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Aldous Harding
Aldous Harding
The Haunt
Tuesday 21st November
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The KVB
The KVB

The Joker
Tuesday 21st November
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Enter Shikari
Enter Shikari
Brighton Centre
Wednesday 22nd November
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Pale Seas
Pale Seas
The Joker
Thursday 23rd November
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Syd Arthur
Syd Arthur
Bau Wow
Thursday 23rd November
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James Blunt
James Blunt
Brighton Centre
Friday 24th November
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Brother Ali
Brother Ali
The Haunt
Friday 24th November
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The Kooks
The Kooks
Brighton Centre
Saturday 25th November
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  • Pussy Riot – The Haunt – 18th November 2017

    Pussy Riot – The Haunt – November 18th 2017 Pussy Riot – The Haunt – 18th November 2017 We’re all familiar with the story. Real life, though extreme enough to be straight out of a film script. Hailing from another country, in what may as well be another world and time dimension, Pussy Riot plunged into the public consciousness back in 2012. This feminist, avant-garde punk collective gave the patriarchy a defiant middle finger, with their planned anti-Putin protest in a prominent place of worship, publicly perceived as sacrilege at best and hooliganism at worst. The worst prevailed, leaving three of the women in the harshest...
  • Ezra Collective – Patterns – 16th November 2017

    Ezra Collective – Patterns - 16th November 2017 Ezra Collective – Patterns – 16th November 2017 This was special. A night that breathed new life into the old cliche of music’s ability to unite. It saw a perfect combination of two bands that could make inanimate objects dance, in front of an audience that was intent on having a good time. Tonight saw London’s Ezra Collective bring their sensational afrobeat-meets-jazz fusion to the party, alongside Normanton Street, yet another group that are showing the full range and quality of Brighton’s music scene. Together they created a show to be remembered.
  • Her’s – The Hope & Ruin – 17th November 2017

    Her’s - The Hope & Ruin - 17th November 2017 Her’s – The Hope & Ruin – 17th November 2017 Her’s are a two-piece from Liverpool but, really, they’re a four-piece. The other two members? One, is the use of a drum machine, which could be the greatest use of a drum machine I’ve ever seen. It’s in no way artificial and seems to enhance the band rather than disguise the fact they don’t have a drummer. The second? Well that would be a cardboard cutout of Pierce Brosnan from his James Bond days, and it certainly sets a tone for the evening: funny, whimsical, highly entertaining with a licence to thrill.
  • The Undertones – Concorde 2 – 16th November 2017

    The Undertones - Concorde 2 - 16th November 2017 The Undertones – Concorde 2 – 16th November 2017 The biggest band to ever come out of Derry, The Undertones have managed to keep themselves rolling on strong since the mid-70s. Tonight, and backed with their new frontman, the group put on a show that this sell out room will not be forgetting soon.
  • Ride - O2 Forum - 7th November 2017

    Ride - O2 Forum - 7th November 2017 Ride - O2 Forum - 7th November 2017 The initial disbandment of Ride in 1996 appeared like the end of shoegaze. A period in time that was exciting but short lived. However, with a multitude of exciting bands experimenting with layered effects, droning vocal melodies and thundering drums, the genre is back and with it has seen the return of its initial pioneers.
  • Jungle – Electric Brixton – 15th November 2017

    Jungle - Electric Brixton - 15th November 2017 Jungle – Electric Brixton – 15th November 2017 It’s official, Jungle are back. After falling off the radar after their eponymous album tour, they returned for their first London headline tour since June 2015 at an intimate (for them) Electric Brixton. With an emphatic set that showcased new songs, old favourites and a simply awesome set design, Jungle’s live show is expertly mixed with live theatrics that gives their shows a carnival feel.
  • Happy Mondays – Brighton Dome – 15th November 2017

