Weekend Gig Picks

For this week’s gig picks, we’ve got tie-ins with two different festivals and some local media big hitters putting on gigs, as well as a few other odds and sods.


You may have heard that Brighton Digital Festival is on in town at the moment and as part of that Pop Up Brighton return with their Sound Screen event, bringing together local bands with international visual artists. On Thursday night at the Corn Exchange Phoria, Luo and The Hundredth Anniversary play to a backdrop of visual collaborations that the bands and video artists have been working together on for the last six weeks. Meanwhile Time for T headline at the Hope for Brightonsfinest, with Gypsy Switch, Paper Hawk and Prisoners Cinema also playing, and Monsters Build Mean Robots and Spacenoid are on the bill at Brighton Noise / Nice Weather For Airstrike’s Industroika gig at the Prince Albert.

sourceOn Friday Night Lloyd Williams and Ellie Ford launch their debut release at St Mary’s Church, Black Rooster Black Shag headline the Prince Albert, and Bad for Lazarus play Sticky Mike’s.

Saturday night is the third of The Haunt and Juice Brighton’s short run of weekly gigs. This week they have Them The Sky, Garden Heart, and Paper Hawk on the line up. It’s also the first of this month’s two Source New Music Nights (they’re hosting another on 20th as part of Brighton Digital Festival). This one is curated by Wildwood Promotions and is headlined by Alex White’s Interlocutor, with Red River Dialect, Octopuses and Herb Denton’s Last Dime playing too. Finally, it’s the Over The Moon Festival’s pre-party at the Blind Tiger, with a line up that includes Eagles for Hands, Mitch Wade Cole, Platypi, Eone and Murder He Wrote.

Oxjam Brighton Takeover

Something I’ve been meaning to write about this month is the Oxjam Brighton Takeover. Every October (well, every October for the past four years at least), loads of gigs are put on all over town, featuring local bands, raising money for Oxfam. There’s been a few gigs already, but the big night is this Sunday, when you can buy a wristband for a mere eight pounds and get access to six venues, each hosted by some familiar names.

We’ll be camping out at the Dome Studio Theatre (recently rebranded from the Pavilion Theatre). From 8.30pm, the Source New Music Night are putting on Minor Sounds, Curxes (who we’ve been wanting to see live for ages) and P For Persia (who was fantastic at last month’s Beatabet Source New Music).

Meanwhile, from 3.30pm at the Unitarian Church, BN1 Magazine bring you Wide Eyed Order, Unsung Lilly, 900 Spaces, Ellen & The Echo and The Move-Ons.

Also from 3.30, the Hope are working with Under The Bridge Studios (who are a few arches up from the Green Door Store). They’ve got a monster bill with Fragile Creatures, Hot Fiction, Oh! My Head, Running Dogs, Half Crown, Sweet Jonny, Ivy King, Devil In Detail, and Justin Alfonso playing.

Sound Screen are running the show at Riki Tiks from around 6pm, with Pact, Cave Man Genius, Alphabets Heaven, Amongst The Pigeons, Atlantiks, and Platypi.

Concrete Jungle are also running things from mid-afternoon, kicking off at 3.30 at the Mash Tun, with King Mews, Concrete Jungle, Early Ghost, Ross Pike’s The Courty Love, Hideous Bitches, and Peter Clough.

Then at the White Rabbit, Hush Hush are providing the entertainment with Chuck SJ Hay, Hope Rudd, Rought Citizen, Rotait, Verity Sessions, Tom Hughes, Bella Kardasis, Zoe Hazel Hedderwick, and Lisha Tole.

BUT WAIT – that’s not all. After all the other venues wind down, Riki Tiks are hosting the afterparty with Showdown. Phew!

Brighton Digital Festival : Sound Screen headlined by Nordic Giants

Last night we paid a visit to another Brighton Digital Festival event. We’ve got another two events in our diary in the next week too, so look out for reports on them.

Caveman Genius

Sound Screen was an audio visual event put on by Pop Up Brighton at the Pavilion Theatre, pairing up electronic acts with visual artists. Electronic acts make some of the most exciting music, and as even Deadmau5 pointed out this summer, quite often the live performance just involves them pressing play in Ableton. All of tonight’s performers do a lot more than just sit behind a laptop, but all were enhanced with the addition of visuals.


The event opened with Caveman Genius – a one man act who plays live drums alongside his lush downbeat electronica. I’m loathed to use such an outdated phrase as Trip Hop, but it’s probably the words that describe his music best, and it’s meant as a compliment. Next up was Pact, whose sound was far more suited to the dancefloor. Unfortunately, the Pavilion was in a seated configuration last night, so I don’t think he was truly appreciated. It would be good to see what he could do at 2am in a club rather than 9pm in a theatre. The last act before the interval were the slightly more laid back Adolescent, who played as a whole band setup. Alex Parish was the focus, who controlled the electronic side of things and occasionally took to the drums, while the rest of the band added shimmering guitar and bass


The headliners of the night were the fantastic Nordic Giants. If you haven’t heard them yet, you must. If you haven’t seen them live yet, you’ve missed out. Musically, they’re post-rock, as emotional as Sigur Ros, with the quietLOUDquiet of Mogwai and the politics of Godspeed you Black Emperor. Visually, the band make so much more of an effort than anyone else – body paint with nightmarish masks, strobe lighting, and award winning films from Shorts International, with the vocal for each track given a separate backlit section on stage. It all makes for arguably the best live performance in Brighton, and it was frustrating that they only got a half hour set, at only their second live performance in town this year.