Karen McDermott

Karen has been living in Brighton since 2010, where she rediscovered a love of music. And bars. And clubbing. She currently works three jobs to pay for these pastimes. When not writing or working or falling over, she can usually be found stuck in a book.

Loves / hates

  • Loves: charity shops
  • Hates: social justice warriors
  • Loves: the Pavilion Garden squirrels
  • Hates: noisy seagulls
  • Loves: pubs with heated beer gardens
Jane Austen

Jane Austen by the Sea, from Sat 17th June

Free with Pavilion admission, an Austen exhibition explores her relationship with Brighton and the inspiration drawn from fashionable coastal resorts.

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Death Valley Girls, Thurs 2nd Feb

Death Valley Girls bring an infectious bone-rattling blend of Bitch Craft-approved garage/punk rock to The Hope & Ruin.

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March Of The Mermaids, Sat 23rd July

Now a staple of Brighton’s summer seafront calendar, the annual March of the Mermaids will be making waves this July.

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The Lovely Eggs Review

Celebrating ten years together, The Lovely Eggs brought their special brew of punk and twee to Patterns.

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Optimo, Sat 23rd April

Optimo (Espacio) – JD Twitch and JG Wilkes – are primed to deliver a five hour genre-defying set at Patterns.

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Bellatrix | Brighton Source

Grrrl Friday Fest, Fri 4th March

A bumper six act femme fest is to hit the Hope & Ruin in celebration of International Women’s Day.

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Sea Bastard | Brighton Source

Sea Bastard, Thursday 21st January

Doomsters Sea Bastard are on familiar stomping ground as they come to rattle the windows of The Albert this month.

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Hanover The Musical | Brighton Source

Hanover The Musical, Friday 4th December

The Treason Show’s Mark Brailsford revisits the songs from his 2012 Muesli Mountain musical – with added People’s Republic of Brighton & Hove anthems.

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Chelsea Wolfe, Wed 19th Apr

Chelsea Wolfe returns to Brighton to envelope attendees in an eerie fog of dreamlike vocals at the aptly named Haunt.

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Death Grips

Death Grips, Wed 19th Oct

The Coalition is set to be ravaged by the first visit since 2013 from California’s powerful glitch-hoppers Death Grips.

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Ayria | Brighton Source

Ayria Review

Promoting new release ‘Paper Dolls’, pounding dark electro-industrialist Ayria coaxes a gaggle of goths to The Albert.

Reviews 11 months old
Purson | Brighton Source

Purson Review

Promoting their new album at the Hope And Ruin, Purson whipped up a psych rock storm of their own on Easter Sunday.

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Purson | Brighton Source

Purson, Sun 27th March

Be bewitched and bedazzled by the psychedelic pomp of boundary-blurring Purson at the Hope & Ruin.

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GoGoDisco | Brighton Source

GoGoDisco, Sat 30th Jan

A big Brightonian welcome to a pop, trash, and electroclash night nestling into a new home at Komedia.

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The Black Dahlia Murder | Brighton Source

The Black Dahlia Murder, Thursday 14th January

Fight fire with fire and destroy those January blues with some hardcore death metal.

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Stick It On | Brighton Source

Stick it On for RISE, Friday 27th November

The do-it-yourself DJ night returns for a special one-off at The Joker to tie in with the UN campaign to end violence against women.

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The Spook School, Sat 25th Mar

Preaching to the inverted, The Spook School will alight Brighton’s West Hill Hall with queer indie rays of hope.

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Brunt Poetry, Fri 7th Oct

A crop of local rap-onteurs rally at The Islingword to kick-start your weekend with a barrage of rock and rhymes.

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KOLLAPS, Sat 9th July

Calling all cyborgs, lovers of experimental electro, and dark shape-shifters: The Caroline of Brunswick is hosting Kollaps club this Saturday.

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The Lovely Eggs | Brighton Source

The Lovely Eggs, Sat 30th April

Commemorating ten years together, 6 Music and NME favourites The Lovely Eggs come to scramble brains at Brighton’s Patterns.

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Decapitated | Brighton Source

Decapitated + Sylosis, Friday 11th March

Death metal titans join forces to bring a whirlwind of thrash and technical riffage to the Concorde 2.

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Dilly Dally | Brighton Source

Dilly Dally, Wed 27th Jan

Toronto indie punks bring their fuzzed up guitar hooks and early 90s influences to the Green Door Store.

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Peaches | Brighton Source

Peaches, Fri 4th Dec

In an era where flawless yet soulless electronica seems to dominate the airwaves, thank fvck for Peaches.

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