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Reviews

Reviews of gigs, comedy shows and festivals with photographs from Brighton’s best snappers.

Algerian desert rockers Imarhan brought a beautiful blend of styles and some masterly musicianship to The Haunt, winning over the crowd with ease.

September 9, 2018

Uncompromising punks Idles brought an anarchic live performance to the Komedia for a guest-only show in support of their new album.

September 4, 2018

Brash duo Slaves showed off tracks from their new album at a lunchtime in-store, substituting their usual combative percussion for beatboxing and biscuits.

August 24, 2018

SOURCE made it through the doors of Concorde 2 just in time to catch the start of the altogether vibrant show by everybody’s favourite world musicians.

July 26, 2018

From man buns to gong baths, there was something for everyone at the city's annual gathering of yogis. And plenty of sunshine.

July 20, 2018
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Forever tanned, forever cool, the master of the classic pop melody gave a masterclass in musical perfection at The Dome.

July 13, 2018
Sarah Slator This Is My Theatre

Open air theatre in Brighton with Shakespeare's Midsummer Night's Dream. Accessible. Tight acting. Mythic set. Scottish Gaelic music. Beautifully enacted.

July 8, 2018

Theatre, storytelling, historical reconstruction and political education about Romany people's history and the racism Gypsies and Travellers face today.

July 6, 2018

Over a scorchingly hot weekend, the big names delighted while London's finest new jazz warriors took Love Supreme to a higher level.

July 6, 2018

The Wave Pictures returned to Brighton on a two-fold mission to serve up some idiosyncratic blues rock while sampling the city's finest brown sauce.

June 29, 2018
A photo of Fran Healy singing on stage while playing a guitar when as part of a Travis review at Brighton Dome

Scottish band Travis brought their popular brand of indie easy listening to Brighton Dome, touring their multi-million selling second album, The Man Who.

June 24, 2018

Award-winning poet and LGBTQ campaigner Andrea Gibson delivered a compelling and entertaining show to an intimate audience at Komedia.

June 21, 2018

Iconic music legend Patti Smith needed no introduction when she came to perform what was a phenomenal show with ‘Her Band’ at the Brighton Dome.

June 21, 2018

Beyond Retro opened its doors to an evening of hilarious sketch shows by comedy duo Bosh and Babbs.

June 6, 2018

Writer and raconteur John Osborne comes to The Warren Blockhouse for a short residency, performing three different one hour monologues on consecutive days.

June 1, 2018

Ezra Furman's headline set on the last Saturday of the Brighton Festival was a strange affair beset with technical problems and a voice that sounded in need of a rest.

May 29, 2018
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Our third and final day brought a mixed bag of performances, with a handful of four-square guitar bands outshone by the brassy brilliance of jazz instrumentalists Sons Of Kemet.

May 28, 2018

Powering on through Day Two at The Great Escape we catch standout sets from Kojey Radical, Bodega and Superorganism.

May 28, 2018

The prim and proper Brighton Dome was transformed into a New Orleans night of glamour and fabulousness headlined by RuPaul and Beyonce collaborator Big Freedia.

May 26, 2018

Award-winning playwright Bastiaan Vandendriessche performs an enthralling yet unsettling monologue at Sweet Werks this week as part of Brighton Fringe’s Dutch and Flemish season.

May 26, 2018
A photo of Blackpool at Brighton Fringe

Finnish performers Milla Virtanen and Jaakko Toivonen provide a dark memoir to competitive ballroom dancing. We went to The Old Market to see them dance til they dropped.

May 25, 2018
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Novelist, Pale Waves and Goat Girl are among our highlights on the first day of The Great Escape.

May 24, 2018
My Father Held a Gun co

High-class storytelling. Massively compelling. Peace and justice and falling in love. Multiple stories. Live guitar and sax.

May 24, 2018

Spanish director Calixto Bieito combined two very different classical pieces with well-chosen texts performed by a stellar cast but did we leave feeling sexy or anxious?

May 24, 2018

Carleen Anderson assembled a talented group to perform a set of protest songs old and new at a show that delivered on many levels.

May 23, 2018
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