Category Archives: What’s On Brighton

What’s On Brighton July 2016

Here’s my picks of the bunch for gigs coming up in Brighton this month.

What’s On Brighton July 2016

Love Supreme Festival – Friday 1st – Sunday 3rd July

Love Supreme Festival takes place between Friday 1st and 3rd July at Glynde Place.

Check out where you might have first seen some of the stars of Love Supreme Festival outside of the music sphere in my article for AfterDark Brighton.

Lola Colt at Hope & Ruin Brighton – Tuesday 5th July

Lola Colt are performing at Brighton’s Hope & Ruin on Tuesday 5th July 2016.

Following the release of their second album Twist Through The Fire on 1st July, London 6-piece Lola Colt will be starting their UK tour on the south coast, at Brighton’s The Hope & Ruin on Tuesday 5th July.

Read my full preview on AfterDark

Tunde at Brighton Komedia – Wednesday 6th July

Tunde performs at Brighton Komedia on Wednesday 6th July 2016.

When you’re close to tears remember / Some day it’ll all be over / One day we’re gonna get so high.” Any man who can turn the frankly terrifying thought of our own mortality into a comforting blanket is clearly some kind of mind-wizard! Tunde Baiyewu, best known as the voice of 90’s duo The Lighthouse Family, has emerged from wherever he’s been hiding for the last couple of years with two great new covers of 70s classics ‘Summer Breeze‘ and ‘I Saw The Light‘, and a short string of tour dates and festival appearances this July.

Read my full preview on AfterDark

Kristin McClement at Dome Studio Theatre – Thursday 7th July

Kristin McClement performs at Brighton Dome’s Studio Theatre on Thursday 7th July.

Brighton’s monthly local showcase SPECTRUM presents Kristin McClement and The Boy Who Kicked Pigs at Brighton Dome’s Studio Theatre on Thursday 7th July. SPECTRUM Live puts on the best Brighton-based acts from all genres of music – covering the full spectrum – in association with the city’s best-known independent record store, Resident Records and supported by The Pebble Trust, a Brighton and Hove based charity which supports local causes and local people.

Read my full preview on AfterDark

Suuns at Patterns – Thursday 14th July

SUUNS Patterns Brighton
SUUNS play at Patterns Brighton on Thursday 14th July.

Sandwiched between a European tour and a summer of music festivals across the UK and Europe, Suuns are coming to Brighton to play a one-off show at Patterns on Thursday 14th July, hosted by One Inch Badge and Love Thy Neighbour Promotions. The Montreal 4-piece have a busy touring schedule lined up for the remainder of 2016, and this looks like the only date in Brighton planned for this year, so don’t miss your chance to see them if you’re a fan.

Read my full preview on AfterDark Brighton.

Evans The Death at Hope & Ruin – Friday 15th July

Evans the death hope and ruin Brighton
Evans The Death are performing at Brighton’s Hope & Ruin on Friday 15th July.

London indie-rock quintet Evans The Death released their third LP, Vanilla last month. AfterDark gives it a listen to see if the sound is more exciting than the name, ahead of their forthcoming UK tour (14th – 28th July) and their upcoming gig on Friday 15th July at Brighton’s Hope & Ruin.

Read my full preview on AfterDark Brighton.

Sir Tom Jones at Sussex County Cricket Ground – Sunday 17th July

sir tom jones hove country cricket ground
Sir Tom Jones will be performing at the Hove Country Cricket Ground on Sunday 17th July.

Sir Tom Jones has pretty much done it all musically. He has sang the theme tune to a James Bond film (Sean Connery’s fourth Bond film, Thunderball), performed the infamous murder ballad ‘Delilah’, which has been the unoffical Welsh rugby anthem since the 1970s, and showed off his lighter side with the playful and uncontrollably catchy ‘Sex Bomb‘. He was even awarded a knighthood for his services to music in 2006, following an OBE in 1999. Most recently though, he has been known by many as one of the 4 judges on the BBC vocal talent content, The Voice. Sir Tom Jones will be playing a show at Hove’s County Cricket Ground on Sunday 17th July.

Read my full preview on AfterDark Brighton.

Folklore Sessions at The White Rabbit – Tuesday 19th July

folklore-sessions july 2016
Folklore Sessions takes place on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

If you’ve not heard of Folklore Sessions are you are a big fan of live and acoustic music, then you are in for a treat! Set up by local singer-songwriter Jacko Hooper, Folklore Sessions is the kind of gig that performers dream of playing (and music lovers can’t wait for).

Read my full preview on AfterDark Brighton.

Team New Band ‘Freaks’ Single Launch at Green Door Store – Wednesday 20th July

Team New Band are launching their single ‘Freaks’ at GDS on Wednesday 20th July.

Brighton-based Team New Band will be celebrating the release of their new single ‘Freaks’ with a launch party at Green Door Store, the city’s favourite disused stables and hot-box venue, on Wednesday 20th July. The band promises there will be “balloons, ticker tapes, dance routines and much, much more.” We’re listening…

Read my full preview on AfterDark Brighton.

Living Body’s UK Tour Comes To Brighton

Living Body are performing at Brighton’s Green Door Store on Monday 25th July.

Leeds-based post-Brexitcore (topical I know) 5-piece Living Body are travelling the country at the end of July to showcase their debut single, ‘Don’t Give Up On Me‘, a song they describe as written for hope, optimism and the European Union. Living Body will be performing a FREE show at the Green Door Store in Brighton on Monday 25th July 2016. Support comes from Calico and Patchwork Natives.

Read the full preview on AfterDark Brighton.

(22/07) More to be added next week


What’s On Brighton April 2016 – Tom Sayer

Welcome to this month’s live music Brighton What’s On Guide – featuring two EP launches, the return of a Canadian folk favourite of mine and much more.

Before we begin, I’ve created a playlist for you to sample the artists coming to Brighton this month – it’s great listening whilst you’re at work. The playlist is just under an hour and has some great new music for your ears. I hope that you enjoy it!

What’s On Brighton April 2016

What's On Brighton April 2016 - FoxesGood Rockin Tonight with Si Cranstoun

 Terry Dash Music – Fri 8th April – 7:45pm
The Old Market, Hove – Tickets £17/16 concessions – BUY TICKETS

Fancy a night of something a little different? Then head down to The Old Market in Hove for ‘Good Rockin Tonight’, the latest show from doo-wop crooner Si Cranstoun. Combining influences from many of the greats from Northern Soul and Motown, Si has been likened to Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson – certainly not something that you hear every day!

Complete with a 6-piece live band, Good Rockin Tonight promises to be a night where you won’t be sitting down quietly and politely clapping between tracks. With his overpowering vintage vibes and contemporary R&B edge, Si Cranstoun will start your weekend with an energetic bang that will leave you on a high until Monday morning. Check out his track Dance For Evermore below and buy your tickets from the link above from The Old Market.

What's On Brighton April 2016 - Tom SayerGiorgia-May EP Launch

 QM Records – Tue 12th April – 8pm
Patterns – FREE ENTRY

The latest in a series of regular nights put on by QM Records, local talent Giorgia-May will be launching her second EP, the follow up to her debut Trouble Sleeping (2014) at Patterns in this FREE night of great live music from a host of emerging Brighton musicians – the city where many great musicians are born, but even more visit and never leave (except to go on tour of course).

Giorgia-May’s music is smooth and well-crafted easy listening, mixing jazzy chords with a sultry vocal which doesn’t need to shout to draw the attention of the listeners in – it’s the musical equivalent to draping a silk scarf around somebody and slowly pulling them towards you.

Supports come from some great local acts, soulful rising star Mariella West (who will hopefully be performing her recent release ‘Sober‘), Francesca Fulmini (playing with her amazing new band) and fresh from his very own EP release show in February, Rob Godfrey. It’s a free entry show so if you’re free, get down and support some local live music.

the-island-club-whats-on-brighton-april-2016The Island Club

One Inch Badge – Thur 14th April – 8pm
The Prince Albert – Tickets £5 adv + bf, £7 otd – BUY TICKETS

The instantly likeable The Island Club caught my attention with a single track, Paper Kiss (video below) and I straight away felt like they were a band that I’d been listening to for years. Headlining at the intimate Prince Albert (just underneath the arches of Brighton station), The Island Club’s music will surely have people up and dancing, bouncing off the band’s infectious energy and feel good music.

Island Club have been busy over the last few months, playing some packed out London shows, including gigs at KOKO and Hoxton Bar & Kitchen. Catch the band live in Brighton ahead of their upcoming set as part of The Great Escape Festival (19-21st May 2016) where you can be sure to expect big things, with industry scouts on the look out for the hottest new talent to snap up.

Support comes from Brighton based guitar duo Tuska, performing their spacious alternative anthemic tracks to start the night off.

normanton-street-ep-launch-april-2016Normanton Street EP Launch

Fri 15th April – 7pm
Patterns – Early bird £6. £10 otd – BUY TICKETS

Returning from a recent crowd-funded trip to perform at SXSW in Austin, Texas, Normanton Street are sure to receive their usual strong local support for their first Brighton show since their return (and since their NYE bash at Prince Albert).  The show is part of a 3 date tour Brighton – Manchester – London) to support their new EP, ‘Life’s Real’, starting with the official EP Launch show in their adopted hometown of Brighton.

Turning what was formerly Audio, primarily a club venue not particularly associated with live music, into a regular venue for emerging live music, supporting local artists through their label QM Records has been one of their great contributions to the city of Brighton – and one that people need to take notice of.

Support for this show comes from Lebeaux, One Eyed Jacks and old friends Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn.

basia-bulat-brighton-april-2016Basia Bulat

Good Lies – Wed 19th April – 8pm
Hope&Ruin – £11 adv – BUY TICKETS

Two years is too long to be away from Brighton in my opinion, but Basia Bulat has finally returned, bringing with her the spoils of her labours in the form of her latest album ‘Good Advice’, which was released in February this year.

Following on from a mammoth USA tour, including a number of shows at SXSW, Basia is in the UK for just a handful of dates before continuing her tour across Europe throughout April and into May. Her catchy melodies, charming stage demeanour and assortment of instruments that she plucks out of her flight case are three great reasons to see her live – and if you’ve heard her music then you’ll know it’s not a particularly hard sell.

Read my review of her last Brighton show in 2014 on – Basia Bulat Blows Brighton Away (Feb 12th 2014) – and watch the video for the track that I first discovered her from ‘Tall Tall Shadow’ the title track from her 2013 album.

laura-reznek-uk-tour-april-2016Laura Reznek

 Fri 21st April – 8pm
The Marwood – FREE ENTRY

If you’re into fine coffee (or tea), cake and music then The Marwood is the venue of your dreams. This cafe is filled during the daytime with everybody from businessmen to hipsters, students to single mums – a wide array of the people from the cosmopolitan city of Brighton, and in the evening a few nights a week, the place doubles up as an intimate music venue, particularly suited to acoustic acts and stripped down band sets.

Laura Reznek is a Canadian singer-songwriter, based in London who is heading to Brighton as part of her mini UK tour, showcasing her 2015 album ‘Who Came Before Us’ – You can listen to the album on her soundcloud page. From first listen there is something captivating about her music, from her soprano highs to her gravelly lows and her smooth tones in between, Laura’s songs are varied in mood, texture and style, with an album that effortlessly fluctuates between slower ballads and up-tempo Alanis-esque tracks. Watch the video for her track Staircase below and come along (if not just for the coffee and cake, but also for the great music).

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What’s On Brighton January 2016

Happy New Year and welcome to my What’s On Brighton January 2016. As usual I will be highlighting my top picks of the best musical talent on display in Brighton & Hove this month. As I’m already a few days late after the Christmas break, let us get right to it!

dua-lipa-3-whats-on-brighton-january-17th-2016 Dua Lipa

One Inch Badge – Sun 17th January – 8:00pm
Hope & Ruin – Tickets £6 –  BUY TICKETS

In between the constant gushing about Jack Garratt on Radio 1, you may have heard the occasional mention of BBC Sound of 2016 Longlist artist Dua Lipa. For those unfamiliar with it, the BBC Sound of…. is their top picks of upcoming talent that they think will really take off in the next year, and they aren’t often wrong. Previous winners include Adele, Ellie Goulding, Jessie J and the James-Bond-theme-murderer (but otherwise good singer) Sam Smith.

