New Brighton Music

Happy Valentines Day from Brighton Music. Because we love you, and because you love music, here’s a host of tunes to serenade you tonight.

Our first tune is what was described as Anneka‘s first track of 2018 (which we’re taking to imply that there will be more to come). Burst was released today and is available by signing up on Anneka’s website or via bandcamp:

Next up is the new one from Normanton Street which came out last Friday. It’s a downtempo number called Unclear, and also came with a promise of “so much more new music on the way”
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Getting Along is the new single from The Magic Gang. It’s taken from their self titled debut album which will be released on March 16th.
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Pablo’s Ashtray is the first taster of the debut mini EP from Night Vision, soon to be released on Echochamp records

Fresh from supporting Tigercub at the Concorde, Glum have released their Compassion Fatigue EP. You can catch the band again on 22nd February at Green Door Store.
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Porshyne premiered their new single Miles Away over on Clash Music today. The launch party will be at the Green Door Store next Monday (19th) with support coming from Vrona and My-Hi

Twilight Driving don’t seem to be embracing the Valentines spirit with their new release When Love Goes Wrong which has come out today. You can catch Twilight Driving supporting Orchards at the Hope & Ruin tomorrow night.

Grace Carter‘s new single Silhouette came out last Friday. The piano led ballad has been shared in advance of Grace’s debut EP which is due in the spring

Freja Frances‘ new release Papercuts is also another pared back piano led track. It comes backed with a remix from Alex Hughes which sprinkles some electronica flourishes over things. You can catch Freja at Maggie Maes on 28th February.

Finally we have Mr Jones & His Guitar, who releases his Somewhere New EP on 9th March. The launch takes place the following dat at the Brunswick. The EP features My Metal Friend which Mr Jones has paired with a video from Animation Workshop:

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Brighton Music Blog Great Escape / Alt Escape 2017 preview

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It’s almost that time again – the highlight in the Brighton musical calendar, when anywhere you can fit in a PA becomes venue for a few days. Yes, this coming weekend is The Great Escape Festival. We haven’t finalised our plans, but we’re probably going to end up seeing more Alt Escape stuff than proper Great Escape stuff, because that’s where the bulk of the local bands are playing. If you haven’t got yourself a ticket yet then you can get into all the Alt Escape stuff without one anyway.

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New Brighton Music

Here’s this week’s new music roundup, and we’ve got LOADS to write about. First up is the new one from Sea Bed, who show that they can pen pop songs as well as dance tracks with Pretender. The band head out on tour with Clock Opera next week, playing at The Hope & Ruin on 3rd March.

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Great Escape / Alternative Escape Preview

Stacked_plain_colour_Twitter_400x400In case you hadn’t realised, this weekend is The Great Escape festival, probably the most important musical event in the local calendar. There’s a few Brighton bands tucked in the main festival, but the bulk of the homegrown talent features in the line-up of the Alternative Escape – a sister festival that runs side by side where for most events you won’t need a wrist band, or have to shell out any money to see some fantastic live acts. There are literally hundreds of bands playing over dozens of events so to help guide you through the weekend here’s our pick of some of the BN postcode-based performers you can catch.

The fun begins on Wednesday night with Late Night Lingerie vs The Great Escape at Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, where can catch the first of Demob Happy‘s many sets of the festival as well as Skirts last ever gig. Inspired Artists Agency who represent quite a few Brighton bands are taking over Latest Music Bar on Thursday, and we’re hoping to pop in for The Slytones at 2.55pm and Moulettes who play at 6.30pm. There are 20 bands over 28 sets on at The Mesmerist on thursday, on the stages put together by Liberty Music PR, amongst others. If we had to pick one it would be Phantom Runners who are on at 9.40pm. Bleach is being taken over by Strong Island Recordings and Pic & Vinyl on thursday, where Brighton Music Blog favourites Curxes take to the stage at 5.40pm. Over at London Road’s newest cafe Presuming Ed, Cate Ferris tops their line up. Miamigo play their debut show at Patterns (formerly Audio) at 6.45pm.

Brightonsfinest are in charge at Latest on Friday, and they’ve got a cracking line up. You could pop in at any time and see a great local band, but we’ll be popping in for GAPS at 2.45pm and Spit Shake Sisters at 7.45pm. The Mesmerist also has a pretty good line up, with Black Honey and Oslo Parks catching our eye. One of Brighton’s most written about bands at the moment are The Magic Gang, and they head up the DIY / Echochamp showcase at Bleach, playing at 10pm.

Moving on to Saturday, Earworm events and Northbrook college are hosting proceedings at Bar Rogue where we’re tipping Flash Bang Band at 6pm and newcomers Bloom at 6.50pm. The Fiddlers Elbow are having a street party, which is a great idea since I couldn’t get in to see the bands I wanted to last year. If I were you, I’d be down there for Yumi & The Weather at 4pm and Tigercub at 5pm. Marwoods Cafe are hosting some more gentle gigs over Friday and Saturday, but expect things to get a bit more riotous when Black Rooster Black Shag take to the stage at 8.10pm on Saturday night. Tyrannosaurus Dead play their last ever gig in Brighton at Fitzherbert’s a part of Cupboard Music’s line up. They’re only playing one more gig after that, and that’s in London, so expect it to be rammed. Hotel Pelirocco also have an all Brighton line-up – Time for T headline at 10pm, but get down there for 3pm to catch grasshopper who are fantastic. Bleeding Hearts are putting on a gig on Saturday afternoon at the Rialto theatre, which will be the first opportunity to buy headliner Clowwns debut album. It’s not an official Great Escape gig, but it would be churlish not to give them a shoutout. Finally, one of the very last gigs of the weekend is KLDSCP’s party at Sticky Mike’s which doesn’t even kick off until 1am. Mount Bank, who’ve put out one of favourite EPs of the year so far are playing, so hopefully we’ll still be standing by the time they’re on.