Good news: a follow-up Shakedown has been confirmed for 2012, on Saturday October 6th. Early bird tickets available now.
Born out of Pope Joan, Black Black Hills are, according to lead singer Samuel Aaron, "just a new band really". Currently redirecting their sound live to produce "sonic textures" with "lots of percussion", it would seem an out with the old and in with the new attitude springs to mind. Nick Coquet caught up with them to find out whats happening.
With Brighton having such a rich heritage in the film industry, it would be appropriate to see how the film industry is coping in 21st century Brighton. With a range of schemes and organisations to help prospective film makers coupled with the creative lifeblood that breeds in Brighton, you can be assured that producing your own feature isn't as difficult as it might seem, despite the recession.
Edinburgh might be the best known comedy festival in the UK, but we've always been put off by the legions of experimental try-hards who seem to make up most of its programming (as well as it being, like, miles away and that). Here in Brighton we roll out our own fest every October, and while our various and delicious brands of oddness are celebrated in a variety of fringe events, the main bill tends towards more straight-up room-fillers.
Brighton's most interesting newcomer in the art world, No Walls Gallery has carved a growing reputation as a vital platform for local art talent, presumably using the mark-up from the Hirsts and Banksys they sell to help finance their perhaps commercially riskier ventures.
One of the few beautiful things to shine through the recent riots was the social media-led community clean-ups. Twitter and Facebook, pilloried for providing organisational means for the disturbances, came good and came alive - #RiotCleanUp was amassing urban broom power before our holidaying Cabinet could even issue their usual strongestpossibleterms condemnations. People swept the streets in the midst of capitalist meltdown, their only expected reward a better community.
We've all been wearing them all our lives and yet many of us seldom give them a second thought. But jeans have come a long way since teenagers first embraced them in the 50s, and Brighton company Fallow Denim are making great strides in theirs. We spoke to Bronagh Keegan about them.
Brighton's always attracted photographic creativity - there are plenty of people out there who bother to look beyond the West Pier in their viewfinders - and the University of Brighton Photography Show marks both ends and beginnings for its graduates. The exhibited works are, inevitably for many, the last chance to show work uninhibited by commercial leanings, as well as the beginning of their photographs' life under public scrutiny.
It's a vacuous age that we live in. Attention-deficit viewers flick between celebrity inanities on TV screens; their tie-in memoirs recounting every trivial move are stacked floor-to-ceiling in bookshops. We're switching on to switch off as the affluent and untalented are paraded before us.
Food you can grow in your garden for free? We'll have some of that. VegfestUK is coming to town to promote the health benefits of veggie food while retaining a surprising tolerance to those with a lingering flesh requirement. We spoke to organiser Tim Barford about what's in his pot.
The Go! Team are back with new album that mixes almost shiny pop into their multi-influenced dance music. Ian comes out from behind his hands and hood to explain why Come Dine With Me is the bane of his life, while Ninja asks where their Mercury nominated mates Hard-Fi are now?
For the last 10 years the Hotel Pelirocco has been a Brighton byword for opulent debauchery, a true rock'n'roll stopover on regency square. We spoke to the owner Mick Habeshaw-Robinson.
Brighton has plenty of gig venues, so it was a bit of a surprise to hear that Nick Cave's Grinderman collective were playing at the King Alfred Leisure Centre. They rehearse there as it turns out, and the gig helped pay for band practice. To celebrate this enterprising avarice, here's six of his best.
You wait ages for a Mike Leigh DVD and then two come along at once - his latest film, Happy Go Lucky and a criminally late first release for Naked both hit the shelves recently. All Mike Leigh-ed up, we were prompted to revisit six of Leigh's best for your home perusal.
Movies about music and bands and tours and fans can be a hit and miss affair, usually down to the fact that musicians don't necessarily make great actors - in fact they usually stink the place right up. But there is the odd exception to the rule, and thankfully casting directors can always turn to actual actors to tell rock'n'roll stories.