Having only just discovered Dua when looking through the listings this month and I was instantly drawn in by the confident performance of this 19-year old and her band, with her assured songwriting showing that she had quickly mastered the basics for writing catchy upbeat pop tunes. She will be one to watch over the next 12 months and definitely one to see with this cheap price tag and in a nice intimate venue on her first UK Tour.

barnett-brothers-whats-on-Brighton-21st-January-2016Barnett Brothers

One Inch Badge – Thur 21st January – 7:30pm
Green Door Store – Tickets £9.20 – BUY TICKETS

Take two brothers from punk rock bands, remove the rest of the line up and replace their electric guitars with acoustic ones and you’ve pretty much got what’s going on here! Greg and Bobby Barnett will no doubt be playing stripped down and mixed up versions of some of The Menzingers and Captain We’re Sinking‘s finest tracks, as well as some previously unreleased songs aired for the first time in the unique acoustic tour. You can be sure that there will be a lot of energy on stage and a great vibe throughout Green Door Store so don’t miss out!

Check out this full acoustic set from Menzingers below for a taste of what is to come on the night. I’m sure that the atmosphere will be just as good as in the video!

maisie-peters-whats-on-Brighton-January-26th-2016 Maisie Peters

Stiff Promotions – Tue 26th January – 7:30pm
Latest Music Bar – Tickets £4/ £5 otd – BUY TICKETS

15-year old Maisie Peters is already a seasoned performer on the local circuit within West Sussex, and with a promising 2016 ahead, including a video shoot at Duran Duran’s former studio in Battersea Park Studios, as well as an interview with Sky TV for a programme that will air in the Spring. Her young and cutesy style reminds me of Zooey Deschanel’s She & Himalthough the songs sound a lot more innocent and less twee than their sickly-sweet ones.

The night will be completed with supports from Charlie Moss and Morgan M James. Get there early to get a seat as this tiny venue fills up fast!

wainwright-sisters-whats-on-Brighton-January-27th-2016Wainwright Sisters

MELTING VINYL – Wed 27th January –  7:30pm
Komedia – Tickets £16 + bf/ £18 otd – BUY TICKETS

Known by many as the sister of gay icon Rufus Wainwright, but also by probably just as many as an artist in her own right, Martha Wainwright will be performing alongside her sister Lucy, showcasing tracks from their recent album ‘Songs In The Dark’, a gently haunting, mesmerizing and sleepy release – I think that is a fair comment as 5 of the 15 tracks contain “lullaby” in the titles!

With gentle finger-picking and acoustic strums blended with soft vocal harmonies, it’s probably a good place to bring any restless babies who find it difficult to get off to sleep. Let’s hope that Komedia set out some seats otherwise you may be watching the audience sleeping on their feet.

Having received 4-star reviews from The Independent and The Guardian,  these tried and tested acousticians will deliver a sultry performance for certain that will leave you with a warmth in your heart. Support comes from local artist Laish, the songwriting project of Daniel Green.

air-waves-whats-on-Brighton-January-31st-2016 Air Waves

MELTING VINYL – Sun 31st January – 7:30pm
Prince Albert – £8 adv/ £8 otd – BUY TICKETS

Last by by no means least this month is Air Waves, performing at The Prince Albert in Brighton as part of her extensive European tour this January/February.

Revered by indie critics The Quietus and Pitchfork, New Yorker Nicole Schneit (AIR WAVES) and her band will be performing tracks from their fall 2015 release ‘Parting Glances‘. The album looks at the effect that these final stares between perfect strangers can have and imagines how they can lead to fictional and real situations, depending on how you play them out. Have a listen to ‘Thunder’ featuring Jana Hunter below to see what you think!

Support comes from Brighton-based acts Penelope Isles and Will René.
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What’s On Brighton November 2015

Hello one and all and welcome to by What’s On Brighton November 2015 Guide. This November in Brighton is a great month for live music, covering a wide span of genres at venues across the city.

You can see below a playlist I’ve curated of many of the acts and supports that are playing at the gigs included in my What’s On Guide (and a few extra for good measure) so why not give it a listen and see if anything piques your interest for this month. I hope you enjoy it and I hope that you find the time to see some live music this month, wherever and whatever it may be!

Nizlopi and Moulettes - Whats on Brighton November 2015 Nizlopi and Moulettes (DOUBLE HEADLINE TOUR)

Weds 4th November – 7:00pm Doors
Brighton Komedia – Tickets £16 –  BUY TICKETS

Having seen Luke Concannon (Nizlopi singer) performing a some of his solo works with a new band at The Brunswick a couple of months ago, my appreciation for his songwriting talents and on-stage showmanship and performance have only grown. I was lucky enough to have had a chat with him before the show (see my interview with Luke here) and he was a top bloke who absolutely goes for it when he’s on stage. For those who’ve not been following Nizlopi since their JCB song fame, this is the last tour that Nizlopi will be playing on for at least 2 years, so catch them now or you might not get another chance.

Joining Nizlopi for this double headline tour are a folk band called Moulettes, whom I saw for the first time performing at The Latest Music Bar in May as part of the Alternative Great Escape. With an unconventional line-up, there’s a lot about Moulettes that stands out, but mostly their music speaks for itself and is quite a spectacle that needs to be seen live to really appreciate it. This is my first gig of November and I can’t wait for it! Tickets still available online.

Normanton Street - Whats On Brighton November 2015Normaton Street + Guests

Fri 6th November – 7:00pm
Brighton Dome Studio Theatre – Tickets £8 – BUY TICKETS

Aside from international performances, touring, music festivals, residencies, running their own label and working alongside other local artists, Normanton Street have been pretty quiet over the last year.

The band have come on leaps and bounds since I went on tour with them back in April 2014 (Read my tour diary published on BN1 Magazine Online) and are always pushing themselves to be better and do new things.This show is no exception, as one of their biggest adopted hometown shows to date at the Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, with a line up of great local talent in tow for the show including uprising star Tommy Sissons, a spoken word artist who is pushing the boundaries of contemporary poetry through collaborations with local producer St. Longplayer, BBC Radio1Xtra and Channel 4.

