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Nick Coquet

Nick Coquet is the Deputy Editor of SOURCE. He also presents Wednesday's Breakfast In Brighton on Reverb 97.2fm and The Florist's fortnightly music quiz, designs websites and stands about in the nude for life drawing classes. He's shaken hands with Meat Loaf and bumped into Keith Richards, just so he could say he's touched him.
Kissy Sell Out by Mike Burnell

Good news: a follow-up Shakedown has been confirmed for 2012, on Saturday October 6th. Early bird tickets available now.

February 7, 2012

It's always interesting to visit places with stuff to gawp at, so experience some new coffee magic at The Alchemist.

January 30, 2012

It seems there's a market in Brighton for just about everything, so one for fetish related bits 'n' bobs fits in just fine.

January 30, 2012
Alex Bamford

Our Create In Brighton photography and illustration competition, in association with Tiger Beer, moves on to its semi-finals this month.

January 29, 2012

Be in a marathon, without breaking a sweat. Stand about as a marshal, organising the knackered as they wheeze through town.

January 17, 2012

Want your graphic novel to be the best thing since sliced bread? Get some free tips from QueenSpark Books and Tim Pilcher.

January 17, 2012

Now in it's fifth year, Brighton's Tattoo Convention will attract over 175 worldwide artists such as Jondix, Jose Lopez and Prizeman keen to spread their mark at this colourful event.

December 5, 2011

Create In Brighton inspires those local illustrators and photographers out there who are keen to make a name for themselves. With prices like £1000 and a months long exhibition space this is an opportunity to good to miss out on.

December 5, 2011

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.

December 5, 2011

A video and commercial director of international repute, Steve Glashier built up his first showreel making amazing promos for Brighton bands like Blood Red Shoes and The Lodge.

November 3, 2011

Rarely will you find a writer put down their pen and perform in the industry they've been critiquing; partly because they can't and partly because of fear. But not Nick Coquet, he was there at Rokaoke to deliver the goods.

November 3, 2011

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.

November 3, 2011

It's a long time since art was the exclusive preserve of galleries. From Henry Moores to stencils on doors, there's now seemingly nowhere original art can't take root. But a hotel room?

November 3, 2011

After an unconvincing first album, The Horrors are beginning to sound even better than they look. Nick Coquet was there at Concorde 2 to witness them not only fill their boots but outgrow them too, as Erin O'Connor took photos.

October 27, 2011

A Brighton comedy satire institution since 2000, The Treason Show features writer, director and performer Mark Brailsford. Mark spoke with SOURCE about juicy material and why something called a Show is not on telly, among other funny things.

September 23, 2011

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.

September 22, 2011

After appearing at the Edinburgh Comedy Fest, touring with Lee Mack and doing Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow Simon is back in his home town.

September 22, 2011

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.

September 22, 2011

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.

September 6, 2011

Some of the festivals you'll attend this year are basically some bands on a stage, with a few burger vans and beer tents. Not Playgroup. Not by a long chalk.

August 3, 2011

Brighton's parks don't grow on their own you know, there's a huge team including Garden Manager, Mark.

July 1, 2011

This is it boys and girls, THE Virgins account we have all been waiting for. All sniggering aside, dogging is a hobby for the curious and coy alike. Our virgin navigates the unspoken language of the remote lookout point.

July 1, 2011

Fashion always looks to its past for inspiration, but since July 2010 Tramp Vintage Boutique have almost been working the other way round - eyeing the catwalks for current trends and finding the original equivalent pieces, unadulterated by the 21st century.

June 14, 2011

If you're fed up of hilarious t-shirts depicting aliens smoking spliffs then step up a gear with Boy Parker.

June 14, 2011

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.

June 14, 2011

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.

June 10, 2011

During the weekends of the Fringe, Kitty Peels and Abigail Horn are part of a group transforming a large gallery space beneath a secret seafront Georgian house into a cross between a Mad Hatter's tea party and a Grimm Brother's fairytale.

June 9, 2011

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.

April 5, 2011

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.

February 23, 2011

China is the most talked about country right now - something about how they're going to buy America with the change they found in an old jacket pocket - so get down to this exhibition and learn more about Chinese life from some amazing photos.

February 23, 2011

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?

February 23, 2011

They're taking the power back from the big corporate guns of terrible knick-knackery and chains of tat-peddlers. We chat to Brighton's own Handmade Co-Operative of St James street.

January 28, 2011

We chat to Jimmy of the Bobby McGees about Brighton's Ukelele day at The Dome, TURDS, and pUKE-ing.

November 29, 2010

Pioneering retailer of all things naughty-but-nice in Brighton, Tim Richardson, is our Unsung Hero of the month.

November 29, 2010

The country's oldest cinema still keeps us entertained, from arthouse to late-night screenings and intimate gigs, we chat to Duke of York's manager, Jon Barrenechea all about it.

November 5, 2010
Bauhaus in Brighton SOURCE's best goth bands and songs

We cover all the goth bases in this month's six of the best.

November 5, 2010

Nick Coquet tries the healing hands of Reiki practitioner Sarah Keays to get back his work-mojo. Read on to see how he got on.

November 5, 2010

Following the Nike advert soundtrack and it's 18 million YouTube hit, Eighties Matchbox have reformed. We talked to the just days before the split.

November 5, 2010

We finally managed to get hold of a councillor for Brighton and Hove city council's official position on Brighton's seemingly slowly disappearing identity in the wake of the fat cats.

October 1, 2010

We also let you in on why we still need to sit up and take note of what's going on in our town - before it's too late. Brightonians unite!

September 13, 2010

Much more than just your regular tanning salon, Exposure offer an urban retreat for all our beauty needs.

