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LONDON 2 BRIGHTON CHALLENGE 100KM CAPITAL TO COAST SAT 26 - SUN 27 MAY
www.london2brightonchallenge.com More than 2,500 individuals are setting out to walk, jog or run Capital to Coast this May. Kickstarting an immense hike across London from Richmond, the London 2 Brighton Challenge takes participants along the River Thames, down towards the North and South Downs, through both the Surrey and Sussex countryside, with the finish line at Brighton Racecourse. There are limited spaces left to enter the challenge so grab the opportunity now, whether you are determined to do the full 100km or perhaps the half or quarter route options. Along the way will see halfway camps, free meals, snacks and drinks available for all participants. Head up to Brighton Racecourse to cheer on the adventurers as they cross the finish line - and all for charity.
THE ENCHANTING AESTHETIC TUES 15 – MON 28 MAY HASTINGS ARTS FORUM www.jenniferbairdartist.com
Set to be her largest UK exhibition to date, Hastings-based artist Jennifer Baird displays her latest artwork collection The Enchanted Aesthetic at the Hastings Arts Forum this month. After more than thirty years living in Trinidad and Tobago, which has massively influenced her work, Jennifer Baird relocated to Hastings, East Sussex. Still in the process of integrating the decades of living, painting and exhibiting in various places around the world, Jennifer’s artwork and outlook is truly international. Figurative works include On The Way to Jerwood Gallery, a view from the West Hill over Hastings Old Town, alongside artwork in more tropical flavours. Though many pieces are abstract such as the multi-layered Deep Times series, which depict vast times spans as tectonic plates shift and flow over and under each other. Her paintings are complex and technically intricate, the 55 pieces in this exhibition representing many thousands of hours work. In her 45-year career, Jennifer Baird has created a diverse array of works, ranging from scenic to mystical, developing a varied set of styles and techniques along the way. Through her work, it is clear that the influence of many cultures, mythologies and metaphysical ideas can be seen in a continuum. The Enchanted Aesthetic exhibition is rare chance to see such a large body of Jennifer Baird’s artwork on public display so it’s something not to be missed. 8
TALKING TRASH MON 7- FRI 12 MAY
www.citygirlnetwork.com/trashtalk Trash Talk is the latest campaign challenging the packaging that protects almost everything we buy. The campaign will take place from Mon 7 - Fri 12 May when volunteers of all genders and ages will be collecting the packaging for everything they buy, identifying what they view as unnecessary and sharing ideas for improving the designs. Leading the campaign is Brighton-based start-up City Girl Network, a social network bringing together young women living in cities. Their founding network, Brighton Girl, is two years old with over 1,600 members on Facebook. Pippa Moyle, founder of the City Girl Network, said: “This campaign is not about brand bashing. It’s about inspiring positive, practical change, empowering consumers to ask for that change and supporting them in doing so.” To bring this campaign to life, City Girl Network has teamed up with Woodingdean-based Clarity Environmental, who help businesses comply with environmental regulations. David Adams, Clarity Environmental managing director, said: “Consumer awareness is higher than ever before and we hope that this campaign will empower shoppers to play a part in finding solutions for the future.”
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FUNKFIT: BRIGHTON’S NEWEST DANCING CRAZE
SAT 12 MAY BHASVIC, MAIN HALL
Are you a lover of dance or Motown music? Then join in with Brighton’s newest dance craze, FunkFit, at Marina Studio every Monday and Friday with creator JP Omari. Multi-award winning hip hop dance teacher and coach JP Omari worked closely with EMD UK, the national governing body for dance fitness, to develop the FunkFit brand. The result is more like a dance party than a fitness class, with dancing and having fun to funk, disco and soul classics meaning it doesn’t feel like exercise. After the success of their first vintage kilo sale in Shoreditch, VTG KILO comes to Brighton in hope of an even crazier sale, with a bigger venue and huge amount of stock. It’s £15 per kilo of a huge array of vintage clothing and accessories. With endless rails of knitwear, mom Jeans, sweatshirts, sportswear, dresses, trousers, T-shirts, shorts and so much more on offer. Whether it’s branded wear, or unseen non-brand styled pieces, vintage experts will not be disappointed with what’s on offer.
There are currently ten FunkFit sessions happening in the Brighton and Hove area running through the week, all led by specially trained Funk masters. The class is suitable for all ages and abilities, and with no choreographies to learn, it is more than fun enough for everyone to join in.
Entry cost is £3.50, in advance or on the door. To avoid disappointment upon arrival, you can buy entry tickets to gain priority access to the event.
The FunkFit revolution is spreading quickly and there are now 6 training courses being offered throughout the UK. With more future funk masters being provided, it’s an opportunity for everyone to get fit by groovin’ and dancing. The next training for Brighton is Sun 6 May, which will be followed by a free master class for anyone to join, to kick off the TAKEPART Festival of Sport and Physical Activity at The Level on Sat 23 June.
VTG KILO comes to BHASVIC (Brighton & Hove Sixth Form College), on Sat 12 May to satisfy all the vintage lovers of Brighton.
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CREATIVE BUSINESS HUB LAUNCHES FRI 4 MAY THE DORSET PUB
Artists’ Open Houses weekend kickstarts with the launch of Brighton latest creative hub The Oracle Sister on Fri 4 May at The Dorset Pub & Kitchen, launched as the new go-to place for independent businesses, traders and artists to join forces for media design and online media management support. Local artist and owner Naomi Fowler started The Oracle Sister as she loves collaborating with other artists and getting creative, and wanted a platform in which she could share this with small businesses. Through The Oracle Sister, Naomi and her small team will offer a variety of services to independent business owners and start-ups, including supporting businesses with their website design, web and social media management and a professional printing service. It will also help with designing logos, business cards and leaflets. There will also be DJ sets running through the night, vegan food and a gallery showcasing a beautiful and unique collection of Naomi’s original artwork, alongside work by some of her clients, and projects she has worked on in the past. Free and open to all, there’s little reason not to drop by and see what’s going on this Star Wars day. May the Fourth be with you.
SAT 5 & 12 MAY STANMER PARK www.unitethebeat.co.uk
Do you already have a love of music and the outdoors, or want to experience nature in a new way? Unite The Beat brings nature and sound together to promote curiosity and play. They’ll lead you through a series of activities which will offer lessons about sound, help you switch off and, most importantly, have fun. Sessions culminate in an all-natural nature jam, where participants bash out some taught rhythms on a chosen sound maker. Sound intriguing? They’re running two sessions in Stanmer Park this month. This two-hour musical adventure is suitable for adults and children over 12. Best of all, no previous experience is needed – just a willingness to get involved.
