Weekend Gig Picks

In what’s almost becoming a semi-regular feature of the blog (well, this is the second post of it’s type in as many weeks), here’s a few gigs happening this weekend that have caught our eye.

On Friday, Mean Poppa Lean play their last ever gig at The Haunt, before they call things a day. Support comes from Mean Poppa Lean – the original line up – before the current line up play a headline set. Once things finish at The Haunt, the evening moves on to Sticky Mike’s where they’re holding the afterparty and where no doubt the craziness will continue into the early hours. If you want something a bit folkier, Mountain Firework Company are at the Green Door Store, and for those with more esoteric tastes, Crayola Lectern are at Hotel Pelirocco.


On Saturday, there’s a triple EP launch at the Prince Albert. The Evil Son headline, launching their eponymous EP, and support comes from Dead Cars launching their Good People Have White Teeth EP and They Might Swim, whose My Cardiologist EP is just out. We’ve also just been told (after asking about a copy of the fantatic poster to use), that there’s now a fourth band on the bill too, called Leyez. A bargain, and only four quid on the door. Bands from 8pm, apparently.  And if after everything else, you prefer a bit of hip hop, this weekend’s Brighton Rocks night at Sticky Mike’s has Astro-Physics at the top of the bill.

Friday Video roundup with Ingrid Plum, Cordelia Gartside, Astro Physics and The Kingsmiths

Here’s a few videos that have come our way recently – it’s been barely a week since the last one, but they keep rolling in. There’s some folk from Ingrid Plum, who’s playing at the Bleeding Hearts Club on 10th September and Cordelia who’s supporting House of Hats at the Brunswick tomorrow night, then some Hip Hop from Astro-Physics, and some indie rock from The Kingsmiths, so there’s definitely something for everyone there:


Ingrid Plum / Early

Cordelia Gartside / Fathoms Deep

Astro Physics / Chances

The Kingsmiths / My Best Error

Juice and Source New Music Nights at The Haunt and the Pavilion Theatre

I’ve done my best to attend the Juice and Source new music nights religiously since I started the blog, so when this month came around and they both ended up on the same night, I was in a bit of a quandary. There was only one thing for it – attend both nights. The Juice night started a little bit earlier and finished a bit later, so my plan was to get to the Haunt for the opening act, then head over to the Pavilion Theatre, then back to the Source for their headliner. Continue reading

Astro Physics @ Sticky Mike’s / Bitbin @ The Blind Tiger

Friday night was a big night for gigs in Brighton. Biggest of the lot was the Maccabees homecoming gig, which will no doubt get quite a few write ups in the local press. I decided to head to a couple of other gigs which might not get so much media attention, but are no less deserving.

First up was the Road To Blissfields gig at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar. It was a bit of a battle of the bands type affair, with a winner from each of a number of towns in the South of England getting a set at the festival near Winchester at the end of June. I missed the first few bands, and turned up to a group whose lead singer had a mullet. Not the most auspicious entry. I only heard one of their songs before they left the stage to make for the act I’d come to see, Astro Physics. Astro Physics are a six piece hip hop collective, who are as much about the rest of the band as they are MC Skilf and singer Rachel Mosleh. They’ve been gigging a lot recently (and are supporting Derriere at the Blind Tiger next friday), and did a fantastic job of bringing the party to Sticky Mike’s. No idea what the results were, or if they’ve even been decided yet, but I’ll do my best to find out.

Astro Physics

After a quick pint between gigs, I then headed over to The Blind Tiger Club, where Tru Thoughts latest signing, Anchorsong, was headlining. Live, Anchorsong was much more dancey than on record, pumping out a great set of stunning, deep, bass heavy tunes. I was there for the support though – I am meant to be covering local bands, after all. Thanks to their late licence, the Blind Tiger can put bands on after the main act. I’ve known Matt Hodson, who turns into Bitbin onstage, for a few months, but as a photographer rather than a musician – tonight was his live solo debut, but he’s been putting out some lovely electronica himself through his website (you can download his recent Alias EP here). There’s a lot more to his set than watching a man prod a laptop – he was accompanied by some beautiful visuals, and for one of his songs he even played his bass with a violin bow! It was a very accomplished debut, and I’m sure it’s only going to be a matter of time before he’s headlining his own gigs.