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Jessica Marshall McHattie

Jessica is an editor at SOURCE, though can be found writing up previews, features and news articles too. She's lived in Brighton for a decade and still loves it.
A photo of Agit Cirk's Jenni Lehtinen climbing across a tent at Brighton Fringe Festival's St Mark's Chapel spire in 2018

Here it is, a full round-up of our first week of Brighton Festival and Fringe 2018, as well as our recommendations for upcoming shows. Have we missed anything? Get in touch.

May 11, 2018

Hofesh Shechter returns to Brighton Festival with Grand Finale, a spellbinding paean to mortality and the cycle of life.

May 9, 2018

Uniting deadpan delivery with a waspish wit, Brighton comedian Joe Foster's new show Let's Get Cynical won over The Warren.

May 8, 2018

The UK Pun Champion is in Brighton with his show Callback, featuring seagulls, robots, eggs and Magnum PI.

May 8, 2018

On the first day of Brighton Fringe, an enthusiastic whirlwind of interactive sketches came up against a small and introverted audience. Who won?

May 8, 2018

Brodi Snook's new show Babe was well-received at The Warren, but it's hard to be cool when you're in a shipping container on the hottest afternoon of the year.

May 8, 2018

Over a hundred beers from pale ales to porters, from eighteen breweries, over fifteen city-centre pubs. We're pretty sure this adds up to a good time.

March 27, 2018

From math-rock to dream-pop, get a free taste of upcoming of Bad Pond Festival with this twenty-two track sampler.

March 27, 2018

Celebrate women, support a charity, and feast yourself silly.

March 17, 2018
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A dogged curmudgeon and a flawless performer who is happy to accept flowers from fans and stuff them down his trousers. With some trepidation (and a few reservations) we went to watch Morrissey in action at the Brighton Centre.

March 8, 2018

Meet the stars, snap up some art, and gawp at more cosplayers than you can shake a sword at.

March 7, 2018

Prepare yourselves for more gigs, events, shows and productions than ever. Brighton Fringe kicked off last night, and Brighton Festival begins on Saturday.

April 1, 2017

What do you get if you cross yoga classes, a gin tent and an insect eating competition? Hove's Foodies Festival, that's what.

March 28, 2017

Pay homage to the purple Prince at this night of disco, funk and soul.

March 21, 2017
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The much-loved charity pooches went to auction in a final fundraising effort for Martlets Hospice.

December 8, 2016

With not a washed out soap star in sight, Brighton's Alternative Christmas Light Switch-On is set to be spectacular.

November 27, 2015

Rabid rabbits and beatings at a Scout camp: this Halloween exhibition has it all.

October 3, 2015

Shechter's back with another evening of innovative, immersive dance.

September 20, 2015

We spoke to the man behind Pop-Up Brighton about how he's bringing innovative, interactive and inexpensive art to the city.

September 18, 2015

Applications open today for artists who'd like to play next year's celebration of new music.

September 9, 2015

Grime pioneer and relentless collaborator Lethal B is coming to Concorde 2.

September 8, 2015

Seun Kuti's continuing the family tradition with uplifting afrobeat and challenging political commentary.

August 19, 2015

Are you, er, Ready To Go back to the 90s? Republica are coming to Lewes.

August 12, 2015

Fancy £500 to put towards your event at Brighton Digital Festival?

June 26, 2015

Authentic Roman pizza by the slice - be there, and eat square(s).

June 15, 2015

Who says you don’t get something for nothing? Try these top-class free comedy nights at The Quadrant.

June 10, 2015

They don't want to hurt you, they only want to make you come to their single launch.

June 10, 2015

Talks, debates, hardware, demonstrations, gigs, clubs, and repeat.

June 3, 2015

The Donky days are over. Well, for the Green Door Store.

June 3, 2015

Oyster-shucking, herb-infusing, beef-grilling, chilli-challenging, beer-guzzling: spend your bank holiday embracing your inner glutton at Hove Lawns.

May 2, 2015

SICK! Festival kicks off today, with three weeks of thought-provoking events themed around the darker sides of life and death.

March 3, 2015

Well Rounded is back with a pop-up record shop at Oxfam.

March 3, 2015

Femmeuary culminates with a night of creativity upstairs at The Prince Albert.

February 25, 2015

Economical and eco-friendly: here's an opportunity to improve Brighton by eating.

February 23, 2015

Prohibition-era glamour in sumptuous surroundings - but is the new menu any good?