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DOWNLOAD FESTIVAL 2018
FRI 8 – SUN 10 JUNE DONINGTON PARK, LEICESTERSHIRE www.downloadfestival.co.uk
Returning this June on the sacred site that is Donington Park, Download Festival is filled to the brim with the best in entertainment, stalls, food and drink and a whole load of surprises to keep everyone entertained in between sets. Bad Religion, Andrew W.K and Nothing More are some of the latest artists to be announced to be joining the one and only heavy metal godfather, Ozzy Osbourne and Avenged Sevenfold at the event this year. Avenged Sevenfold will be headlining the Friday main stage and will be supported by Welsh outfit, Bullet for My Valentine. Saturday will see Guns ‘N’ Roses return to top the Donington bill with support from Black Stone Cherry, whilst Ozzy Osbourne will wrap the festival up on Sunday with Marilyn Manson. Returning to the champion of rock events is the grand WWE NXT Live. Fans will be electrified with the incredible displays of skills and athleticism by some of the biggest names in sports entertainment such as Adam Cle, Ricochet and many more. Download Festival is the only place where fans can experience the exhilarating world of WWE NXT alongside the world’s biggest rock stars.
RED ROOSTER FESTIVAL NEVERWORLD 2018
TUE 2 – SAT 5 AUGUST JOHN DARLINGS FARM, KENT www.neverworld.co.uk
If any festivalgoers are looking for a fun and dance orientated weekend, Neverworld is the place to be, with a spectacular immersive kingdom of music, dancing and wonder (read: 11 stages and more than 72 hours of partying) spread over three realms: The Neverwoods, Skull Ridge and Mermaids’ Lagoon. Making a rare festival appearance this summer, Bastille has been announced as the headlining act for Neverworld 2018. Joining the lineup are artists Clean Bandit, Declan McKenna, Rae Morris and We Are Scientists. Throughout the weekend, partygoers will be given the chance to revel in the up-andcoming, as some of the UK’s exciting new artists and bands will take to the BBC Music Introducing in Kent stage. Rappop star GIRLI will also take to the stage, with reggae pop force Hollie Cook sharing the bill with county and folk wonders Hudson Taylor, plus Ferris & Sylvester.
With partygoers being encouraged to join one of the three tribes – Pirates, Mermaids or Lost Boys – Neverworld guarantees an adventure for those who never want to grow up, allowing visitors (if only for a weekend) to embark on an adventure into their wildest dreams.
THURS 31 MAY - SAT 2 JUNE EUSTON HALL, SUFFOLK www.redrooster.org.uk
In the heart of Suffolk County, starting from Thurs 31 May and ending Sat 2nd June, Red Rooster festival is making heads turn with a line up of incredible Rhythm and Blues, Americana, Blues, Soul and Country musicians. Red Rooster aims to bring the best of America’s deep south to the UK, with their line up consisting of both heritage acts and newcomers to the scene. On the bill are artists such as: Pokey LaFarge, Alabama 3, Eli Paperboy Reid and his High & Mighty Brass Band, Gill Landry, Daddy Long Legs, Yola Carter and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club to name but a few. The festival also offers delicious food stalls with goodies including Soulshakers Cocktails, Born Sloppy street food and Deadgood Burritos. MTV UK’s favourite macaroni and cheese stall, The Mac Factory, will also be setting up shop within the festival grounds. If you are looking for a relaxed an authentic American experience without paying out for a trip to Tennesse, then this festival is the closest you can get to the real thing. Although it’s small right now, Red Rooster is an event that has the ambition and capability to become a mainstay in the British festival season.
THURS 19 – 22 SUN JULY JODRELL BANK OBSERVATORY, CHESHIRE www.discoverthebluedot.com
Now in its third year, Bluedot Festival promises a weekend of deep space discovery and stellar music. Against the backdrop of the iconic Lovell Telescope, Bluedot combines a truly stellar line up of music with a groundbreaking programme of live science experiments, expert talks and immersive artwork. This year’s headliners include legendary Chemical Brothers and Swedish electronic act Little Dragon playing on Sunday. Gary Numan and Future Islands are leading the Saturday listing, while Public Service Broadcasting, Roni Size and UNKLE are among acts set to play on Friday. For the inner geek in everyone, there are a number of guest talks from experts including Professor Alice Roberts, Libby Jackson and Professor Jim Al-Khalili. It’s not all music and science though – a killer comedy lineup also graces the festival, with Gary Delaney and David O’Doherty taking the stage. There will also be film screenings as well as exciting food and drink options, including mixology and aptly-named g’astronomy village. With Alt-J and Orbital having already made their mark on the festival, Bluedot is just going to get better and bigger each year, offering something alternative to the classic festival.
THURS 12 - SUN 15 JULY HENHAM PARK, SOUTHWOLD www.latitudefestival.com
Located in Henham Park, Southwold, Suffolk, Latitude festival runs from the Thurs 12th to Sun 15th of July. The festival has been a go to event for the past few years, and 2018 makes no exception. Great child-friendly attractions are scattered across the breadth of the site and live music from acts such as The Killers, Solange and Alt-J can be enjoyed on the festivals main stage. Additional acts such as The Vaccines, Wolf Alice, Rag’n’Bone Man, The Charlatans, John Hopkins, Benjamin Clementine and Mogwai have also been announced to join the stacked bill. Among the many musical performances of the weekend, live shows from the likes of Harry Hill, Bridget Christie and Alan Davies also bring a comedic element to Latitude. Furthermore, Stephen Fry’s QI will be showcasing a live version of the long running UK quiz show. The Enchanted Garden also contains a mass of family activities including circus performance, wildlife crafting, archaeology, history and screen printing workshops to name a few. Latitude is shaping up to be a festival to look out for this year, with more talented musical acts and comedy shows due for announcement in the next few weeks. Bigger and better than ever, don’t miss out on one of the UK’s biggest family events.
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The famous UK travelling festival Slam Dunk returns in 2018 with a gargantuan line up of international talent found within the genres of pop-punk, ska, metal and hardcore. The event is held over three days in late May, on bank holiday weekend. Those days will see the festival reach three different cities in the UK, starting in Leeds, then hitting up London’s Hatfield Park before finally ending at Birmingham’s NEC Arena. Headlining the festival this time around are two punk powerhouses of the 00’s - Good Charlotte and Jimmy Eat World. They will be performing on the festival’s main stage alongside acts such as PVRIS, Frank Carter and The Rattlesnakes, Twin Atlantic, Taking Back Sunday and State Champs amongst others. The festival also includes stages dedicated to differing genres. Headlining the ska and party punk laden Fireball Stage will be Reel Big Fish, who are joined by the likes of Zebrahead, Goldfinger and more. On the heavier side of things, at the Impericon stage, fans can witness multiple hardcore punk and metal bands live, including hardcore veterans Every Time I Die and Australian metalcore group Northlane. Other attractions include an acoustic area and a stage showcasing fledgling bands that are starting to find their feet in the industry.
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WE ARE SCIENTISTS THURS 3 MAY
The Brooklyn-based power pop duo, We Are Scientists are set to return to the UK with their sixth album, Megaplex in hand. They bring ten new tracks that give splashes of colourful and utterly addictive pop, which serves as a welcome distraction to the bleak times that we live in. Recorded at Ash’s Atomic Heart Studios in NYC, and once again produced by Max Hart, the duo set about honing down a sprawling burst of creativity to make the concise pop that is Megaplex. After the success of the first single, One In, One Out in February, the duo have now followed up with a new single, Your Light Has Changed, a more thunderous rock tune.
KITTY, DAISY & LEWIS SAT 5 MAY
Three’s never a crowd for this North London trio, Daisy, Kitty & Lewis, who don’t stick to the status quo with their electric bent and wild breadth, which is quite different from the signature sound that we all hear nowadays. From slinky ‘60s pop, a glam rock stomp and stringed disco grooves, in the 10 years since the release of their self-titled album, this trio continue to educate listeners that one act can embrace more than one genre. Following a sold-out European tour at the end of 2017, the trio will continue to impress after announcing a UK tour before embarking to sunnier climates in New Zealand and Australia to complete whistle-stop run of shows.
MON 7 MAY
The mysterious soul collective Jungle have finally put their fans to ease after announcing their long-awaited full return with a run of early summer UK dates and the announcement of their new untitled album. The London-based soul/funk band, who skyrocketed onto the radar in 2014 with their massive break-out singles Busy Earning and Lucky I Got What I Want, have recently been flitting back and forth between the UK and US to test new material and finalise the last stages of their new album. Originally formed back in 2013 by childhood friends J and T, Jungle have now expanded to a dynamo seven-piece band to perform the music live, creating a spectacular on-stage effect for their fans.
TEARS FOR FEARS SAT 12 MAY
Twelve years since they last graced the industry with their music, iconic 80s synth-pop duo Tears for Fears have announced a UK tour for 2018. Being considered one of the most influential bands to come out of the UK, it’s clear this duo has had a major impact on many artists today including being sampled by Kayne West, Drake and The Weeknd, while also being covered by Lorde, Gary Jules and Disturbed. Having sold 30 million albums worldwide, performed to countless sold out audiences and won various awards, the eight highly anticipated shows will kick start their Rule the World Tour 2018 and include performances of their classics songs such as Shout! and Mad World.
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Young and old hip hop heads will be pleased, as these two heavyweights will be joining forces once more for a mustsee affair. Being best know for being part of hip-hop group Jurassic 5, Chali 2na’s deep baritone voice and silky-smooth flow is instantly recognisable.
Experimental electronic duo, Bitchin Bajas return with their latest album Bajas Fresh. Three years after releasing their self-titled double album, and one year after putting out a collaboration LP with Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, their fourth LP is said to be their best yet. Being mastered at Abbey Road Studios, this LP continues to synthesise amid an external ecosystem also of the Bajas’ making. Growing naturally into a state not that far removed from its former incarnation, while still attempting refreshing new tones for new zones, upon announcing their upcoming LP, the Bajas also shared its first single Circles on Circles, which is a superb example of the group’s creative output.
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THE ONCE TUES 15 MAY
THE PRINCE ALBERT
Celebrating the release of new album, Time Enough, this month, The Once have undergone a subtle change. Sonically understated and emotionally wholesome, the three-part harmonies are now at their most vulnerable, their latest album seeing them take a new songwriting approach. Composed separately and arranged together, its songs perfectly capture the intense and rare chemistry Geraldine Hollett, Phil Churchill, and Andrew Dale have expertly cultivated over the last decade. It combines rich, personal stories and deep emotions which are anchored by lush soundscapes, ethereal rhythms, and supportive voices that meld together like gold. Following a performance at the East Coast Music Awards Show in Halifax this month, the band take their deep, exciting and award-winning indie folk around the UK.
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Linked with UK-based electronic music producer and DJ Krafty Kuts’ highly technical approach to the turntables, the duo make a formidable team. Each collaboration they have done so far - such as Hands High and It Ain’t My Fault - have been old school boom-bap treats that have kept everyone’s heads nodding. A must-see show.
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THURS 24 MAY
It’s a treat having Nick Heyward back making premium pop music. After 35 years in the industry and nine albums (or ten if you include Pelican West the pop-funk masterpiece that he released in 1982 with his first band Haircut 100), he sure knows what he is doing. He is still making records which exude innocence and a breezy charm, and Woodland Echoes is pop at its most impervious. Talking to Smash Hits in 1985, Nick told them that, ‘I want to make the kind of LP you can wrap up and give to someone as present. No duff tracks at all, just 12 shining wonderful singles,’ and, 33 years later, Nick Heyward has achieved this goal.
FRI 25 MAY
SUN 27 MAY
THE HOPE AND RUIN
Being in the industry for over a decade, Screaming Females can claim something some of their peers do not have: experience. Originally from New Jersey, the trio have been able to show through their music that more really is more, especially with their new studio album All At Once. The band collaborated again with producer Matt Bayles, setting to make this album in the spirit of a salon-style gallery show, where larger pieces provide an eye-level focal point to a galaxy of smaller works. Concision has taken a back seat to experimentation with arrangements, which is meant to evoke the energy and spontaneity that their live show performances have onto their album.
Drawing influences from classic rock and indie to create their unique retro sound, the mysterious noise rock band, Deerhunter are set to return to Brighton to play an intimate show this May. Lead singer Bradford Cox brings a unique vocal and lyrical content, which adds an underlying vulnerability and honesty to their music. Three years on from the release of Fading Frontier, they’ll be kickstarting their tour with a short round of UK dates throughout May and June where they will be performing in London, Manchester and Brighton. They’ll then head off across the continent where they will be playing at festivals such as Best Kept Secret, Northside, Sideways and Primavera.
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THE HAUNT // WEDS 2 MAY
GENGAHR BY ALICE BLACK
Being back in the studio after two years of touring should have been a joyous feeling for the band, consisting of Felix Bushe, John Victor, Hugh Schulte and Danny Ward, especially with the promise of there being a second album. But problems arose when they ran into an age-old problem, second album syndrome. This led to completely starting over with everything. “We just didn’t feel comfortable with what he had, we felt like we hadn’t done the songs justice recording wise,” explained Bushe, “I think as an artist, it is important to not have any regrets putting out records early, thinking we could of done this or that different to make it better.” Their new album, Where Wildness Grows, shows how far the band and their music has come from A Dream Outside’s moody and melancholic feel, to an album that is filled with experience, raw emotion and a newfound freedom. Each song is connected not only to each other but also to the very core of Gengahr themselves –Including trademark falsettos from Bushe, notable lyrical switch ups and instrumentals so intricate that they draw you in for more. On this album, it is clear that the band has undoubtedly pushed themselves to be more experimental and shown that anyone can conquer second album syndrome effortlessly.
With a more down-to-earth and human feel this time round, nature plays a heavy part on the inspiration and themes, as they wanted to be more personal not only to themselves but to anyone listening to Where Wildness Grows. Each song in the album is a reflection of this, a metaphor for a deeper meaning behind the lyrics to connect with the audience at a more meaningful level. Felix explained that the single Carrion, which means the decay of flesh, was a metaphor to reflect the feeling of social neglect and the general feeling of being unwanted. As a whole, the band wanted Where Wildness Grows to be more connected and grounded, showing their growth as a band and displaying a different side of themselves to their audience. Upon the announcement of Where Wildness Grows, Gengahr also announced details of a twelve-date tour in support of their second album. Drawing from their experiences of playing arenas, Gengahr only has one end goal for this tour, and that’s to make sure everyone has a good time. “Our goal for a live show is to try and do the best show for everyone coming. It does change from show to show,” Felix then, pointed out, “I think you just have to adapt and play in a way that seems most appropriate for that type of crowd you’re performing for. Most importantly, just have a good time.” Gengahr are currently touring the UK, after already stopping in Leeds and Manchester, they are set to come to the Haunt in Brighton on Wed 2 May. Having been out since March, Where Wildness Grows has seen Gengahr gain more recognition and will surely continue to do so. Yet the most important thing to happen for the band is to see the people who have evolved with them, who are rediscovering their music as Gengahr head in a new direction.
Catch Gengahr at The Haunt, Brighton on Weds 2 May.
From 2014, Gengahr’s rapid rise into the limelight has been a breeze. Their steps into music industry were less tentative compared to other bands, with their debut single, Fill My Gums With Blood being played on Radio 1. “It was quite crazy,” recalled lead vocalist, Felix Bushe, “at the time I don’t think we had any real expectations for our music to really go anywhere, other than from the room we were making it in. It was quite crazy how quickly things changed.” From that point on, there was a lottery feeling for the band as they didn’t know what was to follow, they eventually played at 2014’s Glastonbury Festival and then went on to huge arena tours supporting both Alt-J and Wolf Alice, before releasing their universally-lauded debut, A Dream Outside, in 2015.
ONES TO WATCH as chosen by students at A FESTIVAL, A PARADE
Formed in Newcastle in 2015, northern quartet A Festival, A Parade have gained word of mouth success for their intricately crafted and sonically abrasive alternative-rock tracks. The group show their ambitions as a band through their style of performance; they dance across different themes and embody a plethora of emotion, the integrity of their musings are undeniable. Championed by BBC Radio 6’s Tom Robinson and DIY Magazine, the band have already shown their potential for dizzying heights. Bringing their raw atmospheric rock to this year’s TGE set, be assured it will be a truly unique performance. Annabel Platt
Texan singer-songwriter Ari Roar will be at The Great Escape one week ahead of his debut album Calm Down’s release, so expect his lo-fi, melodic music to be at its most anticipated. Calling on inspirations as wide-ranging as The Doobie Brothers, Radiohead and Grandaddy, Ari’s detailed and personal lyrics intertwine with his lush, moody guitar and pianos. It’s rooted in his past, from childhood experiences, getting through surgery and travelling across the states. More recently, he’s been working with producer Hunter Davidsohn on Calm Down which was recorded in his New York studio. Sam Seaton
Their recent single Evil Powers marked its release by becoming Mac’s Hottest Record in the World last month. Now the baggy revival is in full flow, as anyone on the know is bracing themselves for the sample-delic delights of their debut full-length album this summer. Brothers Ewan and Callum are rewriting the pop music playbook, squeezing the best from a mismatched collection of old recording equipment and some obsessive crate digging. Together they create a magical and unique world, influenced by pop, soul and hip-hop. There’s already been sell out shows and a fair amount of hype already. William Clay
CITY CALM DOWN
City Calm Down bring their darkened indie-pop to The Great Escape from Melbourne, Australia. This is the quartet’s second TGE appearance and nestles in with their UK tour promoting their already acclaimed second LP Echoes In The Blue. With a mellow base to their sound; fusing lead singer Jack Bourke’s rich vocal with a suntinged synth-y backbone makes for classic 80s sounding and altogether calming melancholy tones. The group span seven members on stage and promise an engaging performance. Check out latest single Joan, I’m Disappearing for a taste of their talents. Catch them again at the Beach House on Sat at 2:50pm. Annabel Platt
Leicester five-piece Easy Life have created something that cannot, and should not, be defined by any genre. Rather than allowing their mismatch of influences to become a jarring feat, the group have opted for a subtle simplicity in their fusion of soulful hiphop, electronic beats and softer tones of indie-punk. Debut single Pockets is the epitome of cool, a fresh take on self-confessed hedonism that will undoubtedly resonate all too well with audiences. Despite the huge scope of influence, the track has a distinctly British sound, defining Easy Life’s roots. Hotly tipped to make waves over the summer, you can catch them first at TGE. Annabel Platt
SAT 19 MAY, 1.15PM KOMEDIA
SAT 19 MAY, 9.15PM SALLIS BENNEY
BC Camplight was for a good while considered a lost treasure of the 21st century. After making a pair of bold, 60s influenced albums released in 2005 and 2007, he returned in 2015 with How To Die In The North. Inspired by his relocation to Manchester. The American songwriter has continued making introspective, non-conformist pop and rock. His brand of selfaware, educated music has made him popular amongst musicians, getting him a spot performing with The War On Drugs and guesting on a Sharon Van Ettenalbum. He may describe himself as “the guy who blew it”, but this hidden gem has uncovered itself just in time. Sam Seaton
SAT 19 MAY, 7.15PM SALLIS BENNEY
THURS 17 MAY, 9.30PM PATTERNS
FRI 18 MAY, 11.15PM HORATIO’S
FRI 18 MAY, 11.30PM KOMEDIA
Brighton's biggest music festival of the year is back this 17--__=== 19 may, and who better to help you rifle through that sprawling list of 450 acts than the students of BIMM themselves? Here's their pick of 12 of the best acts to be gracing stages across the city this Great Escape Festival, so more of your time can be spent actually watching the bands. download the tge app for more!