Their shows are energetic and full of good vibes and I have no reason to suspect that this one will be any different. Normanton Street are going places so why not let them take you with them? Here’s an old video from Normanton Street, featuring Frankie Stew who will also be performing at the show!

What's On Brighton October 2015 - Brighton Philharmonic OrchestraBrighton Philharmonic Orchestra

Sun 8th November, 2:45pm
Brighton Dome – Tickets from £11.50 – BUY TICKETS

Continuing their 91st concert season, The Brighton Philharmonic will be performing Elgar’s Sanguine Fan, Tchaikovsky’s Variations on a Rococo Theme and Schubert’s Symphony No.9 (The Great).

Last month’s opening concert was a packed one, with a great atmosphere as ever in the Brighton Dome, a venue perfectly designed for performers and audience with its great acoustics and clever design that makes every seat a great seat. The orchestra is once again being conducted by the charismatic Barry Wordworth, whose years at the helm of the Brighton Philharmonic make him a familiar and comforting face to see on the stage. The concert also  features solo award-winning cellist Gemma Rosefield so will be an extra special performance. Don’t miss out. It’s a lovely and relaxing way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Alela and Ryan - Whats On Brighton November 2015Alela Diane & Ryan Francesconi

Tues 10th November, 7:30pm
Komedia – Tickets £12 + bf/ £14 otd – BUY TICKETS

When singer Alela and guitarist Ryan started talking at a friend’s gig last year, they realised that they were both exactly what the other one needed to get themselves out of a creative standstill. The result is the collaboration which led to the production of an album, Cold Moon, adding Alela’s vocals and melodies to Ryan’s intricate compositions made up of beautiful guitar lines.

Both established as soloists in their own fields before working together, each has a rich catalogue of solo material as well as their collaborations, so the show could be a real mix of old and new material from these vastly different artists who found each other. Support comes from Vikesh Kapoor + Ellie Ford

Mountain Goats - Whats On Brighton November 2015The Mountain Goats

Weds 18th November, 7:30pm
Komedia – £20 adv/ £22 otd – BUY TICKETS

Sure-footed and impervious to all weathers…I think I may have the wrong mountain goats there! The Mountain Goats are an indie-folk band from North Carolina who have crossed the pond to tour their latest record Beat The Champ.

The album is a concept album, based around the stories of many people working in the professional wrestling industry – certainly a bit more exciting that you’re run of the mill boy-meets-girl narrative, which still proliferates popular culture today after decades of fine songwriting from across the world. With jazz-infused harmonies and a smorgasbord of musical influences on show within their songs, this will be a night to remember. Support comes from The Weather Station + The Hornblower Brothers.

Kate Daisy Grant and Nick Pynn - Whats On Brighton November 2015Kate Daisy Grant and Nick Pynn

Sun 22nd November, 7:15pm doors, 8pm start
The Old Market – £12 adv – BUY TICKETS

It was September last year when I first saw and heard Kate and Nick performing at The Old Market at the Album Launch of Kate Daisy Grant’s Portrait. (Read my full review of Kate’s album Portrait). 14 months later, it is Nick’s turn to have his album launch at the same venue, with his highly anticipated Waterproof is finally out on the shelves (and in the digital stores that we are all used to now).

Nick’s instrumental soundscapes and Kate’s delicate vocals will fuse into a unique blend of experi-pop songs and melodic avant-folk, for what Kate describes as “our last gig for the forseeable future”. With more instruments than a small orchestra on stage, Kate and Nick’s performances are far from boring. Recently announced as a special guest for the show is Beverley Martyn, the former wife of folk sensation John Martyn, and an established musician in her own right with 50 years of professional experience including collaborations with Simon and Garfunkel, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant plus many more. The show is sure to be spellbinding and I can’t wait for the weekend to roll around. Check out the live video of Kate and Nick below, shot in September 2015 for a taster of what’s to come on Sunday.

This Is The Kit - Whats On Brighton November 2015This Is The Kit

Tues 24th November, 7:30pm
The Haunt – £10 adv + bf – BUY TICKETS

This Is The Kit are a fantastic chilled out folk outfit that I have seen playing packed out shows at both Brighton’s Green Door Store and the Tipi Tent at End Of The Road Festival this year.

Endorsed by Guy Garvey from Elbow on his radio show, the bands’s third album ‘Bashed Out’ sounds anything but; it’s a well crafted record, and …”a triumph of what folk is meant to sound like”. Read my full review of Bashed Out. Wherever Kate Stables and her troupe go, the venue are filled to the rafters so don’t miss this chance to see This Is The Kit play an intimate show in your home town, and for just £10 too! You’d be a fool not to! Watch the video for Silver John and see if you’re not hypnotized as well!

Communion New Faces Tour - Whats On Brighton November 2015Communion New Faces Tour

Thurs 26th November – 7:00pm
Green Door Store –  £8 +bf – BUY TICKETS

Communion Music have always had their eye on the ball when it comes to spotting new music breaking through the ranks. Amongst their discoveries are Bear’s Den, Catfish and The Bottlemen and Twin Peaks (to name just three). With this tour, they are taking 4 artists across the country to give them a nice boost to their nationwide fan-bases and help them to realise their potential as professional artists and bands.

This tour features acoustic duo Seafret, alt 4-piece Flyte, Shrewsbury singer-songwriter Dan Owen (who just released his Bad For Me EP) and his previous touring buddy, Brighton lad Jack Watts. Previous artists on the New Faces tour have included Luke Sital-Singh, Annie Eve and Eliza and the Bear, so I have high hopes for some great things at this show. Check out the artists performing in the videos below.

Communion New Faces Tour Event Page

Stornoway - Whats On Brighton November 2015Stornoway Unplucked

Sat 28th November, 7:00pm
St Georges Church – £18 + bf/ £20 otd

Melting Vinyl presents Oxford folk indie-pop band Stornaway, fresh off the release of their third album, Bonxie, which has been described as “their most personal, engaging and best album to date”.

Performing in one of my favourite Brighton venue, St Georges Church in Kemp Town, Stornaway will be showcasing their songwriting craft through their songs about ornithology, literature and wildlife, amongst others, in what promises to be a night of great entertainment, culture and high class musicianship.

