Brighton Rocks #37 : Hanya

We’ve been fans of Hanya for a while at Brighton Music Blog, and our love for them was vindicated by last year’s mini album 100 Metre Sprint, which at less than half an hour left you itching for more. Ove this year’s Great Escape weekend they played at least three gigs, but managed to find a bit of time to catch up with us for our first Brighton Rocks feature in far too long

What’s the best thing about Brighton?
When I first moved here from a small town I would have said it’s the freedom to be yourself and not feel ostracised. Growing up in a small community, listening to exclusively music from the 70s and wearing a ripped Pavement t-shirt, I was definitely a weirdo to my peers – but here I’ve found so many like-minded people, in music or otherwise. Nowadays though I would say the best thing is the fact you can never get lost because the sea is always visible, we’re close to some damn impressive countryside, and there’s a strong music community here that’s unlike anywhere else. That and there’s some amazing pizza always accessible…

Who are your favourite local bands?
Ooft there’s a lot! We’re spoilt for choice and every year there’s more amazing stuff. At the moment we’re digging Penelope Isles, Helen Ganya, Ciel, Laundromat, Holiday Ghosts, Bess Atwell, Ralph TV…(I could go on for hours here)

What’s the best venue?
Hope & Ruin holds a very dear place in my heart. The sound is amazing, Leo and his team make sure of that, and they do some insanely good vegan chicken popper things that are pure evil heaven!!

What’s the best rehearsal space / studio?
We’ve now got our own space so it’s been a while since we used anywhere else, but we have always loved going to Brighton Electric and bumping into everyone there. It’s its own hub of creativity for all types of musicians, plus they put on some killer shows once in a while

What’s the best club?
The only place I’ve ever been even close to clubbing in Brighton is Patterns. They have some great DJ’s and live acts pass through, but otherwise the closest we’ve ever been to clubbing in Brighton is playing a gig at Przym once over Great Escape.

What’s the best record shop?
Resident! Always & forever. The Bella Union shop is also a lovely hangout and you usually get coffee there so that’s a win.

Where’s the best places to eat?
Ok, maybe one of the best things about Brighton is how much amazing food there is here. In no particular order…. Bincho Yakitori for dinner, Iydea for lunch, Tlaloc for brunch, a slice of Toby’s pizza at Bison Beer or VIP (Pizza) for anytime you bloody like, Manju’s or Chilli Pickle for indian food, Plateau for an insane natural wine infused lunch/dinner, Happy Maki for sushi wraps, Helmston for insane salads, god damn I can’t do this anymore I’m literally salivating. There are so many others…. every month my bank tells me I’ve spent most of my money on eating out because I just love me a good dish. BRB just gonna go grab a snack.

What’s the best pub?
I love The Black Dove as their music taste is killer, and so are the cocktails. Also Hand In Hand is forever in my heart.

Who’s your favourite Brighton celebrity?
I used to serve Matt King (Superhans) coffee and he was a real nice dude.

When was the last time you had any Brighton Rock?

Brighton Bands at the Great Escape (on film)

The Great Escape feels like a distant memory now. Everywhere else posted up their roundups days ago, but ours has taken a bit longer because of our bright idea to shoot on 35mm film , which means that we needed to wait for processing before we could even see the photos ourselves. Anyway they’re here now, so click through for our pics of ARXX at the Hope & Ruin, Lime Garden downstairs at the Hope & Ruin, Laundromat at BYX, Hanya at Presuming Eds, Hutch at East Street Tap, Plantoid at East Street Tap, Hanya (again) at Pryzm, Heights at the Komedia, and Johanna Bramli at Hotel Pelirocco.


All the Unofficial Great Escape Gigs we can find

Once upon a time, alongside the main Great Escape there was the Alt Escape. More local bands would play, but you’d also get surprise sets from some of the bigger artists too. It looks like this year the Alt Escape is just an add on to the Great Escape – I didn’t recognise any of the artists, and there weren’t any slots just marked “Special Guest” where you’d keep your fingers crossed that the guest would be someone quite special. As well as that though, I heard that to be an “official” Alt Escape gig, you had to pay for the pleasure.