HUNTER AND THE BEAR
Folk rock is still alive and well in the music scene - Hunter And The Bear prove it. The London based four piece are a collection of classic guitar rhythms and velvety vocals. With tracks like Renegade, the band showcases their mastery of the solemn acoustic ballad and thumping electric rock track, all with their distinctive clouded vocals. And it’s not just their music that has an authentic home-grown appeal. The band have the most humble of beginnings, first playing as a two piece in a shipping container, and later growing to the rock ready four piece we know and love. Ray Abu-Jaber
Born and bred in West London, this 22-year-old has been immersed in art and music her whole life. Influential artists to her sound such as Nina Simone, The Pixies and Jeff Buckley are elegantly woven into her angst filled melodies and haunting lyrics. Blossoming from the capitals many open mic nights, Nilufer Yanya created her own style and genre, mixing together soul, jazz, rock and indie to compose a sound like no other. Having just completed her SXSW tour of the USA, she will be stopping off in Brighton for The Great Escape as part of her European tour. Baylee McWilliams
Known (perhaps unfairly) by some as the subject of a selection of Ed Sheeran’s songs after a brief romance, Scottish singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt is forging herself a path to pop stardom in her own right. Her classy pop strays from the current trend of four-to-thefloor club beats and instead focuses on anthemic choruses and classy instrumentals that compliment her incredible vocal ability. Latest singles The Best You Had and Somebody Special are by far her most successful to date, coupled with a fantastic collaboration with Sasha Sloan and Charlotte Lawrence for Spotify Studios project Psychopath. Quinlan Barker
THE BEAT ESCAPE
Psychic Markers is an alternative group with harmonious indie melodies with a 50s doo-wop feel. Signed to Bella Union, the band has released two albums and gained themselves over 1200 monthly listeners on Spotify. Lush, cinema-influenced track Hardly Strangers was released in February followed by a release show at The Victoria, London, in March. The last few years the band have played with the likes of Ulrika Spacek, Homeshake, Morgan Delt and Girl Ray. They have toured the UK and played mind-blowing sets at several festivals, most impressively the End of the Road Festival in 2017. Melissa Young
Montreal duo Addy Weitzman and Patrick Boivin make up synth-pop band The Beat Escape. The twosome are used to playing their hypnotic electronic pop DJ sets in bars in Montreal, however, this spring they will be heading down to Brighton to play at TGE. The Beat Escape specialise in creating a near-psychedelic experience for their fans through warm synth chords and numbing harmonies. This is showcased on their debut album Life is Short the Answer’s Long which was released April this year. This gives a perfect opportunity for UK fans to catch the new songs live first at The Great Escape festival. Fienna Lai
FRI 18 MAY, 9.15PM PRINCE ALBERT
THURS 17 MAY, 10.30PM SALLIS BENNEY
THURS 17 MAY, 2.50PM KOMEDIA
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SAT 19 MAY, 6.15PM SALLIS BENNEY
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SAT 19 MAY, 8.15PM SALLIS BENNEY
FRI 18 MAY, 10.15PM KOMEDIA
Australian alt-rock band The Faim have become a new obsession within the alt-rock scene. The four-piece return to Brighton for the Great Escape Festival after previously playing the city this year, supporting Lower Than Atlantis. The band is centred around the vocal strength of lead singer Josh Ravens as well as intricate guitar moments. Formed in 2014 and coming together as high school friends, the band have risen quickly, with the release of their compelling anthemic style track Saints of the Sinners, which was co-written with Pete Wentz of Fall Out Boy. An up and coming name in the genre, The Faim are only just getting started. Emma Sherar
EastWing Grooming Co
By Nammie Matthews
A feature in GQ. Endorsement from a Premier League footballer. No, it’s not the latest Paco Rabanne cologne, or the Giorgio Armani A/W menswear line. It’s a little-known professional beard grooming company – that’s come straight out of Brighton. EastWing Grooming Co was launched last September, just six months after colleagues Gary Easton and James Wingate came up with the idea after their own experiences of the beard oils, balms and potions on the market during an attempt at Movember. “I’d always had designer stubble, but then three weeks into growing my beard for Movember 2016, I noticed my face was really itchy, particularly on the neckline,” said James. “So I started looking at what was out there, trying to find beard oils to curb the itch. But my other half – who has been a herbalist for 25 years and runs her own company – then noticed some of the products I was using didn’t look right.”
It’s the response – and the subsequent support – from their nearest and dearest (EastWing Grooming Co is a result of many of James’ and Gary’s friends coming together to help out), that gave the pair the confidence to approach Brighton and Hove Albion captain Bruno a mere month prior to their website launch. Going in without expectations, the pair simply sent their products – which by that point had grown to include two beard oils, two balms and a moustache wax – to the footballer to try. But they could not have predicted what would come next. “It was quite a pinch yourself kind of moment – especially for Gary, who has been an Albion supporter since he was 4. He’s a massive fan, he was so excited by it all. Bruno’s got an awesome beard, and he’s probably the most well-known person in Brighton with a beard, so when he told us he loved the products and wanted to share some photos, we decided he was the perfect person to be our brand ambassador.”
