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
Last weekend was Mutations Festival. We were only there for one day as a punter, and we only caught one local act, but here are our photos of them. Lime Garden are one of our favourite bands right now (check out their new single Clockwork), and we look forward to what they come up with next. Click through to view large
Gigs have been back for a few weeks now, but it’s taken me until now to bring my camera along to see some local bands and take enough photos to justify a blog post. But last Friday Projector played a storming set for the hometown date of their current tour at the Hope & Ruin and we found our way to the front. Support came from Hutch (who we did see) and Sleep Council (who we saw a bit of, but only from the back).
It’s great to be back at gigs, and hopefully we’ll have some more pictures to share very soon
These are difficult times – Lockdown has forced venues and pubs to close putting the live music scene on hold. Gigs have been postponed or cancelled leaving the venues and promoters with their overheads.
The Music Venue Trust have instigated a Save Our Venues campaign, with the Hope & Ruin, Green Door Store, Komedia, Latest Music Bar, Pipeline, Old Market and The Brunswick linked to the campaign. Head over to the Save Our Venues website to find out more. The Prince Albert has their own crowdfunder link and there’s also the opportunity to donate to Brighton Dome
The Rose Hill have mentioned on their facebook page that they may join the Save Our Venues campaign, but I can’t see anything for Chalk or Concorde 2. I’ll update this post if anything comes up for them.
Venues are only half the picture though – It’s one thing having places to go but someone has to put the gigs on in the first place and the promoters are the unsung heroes of the scene. They’re the ones picking up on the bands you haven’t heard of yet, booking them for gigs months ahead. They’re the ones working out whether a band would be best placed to play a big room like the Old Market or somewhere smaller like the Hope & Ruin. They’re the ones dealing with bands suffering from tour fatigue and making sure things are in place so that they still put on a good show. It’s their experience and devotion to the local scene that makes it what it is, and they’re suffering too. So here’s a shoutout to Melting Vinyl, Love Thy Neighbour, Acid Box, Lout, Dictionary Pudding, Hot Wax, Brighton Noise, One Inch Badge, Joy and everyone else who brings gigs to Brighton.
Melting Vinyl, stalwarts of the local scene for over twenty years, are running a crowdfunder to help keep the lights on, with rewards ranging from gig posters to a promoting masterclass with MV founder Anna Moulson. Brighton Dome, who run Brighton Festival, gave ticketholders the option of donating a percentage of the value of their tickets when offering refunds. The advice generally has been to keep hold of any tickets you’ve bought which will still be valid for rescheduled gigs.
After posting our 2017 reflections in our top 25 over the past few weeks the time has come to look forward again. Here’s our January 2018 gig preview post.
First up is a band who were in the top five of our end of year list. Fresh from supporting Fujiya & Miyagi on their UK tour in December, grasshopper are headlining their own gig at the Green Door Store on 3rd January, supported by Red Deer People and Olm. Continue reading
On Friday night we were lucky enough to be right down the front for two fantastic bands at a sold out gig at the Hope & Ruin. It’s been more than a year since AK/DK played in Brighton, but it’s been less than a year since Fröst have been going (although both members are have been in bands for over ten years). Here’s our pics – as usual, click through to view large:
And if you missed out because it was sold out, or want to relive the experience, here’s a couple of live videos from both bands, courtesy of Small Pond and BMusic: