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What’s the best thing about Brighton?
Great Escape, Burning of the Clocks and the Easter bonnet drag race

Who are the your favourite local bands?
Frost, Holyglam, Bloom, Jouis, Tusks, Hill

What’s the best venue?
Prince Albert

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
Small Pond

What’s the best club?
Patterns (also a great venue)

What’s the best record shop?
Resident

Where’s the best places to eat?
Tropical Sushi – Venezuelan Sushi, deal with it! It’s fantastic

What’s the best pub?
Bees mouth, Fortune of War (which also boasts the best window seat in Brighton)

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Herbie Flowers

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Not for about 2 years, and that was because work had a load as giveaways and I kept snaffling it – its pretty more-ish.

The album Holy Magick by Holy Magick is out now on Lost Room records. You can catch the band at the Rialto on 5th July.

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Brighton Music Blog by Brightonmusicblog - 3d ago

After last week’s massive post, this week’s new music post is far more digestible. The big tune this week is the title track from Yonaka’s debut LP which drops a week on Friday:

Artist: Yonaka
Track Name: Don’t Wait Till Tomorrow
Taken From: Don’t Wait Till Tomorrow (album)
Release Date: 31/05/2019
Next Gig: 7th June at the Old Market

Artist: Moon Panda
Track Name: Gun
Taken From: Gun (single)
Release Date: 17/05/2019

Gun (Official Music Video) - Moon Panda - YouTube

Artist: Egyptian Blue
Track Name: Collateral
Taken From: Collateral Damage (EP)
Release Date: 21st June

Artist: Samana
Track Name: Harvest
Taken From: Ascention (album)
Release Date: 31st May
Next Gig: Album launch gig at Latest 30th May

Artist: Oli Spleen (featuring Nick Hudson)
Release Name: The Drug / Quicksand
Release Date: 03/06/2019

Artist: Larry Marks Band
Track Name: Drunken Sailor
Taken From: Drunken Sailor (single)
Release Date: out now

Artist: Ruby Dutch
Release Name: Silk EP
Release Date: 15/05/2019
Next Gig: Launch gig at Patterns on 23rd May
https://open.spotify.com/album/7ngC16ZazfWq22OPW8GcdJ?si=8rS530TKR5mG5kVelvo00w

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Brighton Music Blog by Brightonmusicblog - 1w ago

What with planning for the Great Escape we’ve got a bit behind with our new music posts, so there’s a LOT to get through this week. Hopefully we’re back up to date after this, but if you’ve heard of something local that we haven’t, let us know!

Artist: Physics House Band
Release Name: Death Sequence EP
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: Friday 5th July at the Hope & Ruin

Artist: Fujiya & Miyagi
Track Name: Personal Space
Taken From: Flashback LP
Release Date: 31st May 2019
Next Gig: Wednesday 29th May at the Green Door Store

Personal Space - SoundCloud
(243 secs long, 504 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Artist: Harry Aiden
Track Name: Oceanless
Taken From: Oceanless single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Speedboat
Track Name: Surf The Whip
Taken From: Surf The Whip single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Ronnie
Track Name: Loving You
Taken From: Loving You single
Release Date: out now

Artist: The Private Sector
Release Name: Your Mind, Our Marketplace LP
Release Date: 1st May 2019

Artist: Forever Overhead
Track Name: Oh
Taken From: Oh single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Gnarlah
Track Name: Breathe
Taken From: Breathe single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: single launch show at The Hope & Ruin 10th June

Artist: Arxx
Track Name: Moments at a time
Taken From: Moments at a time single
Release Date: 01/05/2019
Next Gig: out now

ARXX - Moments At A Time (Official Video) - YouTube

Artist: Adal (with Born Stranger)
Track Name: Like I Mean It
Taken From: Like I Mean It
Release Date: 02/05/2019

Artist: Porridge Radio
Track Name: Don’t Ask Me Twice
Taken From: Don’t Ask Me Twice single
Release Date: 02/05/2019

Artist: Fragile Creatures
Release Name: Heart Beat EP
Release Date: 03/05/2019

Artist: Holyglam
Release Name: Holyglam EP
Release Date: 03/05/2019

Artist: Gi3mo
Track Name: Hurricane
Taken From: The Unmistakeable album
Release Date: 03/05/2019

Gi3MO - Hurricane (Official Video) - YouTube

Artist: CLT DRP
Track Name: Speak to My
Taken From: Speak to my Single
Release Date: 03/05/2019

Artist: Hourglvss
Track Name: Johnny
Taken From: Johnny single
Release Date: out now