After researching a bit about the background of these products, including speaking with aromatherapists and trade councils, the pair found out many beard oils currently on the market were not properly registered. “They said it was a huge issue. Because of the massive beard trend, lots of people are jumping on the bandwagon of creating oils and products. But you’ve got guys in their garages just throwing things together and selling it without properly registering it, and it makes you wonder: ‘what exactly am I putting on my face?’ So, we decided to make our own.” To begin with, EastWing Grooming Co started as a solution to a personal problem – but it wasn’t long before others climbed on board. Once James and his partner had collaborated with an aromatherapist on their first oil, they started to share their concoction with friends and family. “It was a bit like Breaking Bad, the whole experience – so many beakers and combinations. We were just experimenting and trying to make the best product possible. As soon as we were happy with what we had made, we then got friends to try it, as we had made a little batch and had loads left over. Everyone loved it. People were telling us it was clearing their “beardruff”, and any issues they’d previously had.” Soon, even industry professionals were applauding James, his partner and Gary on their achievements. “I contacted a barber friend of mine who hasn’t shaved his beard since he was a teenager. It’s literally down to his stomach. He commended it as some of the best stuff he’s ever tried, so we thought ‘maybe we can go a bit bigger with this’.”
Bruno’s association with the brand sparked buzz around the time of the launch, with EastWing then being contacted by wrestlers, voice actors and other professional sportsmen all wanting in on the action. And then GQ called. “That was our dream from the get-go, really, to get featured in GQ. But that happened a month after we launched, so we’ve had to come up with new dreams!” With two new oils and balms launched this month, as well as new and improved packaging, there’s every sign this pair of bankers from Brighton are on to a winner. Though this writer isn’t in their target demographic, I can’t personally say that I would use their products. But would I enjoy kissing a man who did? Absolutely. For more details on EastWing Grooming Co and their product range, visit eastwinggroomingco.co.uk
DELEGATES’ GUIDE TO BRIGHTON By Eline Joling Welcome to Brighton, delegates! Here’s our guide on how to make our city feel like a home away from home, including all the best places to have fun and relax. This way, you can still have a holiday while telling your family and friends back home that you’re “actually working very hard”.
For... A quiet café to get some work done
Your go-to to actually work hard is Bond Street Coffee, a lovely café located in the south ends of the North Laine. The café is open from early mornings to 6pm and has an endless supply of strong coffee to get you through that Friday morning hangover and get you ready and going for the day.
For... When you’re hungry
If you’re already a little bit done with being in the UK, go to Mange Tout for some brilliant French food. Otherwise, take your pick at any number of eateries in the Lanes - from Food for Friends to Edendum, there’s no end of places to choose from.
For... Sweating out last night’s sins
Let’s get straight in there with the holiday feeling. There is a pop-up sauna on the beach as part of Brighton Fringe, but if you prefer something a little more secluded, the Queen’s Hotel offers a pay-as-you-go option for their pool, sauna and gym.
For... A change of style
For... Easy eats on the go
For when you’re a bit short on time and food, but still craving something tasty, the Bok Shop will supply you with chicken, Patty and Bun has all the burgers, Fil-Fil is falafel heaven and BeFries has the best fries in town with an almost endless variety of sauces.
For... Ice cream
Just in case the sun decides to make an appearance at TGE, Boho Gelato is located just off the seafront and does amazing hand-made ice cream and sorbets.
For... When you want to let your hair down
When, not if, you fancy a drink after doing some hard work, your go-to pubs for a relaxing drink are The Hope and Ruin, The Blue Man and The Prince Albert. However, on the days that you’ve been working extra hard and deserve a couple more drinks, go to the Dead Wax Social, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar or Green Door Store. The amazing thing is that they’re all conveniently central and easy to find your way home from, even after a couple of drinks.
What’s a better way to get ready for work than a fresh haircut? Men should go to The Bomb, an avant garde hairdresser run by a techno DJ. Ladies, either Mooch, Simon Webster or North Laine Hair Co will fix you up.
For... New music needs
For... When you want to get the party going
If you want that little bit extra to get the real holiday feeling, go for a couple of cocktails in Brighton’s best cocktail bar the Twisted Lemon on Middle Street, you’re guaranteed to have a night to (partially) remember.
For... A taste of England
For... When you’ve had a bad day
Everyone loves a good brunch. For your standard one, go to Brighton’s legendary brunch diner Kooks. For those of you with a little more hunger, The North Laine Brewhouse on a Saturday is the one for a bottomless brunch. For all you internationals, what’s a more iconic dish to eat in England than Fish & Chips? Go to Bardsley’s on Baker Street or Bankers on Western Road for the best fish and chips in town.
If worse comes to worst and you’re so tired of working that you just want to have a drink in your hotel before passing out, Trafalgar Wines has over 600 top quality beers from all over the world to sort you right out.
To help keep you in a music-related state of mind, there’s loads of record shops dotted around Brighton. Some of our most recommended are Resident Records, Vinyl Revolution and the Bella Union store.
THE OLD MARKET // FRI 19 MAY // 9.15PM
LET’S EAT GRANDMA BY ASH EDMONDS Norwich born art-pop duo Let’s Eat Grandma have been inseparable since they met in reception class of primary school, being best friends for almost their whole life. When they released their first album, I, Gemini, Rosa Walton and Jenny Hollingworth were only aged 16 and 17. Now, aged 18 and 19, they are more vocal and experimental with their songwriting. Two singles off of their next full length, I’m All Ears (out Fri 29 June) have already been released, Falling Into Me and Hot Pink. The latter sees a collaboration with rising LA producer SOPHIE and also adopts the songwriting skills of Faris Badwan, formerly of The Horrors. We caught up with the girls earlier this month to talk new music, skateboarding and tour shenanigans.
ourselves out there a bit more. I think that it is an emotional album lyrically whilst simultaneously being sonically bold. If you listen to Hot Pink, a lot of the lyrics, especially in Rosa’s beginning section are quite emotionally vulnerable.”
“I think that we have taken more of an interest in music technology and software on this album,” Hollingworth states, “There is more of that influence found on our newer tracks. During the first album, we didn’t really know much about it. We wrote everything that we could physically play, all at once. The new record doesn’t have that limiting factor, we have been able to write on our laptop as we go and it has opened up a lot more doors to different kinds of sounds that we can create.”
The band have been described as performing in an ethereal yet energetic fashion on stage. Hollingworth describes their performances as “more of a representation of how you are as a person.” She explains: “It’s that aspect of yourself that others may not see. It’s not like we have different characters on stage, it’s just who we are.” In regards to keeping up the energy for shows, Walton said: “We try not to drink alcohol on tour. We drink a lot of water, maybe do a little bit of yoga in the morning. Sometimesnwe are really exhausted an hour before the show and I think, “oh no, I couldn’t possibly do this”, but when you are on stage you get that crazy adrenaline from the crowd.”
