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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.
Happy Mondays | Brighton Source259)

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

November 16, 2017
DJ Shadow | Concorde2 | Brighton Source

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

June 30, 2017
Royal Trux | Brighton Source

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.

June 7, 2017
Future Islands Brighton Dome Brighton Source by Mike Tudor studio85uk

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.

May 2, 2017
Fort Process | Brighton Source

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

August 3, 2016
Jali Fily Cissokho | Brighton Source

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

May 26, 2016

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.

May 9, 2016
Mutations Festival | Brighton Source

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.

October 28, 2015

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

September 30, 2015

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

August 24, 2015
Together The People | Brighton Source

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

August 21, 2015
British Sea Power | Brighton Source

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

April 13, 2015

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

April 11, 2015

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

February 11, 2015
Neneh Cherry | Brighton Source

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.

January 29, 2015

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

August 26, 2014

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

July 22, 2014

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

November 2, 2013
Charles Bradley | Brighton Source

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

October 11, 2013

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

June 6, 2013

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

April 3, 2013

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

March 13, 2013

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

March 13, 2013

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

March 11, 2013

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

February 21, 2013

Expectations were riding high for the first UK appearance of the Virginia bluesman, but can he cut it live? Sort of, writes Jake Kennedy.

January 28, 2013
The xx - Brighton Centre (20/12/12)

Everyone was convinced the band's sparse atmospherics would be lost in the Brighton Centre. Everyone was wrong.

December 29, 2012

Real Estate guitarist Matthew Mondanile’s Ducktails project should prove intoxicating in a venue of this size.

December 24, 2012

Possibly one of the greatest things about Calexico is the way they make ensemble performance look effortless, and they clearly still love it.

December 19, 2012

Long-time Outkast associate, Killer Mike, brings tracks from his most recent (and excellent), ‘R.A.P. Music’ album to the venue tonight.

December 10, 2012

Jake Kennedy witnessed the triumphant return of the 70s folk musician recently rescued from decades of obscurity.

December 4, 2012

Their record seamlessly unites soul, electronica and indie rock – but can the Minneapolis musos make it work live?

November 8, 2012

They may have lost out on the Mercury prize, but the psychedelic rockers are getting better every time we see them.

November 8, 2012
Dexys

The hits came as an afterthought in what was essentially a theatrical journey through the increasingly wayward mind of Kevin Roland.

October 1, 2012
Dexys

Too many bands are reforming, but these Brummies never split – despite leaving 26 years between albums.

September 13, 2012

Turns out the Gorky's singer is still a lovable oddball, his new band delivering a set of happy-go-lucky ditties from sunny Wales.

September 6, 2012
Euros Childs

Euros Childs is back in Brighton this week, playing to his charming glam-rock strengths once more.

September 3, 2012
Jake Kennedy - Contributor at Brighton Source