Hourglvss - Johnny - YouTube

Artist: Placid
Track Name: Popularity
Taken From: Popularity single
Release Date: 09/05/2019
Next Gig : single launch at the Prince Albert 16th May

Artist: Ciara Gayer
Release Name: A Journey to Blue EP
Release Date: 10/05/2019
Next Gig: EP Launch 24th May St Marys Church

Artist: Nature TV
Release Name: EP2
Release Date: 10/05/2019
Next Gig: Supporting Dutch Criminal Record at the Komedia 14/5/19

Artist: Ellie Ford
Track Name: Gold
Taken From: light.repeated. LP
Release Date: 10/05/2019
Next Gig: Album launch at the Brunswick 30th May

Ellie Ford 'Gold' Live At Brighton Road Studio - YouTube

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On the weekend of the release of their new EP, we caught up with Adam Kidd from Fragile Creatures to take some photos and ask our set of ten questions:

What’s the best thing about Brighton?
I just think it’s a really beautiful place to be both aesthetically and in terms of the inhabitants. It’s a really pretty little city and it’s full of lovely people. I miss it terribly whenever I go away!

Who are your favourite local bands?
There are so many great local bands, it’s really hard to pick favourites, so I’m going to frame this in terms of new releases I’m excited about, whether they’re out yet or not! Other States have just brought out their debut album and it’s amazing – I love the atmosphere of their tracks, there’s a completeness to the ideas and how they’ve been captured that seems rare. Ellie Ford is about to release her second record – I had a sneak preview the other day and it’s mad: really good stuff. The Electric Soft Parade are working on a new album, in spite of getting caught up in that Pledge Music fiasco. It’s going to be very different from their other work, and I’m really keen to hear it. Octopuses have a new one on the horizon too – lead single ‘Farmer’ was a lot of fun. Finally I’d like to shout out about the second Fierce Friend record. I am biased as I’ve been helping to record it and have played bass on some tracks, but honestly the writing is top notch. Really great songs: that’s my thing!

What’s the best venue?
The Hope & Ruin will always have a special place in my heart, as it’s the first venue I played at when it was The Lift above The Pig In Paradise and I was 16! This is also the first pub I got served in as a teen. Fond memories, but crucially it has improved massively since then, in terms of the sound system and the layout of the room. Honorary mentions to The Green Door Store, and The Albert, but The Hope wins for me – both as a performer and a punter.

What’s the best club?
I don’t really go clubbing any more! Actually tell a lie, I did go to The Haunt for It’s Still 1985 in December last year. Can’t go wrong with that night… although I kind of preferred the space when it was at New Hero (which is now The Rialto, of course).

What’s the best record shop?
I can only really say Resident. I’ve not had a record player for very long, so my vinyl collection is tiny, but they all came from there, pretty much!

What are the best places to eat?
Franco’s Osteria near the King Alfred is a hidden gem: beautiful family style Italian food. Planet India near The Richmond is fantastic. Moshimo is probably my favourite sushi place at the moment, and I love sushi. Every time Fragile Creatures play a gig in Brighton we end up having dinner in the The George. Last, but by no means least, the Giggling Squid in The Lanes is excellent.

What’s the best pub?
Only one? Too hard – can I give you a Top 3? The Robin Hood, The Basketmakers, and The Mucky Duck.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
Caroline Lucas

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?
Hmmm… maybe my friends Joe and Mel’s wedding rock from over a decade ago. It was commemorative – I shouldn’t have eaten it. I saved a bit for posterity, I promise!

Heartbeat EP by Fragile Creatures is out now:

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Next week sees the return of The Great Escape, where we all get even less sleep than normal, and anywhere you could imagine a stage, and a few places you couldn’t, turn into venues for three days. It overshadows most other musical happenings in May, which is quite remarkable since May is also the month of Brighton Festival, so this post replaces our usual monthly gig preview.

There’s quite a few Brighton Bands playing as part of the main Great Escape, but there’s even more playing Alternative Escape gigs or unofficial gigs, none of which are listed in the Great Escape app. There’s over 60 of these gigs that I’ve managed to find, so rather than put them all into this post, I’ve put them into some Google spreadsheets which will help you find your way around.