February 17, 2015

Explorative and imaginative art co-exists with stark medical images in Onca's latest exhibition, 'A Cancer Landscape.'

February 11, 2015

AKAAKAROAR's fifth birthday party at Audio will be their last dance.

January 28, 2015

Disclosure, Rudimental, Wu Tang Clan and more are playing at an airport in Shoreham.

January 28, 2015

Fish Tank, Lady Skins and Port Rhombus are playing tonight at the Green Door.

November 30, 2014

The enigmatic, atmospheric Jon Hopkins is coming to the Brighton Dome.

November 26, 2014

Brand new comedy shows from two-thirds of the Badults gang.

November 16, 2014

Scottish guitar superstar RM Hubbert returns to Brighton for an intimate show at The Caxton Arms.

November 15, 2014

Local disco heroes Transformer talk us through the making of their new EP, 'Feel The Beast.'

November 15, 2014

Glaswegians cause mass earache; audience is grateful.

November 15, 2014

Head to Green Door Store to for a night of premium Brighton clubbing, courtesy of the Donky Pitch gang.

October 1, 2014

Her debut album has been met with universal adoration. Can she maintain the hype on the first date of her UK tour?

October 1, 2014

90s acid house king DJ Pierre on doing business in Chicago pet shops, playing clarinet in a marching band, and his other influences.

May 29, 2014
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The electro duo kicked off their European tour with an impressive sold out show at the Concorde.

November 13, 2013

Headlined by Kamo & Krooked, Hospital Records' showcase proved once again that drum'n'bass is alive and well.

November 2, 2013
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Huge music lovers, who better to kick off our new self-explanatory series, All Time Top Ten than Jordan and Harvey?

October 29, 2013

By day, a calm and earthy festival with healing fields and workshops; by nightfall a raving, glittery wilderness.

September 26, 2013
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Playgroup Festival returned in a smaller, more intimate incarnation - thankfully avoiding the rainfall that plagued the event last year.

September 13, 2013

It's all about naked jelly wrestling, ever-moving mini sound-systems, a roller-disco and the rave police.

August 20, 2013

Sinna One and Req's dead rock star mural will be the first thing visitors to Brighton will see.

August 13, 2013
DJ Zinc

Best known as a d'n'b producer but Zinc's been changing the game and switching genres for the past 20 years.

July 27, 2013

ENK is exactly as you’d hope: rowdy, shouty, witty, and packed closely with people having a blast.

July 2, 2013

There aren’t many club nights in Brighton that focus on liquid drum’n’bass, and that’s because they couldn’t compete with Jazznote.

July 2, 2013

Electronic duo stretch out on Warp debut: “We don’t have the musical craftsmanship to be a proper rock band.”

June 3, 2013

Donuts has a musical policy of classic hip hop with 90s pop hits and the occasional leftfield banger from whatever genre the DJ fancies.

March 28, 2013

Premier weaves a set that's exciting, laden with recognisable samples and beats, and utterly relevant.

March 22, 2013

Kasra and Enei top the bill for Critical Sound's latest successful club night at Life

March 17, 2013

AudioActive are throwing a party which will be headlined by Rizzle Kicks, and are looking for two local acts to play on the night.

March 13, 2013

Tight, stylish and unafraid of a panpipe sample, Wolf People are weird but wonderful.

March 12, 2013

José González's band Junip to play the Haunt to help promote their second album.

March 11, 2013

Deptford indie rockers Athlete to perform their debut album 'Vehicles And Animals' in full.

March 5, 2013

New club night Forekast book Floating Points for their third night on at Concorde 2.

March 3, 2013

Be Nothing offer Britney, inflatables and Jägerbombs for their birthday at the Blind Tiger Club.

March 3, 2013

Brighton's most intense rock band Physics House Band live at Green Door Store.

February 28, 2013

Grime lord Trim, party-starter Tessela and local boy Etch booked for Below The Line.

February 24, 2013

Ivy Lab is the new joint project of Sabre, Stay and Halogenix and, as you’d expect, this collaborative brainchild is pretty mixed up.

February 20, 2013

We’re not entirely certain we’d class mid-April as winter, but we’re still pleased to welcome the conclusion of Rinse’s four-month party to Brighton.

February 13, 2013

It’s on the second Friday of the month starting in April, it runs from 11pm to 3am, and it’s free. What else do you need to know?