    Happy Mondays - Brighton Dome - 15th November 2017 Happy Mondays – Brighton Dome – 15th November 2017 You’re twisting my melon man?! Yes, Happy Mondays really did make another Brighton appearance on their 30th Anniversary/Twenty Four Hour Party People Tour. Tonight has shown that even three decades on, the Mondays are still storming the field and living it up just as they did in their heyday.
  • Marika Hackman – The Haunt – 13th November 2017

    Marika Hackman - The Haunt - 13th November 2017 Marika Hackman – The Haunt – 13th November 2017 Marika Hackman is a bit of an indie hero these days. The former Brighton resident has been in a short-lived band with international superstar Cara Delevingne, she’s worked with everyone from Sundara Karma to Johnny Flynn and, on her latest album I’m Not Your Man, had fellow indie heroes The Big Moon as her backing band. In support of this album, she kicked off her tour at The Haunt in an excellent, uplifting sold-out show.
  • The War on Drugs – Alexandra Palace – 14th November 2017

    The War on Drugs - Alexandra Palace - 14th November 2017 The War on Drugs – Alexandra Palace – 14th November 2017 The world is an instantaneous beast nowadays and The War on Drugs are a welcome antidote to this, with their brand of sprawling rock unique in today’s musical landscape. Adam Granduciel’s fondness for six-minute-plus compositions may not make them the most desirable for radio, but it makes his five-piece band a terrific live act.
  • Father John Misty – Brighton Dome – 9th November 2017

    Father John Misty - Brighton Dome - 9th November 2017 Father John Misty – Brighton Dome – 9th November 2017 Since 2012, Father John Misty, aka Josh Tillman, has unexpectedly emerged as a singular (if not idiosyncratic) voice. Whether by virtue of his lyrics, which routinely defy the presumed polarities of wit and empathy, he has cultivated a rare space for himself in the musical landscape - and the Brighton audience was treated to two hours of this fascinating enigma.
  • Kagoule – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – 9th November 2017

    Kagoule – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – 9th November 2017 Kagoule – Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar – 9th November 2017 This is probably around the fourth or fifth time I’ve seen Kagoule live now. I first caught the band at the 2015 Mutations Festival in Brighton which has very sadly stopped happening. I went to see them on recommendation from a friend and since then I’ve kept coming back for more. Kagoule are a band that are exciting to watch grow. Their debut album Urthwas one of my favourites from 2015 and is still an album I hold dearly. They’ve been gearing up to release their follow up and have released the first single from the still unnamed album. ‘Monsieur Automaton’ is the band evolving and progressing....
  • Girl Ray – Green Door Store – 9th November 2017

    Girl Ray – Green Door Store – 9th November 2017 Girl Ray – Green Door Store – 9th November 2017 It’s no surprise that the Girl Ray show tonight had completely sold out. They seemingly sprouted from nowhere and came out with one of 2017’s strongest albums. There’s huge applause when they walk on and quite rightly so. It’s almost surprising that they are playing a venue of this capacity, it’s an indication of how much they crept up out of nowhere. There was a buzz around the band since a major article in the Guardian on them and everyone was waiting for their release. When it did come it received praise across the board and the band, who were quite small at the time, found their way into a lot of people’s...
  • Peter Perrett – Concorde 2 – 7th November 2017

    Peter Perrett – Concorde 2 – 7th November 2017 Peter Perrett – Concorde 2 – 7th November 2017 Heading down to Concorde 2 on a blustery Tuesday night I was a lot more excited for the return of Peter Perrett in 2017 than I had been for the brief return of his seminal band The Only Ones, back in 2007. It was great to be able to take my mum along to see the frontman from one of her favourite bands from the late 70s punk/new-wave scene. That was her era and, as a result one that left a lasting impression on me, but that wasn’t the main reason I was excited. You see, I’ve been dipping into Perrett’s debut solo album, How The West Was Won, which came out earlier this year. It has been gripping to find the songwriter in...
  • Alison Moyet – Brighton Dome – 8th November 2017