Support comes from Katherine Priddy, whose hypnotic tracks clearly demonstrate that she is a female who attended the school of Nick Drake and John Martyn. Don’t miss this chance to catch both of these fantastic acts in such a beautiful venue. Tickets are still available so book now to avoid disappointment!

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What’s On Brighton October 2015

It’s been a busy September. My highlights from the hectic last month include:

  • End Of The Road Festival –  4 days of fantastic live music (and I even got to play a few songs on the piano stage)
  • Getting to interview Luke Concannon (Nizlopi) and see his and Jimmy Davis’s spectacular live show
  • Releasing another single online – The Architect/ Moving On
  • Having a much needed catchup with my guitarist Tom and recording this rough demo of a track called “Is This It?”
          Is This It (live demo) - Tom Sayer

Looking on, here are my picks of what I’m looking forward to this month in my guide to What’s On Brighton October 2015.

What's On Brighton October 2015 - Hippodrome BenefitThe Golden Years of Theatre: Our Brighton Hippodrome Benefit

Sun 4th October, 2:30pm doors, 3pm start
Brighton Komedia – BUY TICKETS

Find out about the history of theatre from actor Nigel Nevinson as he talks about his mother, Nancy Nevinson, and her long career as an actress, examining how theatre has changed from the 1930s to the present day.

This event is a benefit for the Our Hippodrome charity, which is currently raising funds and awareness for the Brighton Hippodrome, and trying to bring the venue to be restored to its former glory. Even if you can’t make the event, please have a look at their website, and if you can donate some time or money to help their noble cause.  Brighton needs venues like the Hippodrome to attract  musicians, theatre companies and a wealth of other performers to our south coast so help get the building back on its feet!

What's On Brighton October 2015 - Brighton Philharmonic OrchestraBrighton Philharmonic Orchestra

11th October, 2:45pm
Brighton Dome – Tickets from £11.50 – BUY TICKETS

Starting their 91st concert season, The Brighton Philharmonic will be opening the bill with Tchaikovsky’s Francesca da Rimini, Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No.1 and closing the afternoon with Kallinikov’s Symphony No.1. It seems quite fitting that on this opening concert two of these piece were the composer’s first entries in the mediums of piano concerti and symphonies.

Brighton Dome is a fantastic venue for hearing classical music in, with its architecture giving every audience member a great sound as well as a wonderful view. My personal tip is to get seats in the circle if possible, as I find the sound carries better up and towards the back. So sit back, relax and enjoy a Sunday afternoon with the Brighton Philharmonic. And if you like it, why not think about getting a season ticket to make sure that you never miss a performance.

What's On Brighton October 2015 - Rival ConsolesRival Consoles

Tuesday 13th October, 7:00pm
Green Door Store – £8 + bf/ £10 otd – BUY TICKETS

London-based producer Ryan Lee West aka Rival Consoles will eb showcasing his ambient atmospheric electronic in the confines of the dark and damp stables that is the Green Door Store.  Ryan is a kind of aural cosmonaut, exploring musical soundscapes and ideas of time and space in his music. Check out his track ‘Odyssey’ and see if you’re ready for the journey.

What's On Brighton October 2015 - Sahara

Sahara + The Habitats + Object Object + LoupZillas

Thursday 15th October, 7:30pm
The Hope & Ruin –  £5 adv/ £6 otd

Hear the latest upcoming indie grooves with this 4 band line-up including 3 local bands and out-of-towners The Habitats. With the upstairs of the Hope (&Ruin) now completely redone, there’s a lot more space to see the bands (plus the sound man there is a dude and always gets it spot on). Get down early to avoid being stuck at the back by the bar, unless you like being at the back by the bar, in which case arrive whenever.

Check out this live video (albeit it 2 years old) to get an idea about the night. Expect jangly guitars and upbeat tracks so bring your dancing shoes.

Oxjam BrightonOxjam Brighton Takeover

Saturday 17th October, ALL DAY

Love music? Like multi-venue inner-city festivals? Have a spare tenner? If the answer to these three questions is yes then Oxjam Takeover is definitely for you. It’s kind of like a scaled down version of The Great Escape taking place on just one day, but there is still a wealth of bands on display and with a pricetag that everybody can afford, it’s definitely worth a punt. Do so something great and help out Oxfam by enjoying a full day of live music all across Brighton. See an interview with the organisers of the festival below and see you there!

What's On Brighton October 2015 - Brighton FolkBrighton Folk

Sunday 18th October, 8:00pm
The Brunswick–  £FREE

A monthly folk/acoustic night hosted by singer-songwriter Amy Hill in the intimate setting of The Brunswick. Each month, different hand-picked artists perform to the eager audience. I can’t find the line up for this month’s edition yet, but I’m still up for checking it out, based on the callibre of acts that have previous played on the night. So if you’re at a loss for a Sunday evening, why not pop along and ease the harsh transition out of the weekend!

What's On Brighton October 2015 - Folklore SessionsFolklore Sessions 1st Birthday

Tuesday 20th October, 8:00pm
The White Rabbit –  £FREE

I can’t believe that it’s been a whole year since local singer-songwriter Jacko Hooper set up this monthly acoustic showcase at The White Rabbit. From sultry solo artists to stripped down bands, Folklore Sessions is everything that Live Lounge used to be (before Radio 1 went a little bit mad with it). The music is always top notch, the atmosphere is respectful for the performers and the general buzz around Folklore is always one that you leave on a high with. Having recently hosted a stage at Together The People Festival, Folklore Sessions is definitely going places, and I’m keen to see where the next turn in the road will take it.

This month’s anniversary line-up includes some of Jacko’s favourites from the last year: Bess Atwell, Oktoba and Aniseed Treats. See you there! Hopefully there will be baloons!

What's On Brighton October 2015 - BeardymanBeardyman: An Album Per Hour

Wednesday 21st & Thursday 24th October, 8:00pm
The Old Market, Hove – £18/16 conc – BUY TICKETS

Come and witness a truly unique event (twice if you really want) at The Old Market, Hove where Beardyman will be making a brand new album live on stage for your enjoyment. If you’ve not heard of Beardyman before, check out the video below which features this show live at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2015. Don’t worry, there are no spoilers. He’ll be doing it completely fresh on the nights. Check it out!