When chatting to us, the girls would naturally finish each other’s sentences, as if they were of the same mind. Although young, both spoke with a sense of professionalism whilst also displaying unique attitudes towards their current position. Walton explained: “When we wrote the debut, we didn’t really know that we were actually making an album as we were just writing tracks.” Hollingworth then added: “Writing the new material has been really enjoyable, challenging at times but very rewarding. Doing collaborations was definitely an interesting change for us.” “I think that we know what we want with our music now, we have more to say.” Walton states. Referring to the lyrical themes found on Hot Pink, she says: “It’s about gender, a song celebrating feminism.” In their second LP, Let’s Eat Grandma take pride in their improved lyrical capabilities. Hollingworth mentioned, “A lot of the songs are more personal this time around and the lyrics are more open, we’ve put
Tour life has been interesting for them, Walton highlighted her plans for in between the upcoming shows, “I just bought a skateboard! So our tour mission is to learn how to skate! That should be interesting.” However, touring isn’t always so fun, as Walton reminisced on a particular occasion in Belgium: “Our tour van got smashed up once in a warehouse when we were hanging out with some friends. Luckily, they fixed it for us which was nice of them. It could’ve been a nightmare.”
Let’s Eat Grandma are set to play at The Great Escape festival this month in Brighton, they have fond memories of their past time in the city and are looking forward to their next performance, “It will be nice to go back with a new show, we played the year before last and feel as though we have it together more than last time.” The two recall their new show as: “Sleeker and more refined, we have rehearsed it a lot more, it is definitely going to be better.” If the new tracks are anything to go by, Let’s Eat Grandma’s second release is absolutely living up to their own praise. The girls are on their way to greatness, and are set to take 2018 by storm. You can catch them live in Brighton at The Great Escape Festival this year.
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Back in 2012, Lowell started writing songs on his own with the intention of eventually forming a band. Despite musicians being of no shortage in New York City (after all, bands such as The Strokes, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Vampire Weekend all hail from the city that never sleeps), the singer struggled to find people with which he wanted to complete his dream – and so the west coast beckoned. “I found there was this kind of musical exodus going on, but I needed to find musicians for what I wanted to do. Fortunately, I had friends out in LA who said I could live with them and use a room there as studio space, and I thought, ‘do you know, I’m not going to get any better than that’.” Within mere months of moving, and armed with a demo of what would become the band’s debut single Loveless, he met Colorado-born bassist/keyboardist Crisanta Baker and London-born guitarist Sam Stewart – and Lo Moon was formed. “I showed them this song I had been working on for a few years, and a few other things I had pulled together, and we kind of took it from there.” Loveless would go on to form the basis of their self-titled album, released in February this year, but not before the band had time to develop their sound. Soon, what began as Lowell’s music became more and more influenced by his bandmates, each musician’s style shaping Lo Moon’s eventual synth-led, dreamy aesthetic, which straddles the genres of experimental rock and electro-pop. “We definitely used [Loveless] as a beacon for the rest of the album, but we’ve changed bit by bit as we’ve learned more about each other’s styles. You could say it’s an album symbolising a journey – but I wanted to make sure it sounded cohesive.”
Though Loveless was born in one place and time more than six years ago – almost a whole other life, as Lowell laments – it was finalised with the influence of his bandmates, and the same can be said for the rest of the record, which was written and recorded over the space of a year and a half. What results is a consistent assortment of tracks that reflect the band’s collective experiences of moving somewhere far from home. In short, Lo Moon reflects the things these kindred spirits have in common, rather than highlighting what separates them. “Moving from the east coast to the west definitely had an influence on our sound – there were different influences which all came into play. We all have so very drastically different personalities. I’m the boisterous New York one, while Sam’s a typical Londoner and Cristina is very outdoors-y and relaxed.” Even their live drummer Sterling Laws hails from Seattle, with Lowell describing him as “straight-talking”. “But there’s an open conversation between us musically – and that creates this kind of synergy.” It’s something that hasn’t gone unnoticed; over the past 18 months, Lo Moon’s reputation has escalated rapidly, with record company Columbia taking them under their wing, London Grammar, Glass Animals and War on Drugs selecting them for high-profile opening slots, and their festival appearances gaining high praise. At the tail end of last year alone, their fairy-tale story came to a head, as they picked up additions to NPR’s inaugural emerging artist series, released their third single (plus details of their debut album) and performed on Jimmy Kimmel Live. With the band playing two sets at The Great Escape festival this month, as well as a short European tour and a series of international festival appearances, it seems things aren’t about to slow down any time soon. But despite the fact this has all happened so quickly, Lowell is careful not to let any of it go to his head. “It’s just huge for us to have a record that allows people to understand what the band is about.” Lo Moon: three kindred spirits, trying to make great music.
It’s a rare thing in music when things seem to all just fit into place – and even less common for such a snowball effect to be spurred by one solitary event. However, Lo Moon frontman Matt Lowell was fortunate enough for this to be exactly the case when he moved 3,000 miles across the States from his hometown of New York to Los Angeles three years ago.
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Brighton’s best underground music venue is a very capable toddler. Get ready for a day of celebrations, starting off with the first terrace session of the year. With a new look from Lois O’Hara, it’ll see ATTIC invite Jane Winstanley and the outstanding Patterns residents to christen it in fine style. Downstairs will see Optimo and Jasper James, a trio of Glasgow’s most vital exports, and a hearty bunch of the club’s best residents taking you through from the daytime, way into the small hours.
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his is Ezra, leave a message, there’s no one here but you and me,” Ezra Furman’s voicemail message softly rings out on my second try - a sure sign of the musician’s busy schedule. His voice is gentle, almost emitting a childlike innocence, which serves as a surprising contrast from the electric energy we’re used to seeing from him on stage; for a moment, I’m thrown. This is not the voice of your traditional rock star - but then, Ezra Furman is far from traditional. Terms like ‘genderfluid’ (which the 31-year-old Chicagoan would later tell me he no longer identifies with) have been attached to the artist in the past, and reflecting on his on-stage persona it’s easy to see why. His shows are well-known for pushing boundaries, whether that be gender, rock’n’roll or lyricism, his willingness to challenge expectations earning him a legion of fans on both sides of the Atlantic, and a headline performance in this month’s Brighton Festival.
