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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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  • Flyte – Patterns – 16th September 2017

    Flyte – Patterns – 16th September 2017 Flyte – Patterns – 16th September 2017 Flyte are somewhat an anomaly of a band. They’ve been together for three years now, they’re signed to a huge label in Island Records and they’ve got a pretty ardent fan-base, but they’ve never really made it to the ‘big time’. This is partly due to the lack of a huge single, the sort that gets airtime on the big radio stations, and their show at Brighton’s Patterns made that glaringly obvious.
  • H. Hawkline – The Joker – 12th September 2017

    H. Hawkline – The Joker – 12th September 2017 H. Hawkline – The Joker – 12th September 2017 The last night of a tour is sure to bring fatigue to any band or artist, with touring largely consisting of drinking, travelling and performing. For both Younghusband and H. Hawkline, who were playing their final show of their week-long tour, it was made much worse as they’d been on a big night out after their London show the night before they hit The Joker. Of course the results could’ve been disastrous, but it’s testament to both bands that what followed was something endearing, funny and really quite special.
  • Chastity Belt – Green Door Store – 13th September 2017

    Chastity Belt – Green Door Store – 13th September 2017 Chastity Belt – Green Door Store – 13th September 2017 “Thank you for coming out tonight on a, erm, uh, Wednesday” chips in drummer, Gretchen. Chastity Belt arrive slightly flagged and dog-eared tonight. Gretchen has a broken shoulder, and Annie Truscott on bass has a broken foot. You’d expect this to completely derail a band’s set and open this up for a review full of well-intentioned jabs. This really wasn’t the case and just goes to show what troopers Chastity Belt are. These problems are only apparent as the band announces them - otherwise they’re completely unnoticeable and what’s more their set was fantastic.
  • The Districts – The Haunt – 11th September 2017

    The Districts - The Haunt - 11th September 2017 The Districts – The Haunt – 11th September 2017 Following their epic headlining of The East Wing venue for this year’s Great Escape Festival, I made it a priority to watch The Districts again. The alternative rockers possess the ability to make anything sound epic, as they turn venues into one large hotbed of euphoria. If coming-of-age album A Flourish and a Spoilhinted at the band’s forward thinking signatures, then the new tracks featured on Popular Manipulations are the culmination of that and they transfer marvellously into a live setting.
  • The Magnetic Fields – Brighton Dome – 7th & 8th September 2017

    The Magnetic Fields – Brighton Dome – 7th & 8th September 2017 The Magnetic Fields – Brighton Dome – 7th & 8th September 2017 50 Song Memoirmay not be strictly autobiographical, as The Magnetic Fields frontman Stephin Merritt has pointed out several times that there is a difference between autobiographies and the truth. As a peek into his world, it is both fascinating and revealing. Spread over five discs, this hugely ambitious release has a song for each year of his life, each derived from events that shaped the year for him. It is by equal measures inspired and insane, and one of the must-hear albums of 2017.
  • Waxahatchee – Komedia – 7th September 2017

    Waxahatchee – Komedia – 7th September 2017 Waxahatchee – Komedia – 7th September 2017 Waxahatchee’s set at Komedia was an electric set of fan favourites and outings of new songs from Out in the Storm. A very professional set indeed - with massive sounds and serious players, Katie Crutchfield is sounding at her most polished. Allison Crutchfield (Katie’s sister) served as the support, sharing a band with her sister Katie. When the band re-emerge, there’s been an odd wardrobe change between sets and the backing band now come on in formal black suits, everyone on stage is in black. They opened with the slightly slower ‘Recite Remorse’ which, for me, is a subdued way to start the...
  • Beach Fossils – The Haunt – 4th September 2017

    Beach Fossils – The Haunt – 4th September 2017 Beach Fossils – The Haunt – 4th September 2017 “Birmingham was a bit boring last night, we’re glad you guys are more fun as it’s our last night in this country,” said frontman Dustin Payseur as Beach Fossils ended the UK leg of their tour in chaotic fashion. Their lo-fi, atmospheric sound was still sounding as fresh as ever as the young, eager crowd showed their appreciation to a New York band which can now fall back on a diverse back catalogue.
  • Interpol – Alexandra Palace – 1st September 2017

    Interpol – Alexandra Palace – 1st September 2017 Interpol – Alexandra Palace – 1st September 2017 Celebrating 15 years of their acclaimed debut album, Interpol took their anniversary tour of Turn Onthe Bright Lights to the magnificent Alexandra Palace and it still sounds as fresh now as it did in 2002. Whilst Antics took them to a wider audience, the first record has always been their most flawless as a body of work. Dressed in their typical business-like suits, Paul Banks and his gang looked as stylish as ever as they ran through the album in its entirety, along with a mini greatest hits set for the encore.
  • alt-J – Brighton Centre – 4th September 2017

    alt-J - Brighton Centre - 4th September 2017 alt-J – Brighton Centre – 4th September 2017 I wasn't expecting that much from alt-J tonight. For sure, they are an extraordinary band, perhaps one of the very best to have made themselves known in this last decade. Their idiosyncratic left field indie is mighty hard to pin down. Some call it 'boffin rock', while others have placed it in the box marked 'the new complexity'. But, alt-J aren't musos at all. There are no solos in their music, and their musicianship lacks flair in the sense of the head-bobbing taut funk-rock of Foals, or the dazzling bass and drum interplay of a Royal Blood. But, they don't need any of that. They've got so many...
  • Car Seat Headrest – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 29th August 2017