More to be added as the month goes on….. If you have any gig suggestions, CD review requests or live review requests, please drop me a line on

What’s On Brighton September 2015

After taking two months off to work on the music for a feature film (something that I have always wanted to do), I find that my musical vigour and passion has concentrated and I look forward to making a lot more music as well as writing about. In the meanwhile, since finishing my role working up north mid-August, I have been very busy readjusting back into normal life (if you can ever call it that). Some of my highlights from the last month are:

  • Me and Earl and The Dying Girl – A fantastic film that I was lucky enough to see a preview of through Show Film First. It’s a great place to get free preview tickets to shows at short notice. Sign up and keep an eye on their twitter.
  • Krater Comedy Club – I think sometimes Brightonians take for granted that we have this multiple award-winning night on our doorstep throughout the weekend, with up to 5 shows per weekend. I’ve never seen a bad act and I’ve been to a fair few. Definitely a good plan if you’re without a plan at the weekend! Sign up to their mailing list for great deals and keep an eye on the @KomediaBrighton for competitions too!
  • Life Story Prom : Royal Albert Hall – Not in Brighton but just a short train ride away, the proms are a must for me every year and this was one of my favourites. The music of Murray Gold performed by the BBC Concert Orchestra and narrated by none other than Sir David Attenborough. With 1,350 tickets available on the day for gallery and arena areas, there’s a great chance of nabbing a £5 day ticket. The proms finish on 12th September so don’t miss out! More info on 

Without further ado here are my picks of the best of What’s On Brighton September 2015.

What's On Brighton September 2015 - EOTR

End Of The Road Festival

4-6th September
Llama Tree Gardens – SOLD OUT

It’s the tenth anniversary year of this festival and my first time coming but I can’t wait! My girlfriend has been for the last few years and has always enjoyed it, speaking highly of the music, the people attending and the general good vibes going around during the festival. The line-up has a few big names that I recognise, like Sufjan Stevens, War On Drugs, Laura Marling and Tame Impala, but mostly I am looking forward to discovering some new music whilst I am there.

What's On Brighton September 2015

Together The People Festival

5-6th September
Preston Park – BUY TICKETS

If I hadn’t already booked up for EOTR, I’d definitely have been attending Together The People Festival (TTP) for its first year. The line-up looks fantastic, including Jose Gonzalez, Super Furry Animals, Ghost Poet, Luke Sital-Singh + more, featuring a whole stage filled by Folklore Sessions, the monthly showcase brainchild of local singer-songwriter Jacko Hooper. I am genuinely sad that I won’t get to check out the festival in its first year, but hopefully it will be back next year! Tickets are still available online at a real bargain price of just £75 for the weekend and £39.50 for one day, so if you’re looking for something to do for the weekend in Brighton, this is probably your best bet!


Whats On Brighton September 2015 - Luke Concannon and Jimmy Davis

Luke Concannon + Jimmy Davis

Friday 11th September – 8:00pm
The Brunswick – £7 adv/ £8 otd – BUY TICKETS

Before returning to Brighton with his full band (Nizlopi) in November, Luke Concannon is embarking on a solo tour with fellow troubadour and hip-hip songwriter Jimmy Davis for this joint headline tour across the UK. The pair have the Ed Sheeran seal of approval, with Luke being referred to by the ginger Prince of acoustic pop as his ‘role model’, they supported Ed on his London previous tour dates at Brixton Academy and Shepherds Bush Empire.

As a lovely added touch, before each show on the tour, Luke and Jimmy will be running a free 1 hour songwriting workshop at the venues, allowing their fans to talk about the techniques behind the songwriting and perhaps get a chance to play them one of their songs. Attendees of this exclusive session will also get 1/2 price entry to the evening shows. You can’t say fairer than that!

Willard Grant Conspiracy

Wildwood &Brighthelmstone Promotions Presents Willard Grant Conspiracy + Old Lost John

Thursday 17th September – 7:30pm
Prince Albert –  £12 adv – BUY TICKETS

Rounding off their UK tour with a performance at the prestigious Prince Albert in Brighton, Willard Grant Conspiracy will be raising the roof in a trio formation – with guitar, vocals, cello, viola and, of course, a musical saw! The band caught my attention from first listen, and they have been rightly compared to Warren Ellis and Nick Cave with their dark yet rich songwriting style – like an 85% cocoa Lindt chocolate bar.

Support comes from one-man band Old Lost John aka Swedish folk noir songwriter Tomas Thunberg.

What's On Brighton September 2015 - Addictive TV Orchestra of Samples

Addictive TV: Orchestra of Samples

Saturday 19th September – 7:30pm
The Old Market, Hove – £10 – BUY TICKETS

As a part of the Brighton Digital Festival, TOM and BDF Present a one-off special performance of their show “Orchestra of Samples”.  Created by filming over 200 musicians all across the globe, the live performance will bring them together for an audio-visual sensation, supported by the innovative street percussion masters from STOMP for a performance which will be like no other! With rave reviews from national and international presses and online media, I can’t wait to see what the guys will conjure up and will be attending with an open mind and open ears. Support comes from the wonderful singer-songwriter Cate Ferris and an exclusive new screening of some short films from  animation house DOG & RABBIT.

What's On Brighton September 2015 - A Night At The Hucklebuck

A Night At The Hucklebuck

Friday 25th September – 8:00pm
The Old Market, Hove – £15/10 concessions – BUY TICKETS

Forget X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent, if you are looking for a local equivalent of The Royal Variety Performance, you need look no further than A Night At The Hucklebuck. Arranged by comedian and ventriloquist Steve Hewlett in memory of his close friend and colleague Nathan Zahorchak, who sadly passed away aged just 38, A Night At The Hucklebuck is a good old-fashioned variety show featuring magic, music, comedy, circus, film and much more. The audience are invited to attend in fancy dress and there will be a celebrity raffle and a special surprise guest joining the bill too. So come, bring your family and be truly entertained for one Friday evening!

More to be added as the month goes on….. If you have any gig suggestions, CD review requests or live review requests, please drop me a line on

What’s On Brighton June 2015

After a physically exhausting month of gigs and city festivals, including Brighton Festival, Brighton Fringe, The Great Escape and Liverpool Sound City, I am still catching up with my writing so will have a lot of content coming this month including interviews, live reviews, EP/Album reviews and a music book review, so keep your eyes peeled for those over the next few weeks.

