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.
The 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!
Brighton 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.
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.
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 Brighton Takeover
Saturday 17th October, ALL DAY
MULTIPLE VENUES ACROSS BRIGHTON– £9 – BUY TICKETS
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!
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!
Folklore 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.
Beardyman: 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 email@example.com