This year there’s a third tier of gigs, wholly unaffiliated with the main festival, that just coincidentally happen to be happening at the same time. These gigs are brilliant for those who haven’t got a weekend ticket who want to join in the fun, of for those who do have a ticket but find there’s a big queue for whoever they wanted to see. Keep your ears to the ground / social media, though, and there might be a few sets tucked in there which are more exciting than the main event.

Anyway, here’s a list as comprehensive as possible. If I hear about more I’ll add them over the next few days:

Fl presents NO ESCAPE from music industry / Prince Albert
The Alt-Alt Escape Kick Off Party / Rossi Bar

Collect Call + The Sound of Brighton Present; “answer the call#1” The Great Escape Showcase / PRESUMING EDS
ROM x Small Pond x Submarine Cat / Brighton Youth Centre
BN: The Considerable Departure / Pipeline
FREE GIG: SNAYX w/ support from Panic Shack / Village
JOY. X UnBarred Brewery present: RSVP Party / Unbarred
Love Thy Neighbour / Hope & Ruin
Love Thy Neighbour / Fiddlers Elbow

Acid Box / Abyss all dayer / East Street Tap
BACK IN THE WOODS Alt Escape / St Nicholas Church
Republic of Music / Shipwrights Yard/
JOY. X UnBarred Brewery present: RSVP Party / Unbarred
Hard of Hearing & Slack City / Presuming Eds
Mr Bongo / Shindig Celebrate the Great Escape 1-8 / Mr Bongo Shop
Love Thy Neighbour / Hope & Ruin
Love Thy Neighbour / Fiddlers Elbow
FORM x Folklore Rooms Party / Folklore Rooms
Brightonsfinest’s Alt Escape Showcase at PRYZM / PRZYM
Play It Loud UK’s Brighton Fête / Grand Central

Acid Box / Abyss all dayer / East Street Tap
C21 Presents An Alternative Escape / GLADSTONE/
WASP NEST: The Great Escape Showcase 2022 / BEE’S MOUTH
Love Thy Neighbour / Hope & Ruin
Love Thy Neighbour / Fiddlers Elbow
Slack City at Presuming Eds / Presuming Eds
The Escaped / Contractors Classic Stage / The Signalman  
Escape to Pelirocco / Hotel Pelirocco 
The Fake Escape / The Rose Hill


The Great Escape Festival 2022 Brighton Bands roundup

In just over a week, hundreds of bands from across the world will descend on Brighton and play gigs as part of what is arguably Brighton’s best weekend for music. In previous years the number of local bands on the bill hasn’t been quite as high as it could have been, but this year seems to have quite impressive representation.

On top of all this there’s also all the unofficial gigs going on around town, which I’ll cover in a separate post, which is where you find a lot more local bands playing who might not be on the main bill. Watch this space for that post coming up later this week.

Anyway, here’s all the Brighton bands that I’ve spotted in the line up, along with their stages and set times. See you down the front

15:30 / ARXX / The Hope And Ruin
18:15 / Keg / Jubilee Square
20:00 / Porchlight / Waterbear
20:30 / Youth Sector / Paganini Ballroom (The Old Ship)
22:30 / Isabelle Brown / Coalition

14:15 / LibraLibra / The MVT Stage
15:00 / Lets Swim Get Swimming / Waterbear
15:15 / Opus Kink / The MVT Stage
19:30 / Ciel / Paganini Ballroom (The Old Ship)
19:30 / Projector / The Tempest Inn
20:00 / The Famous People / Waterbear
20:15 / Heights / Komedia Studio
21:00 / Beach Riot / Waterbear
21:15 / Keg / TGE Beach Stage
22:00 / Laundromat / Prince Albert
22:15 / Lime Garden / TGE Beach Stage
22:30 / Opus Kink / Paganini Ballroom (The Old Ship)
23:15 / Lucy Gooch / Fabrica