Without further ado, here are Brighton bands playing as part of the main Great Escape:

Thursday
Projector / 12:45 / Queens Hotel
Gwenifer Raymond / 13:00 / Latest Music Bar Upstairs
Thyla / 14:30 / Three Wise Cats (Casablanca)
Projector / 15:15 / The Hope And Ruin
Freddie Long / 15:40 / Tempest
Zooni / 20:15 / The Walrus
Sick Joy / 21:00 / Volks
Penelope Isles / 21:15 / Green Door Store
Marthagunn / 22:15 / Fabrica

Friday
Bobbie Johnson / 18:15 / The Arch
Ak Patterson / 21:15 / Fabrica
Black Peaks / 21:15 / The Old Market
Gwenifer Raymond / 21:30 / Unitarian Church
Fur / 23:15 / Horatios
Black Honey / 01:45 / The Haunt

Saturday
Gaffa Tape Sandy / 13:00 / Prince Albert
Birthday Card / 13:30 / The Hope And Ruin
Orchards / 14:00 / Prince Albert
Ralph Tv / 14:30 / The Hope And Ruin
Garden Centre / 15:30 / The Hope And Ruin
Drowningboy / 19:15 / Queens Hotel
Ellie Ford / 19:30 / Unitarian Church
Garden Centre / 20:15 / Jubilee Square
Penelope Isles / 20:15 / Sallis Benney Theatre
Michael Baker / 21:15 / Marine Room (Harbour Hotel)
Porridge Radio / 22:15 / Green Door Store
Peggy Sue / 23:15 / Green Door Store

And here are the links to the other shows. Highlights include Love Thy Neighbour’s shows at the Hope & Ruin – they haven’t announced all their acts, but they always have a great bill, and the One Inch Badge vs Rockfeedback gig at the Haunt, which has had a fantastic every year (and needs signing up for, so click through to the facebook event):

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

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Brighton Music Blog by Brightonmusicblog - 3w ago

Here’s our first new music post for a couple of weeks. Who knows what was going on last week, but we were really light on releases. This weekend, being a bumper bank holiday weekend, we’ve got more tracks than usual to blog about.

Artist: Projector
Track Name: Go Ahead
Taken From: Go Ahead single
Release Date: 26/04/2019
Next Gig: multiple Great Escape gigs which we’ll cover in a bigger post soon.

Artist: La Lune
Track Name: Grape Soda
Taken From: Grape Soda single
Release Date: 26/04/2019
Next Gig: Jubilee Square Wednesday 8th May (another Great Escape gig)

la lune - grape soda - YouTube

Artist: Guru
Track Name: Fixation
Taken From: Fixation single
Release Date: 24/04/2019
Next Gig: 10th May Alt Escape gig We just read that Guru’s Great Escape gigs have been cancelled. Boo!

Artist: Something Leather
Release Name: Sip The Thrill EP
Release Date: out now

Artist: Bobbie Johnson
Track Name: Waves
Taken From: Waves single
Release Date: 17th April 2019
Next Gig: Great Escape

Bobbie Johnson - Waves - YouTube

Artist: Emma Seeberg
Track Name: About You
Taken From: About You single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: right now at the Prince Albert

Artist: Holy Magick
Track Name: Even Though
Taken From: Holy Magick album
Release Date: 10th May 2019
Next Gig: 9th May at the Brunswick

Holy Magick - Even Though - SoundCloud
(192 secs long, 87 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Artist: Gulls
Track Name: Shop
Taken From: single
Release Date: 19/04/2019
Next Gig: 5th May Robin Hood Street Party

Shop - SoundCloud
(167 secs long, 116 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Artist: Launa
Track Name: You Make Me
Taken From: You Make Me single
Release Date: 26/04/2019

Artist: School Disco
Track Name: Dadada
Taken From: Dadada single
Release Date: 26/04/2019

Artist: Dreams of Empire
Track Name: Northern Lights
Taken From: Northern Lights single
Release Date: 26/04/2019

Northern Lights - SoundCloud
(244 secs long)Play in SoundCloud

Artist: Kev Minney
Track Name: God is an Algorithm
Taken From: God is an Algorithm single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Shona
Track Name: Shape I’m In
Release Date: 17/04/2019

Shape I'm In - SoundCloud
(253 secs long, 12 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Artist: Georgie Femme
Track Name: (Yo Yo Yo You’re So So) Sweet To Me
Taken From: (Yo Yo Yo You’re So So) Sweet To Me single
Release Date: out now

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We don’t get out to nearly enough gigs (if there weren’t other priorities we might be at the Hope & Ruin watching Arxx right now), and we certainly don’t get to enough gigs armed with a camera, but we did make it along to the launch of Projector‘s new single Go Ahead at the Rialto last Friday. Here’s our pics, click through to view large

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Brighton Music Blog by Brightonmusicblog - 1M ago

Here’s this week’s new music post, which starts a bit differently from normal because the first track I wanted to share isn’t online as far as I can see – It’s the Record Store Day release from Blood Red Shoes’ Jazz Life record label, and the release is called AA Sessions Volume One. It features contributions from AK/DK, Blood Red Shoes, Tigercub, Sick Joy and Projector. Hopefully by the time you read this they might still have a copy at Resident. If not, give Cult Hero, Vinyl Revolution or Rarekind a try. There’s only 500 for the whole country though, so good luck.

