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

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.

Reviews 3 days old

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.

Reviews 3 months old
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.

Features 7 months old
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.

Features 11 months old
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.

Features 1 year old
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.

Features 1 year old
The Rosehill Tavern

The Rose Hill Tavern Returns

Brighton’s just got itself a new venue. We chatted to the Beatabet collective about how they rescued the Rose Hill and their plans to turn it into a hub for local arts and music.

Features 1 year old

Kemptown Carnival, Sat 4th June

Hot on the heels of Brighton Festival comes the biggest free street arts event in the South East – nine stages, 50+ bands and over 800 carnival performers.

News 1 year old

Brighton Flashmob Dies In NHS Crisis Stunt

Surgeries are shutting, doctors are striking and corpses litter the streets. While Brighton protestors pull a stunt to highlight the local effects of the healthcare crisis, a certain MP heads to parliament to lead the fight to save the NHS.

News 2 years old
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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?

Reviews 1 month old
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.

Reviews 5 months old

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.

Reviews 7 months old

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.

News 1 year old
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.

Reviews 1 year old
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?

Features 1 year old

Train Chaos Sparks Protests In Brighton Station

Protestors gathered at the station yesterday to make a noise about the ongoing cancellations, overcrowding and general chaos affecting Southern trains.

News 1 year old
Kimya Dawson | Brighton Source

Kimya Dawson Review

The anti-folk singer treated a packed-in Patterns crowd to a set of kids’ tunes, protest songs and a saucy Prince tribute.

Reviews 1 year old

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.

Features 3 months old
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.

Previews 6 months old
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.

Reviews 8 months old
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.

Reviews 1 year old

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.

Reviews 1 year old
Octopuses | Brighton Source

Octopuses Launch Single To Save Bees

A cheeky video from Octopuses sees the Brighton band trying to save the bees with support from Caroline Lucas.

News 1 year old
Jo Neary | Brighton Source

Joanna Neary Interview

Following her Brighton Festival spoof of Laurie Anderson, local comedian Jo Neary is back in town with a new show she describes as a cross between The Vicar Of Dibley and Viz.

Features 1 year old
King Porter Stomp | Brighton Source

King Porter Stomp, Saturday 23rd April

Brighton’s jazz/ska big band bring conscious lyrics and good time party music to the Synergy Centre with support from JFB.

Previews 2 years old