Jake Kennedy

Jake has written about music for yonks and once wrote a book on Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures. He’s contributed to The Guardian, NME, Metal Hammer, Record Collector, Nuts and The Angler’s Mail, among others.

Loves / hates

Happy Mondays | Brighton Source259)

Happy Mondays Review

The Happy Mondays returned to Brighton this week – older, straighter, maybe even wiser, but definitely still contenders.

Reviews 8 months old
Future Islands Brighton Dome Brighton Source by Mike Tudor studio85uk

Future Islands Review

Future Islands returned to Brighton for a show that mixed all the usual improv interpretative dance with synth heavy indie – but the balance was a tad off.

Reviews 1 year old

Tindersticks Review

Fans can sometimes make a gig; they can also risk ruining them – as we found out at Tindersticks’ Brighton Festival cine-concert at the Dome.

Reviews 2 years old

Gwenno & H. Hawkline, Thurs 24th September

Two Welsh pop juggernauts are coming to Brighton’s Basement at an unmissable ‘buy one get one free’ deal.

Previews 2 years old

Moon Duo Review

Moon Duo brought their hypnotic rhythms – now with live drums, to The Haunt on Thursday

Reviews 3 years old

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Review

The former Pavement frontman does a good impression of a classic rock icon with the latest version of his band, The Jicks.

Reviews 3 years old
Charles Bradley | Brighton Source

Charles Bradley Review

The one-time James Brown impersonator now reborn as ‘The Screaming Eagle of Soul’. What a voice.

Reviews 4 years old

Happy Mondays Sun 26th May

Between 1987 and 1989 the Mondays played Brighton four times but they haven’t ventured down since – until now.

Previews 5 years old

Calexico Review

Despite some moments of brilliance the indie rockers’ dalliance with Mexicana promises more than it delivers, reports Jake Kennedy.

Reviews 5 years old
DJ Shadow | Concorde2 | Brighton Source

DJ Shadow, Tues 15th and Wed 16th August

The world renowned turntablist and scratch DJ pioneer comes to Brighton to play two intimate shows.

Previews 1 year old
Fort Process | Brighton Source

Fort Process, Sat 3rd Sept

After a year’s hiatus the experimental music festival returns to Newhaven Fort for a day of free jazz, sound art and pure noise.

Previews 1 year old
Mutations Festival | Brighton Source

Mutations Festival, 28th-29th November

One Inch Badge treat us to another winter weekender with a superb bill of hand-picked acts including Metz, Willis Earl Beal and the mighty Lightning Bolt.

Previews 2 years old
Together The People | Brighton Source

Together The People, 5th-6th September

It’s about time Brighton had its own proper music festival. Enter TTP – by the people for the people.

Previews 2 years old

New In Town: Dungeon Bar

A new fetish bar launches next week – we got a sneak peak at the kinky dungeon hidden somewhere beneath the city centre.

News 3 years old

Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Mon 25th August

The Pavement frontman brings his stunning rock abstraction to The Old Market.

Previews 4 years old

The Flaming Lips Review

The Flaming Lips tarted up the Dome with some flamboyant visuals but could the band’s sound rise to the occasion?

Reviews 5 years old

Bass Drum Of Death, Green Door Store, Mon 13th May

The Fat Possum duo return to the Green Door Store and Brighton after two years.

Previews 5 years old
Royal Trux | Brighton Source

Royal Trux Review

The recently reformed alt rockers came to Brighton not to relive their 90s heyday, but to bury it. The band’s set at The Haunt last week was both captivating and catastrophic.

Reviews 1 year old
Jali Fily Cissokho | Brighton Source

Crossing Borders Festival, 18th – 26th June

A new Brighton festival celebrates the music of migrants and refugees with a week of truly diverse gigs and events.

News 2 years old

Deerhunter, Fri 30th October

Deerhunter and Atlas Sound are coming to Hove this October – missing Halloween by a whisker.

Previews 2 years old
British Sea Power | Brighton Source

British Sea Power tickets go on sale

British Sea Power are warming up for their anniversary tour at the Concorde this June.

Previews 3 years old
Neneh Cherry | Brighton Source

Neneh Cherry Review

A jam-packed gig at an unlikely venue saw the singer back on form and clearly loving it – along with the lucky punters who made it in.

Reviews 3 years old

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds Review

Nick Cave and co kicked off their UK tour with a hometown show at the Dome that was both defiant and triumphant.

Reviews 4 years old

British Sea Power Review

Despite a fresh and revitalised new album, BSP’s double-set show at the Old Market left us mostly in remembrance of things past.

Reviews 5 years old

Steve Reich Review

The minimalist composer reworks Radiohead songs with the help of the London Sinfonietta.

Reviews 5 years old