12:00 / Chloe Leigh / Waterbear
13:00 / Izzy Adams / Waterbear
14:15 / Orchards / Three Wise Cats (Casablanca)
15:00 / Lily Knott / Waterbear
15:15 / Ditz / Three Wise Cats (Casablanca)
19:00 / Belmondo / Waterbear
19:00 / Coco And The Lost / The Hope And Ruin
20:00 / Dirtsharks / Waterbear
20:30 / Laundromat / TGE Beach Stage
21:00 / Signature Gold / Waterbear
21:30 / Arrdee / Concorde 2
22:00 / Gurf / Waterbear
22:15 / Frankie Stew And Harvey Gunn / Amazon New Music Stage
22:30 / Penelope Isles / TGE Beach Stage
22:30 / Yakul / Jubilee Square


Gig catchup – Ruunes, New German Cinema, Hanya & Collect Call

Hi! We’re back! We didn’t mean to go away to be honest, but January is always really quiet and then Covid finally hit, and then we were away for a bit, and all in all for no particular reason it’s not been until this week that we’ve taken any decent photos of any Brighton bands. But what a week it’s been – Last Saturday we saw Kayla Painter at the Rosehill, ably supported by Ruunes, AKA Ed Chivers, better known as half of AK/DK and quarter of Fujiya & Miyagi. Then Monday night saw the live debut of New German Cinema, supporting Kip Berman (formerly the front man of Pains of Being Pure at Heart) at the Prince Albert. New German Cinema is the side project of Fear of Men‘s Jess Weiss, who’s worked with Kip Berman in the past, so it made sense that she would be supporting when he was in town. She’s going to be playing an Alternative Escape gig too, so watch this space and we’ll keep you updated. And then on Tuesday night we went to a packed out Hope & Ruin to catch Hanya supported by Collect Call. They’re both playing the same unofficial Alt Escape gig on the Thursday of Great Escape weekend at Presuming Eds. We’ll be doing a writeup of all the local acts playing at the Great Escape and Alt Escape (and unofficial) gigs, and already it looks like more Brighton bands than ever are playing, so expect a bumper post soon

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #12 Fatboy Slim

So, there’s a reason that the blog hasn’t been so active over the last few years, and I don’t really need to say what it is. Times have been hard on artists, on venues and on promoters. Outside of the music world though, it’s been harder than anyone else on NHS workers. In the early days of the pandemic we all stood outside and clapped, but that was just a gesture – as far back as April 2020, which feels like a lifetime ago now, Fatboy Slim put his money where his mouth is and announced a free Brighton party for NHS workers. Fast forward 18 months and Norman Cook was finally playing gigs again, and the party for the NHS took place on 11th November at the Brighton Centre. There was another gig the previous night which anyone could have bought tickets to, which was easily my gig of the year. Thanks Fatboy, and thanks NHS.

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #11 Hanya

Hanya were one of the first casualties of lockdown – they were meant to be playing a gig at the 26th March 2020 at the Rosehill, but the whole country went into lockdown only days before. After rescheduling several times the band finally hit the road in October this year. In the interim they buckled down and came up with a few singles which got beefed up into a full scale maxi-EP called 100 Metre Sprint which they released on the eve of their tour


Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #10 Genn

Most of ĠENN have been playing together for years in their native Malta, but a move to Brighton prompted a reboot – a new name, a new drummer and a more developed sound. In March they put out their EP / Mini LP Liminal and have spend most of the second half of 2021 playing as many gigs as they can

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #9 Rachel Love

In the distant past Rachel Bor was a third of punk trio Dolly Mixture, noted for working with Captain Sensible on some of his hits. Rachel has been involved in many projects in the intervening years and back at the start of 2021, now residing in Brighton and recording under the name Rachel Love she released Primrose Hill, the first single from her album Picture in Mind. The album came out at the end of October and is filled with beautiful pastoral pop

Brighton Music Blog Twelve Days of Christmas : #8 Tigercub / Nancy

After a couple of years break, in which frontman Jamie Hall used wisely with solo project Nancy, making this post a double header, Tigercub returned with their third album As Blue as Indigo. Not content with writing, recording and producing the record themselves they also started their own label – Blame Recordings – to put it out too