I don’t know about you, but I’ve no idea where February disappeared to! Saying that, looking back over my blog I’ve written a lot of stuff over the last month including 10 Reasons To Go To Brighton Komedia, Love Supreme and Brighton Music Conference realeases and my Fresh February Jams. I also attended some great gigs all across Brighton, as well as playing a couple of shows myself.
I’d like to give notable mentions to The Maydays: Tonight’s Top Story and Amelia Curran.
The Mayday’s show was comprised of improvised comedy sketches, made up from newspaper clippings which were cut out by the audience before the show started. The troupe were very quick to think on their feet, with a natural comic flair which kept the whole audience entertained throughout their performance.
Amelia Curran’s gig at The Verdict was a wonderful show in an intimate venue. Having never been to The Verdict before, I was really impressed with the sound of the small basement venue, as well as the beautiful staging and decor throughout. It felt like a Soho jazz club, but not in the seedy way. Amelia’s performance to a crowd that was somewhat lacking in numbers was engaging, entertaining and enlightening. I’ll definitely be keeping an eye out for her, as well as for other gigs at The Verdict.
On to March, we have some great music lined up with some fantastic internationally touring artists such as Jon Gomm and Courtney Pine, as well as some more unknown names who are definitely worth checking out, so get out this month and keep the local music scene alive! If you need any help, here is my guide for Who To See in Brighton in March 2015.
Tuesday 3rd March
Dry The River
Concorde II – 7:30pm – £12 – BUY TICKETS
A new discovery for me, but obviously not for others with over 80k fans on Facebook, Dry The River sound from their name to be some kind of post-hardcore punk outfit – or maybe that is just me? Imagine my surprise when I had a listen to discover that they were an alt-rock group with a great talent for melody and catchy tunes. After a string of EPs they released their first album, Shallow Bed, in 2012 before following it up with Alarms in The Heart last August. Their music has a diverse sound, varying from upbeat rock to down-tempo harmony-laden folk/indie. Genre labels aside – who likes them anyway – the singer has a great voice and the band play together really well. I have a feeling this will be an exciting gig so brighten up your Tuesday night and don’t let your live music intake dry up!
Wednesday 4th March
Melting Vinyl Present Chris Wood
Komedia – 8pm – £14 – BUY TICKETS
Following on from Ivor Novello Award-winning Scott Matthews last week at St. George’s Church, Melting Vinyl are following on with another award-winning performer – Chris Wood, winner of the BBC Folk award, amongst others! Returning after a previous SOLD OUT Brighton show, which was described as both engaging and funny, I am looking forward to the show, which could include anything from traditional English dance music to French folk – so I guess we will see what mood he is in on the night!
Support comes from the Internationally acclaimed Tim Keegan and a local favourite of mine EZ Stone, whom I first saw supporting Slow Club last year – and honestly I preferred his set. Come along early and show your support to some great local talent.
Thursday 12th March
This Is The Kit
Green Door Store – 7:30pm – £8 – BUY TICKETS
After listing a track from This Is The Kit in my Fresh Jams February 2015 article, I was really pleased to discover that they were coming to Brighton to play at Green Door Store just a few weeks later! Lead singer Kate Stables has a delicate voice which coupled with her intricate guitar playing is quite a sound to hear! This Is The Kit has a slightly quirky folky sound to it and with the Brighton show finishing off a two week UK tour, I am sure that they will be wanting to go out with a bang and leave you holding on for more, as they are above!
Check out their brand new video for Bashed Out, which was just released on Friday 27th Feb. Fresh!
Saturday 14th March
Melting Vinyl Presents Courtney Pine + Zoe Rahman
St. George’s Church– 7:30pm – £18/20 – BUY TICKETS
Having seen Courtney playing live at Love Supreme Festival – in fact he was one of my Six New Jazz Discoveries from Love Supreme 2014 – I know that the man is very comfortable performing even on the largest of stages. Combine that stage presence with one of the most virtuosic jazz woodwind players in the world and the beautiful setting of St George’s Church and you have a magical evening ahead of you. With support from “one of the brightest stars of the contemporary jazz scene”, Zoe Rahman. Great for a Mother’s Day treat!
Wednesday 18th March
Good Lies Presents Lotte Mullan + Jazz Morley
Komedia – 7:30pm – £9/11 – BUY TICKETS
With a sultry voice that recalls Eva Cassidy, Katie Melua and Norah Jones, Lotte Mullan is somebody that I only came across last month when fishing through the Brighton gig listings for March – and boy am I glad that I found her there! Her songs have a cutting honesty and DIY attitude to her music, turning down a major record deal to set up her own label, is something I as a musician have a lot of respect for – and I’m sure that a lot of other unsigned acts will agree with me. Don’t miss this chance to see her live in one of Brighton’s top venues!
Support comes from the soulful south-coast gal Jazz Morley, who after extensive touring is settling down to write her debut album, which we can expect to see out later this year!
Sunday 22nd March
Brighton Dome – 2:45pm – £11-£35 (50% concessions)
Finalising their 90th Concert Season with a concert that I have been looking forward to since seeing the programme back in September, Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra will be performing amongst works by Walton and Lord Berners, Gustav Holst’s The Planets – one of my favourite pieces of classical music. The show will certainly be making sure that the BPO are going out with a bang as the last full concert of the year – before their summer season kicks in from 21st June and their next concert programme begins on Sunday 11th October 2015. Whether you’re new to classical music or a regular concert-goer, this is a not a show that you would want to miss so let your hair down on a Sunday afternoon and see what the local Philharmonic have up their sleeves! Student and concession tickets from just £5.50!
Tuesday 24th March
Komedia – 7:30pm – £12.50 – BUY TICKETS
Having been lucky enough to see Jon Gomm last time he came to Brighton in June 2014, I was also fortunate enough to be able to interview him too – check out my interview here. If you’ve not heard of Jon Gomm, his music is best described as insane finger-style and technical. His signature track is Passionflower, which has received over 8 million hits on YouTube and is a serious tune! Despite being amongst the forefront of his field, Jon is still an independent musician, working without any formal management, proving that it can be done without falling into the mainstream. Check out the video below, be amazed and come along to join a wonderful night of live music.
Tuesday 24th March
UNKNOWN – 7:00pm – Free – REGISTER FOR TICKETS
If you’ve not heard of Sofar Sounds before, then don’t worry you’re not alone. In fact, that is kinda the point of the organisation. Are you fed up of going to acoustic gigs where the audience aren’t really listening and you have a better view of the audience’s mobile phones than you do of the artist performing? Sofar Sounds is an international organisation creating secret gigs with some of the best local and national talent performing in intimate home-made venues . Who wouldn’t want to see that?
The way that it works is that you register for a ticket (or a ticket and a plus one) and Sofar Sounds get back to you just before the show to let you know if your application has been successful. The location of the gig is kept a secret until the last minute – you will be told the venue and exact start times usually the night before the show. As most of the venues are somewhat makeshift – a living room, a church, a shop – there is always limited space available, but there is always a good time to be had by all with the intimate acoustic gigs. If you’re a fan of Live Lounge style music, this is one to get on board with, so don’t delay – REGISTER FOR FREE TICKETS.
If you think there is a gig that I’ve missed out and that you’d like me to preview, or have a gig coming up that you’d recommend, drop me a line on email@example.com or via twitter on @tomsayeruk.