Ben Bailey

Ben Bailey runs the SOURCE website and was formerly the listings and reviews editor on the magazine. As well as writing stuff for other publications he also finds the time to play in various bands and once came 4th place in a BMX tournament.

Loves / hates

  • Loves: Cheap cider
  • Hates: Noise complaints
  • Loves: Sing Li's Chip Shop
  • Hates: Car alarms
  • Loves: Lists

Brighton Festival Review: Brett Anderson

The Suede frontman discusses his new book, growing up in Haywards Heath and the genesis of his band at this fascinating festival book launch with Alexis Petridis.

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Brighton Festival Review: Amanda Palmer

The pianist gave her all at Brighton Dome in a confessional show that encompassed grief, comedy and motherhood – along with a surprise announcement for old fans.

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Is This Guy The Next Brighton YouTube Star?

Mister Adam is a Brighton YouTuber dispensing nuggets of local history to the kids. He also believes he’s an online sensation. We interviewed him so he’d stop pestering us.

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Poets Vs MCs 2018 Review

The 15th bout of Brighton’s annual spoken word battle was as entertaining as ever, even with hosts threatening to drop out. There were superb performances all round, but who won?

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The Mountain Goats | Brighton Source

The Mountain Goats Review

Comical and literate as ever, The Mountain Goats played a gig full of surprises for a packed-out Brighton crowd at The Haunt.

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Cropredy Festival 2017 Review

SOURCE makes an away trip to catch the likes of The Divine Comedy, Petula Clark and Marillion at Fairport Convention’s 50th anniversary festival bash.

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Staff at Duke of York’s Cinema go on Strike

Staff picketed Duke of York’s on Saturday following strikes at four other cinemas in a dispute over pay and wonky tills.

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Jeremy Corbyn | Brighton Source

People Powered Review

A concert organised in support of Jeremy Corbyn saw a surprise appearance from the man himself alongside an extraordinary bill that included Paul Weller, Robert Wyatt, The Farm and Temples.

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Strip The Beach | Brighton Source

The World’s Biggest Naked Beach Clean

We speak to the Brighton campaigner who wants to set the record and promote marine conservation by getting his kit off. Will you join him?

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Brighton Fringe Review: Passionate Machine

Rosy Carrick weaves together personal confessions with pop culture obsessions in a compelling time travel adventure that takes in David Bowie, Einstein and the Russian revolution.

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Brighton Festival Review: Business For Bohemians

Journalist and author Tom Hodgkinson came to Brighton Festival to offer advice to on how to escape the rat race and also to plug his latest book. Turns out the two are related.

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A Clockwork Orange | Brighton Source

A Clockwork Orange, Sat 5th May

Come viddy Alex and his droogs at this flip sizy and govoreet at The Old Courtroom.

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Hot Water Bottles For The Homeless

As winter kicks in with a vengeance, a network of local people are trying to share some warmth with the city’s rough sleepers – with help from local companies.

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Mountain Goats | Brighton Source

The Mountain Goats, Thurs 12th Oct

The American indie folk band return to Brighton for more lyrical brilliance and a compelling new album all about goths.

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Gogol Bordello | Brighton Source

Gogol Bordello Review

For an intense two hours Gogol Bordello brought an unruly and internationalist gypsy punk celebration to Brighton Dome.

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Poets vs MCs 2017 | Brighton Source

Poets Vs MCs 2017 Review

The annual spoken word battle saw Brighton’s best wordsmiths slugging it out at the Concorde in a heated but brilliant lyrical display.

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Sleaford Mods Review

Brighton Dome was an unlikely venue for the famously divisive Nottingham duo. SOURCE went along to see the Sleaford Mods rally the downtrodden in a Regency concert hall.

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Brighton Fringe Review: A Berlin Kabaret!

A musical tour of the early 20th century from the rise of the Nazis to the communist witch-hunts, performed with aplomb in a show that unearths curious and sinister songs of the time.

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Brighton Fringe Review: Louise Reay

The award-winning comic plays a hometown show full of scatty banter and daft physical comedy – just a shame it was billed as something very different.

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Belle and Sebastian Review

The Scottish indie band reminded us how far they’ve come since the 90s at Brighton Dome with a rich mix of music, audience involvement and loads of dancing.

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The Divine Comedy Review

A seated concert at Brighton Dome ended with everyone up and dancing after Neil Hannon treated the crowd to some witty orchestral pop and a few brilliant surprise covers.

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The World Transformed | Brighton Source

The World Transformed, 23th-26th September

Ken Loach, Owen Jones and Naomi Klein are among the big names coming to Brighton this month for a four-day festival of politics that runs alongside the Labour Party conference.

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The Richmond Bar | Brighton Source

The Richmond Returns

A long lost Brighton music venue has reopened in a new guise. We stuck our head in the Richmond Bar to find out why it’s carrying the torch for a venue that closed twenty years ago.

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Gramski | Brighton Source

Gramski Interview

We caught up with controversial freestyler Gramski ahead of his last appearance at the annual Poets Vs MCs spoken word battle at the Concorde.

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Rose Tinted Spectacular | Brighton Source

The Rose Tinted Spectacular, Sat 19th Nov

The Rose Hill Tavern hosts a zine fair this month celebrating self-publishing and raising funds for migrant groups. We chatted to the organisers about the power of paper.

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