Highlights from last month include #TGE, interviews with Hein Cooper (see image above), Half Crown and JP Cooper and finishing The Beatles and Me On Tour by Ivor Davis.

My top gig from last month was Melting Vinyl and Serious Presents Bill Laurence at St. Georges Church. The show was really something else, showcasing the material from the trio of Snarky Puppy musicians with a string trio and french horn in accompaniment. Bill Laurence’s compositions are definitely in my favourite style of jazz: it’s like taking a long journey without ever leaving your seat.

So here are my picks for the next month with my What’s on Brighton June 2015 gig guide:

Tuesday 2nd June

What's On Brighton June 2015 - Sylvan Esso

Melting Vinyl Presents Sylvan Esso
Komedia – Doors 7:30pm. Music 8pm.
Tickets £10 – BUY TICKETS

Returning after a sellout show in Brighton last Autumn, folk singer Amelia Meath and electronic producer Nick Sanborn will be looking for a repeat performance at Komedia this month. Sylvan Esso, a recent project for both artists, released their debut album last year, which was well received by both their fans and the press. Combining the warmth and emotion of the folk songs with the beautiful soundscapes created in the production, Sylvan Esso give charismatic performances that will leave you spellbound. Don’t believe me? Check out their video for Coffee below.

Support comes from Foreign Skin and Mount Bank (DJ Set) so you can expect to hear some great live and mixed local electronica from start to finish!

Saturday 6th June

What's On Brighton June 2015

Battlejam Presents A.SKILLZ & JFB
Komedia – 11pm
Tickets £5 adv – BUY TICKETS

In association with Brighton Music Conference (Friday 5th and Saturday 6th June), Battlejam is returning to Brighton Komedia (here’s 10 reasons to check out the Komedia) for the latest installment of their sellout nights, featuring legendary scratch-master JFB and highly sought after and award-winning DJ, A.SKILLZ. If you’ve been before, you will know to expect a display of technical wizardry with great audio and visuals until the early hours. Tickets always sell fast so don’t risk missing out or pay more on the door! Check out the video of JFB doing his thing below with the Raiders of the Lost Arc theme! Enjoy!

Sunday 7th June

What's On Brighton June 2015 - Hippodrome Benefit

Save Our Hippodrome Benefit
Komedia – 8pm
Tickets £10/8 – BUY TICKETS

A cause that a lot of local people from all generations (including myself) feel strongly about is the preservation and resurrection of the Brighton Hippodrome, a former jewel in the crown of Brighton’s live music venues, hosting everybody from The Beatles to Laurel and Hardy and Sammy Davis Jr. In a benefit to raise money for the charity trying to protect it, Horlock’s Hippodrome and the Lost Theatres of Brighton will be looking at the history of the venue, alongside several other former great Brighton venues which fell by the wayside. For anybody with an interest in local history this is a must, and you’ll be helping a great cause too! Buy your tickets here.


Tuesday 9th June

What's On Brighton June 2015 - Blind Motive EP Launch

Blind Motive EP Launch
Prince Albert – Doors 7:30pm

Based on a recommendation from a highly musically in the know friend, I was advised to check out Blind Motive. Whilst they are still in the very early stages with just a hidden EP online, this gig is a free entry EP Launch show at a great live music venue,  so what better way is there to spend a Tuesday evening?  With a blend of psychedlic rock and Red Hot Chili Peppers grooves, Blind Motive are one to check out if you like catching bands before they’ve fully formed and polished.

Support from Silver’s Got Strings (another band recommended to me) and Mantras, so I am looking forward to hearing a lot of great new music this night.

Friday 12th June

What's On Brighton June 2015 - Marc Halls Hadleigh Ford

Marc Halls and Hadleigh Ford + Support
World’s End – 8pm

If you’re into acoustic musicians with a penchant for shameless pop covers and classy originals, in a place that serves great food and a nice choice of booze, this is one for you. If FREE is the only price that you pay for live music, then again you won’t be disappointed – and don’t think that because it’s free that there is a compromise in the music. There really isn’t! Headlining are Marc Halls and Hadleigh Ford, recent collaborators who you can check out in the video below.

Supports from four of my favourite local singer-songwriters Gazz Marlow (InMe), Matt Bonner, Chris Marsh and Edd Mann so I can guarantee that you will be in safe hands from the first time you hear “Testing 1.2….7“.

@marchallshv @hadleighford

Wednesday 17th June

What's On Brighton June 2015 - Grasscut

Melting Vinyl Presents Grasscut + Support
Otherplace at the Basement – Doors 7:30pm
Tickets £8/10 – BUY TICKETS

Electronica/ambient duo Marcus O’Dair and Andrew Phillips return to their hometown for what is sure to be a packed out show at this cool venue on Kensington Street. With rave reviews and a number of high profile collaborators, these guys are at the top of their game right now so catch them while you can. Their latest release,  Everyone Was A Bird was released in April 2015, so why not give it a listen and see if it tickles your fancy like it did mine.

Support comes from local composer/musician The Creaking Chair and DJ D.

Sunday 21st June

What's On Brighton June 2015 - Howard Blake

Brighton Philharmonic Presents Howard Blake
Brighton Unitarian Church – Doors 4:30pm. Music 5pm.
Tickets £15 – BUY TICKETS

Far from taking a breather over the summer, Brighton Philharmonic are running a summer season of intimate performances at Brighton Unitarian Church, showcasing the work of Brighton composers, both living and dead, as well as a few other favourites. The season begins this Father’s Day with some music by Howard Blake (the composer of The Snowman), which he will be performing himself (piano) alongside Peter Adams (cello), and other members of the BPO. With a successful 90th season this year and a snazzy new website, BPO is showing that they can reach more than just the older audiences, so why not check them out? You might just like it! Tickets for all the summer shows and the 2015/16 season are available online.

