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

Young pretenders and genre legends dominated this year’s Love Supreme, with headliners Gladys Knight and Lauryn Hill joined by some ska and reggae greats.

Jul 12, 2019

The indie rock four-piece are touring the UK over the summer and we caught them in action this week bringing their sun-soaked riffs to The Prince Albert.

Jul 6, 2019

Nick Cave bared his soul in an extraordinary show that was part solo gig, part communal therapy session.

Jun 30, 2019

The first solo exhibition from Brighton photographer, Lyn Holly Coorg, is full of experimental photos of movement and calm, shot all around the world.

Jun 24, 2019

Anglo-French pop groop Stereolab return after ten years' absence for a welcome dive into their labyrinthine back catalogue.

Jun 13, 2019

Happy to be back in Brighton, or near enough, Julia Holter enchants with her powerful voice and oddball energy.

Jun 5, 2019

What do you do when the director backs out at the last minute? Four actors deconstruct theatre in this subversively funny Brighton Fringe show.

May 27, 2019
As a Tiger in the Jungle Aman performing Brighton Source

Based on the experiences of trafficked child circus performers in Kathmandu, this exquisite circus show tells the stories of two extraordinary survivors.

May 23, 2019

Two women meet with a mission. Site-specific, outdoor, physical theatre in a tent. Produced by Dogma Theatre Company for Brighton Fringe. Tension and laughs.

May 22, 2019

Brighton Fringe brings the Russian classic Tolstoy novella and sets it in contemporary England - putting angst, authenticity and avoidance under the spotlight.

May 20, 2019
What Doesn't Kill You Brighton Fringe Warren 2019

A survivor of the Titanic, a 1950s woman struck by a meteorite and a New Yorker imperilled by a toilet are among the unlikely stories told in this comedy show.

May 17, 2019
Confidence Man, The Deep End (photo by Mike Tudor)

We reviewed another 20 bands on the final day of TGE with Arxx and Penelope Isles heading up the local talent alongside Black Midi and Fat White Family.

May 16, 2019
The Intergalactic Republic Of Kongo, Jubilee Square

Day two of The Great Escape saw us enjoying some sunshine while watching The Intergalactic Republic Of Kongo, Easy Life, Los Bitchos, Tourist and loads more.

May 14, 2019
Saint Agnes, Jubilee Square (photo by Mike Tudor)

As the dust settles on The Great Escape our team reports back on some of the 20+ acts they caught last Thursday in the first of three bumper reviews.

May 13, 2019

Asbo Derek hosted the first in an occasional series of matinee shows featuring a rare appearance from a very special guest.

May 6, 2019
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The runaway train that is Fat White Family is back in town. Would said train remain fixed to its tracks? Review and pictures from their Concorde2 show.

May 6, 2019

Kicking off a short run of arena dates at the Brighton Centre, Catfish and the Bottlemen gave a performance that was not what we expected and all the better for it.

May 3, 2019
Fragile Creatures

Our round-up of new Brighton music - including Fragile Creatures, Bledig, Mount Wychproof, Octopuses, Gulls, Matt Finucane and Family Fiction.

May 1, 2019

The North East's fabulous folkies The Unthanks left the band at home for an evening of a cappella songs of woe and wonder.

Apr 30, 2019
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The Coathangers commence their long-awaited UK tour in Brighton, promoting their latest album, ‘The Devil You Know’, with a knockout live performance.

Apr 27, 2019

In a show that culminated with a mosh pit in a church, Band of Skulls played a joyful set of impassioned blues and rock at St George's.

Apr 26, 2019
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Fontaines D.C. star is burning brightly, and the Dublin band's post-punk won over a sold-out Haunt. Our review sets out why should see them ASAP...

Apr 22, 2019

With only three original members could The Specials still deliver with an album of new songs to promote? We slipped on our loafers and went down to find out.

Apr 21, 2019
Hot Chip by Xavier Clarke

After a few years of sporadic live dates and sparse recorded output, Hot Chip are back with a new album - and the dextrous seven-piece were on majestic form.

Apr 15, 2019
Idles - Brighton Dome - Brighton Source - Time for Heroes Photography - Ashley Laurence

We joined IDLES and Crows at Brighton Dome for an aggressive yet inclusive celebration of unity, community and noise.

Apr 1, 2019
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