February 12, 2013

Anyone who’s caught an Ojo De Gringa set before will be familiar with their musical craftsmanship, jazzy influences and complex compositions.

February 11, 2013

They’re all accomplished, performers, which means their live sets are always executed with fun and flair.

February 9, 2013

Sea Monsters day three saw Abi Wade, Holy Vessels, Plasticine and Jacko Hooper take to the stage for Love Thy Neighbour.

January 28, 2013

The ten-year-old Brighton subcultural feud celebrates its anniversary with a glorious tongue-in-cheek showdown at the Concorde2.

January 26, 2013

Our Sea Monsters show was the first in the event's history to sell out in advance. But did it live up to the hype?

January 23, 2013

There’s many reasons to love Goldie, he’s starred in both Come Dine With Me and a James Bond film, and his real name is Clifford.

December 23, 2012

Waze & Odyssey's slick sound is perfectly of the moment and their mix for Dazed Digital will make you want to teleport back with them.

December 16, 2012

A more party time James Blake with rhymes? Paced out vibes from Hemsworth invite romantic escapades from the cool crowd.

December 7, 2012

Last month the post-techno duo Plaid headlined a Playgroup-curated evening of exciting electronic music.

December 4, 2012

Critical Sound are back with another weighty drum’n’bass line-up: Randall, Kasra, Foreign Concept, ST and Lofty.

December 1, 2012

One of the most exciting artists to come out of hip hop for ages, can the potty-mouthed pop star cut it live?

October 15, 2012
Tom Hines

As well as bringing hip hop’s greatest talents to Brighton, Tom Hines has supported dozens of aspiring rappers through workshops and onto the stage.

September 20, 2012
Venetian Snares

Applauded for reinventing breakcore, Aaron Funk is a long-haired legend in the world of glitch.

September 20, 2012
Mono/Poly

Having been on our radar since the release of 'Manifestations' on Brainfeeder last year, Californian Mono/Poly hits us again with a proud new track entitled 'Punch The Troll In The Neck'.

September 13, 2012
Convex Collective

Tonight's a showcase by two of the most innovative crews in Brighton, Donky Pitch including Howse and Convex Collective showcasing local talent; Max Buzuk, Miles Courtney and Manaca.

September 13, 2012
el-p

Prolific hip hop guru El-P is wordy, paranoid and a devout sci-fi fan. He's been committed to only releasing high quality works, and May's release of his fourth studio ‘Cancer 4 Cure’ is no exception.

September 13, 2012
Below The Line

BTL again demonstrate their knack for choosing producers you haven’t yet heard of, but will later love.

August 1, 2012

We headed to Sticky Mike's Frog Bar for a midweek knees-up with the Appalachian old-time country band.

July 12, 2012
Jam Baxter

If you fancy something a little bit unusual on the first Tuesday of the month, we recommend being blown away by Slip Jam:B

July 3, 2012

Below The Line is much more than just a club night. It combines cutting-edge music with a live-streamed TV show and blog.

June 27, 2012

Bristol beat-god Kahn’s been inexplicably absent from Brighton club line-ups, and it’s about time he was booked.

April 12, 2012

The creative team behind Producer’s Retreat have gone stellar this time, and the Green Door Store’s set to be transformed.

April 12, 2012

Listening to Caspa’s ‘Rubber Chicken’, released back in ‘06, you can hear how the heavy, simple basslines defined the dubstep genre.

April 12, 2012

Having released dozens of jazz compilations, the Gilles is renowned for creating great party atmospheres and reading the crowd perfectly.

April 5, 2012
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Should you be bigger than Biggie? Got fresher flows than Flow Dan? Could you teach a thing or two to London Zoo?

April 5, 2012

Mature b-boy chats to us about his new album and live show, the decline of hip hop, and being a reluctant front-man.

March 16, 2012

Enjoy the heart and passion of street busk jazz, without your nether bits contracting frostbite.

March 7, 2012

Behold as the Concorde fills with b-boys. Heads nod, Red Stripes are held aloft – it can only be a Rarekind night.

March 7, 2012

Like a jazz John Peel, Gilles Peterson’s inclusive and original shows on Radio 1 have made him one of the station’s best-loved DJs.

March 7, 2012

Lightly addictive and unforgettable, hearing these bands isn’t an experience you’ll regret.

March 7, 2012

Like a butterfly finally escaping a nineties fem-pop chrysalis, Mel C emerges once again to show us her solo skills.

