Review: Blood Brothers at The Hawth Crawley

Review: Blood Brothers at The Hawth Crawley

Last night I attended the opening performance of an 8-date run of Willy Russel’s Blood Brothers at The Hawth Theatre in Crawley. I’d not been to this venue since performing at a brass band contest there nearly 20 years ago, so I was curious to see what the place had to offer. The waiting areas were abuzz with people eagerly anticipating the start of the show. The audience contained a broad demographic of people young…

Read More

Review: Brighton Film Quartet at Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion

Review: Brighton Film Quartet at Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion

As part of the 3-day International Composers Festival at Bexhill’s De La Warr Pavilion, the Brighton Film Quartet performed ‘SOUNDSCAPE – One Beautiful Journey’ on Saturday 22nd September. The Brighton Film Quartet is led by pianist and composer Penny Loosemore, with accompaniment from clarinet, violin and cello completing the quartet. The programme featured 10 original compositions by the Brighton Film Quartet, which were accompanied by short films displayed on a large screen behind the quartet on…

Read More

Review: Fleet Foxes At Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion 28 November 2017

Review: Fleet Foxes At Bexhill De La Warr Pavilion 28 November 2017

Following their last sold-out performance at Brighton Dome, Fleet Foxes returned to the south coast last night to perform at the De La Warr Pavilion in Bexhill. The venue is a Grade I listed Art Deco contemporary arts centre, containing a large gallery as well as the near-1000 capacity concert hall, complete with balcony, which is where I was watching the show from. The balcony provided a great view of the show, but if you’re…

Read More

Review: Kandace Springs – ACCA Brighton – 2nd May 2017

Review: Kandace Springs – ACCA Brighton – 2nd May 2017

Last night I went back to my old university campus, the University of Sussex, to see American jazz pianist and singer-songwriter Kandace Springs and her trio performing at the Attenborough Centre for the Creative Arts (ACCA), formerly the Gardner Arts Centre. The place had definitely changed since I left in 2009 but I must say that the new and improved ACCA is a stunning new venue. As I felt when I visited the Ropetackle Centre to see…

Read More

Review: Bill Laurence At Glee Club Birmingham 7th March 2017

Review: Bill Laurence At Glee Club Birmingham 7th March 2017

After some slight difficulty finding the venue’s entrance off a side street (no thanks to Google Maps),  I found my way inside The Glee Club, a very clean and classy looking venue which regularly hosts comedy nights and music gigs. It’s always interesting to see how different venues use their space and the Glee Club used theirs very well, with a stage area set up along the side of the venue, rather than at the back…

Read More

Liverpool Sound City In Images

Liverpool Sound City In Images

Sometimes there are no words. Here is my time at Liverpool Sound City In Images, taken by myself and Nicola Jackson. Super Early Bird Wristbands On Sale Now until 8th June for Liverpool Sound City 2016, 27-29th May 2016. 3 Day Tickets just £50 + £5 booking fee. [masterslider id=”1″]   Keep the music live and alive. Interview with Hein Cooper at Liverpool Sound City #TGE – The Great Escape In Images

Read More

The Tempest Inn Open Mic Night

The Tempest Inn Open Mic Night

Launched this week by the brains behind the ever-popular open mic nights at The Hop Poles (Tuesdays), The Fishbowl (formerly Wednesdays), The Hanover (Thursdays) and the featured artist performances at The Cyclist (Fridays), The Tempest Inn is the newest open mic night to join the colony of Brighton venues which is taken over one night a week by Amy Forrester (AMiTY) and Rosie Powell, who provide the clientele the best live and acoustic music that the city has…

Read More

Sofar Sounds Brighton @ Hotel Pelirocco

Sofar Sounds Brighton @ Hotel Pelirocco

Tonight, in the ‘Kraken’s Lair’ basement of the quirky boutique Pelirocco Hotel in central Brighton, Sofar Sounds took over and made a stage for three local artists, Alex KP, Slam The Poet and Our Girl. Walking through the entrance of what looked like a bohemian brothel, down past the spiral staircase, ornamental fittings and plush carpets the Sofar Sounds Brighton team of volunteers were beavering away behind the scenes getting the stage ready for the…

Read More

How to write a music blog

How to write a music blog

In an age of mobile technology dominated by social media and online press, the power has been handed over from the few to the many, particularly with multimedia journalism. It’s easy to find reviews of almost anything online, from obscure indie films to mainstream platinum albums, but it’s not as easy as it looks to write the reviews. Here is my 10 step guide to writing a music blog that people will want to read:…

Read More

Krater Comedy Club Review 2015

Krater Comedy Club Review 2015

Upon entering the basement at Komedia where the Comedy Club is held, it was looking a little light on people. But by the time the announcement that the show was getting ready to start and to switch mobiles to silent, the place was packed and buzzing. The staff always seem really busy there, but maintain a friendly tone and good quality service with a smile, which goes a long way and puts you in a…

Read More
1 2