    Alison Moyet – Brighton Dome – 8th November 2017 Alison Moyet – Brighton Dome – 8th November 2017 We live in tumultuous times. Arguably, though, this is always the case, to a greater or lesser degree. Music – especially live music – can provide the perfect, unifying salve, as we come together in communal celebration. Alison Moyet’s performance at the Brighton Dome was the perfect illustration of this. A full house, rammed to the rafters, settled down readily and attentively to the uncharacteristic and unexpected spoken-word opener, ‘April 10th’, from Alison’s summer 2017 album Other. From an empty stage and unseen pulpit - for the band had yet to appear - came Alison’s soothing,...
  • John Smith – The Brunswick – 9th November 2017

    John Smith - The Brunswick - 9th November 2017 John Smith – The Brunswick – 9th November 2017 “It’s like The Beatles all over again” quipped John Smith, shortly after a member of the audience in a tightly-packed venue fainted during his opening song (only after checking she had recovered). While maybe not quite reaching those heady heights, this was a performance that continued to establish Smith as one of the giants of the modern folk genre. This year’s Headlonghas enjoyed richly deserved rapturous critical acclaim, and the combination of these emotional torch-songs and the intimate venue gave the...
  • Protomartyr – The Haunt – 12th November 2017

    Protomartyr - The Haunt - 12th November 2017 Protomartyr – The Haunt – 12th November 2017 These are troubled times. Madmen lead nations in both the West and the East. Water supplies are poisoned by profiteers, the far right are rearing their ugly heads again, and entire nations are being plunged into discord and disharmony. Amidst all of the darkness, however, voices are starting to shout out in protest and be heard. Protomartyr, led by Joe Casey, are one such voice. Railing against corruption in the world, despairing at the disappearance of ‘truth’, they are giving a voice to the disaffected. Arriving in Brighton for the first night of the UK leg of their tour, they put on a show tonight that will long be...
  • Big Thief – Patterns – 9th October 2017

    Big Thief – Patterns - 9th October 2017 Big Thief – Patterns – 9th October 2017 A dreamy Brooklyn three-piece whose latest record has helped set them into the limelight, Big Thief’s sound is comprised of some ethereal folk-like vocals, amidst a tide of chilled out ambience which this sell out show simply can’t get enough of.
  • Ghostpoet – Concorde 2 – 8th November 2017

    Ghostpoet - Concorde 2 - 8th November 2017 Ghostpoet – Concorde 2 – 8th November 2017 Obaro Ejimiwe, aka Ghostpoet, has made his name through his mysteriously intimate sound and by delving into the most sinister places of the human mind. When he plays tonight’s sell out show at Concorde 2, from start to finish, he does not disappoint.
  • Blondie – Brighton Centre – 8th November 2017

    Blondie - Brighton Centre - 8th November 2017 Blondie – Brighton Centre – 8th November 2017 Fronted by one of the true great icons of modern music, new wave pioneers Blondie have managed to remain relevant throughout their long and illustrious career - up to and including this year’s Pollinator, their 11th studio album which was largely co-written with the likes of Charli XCX, Johnny Marr and more. Returning to a delighted Brighton for the first time in 12 years, Debbie Harry and the gang blew the place apart as if they were still playing at CBGB. Unlike CBGB, Brighton Centre had seating neatly arranged for the audience. It was apparent instantly that it was an odd decision, and was rendered largely pointless...
  • Spoon – Concorde 2 – 6th November 2017

    Spoon - Concorde 2 - 6th November 2017 Spoon – Concorde 2 – 6th November 2017 Surprisingly, Spoon have never performed in Brighton before, despite being active for over 20 years with nine studio albums under their belt. Under the guidance of main songwriter, guitarist and frontman Britt Daniel they have accumulated a big following, particularly in the United States, for their anything-is-possible, and eclectic rock-pop-dance melange, a band version of The Beatles' White Album, veering from straight ahead rockers to experimental passages, with a strong sense of psychedelia at its beating heart.


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