Artist: Penelope Isles
Track Name: Chlorine
Taken From: Until The Tide Creeps In
Release Date: July 12th
Next Gig: at least three dates over Great Escape weekend

Penelope Isles - Chlorine (Official Video) - YouTube

Artist: Alex Banks
Track Name: Chasms
Taken From: Beneath The Surface
Release Date: single out now, album due 6th June

Alex Banks 'Chasms' featuring Ásgeir - YouTube

Artist: Bloom
Track Name: Ground
Taken From: Ground / Escape double a side
Release Date: 26/04/2019
Next Gig: Afternoon single launch gig on 27th April at The Brunswick

Ground - YouTube

Artist: Larry Marks Band
Track Name: Warts and All
Taken From: Warts and All single
Release Date: out now

Artist: Hare
Track Name: Another Mistake
Taken From: Another Mistake single
Release Date: 12/04/2019
Next Gig: right now at Pipeline

Artist: Moth
Track Name: Cloud Nine
Taken From: Cloud Nine single
Release Date: 12/04/2019

Artist: Leo Aram-Downs
Track Name: The Grand Complication
Taken From: The Grand Complication single
Release Date: out now

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Brighton Music Blog by Brightonmusicblog - 1M ago

Once again another busy week for new Brighton music, including a big new tunes from Yonaka, Porridge Radio and LibraLibra:

Artist: Yonaka
Track Name: Lose Our Heads
Taken From: Lose Our Heads single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: June 7th at the Old Market

Artist: Porridge Radio
Track Name: Give / Take
Taken From: Give / Take single
Release Date: out now
Next Gig: 11th April at the Rialto

Porridge Radio - Give / Take - SoundCloud
(230 secs long, 752 plays)Play in SoundCloud

Artist: LibraLibra
Track Name: Loverboy
Taken From: Loverboy single
Release Date: 05/04/2019
Next Gig: 12th April at Brighton Electric

LibraLibra - LoverBoy (Official Video) - YouTube

Artist: Fruity Water
Track Name: The Grove
Taken From: The Grove single
Release Date: 05/04/2019
Next Gig: 3rd May at Pipeline

Artist: Currls
Track Name: Let Down
Taken From: 0
Release Date: 05/04/2019
Next Gig: single launch gig 9th April at the Hope

Artist: Isla
Track Name: The Verve
Taken From: The Verve single
Release Date: 05/04/2019

The Verve - YouTube

Artist: Fierce Friend
Track Name: The Great Elephant
Taken From: The Great Elephant single
Release Date: 05/04/2019

Artist: Pavilion
Track Name: Between Days
Taken From: Between Days single
Release Date: out now

PAVILION // BETWEEN DAYS - YouTube

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Brighton Music Blog by Brightonmusicblog - 1M ago

It’s the start of a new month, so it’s time for us to share the local gigs with local bands that have caught our eye. This month, lots of launches and festivals:

First up, Jouis launch their new album Mind Bahn at the Rose Hill on Thursday 4th April. Support comes from Ellie Ford and ticket are £5.50 in advance.

Our first festival to talk about is QM Records Moves Festival, which takes place at the Old Market on Saturday 6th April. There’s a fantastic line up of some of the finest Brighton based bands, headed up by Normanton Street and Kudu Blue.

Currls second single Let Down comes out at the end of this week, and the launch
party takes place at the Hope & ruin on Tuesday 9th April. Support comes from Winter Gardens who featured in our most recent Brighton Rocks.

We mentioned Pete Fij in our new music post yesterday – he’s on tour currently midway through a tour of Europe, and plays at Latest Music Bar on Sunday 14th April.

Our second festival to mention this month is Bad Pond Festival, which is happening at Concorde 2 on Saturday 20th April. The overall line up features a lot of bands from across the country, but also includes Holyglam, Beach Riot, CLT DRP and Wild Cat Strike.

The final gig to mention is the launch party for Projector‘s new single Go Ahead. It’s at the Rialto on Friday 26th April, the same day as the single comes out, and they’ll be supported by Heirloom and Murmur.

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