Wednesday 24th June

What's On Brighton June 2015 - GAPS
Image by Bex Wade

Love Thy Neighbour Presents GAPS + Support
The Hope & Ruin – Doors 8pm
Tickets £6 – BUY TICKETS

Fresh off the release of their debut album ‘In, Around The Moments’ (on Maya Jones’ I/AM/ME label), Brighton duo Rachel and Ed will be playing this hometown show to showcase their new material. Describing themselves as “Two drummers from Brighton making new music with electronic toys and acoustic guitars“, gaps blend intricate electronica with simple joyful melodies which work just as well in acoustic versions as they do in the fully produced album mixes. I look forward to seeing them live for the first time and hope that they throw in an acoustic track or two into their set.

Support comes from Foreign Skin, who impressed me earlier this month with their support slot for Slyvan Esso, plus one of my local favourites, Beautiful Boy. See my interview with Dane from BB here.

Tuesday 30th June

What's On Brighton June - Frank Fairfield

Wildwood Promotions Presents Frank Fairfield + Support
Prince Albert – Doors 8pm
Tickets £9 – BUY TICKETS

As announced just a few days ago, Frank Fairfield has decided to end his career as a musician, opting to pursue other avenues with his time which he feels he can devote himself to fully. With a string of dates left, Frank will see out his current commitments including just three dates in the UK, one of which being this gig at The Prince Albert. So if you’re a fan, don’t wait until next time, as there will likely not be another time. Frank’s blend of Americana and as he describes it “Parlor music” is something unlike anything you’ll hear this side of the Atlantic so if that kind of thing floats your boat then don’t miss out!

Support comes from local blues/Americana artist Gwenifer Raymond so be sure to get down early to catch her set.

If you think there is a gig that I should be going to, you can drop me a line on or via twitter on @tomsayeruk.

Time for T Tom Tom – New Single Preview

Tonight at Green Door Store in Brighton, Brighton-based folk/world music fusion band Time for T will be launching their latest single ‘Tom Tom’.

With support from Yonaka and Bosco Rogers,  Time for T’s free single launch show will be kicking off at 7pm and is sure to be a busy one so make sure to get down early to you can get in!

With a string of European dates lined up later this month after a number of solo shows and a full band show for The Great Escape and the Alternative Escape, the band are also on the bill for a number of summer festivals this year including Larmer Tree, Kendal Calling, Forgotten Fields and Shambalaya. With these movers and shakers always moving and shaking, you have to catch them when you can in Brighton, as you never know where they will be playing next!

I caught up with the guys almost a year ago, just before the release of their self-titled EP – see the full interview for Brogue Magazine here.

Meanwhile, I am pleased to give all you fans a sneaky listen to their new track, named after either the Sat Nav or perhaps their favourite local music journalist? 😉

I present to you lovely people “Tom Tom”. Enjoy! And hopefully see you at the gig tonight!

The Alternative Escape – TGE15

For those of you who left it too late or were unable to afford a ticket for The Great Escape there is good news: the Alternative Escape is also happening in Brighton at the same time and it’s FREE.

As part of TGE15, the Alternative Escape features over 200 artists taking over 15 venues between Wednesday 13th May and Saturday 16th May 2015.

Venues for the Alt Escape include a number of great local bars and pubs such as:

  • The Black Lion
  • The Fishbowl
  • Latest Music Bar
  • The Mesmerist (upstairs and downstairs)
  • The North Laine
  • The Royal Standard
  • The Fiddler’s Elbow
  • The Joker
  • The Warren

As with the main TGE15 event there is simply too much to choose from, but here are a few of my highlights if you find yourself at a loss for where to go for the Alt Escape. Check out my playlist on soundcloud below:

Thursday 14th May

Inspired Artists Agency New Music Showcase @ Latest Music Bar
12pm – 9pm

A showcase of great up and coming talent from all over the country. Notable mentions from this all-dayer go to The Science of the Lamps (one of my favourite band names ever) and JJ Draper who I last saw at an open mic in Bangor, North Wales. Really looking forward to hearing both acts play in Brighton!

Blastbeat Rising & Blackthorn Music Festival @ Mesmerist

If you like cocktails, quirky decor and vintage attire then head on down to one of Brighton’s coolest bars for a full day of live music on two floors. Downstairs is the electric set-up, with the upstairs being Gigslutz Unplugged stage, where a lot of the downstairs artists will be playing exclusive acoustic sets. My ones to watch are Will Mussett, Phantom Runners and Garden City Movement, all of whom have caught my eye in the last few months.

Brighton Unsigned @ Royal Standard
7pm – 10:30pm

Local promoter Brighton Unsigned puts on some of their favourites over three days (Thursday – Saturday). My pick of the litter is Thursday’s line up, finished off with Your Garden Day and Chris Marsh & Edd Mann.

Friday 15th May


Island Records presents Island Life @ The North Laine
7pm – 11pm

Island Records have long been known for harbouring some of the superstars of the last 50 years, including in recent years Ben Howard, Bombay Bicycle Club, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Drake, Florence & The Machine, Hozier, Jack Johnson, Jamie Cullum, Keane, Mumford & Sons, Passenger, U2 and Weezer. Their showcase is GUARANTEED to be filled with talent and I certainly won’t be missing it! Special acoustic sets from JP Cooper and George The Poet should seal the deal. You’ll need to register for free to be on the guestlist and get there early so you don’t miss out.

Saturday 16th May

The Playground PR Presents @ Mesmerist
12pm – 4pm

London-based PR company and label The Playground PR will be showcasing some of their best and brightest, with artists representing folk, indie, rock and even drum&bass. Expect a real variety and particularly look out for Australian singer-songwriter Hein Cooper in the line-up.

Night House Presents local breaking acts @ Marwood

Brighton band Night House will be hosting a 2-day showcase at Marwood, the home of kick-arse coffee. I saw a great Alt Escape event there last year and am sure that this year’s will be just a promising with a very strong line up of local acts including Alex KP, Bella Spinks, Paul Murray and Warsaw Radio.


Brighton Music Conference – DJ Mag Feature

Brighton Music Conference (BMC) is back for a second year this June 5th and 6th for a two-day showcase of all the latest industry developments, DJ equipment and innovations in music technology.

With a mix of industry heads, aspiring next generation DJs and producers, music professionals, students and dance music enthusiasts, BMC is the perfect place to meet your next collaborator, equipment supplier or even your DJ/producer role models.

Read my full update on DJ Mag online –