September 13, 2010

We chat to Gavin George, head barkeep of arguably the most individual, eco-friendly pub chain, InnBrighton. Well, where else but Brighton would you get that kind of service?

September 13, 2010

We chat to the Mod tailors of Brighton, Adam LeRoy from Jump The Gun. Keeping the North Laines stylish, you don't have to be a traditionalist to fix up sharp, mod-style, as we find out.

August 2, 2010

A shop for music fans to dress to impress in, stocking the best in quality English brands, and sourcing the most vintage pieces from the unlikeliest of places for us to get our hands on.

August 2, 2010

As independent businesses keep getting edged out of Brighton, we feel it's time for us residents to take a stand for our beloved city and make our voices heard.

July 30, 2010

Pride is 18 this year, and, as the gay capital of the UK, we like to celebrate it in true, undefeated style. We outline the days festivities here, but check out our listings for loads more pre and post-Pride party hotspots.

July 30, 2010

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.

July 2, 2010

The Freebutt has come under fire from the council in recent weeks over problems with noise. We ask part-owner Andy Rossiter how one of Brighton's much-loved live music venues is at risk from being shut down for good.

July 2, 2010
Naked Bike Ride | Brighton Source

Once again the city streets are due to fill up with bikes, bums, boobs and bollocks - saddle up with SOURCE and get the skinny on the event.

June 4, 2010

After pop's favourite boffin hit town with his festival frolics, we salute half a dozen indispensable Eno tunes.

April 15, 2010

Nick Coquet never did end up breaking his back through swinging back on a chair and spending the rest of his life in a wheelchair. But he could have done, so what would it have been like?

April 1, 2010

For nearly 20 years Magpie have been at the forefront of the city's recycling alchemy, introducing a mindset we all now live by.

March 18, 2010

With Spectrum in town this month we bring you the sermon of Spacemen 3.

March 2, 2010

Brighton Zinefest is pushing a DIY ethos in publishing, with Xerox and staples forming an ever-more tangible medium for the written word.

February 1, 2010

Each month we point the SOURCE long lens at a different place to live within the city, in case the owners of the lonely sofa on which you've outstayed your welcome are about to hoof you out into the cold.

January 19, 2010

Music reviews for February 2010 featuring Ben Bailey, Hamilton yarns, Lost Idol, Monsters Build Mean Robots and many more.

January 19, 2010

Demo reviews of Brighton bands including the infectious charm of The Valentines; Bucket-Joy's layered prog-indie; a mini pop-opera from Tom Odell and the ukelele-infused musings of The Self Help Group.

January 19, 2010

This exhibition closes soon, but we saw it the other day and it's just brilliant so make sure you don't miss it.

January 19, 2010

Each month we peer through curtains, lurk on street corners and go through bins, looking for evidence of cool places to live.

November 18, 2009

Attention new students of Brighton: each month we delve into the dwellings of our pals and write about where they live, focusing on the local utilities we know matter to you.

October 27, 2009

Shona Foster is a perfect example of homespun talent taking the reigns of her own career in an emerging post-record company world.

October 27, 2009

A sure sign that winter's on its way is the arrival once again of the Magners Comedy Festival, where for most of October the city is overrun by a veritable gag gangbang.

October 27, 2009

When rock stars remember - often a time for career-end cash in, but occasionally the stories they tell match the lives we hoped they were living as they stared down from our bedroom walls.

September 9, 2009

Thinking of getting inked? You should do what we did: Go down and have a chat with Shone at Magnum Opus.

July 31, 2009

Strolling back the years for a mixture of 60s hits and off the beaten tracks is Mojo 2 Go Go at the Hanbury. We spoke to Andy and Dave.

July 31, 2009

Nick Coquet has been to the beach loads of times, but he's always kept his pants on. Not today...

May 29, 2009

Actually buying one is probably off radar for most of us, but plenty are rented out if you're looking for an aristocratic crib.

April 24, 2009

As you might well be aware, it's festival month in Brighton. Brighton Festival and The Fringe are back in town. But which is better? There's only one way to find out...

April 24, 2009

Are you a crib-needy student? Coombe Road is perfectly located for the Moulescoomb Uni site, nearer than the Varley Halls and just a bit more homely as well.

March 26, 2009

We do stuff we've never done before and tell you about it. Nick Coquet thought he'd test Brighton's famed liberal attitudes and spend some time dressed as a woman.

March 26, 2009

We do stuff we've never done before and write about it. Nick Coquet is a straight man and as such has hitherto had no reason to visit a men only sauna, other than to report the experience to curious and possibly bi-curious SOURCE readers.

March 19, 2009

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.

March 11, 2009

It was 11pm. The begging hour had passed. I'd made £1.41. Four people had reached into their pockets, out of what must have been hundreds. Added to the eleven pence I already had, this was enough for a cup of tea and a Snickers bar.

March 11, 2009

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.

March 11, 2009

Local comedy hero Stephen Grant talks us through the business of comedy on the eve of the Magners Paramount Comedy Festival.

March 2, 2009

Nick Coquet likes to think of himself as a metrosexual man, a real man who isn't afraid of having hair ripped off his arse and balls.

March 2, 2009

Nick Coquet found himself footloose and fancy free, and decided to give the ladies of hyperspace the opportunity of a lifetime, an amorous spider looking to catch a juicy fly in the worldwide web.

February 23, 2009

Since de-Kooking last year, former bass player Max Rafferty has been busy putting together a new band, stepping up to the front man plate for the first time. We thought we'd better find out a bit more, so we can say we were there first.

February 23, 2009

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.

February 23, 2009
Nick Coquet - Contributor at Brighton Source