    Car Seat Headrest – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 29th August 2017 Car Seat Headrest – O2 Forum Kentish Town – 29th August 2017 Kentish Town Forum marks the largest London show to date for Will Toledo and the three-piece that make up the rest of Car Seat Headrest. Last time I saw them, I had caught them at Brighton’s Hope & Ruin, certainly a venue a shade lighter than tonight’s welterweight, 2,000-plus capacity. 
  • Neon Waltz – Moth Club – 30th August 2017

    Neon Waltz - Moth Club - 30th August 2017 Neon Waltz – Moth Club – 30th August 2017 Under the backdrop of angelic wistful vocals and swirling melodic rock, Neon Waltz, the UK’s most isolated/hard-working band, blew the capital away on a rainy August weekday night. Based at the top of the UK near John O’Groats, the Scottish group’s debut gathers influences from this area and they delivered a stupendous set made up of intricately crafted, heart-swelling songs taken from Strange Hymns.
  • Deap Vally – The Haunt – 24th August 2017

    Deap Vally – The Haunt – 24th August 2017 Deap Vally – The Haunt – 24th August 2017 From the moment Deap Vally take to the stage at Brighton’s The Haunt, the duo seize the room and bring forth their mighty sound. Their fans do genuinely cherish the group, some have come dressed up especially for the show, many are sneaking their way as close to the front as possible. I’ve not seen fans hold a band this dearly for a while, but it’s very clear that Deap Vally really mean something to their listeners. Beyond the songs, the fans believe they stand for something and strike out against the norm. Their audible fury is something that they can relate to and their music says it’s not only OK to be pissed off, you should...
  • Julie Byrne / Nadia Reid - St Mary’s Church - 28th August 2017

    Julie Byrne / Nadia Reid - St Mary’s Church - 28th August 2017 Julie Byrne / Nadia Reid – St Mary’s Church – 28th August 2017 Described aptly by Nadia Reid as a show that contained a ‘triple threat’, the trio of Jim Ghedi, Reid and Julie Byrne put on an exceptional display at St Mary’s Church in front of a packed and receptive audience. The co-headliners of Reid and Byrne are a third of the way through a major UK tour, and tonight saw just why they are amongst the most-respected and critically-acclaimed singer-songwriters working at the moment.
  • 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.
  • Ash – Concorde 2 – 23rd August 2017

    Ash – Concorde 2 – 23rd August 2017 Ash – Concorde 2 – 23rd August 2017 There is a huge flood of nostalgia currently for all things connected to the mid-90s, with many of the biggest bands of the era touring again – as well as providing a huge inspiration for the likes of The Big Moon, with the classic three-minute indie pop-rock song back in vogue. Riding that wave, Ash returned to Brighton once more with another high-octane show at Concorde 2. It’s hard (and painful) to believe that 1977 came out 21 years ago, but these shows are designed with just one thing in mind – to help the crowd forget the passage of time for a night, and to party like it’s not even 1999.
  • 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.
  • Marmozets – The Haunt – 22nd August 2017

    Marmozets – The Haunt – 22nd August 2017 Marmozets – The Haunt – 22nd August 2017 The Haunt was made for nights like this. Sweaty, intense, a show teetering on the edge of chaos but always staying just about in control due to the good intentions of the crowd. It was the scene for the return of Marmozets to Brighton as they warmed up for shows at Reading and Leeds, as well as their soon-to-be-released second album. In the week that they dropped their new single ‘Play’, it was an exciting time to welcome back one of the British rock scene’s most exciting acts.
  • Adam Torres – The Hope & Ruin – 22nd August 2017

    Adam Torres – The Hope & Ruin – 22nd August 2017 Adam Torres – The Hope & Ruin – 22nd August 2017 I shamefully managed to turn up slightly late for the show this evening. I missed the first few songs but the moment the door was pushed open my embarrassed panic was gone. Adam Torres’ music manages to have a moment with you personally, you can drift off and it’ll seem like you’re the only person in the room. Given the way the audience was standing, I don’t think I’m the only one that had this experience. What was even more surreal was having this moment of being taken away to then realise the room you’re actually standing in. It’s a clichéd brush to paint folk music with but it certainly...
  • Holy Fuck – Patterns – 23rd August 2017

    Holy Fuck – Patterns - 23rd August 2017 Holy Fuck – Patterns – 23rd August 2017 The layout of Patterns is unusual compared to your typical venue, with only certain genres suited to the horizontal layout. However, this didn’t matter for Holy Fuck, with the Canadians deciding to move their entire stage onto the dance floor and play ‘In the round’ for the final show of their European tour.


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