opening tonight are God Damn, a heavy three-piece who certainly got the ball rolling. Their level of gritty riff and flailing hair was more than enough to induce the hardcore vibes needed to get the night started. God...
  • Little Grim - The Joker- 20th June 2017

    Little Grim - The Joker- 20th June 2017 Little Grim- The Joker- 20th June2017 Little Grim’s fresh concoction of new wave sound is certainly one that I won’t be forgetting anytime soon and has offered yet another brilliant insight into the level of creativity behind the human imagination. On a sweltering evening in The Joker, the band play not only a terrific set, but will have certainly gained a few new followers from tonight.
  • Pond - Concorde 2 - 14th June 2017

    Pond - Concorde 2 - 14th June 2017 Pond - Concorde 2 - 14th June 2017 This feels like a coming of age period for Pond. “We’re so glad to be back in Brighton, our gigs are always crazy here,” enthused bass/synth player Jay Watson for the band’s largest show in the city to date. Full to the brim, the Thursday night crowd were in jovial mood, with beers flying and the spirit of enthusiasm deafening from the offset. Despite struggling to shake off the Tame Impala side-project moniker in the early days, the five-piece have come into their own in the last couple of years, particularly since the arrival of the new record. Although it was produced by Kevin Parker, The Weather carries more of a fun-loving style...


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