March 7, 2012

Love Bieber, but prefer your music a little more grass roots? Hobbie Stuart could be right up your street then.

March 7, 2012

Don't do it alone, do it with others, to music. Contemplate the point of it all that is. What were you thinking of? We hope it was the innocent gloom of Melancolonica.

March 7, 2012

Thirsty Ear Crew are down to teach us how to drink rum, party hard and fuse funk, soul, jazz and northern soul.

March 7, 2012

A bit like snorting popping candy, Johnny Foreigner's live shows are about as distinctive an experience as live shows get. Without the eye-watering pain of course.

March 7, 2012

Breaking up the grey, bleak wait until summer comes again, Submotion Orchestra's dubstep melodies get us dreaming of teeny cocktail umbrellas.

March 7, 2012

Ghostpoet lends his voice to accompany Create in Brighton's showcase of our brightest and best creative brains. What a nice chap.

March 7, 2012

Probably the most aggressive noise-pop band to ever be featured on Gossip Girl come back to Brighton.

March 2, 2012

Nostalgic shoegazers Spotlight Kid are bringing the psychedelic 90s back one hip-sway at a time.

March 2, 2012

Bloody hell, Detroit techno god Theo Parish is in town and he's bringing Julio with him.

March 2, 2012

Jessica Marshall McHattie tells us all about why High Places and Anneka are both worth sacrifing your pinkies to the cold.

February 15, 2012
Slip Jam:B Hip Hop Brighton

After attending Slip Jam:B for five of its 13-year stretch, Jessica Marshall McHattie explains why this is hip hop at its most pure.

February 13, 2012

Ray-guns and moon boots at the ready, as we celebrate robots and space toys in Hove this month. Beam us up, Scotty.

January 21, 2012

Shlohmo’s lo-fi, psychedelic take on the LA hip hop beat scene has gained him many admirers, especially as he’s still but a youth.

January 20, 2012

Why be jostled around at a gig when you can enjoy it from the relative safety of a cinema seat? Less popcorn spillage too.

January 18, 2012

Dreamy three-piece Blouse (playing at Aereo) make the kind of music Sega would have used if it made games about falling in love.

January 18, 2012

One of the finest hip hop producers ever, J-Dilla's hold on the genre lives on strong after his untimely death in 2006.

January 18, 2012

Get cracking on those anecdotes and one-liners, there's Fringe goodies to be won.

January 17, 2012

Maya Jane Coles' love of smooth, simple beats and chunky basslines place her as one of the key members of the new house scene.

January 16, 2012

Following this German duo's packed night at Digital last October, their latest LP has gone down so well they're still on the road.

January 16, 2012

A new album from Fanfarlo is coming and they're bringing their heart-rending indie to town to show it off.

January 16, 2012

Top notch comedian comes home to Brighton, recommended by the BBC, this time in a tiny venue. Last time he played at the Corn Exchange, and he was very funny.

January 12, 2012
The Valentines

Two great Brighton up-and-coming bands at this gig. The Valentines swaggering rock'n'roll meets Tyrannosaurus Dead's 90s lo-fi.

January 11, 2012
Oddfellow's Casino

Launching third album 'The Raven's Empire', David Bramwell promised it's not just about death – at least if it is the melodies are pretty.

January 11, 2012
Ben Howard

Devonshire boy done good Ben Howard is the kind of folksy nice boy who looks like he'd make a lovely English teacher if that music thing doesn't work out.

January 11, 2012

Let's hope Guillemots fella Fyfe Dangerfield's new outfit are better at wigged out jazz instrumentals than they are at press photos.

January 11, 2012

It's Goin' Off at Brighton's very own Riki Tik's mixes all of the current music we love from 90s garage, straight up hip hop classics to futuristic LA beats. Jessica Marshall McHattie put on her dancing shoes for this one.

December 5, 2011

Electronic soundwaves infiltrate eardrums as Berlin based duo Modeselektor play a rampant set at Brighton's Digital. Jessica Marshall McHattie was one of the many that walked home with an impressive grin on their face.

November 21, 2011

Eskmo, one of Ninja Tunes' coolest new producers, is unpredictable in many senses. As well as producing a live set of chaotic renditions and a full audio-visual show, on this hot, busy evening in Concorde 2, he's producing all manner of improvised instruments from beneath the table.

July 20, 2011
Jessica M McHattie - Contributor at Brighton Source