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By the time I get through, I’m not sure what to expect, but Ezra is as polite and charming as his call divert would have you believe. He’s also run off his feet - but then his seventh album, Transangelic Exodus, only came hot off the press in February. “It seems like longer ago but that’s because I’ve been working so hard,” said modestly. “We’ve been playing a of shows in Europe, and across the world. It’s been wonderful. I’m so grateful for a lot of things that have been happening, We made such a complex record and we weren’t sure that as a live band we could play it. But we’ve played shows
Ezra Furman By Nammie Matthews
BRIGHTON DOME // SAT 26 MAY // 8PM across the States and in Europe already and could play every song, it was really exciting.” To say Transangelic Exodus is a complex album is something of an understatement: there’s far more in terms of electronic elements than we’ve seen from Furman before, and he’s branched out far beyond the standard rock outfit of guitar, bass and drums to include more strings in the cello-led track Love You So Bad, and synths in Driving Down to LA. He added: “I’m grateful we have such an audience, people who are willing to come along and see us as we change as a band.” It’s a band which has seen many different faces over the years, beginning as Ezra Furman and the Harpoons at University in 2006, then morphing in to Ezra Furman & the Boyfriends in 2013. There have been solo stints along the way too, with his 2012 debut solo album self-released with the help of a Kickstarter campaign. He’s presently solo again with a touring band, The Visions, marking a transformative decade for the singer. But he’s keen to emphasise it makes very little difference in his musical approach. He said: “I don’t actually feel there’s a lot of transition between being in a band and being a solo artist – at least for me, as I’ve always written the songs. It’s the same project as before really, so I’ve had some practise. I’ve had plenty of time without gaining too much attention to get ready for now, and now I’m getting more recognition... It’s come at a good time.” Furman has always been known for his lyrics, which err on the edge of confessional and candid, covering topics of sexuality, depression and politics. However, for someone so lyrically verbose, I’m surprised to find he takes time to form his responses, as though he’s being careful about what to say. But when he explains a little more about his writing process, it becomes easier to understand the contrasts in his personality. “When I write [songs], it’s not something I actively think of; it’s an indescribable process, it doesn’t feel like it comes from any part of my brain that I have direct access to. I like to say they come from God. You couldn’t just ask me to sit down and write a song. I couldn’t do it – or at least not a good one. It completely comes from outside of me.”
Raised Jewish, Furman’s religion has always been an important part of his identity, and Transangelic Exodus is the most demonstrative album of his background yet. Though no stranger to writing protest tracks, his frustration with corporate greed and a perceived epidemic of moral absence shines through more clearly now than in any of his six predecessing albums. “These are my most explicitly religion-referencing songs to date. For me, for many reasons, religious activity is a form of protest. I’m also trying to be more serious and address my own deepest concerns in my songs, and my experience of trying to be a person of moral substance in a world that would prefer you were constantly entertained and buying things and not caring about who you were hurting.” In a world where Donald Trump is President, the overriding message Ezra Furman is currently trying to convey is something that will ring true in every liberal’s hearts: the importance of getting people out to vote. He said: “It’s one of those things that you can convince yourself that it doesn’t matter if you do it. But it’s the best thing you can do. There’s so many things that are wrong in the world. But ultimately people who vote are the people who decide what happens on a larger scale.” In our entire half-hour conversation, it’s the first time Furman addresses the expected. It’s the familiar showman we know - the one who unapologetically speaks his mind, who will grace the stage of Brighton Dome’s Concert Hall at the end of the month. But it’s short lived: when asked if we can expect more of his trademark energy upon his visit, the enigma returns. “Expect nothing and we will give you everything.”
“My songs come from God: they’re not something i actively think about. it’s an indescribable process”
THEATRE ROYAL // WEDS 23 - THURS 24 MAY // 7.30PM
The String Guide to Sex and Anxiety
The end of our conversation is perhaps its most illuminating moment “I’m very easy going. I’m not the Tarantino of the opera,” Calixto Bieito says, as he encourages me to call his personal number with any further questions. ”This is ridiculous.” He then pauses. “It’s OK, I don’t care. Everybody loves to work with me, because I’m a very peaceful man.” Clearly Bieito is aware of his reputation in Britain, but it’s done very little to curtail a robust approach to his craft. Those who like their classics to remain archaic have had some issues. The reinvention of Don Giovanni as a car parkinhabiting junkie perplexed many purists. Setting Puccini’s Turandot within a toy factory in communist-era China hasn’t helped. His hyper-sexualised staging of Hamlet at Edinburgh once sent many critics stampeding to register their indignation, while he was branded ‘tacky’ by one selfappointed moral compass for his interpretation of Carmen – coincidentally a production still revisited after 18 years. Are some people missing the point? Is the intention not to outrage, but find traditional repertoire a more relevant place in the world? Personally, he’s erudite and charming. Raised in Barcelona and now living in Basel, he speaks five languages and might just be shy when talking about his most personal show yet. Coming to Brighton Festival, The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety will see another invigorating marriage of music and drama. Award-winning virtuosos The Heath Quartet, no strangers to the festival, will perform alongside an equally stunning quartet of actors. “I wanted to a show - with a string quartet and very charismatic actors - about anxiety as a disorder, as well as existential anxiety, and how it is affecting our lives,” he tells me. It’s a project which has been in development of sorts for a while. He’d met The Heath Quartet while programming a festival in Spain and instantly fell in love with the way they played. He’s in doubt as to the physical nature of an orchestra’s string section. “It is very special. There’s something sensual with a string quartet which is going directly to your body. It’s beautiful, but at the same time could be extremely painful, melancholic or funny. There’s a lot of ‘colours’.” Beethoven’s String Quartet No.15 in A Minor and Ligeti’s String Quartet No. 2, both extraordinarily emotional pieces, are being used to emphasise the range of moods onstage.
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BY STUART ROLT
Bieito says he’s suffered with social anxiety disorder since childhood, but insists everybody will suffer from existential anxiety at some point in their lives. Anguish at our place in the universe is just a part of the human experience. “We start talking about the illness and finish talking about the lives of everybody - when one is facing the future, or is afraid of their own death.” The String Quartet’s Guide to Sex and Anxiety has been heavily influenced by Robert Burton’s The Anatomy of Melancholy, a weighty 17th century treatise on human emotions. This uses an eclectic mix of sources, including philosophy, science and literature (including a great deal of Shakespeare), in an attempt to understand the nature, and causes of depression. Love, religion, poverty, substance abuse and social conditioning, all very modern influencers, are called to account in this self-reflexive and exhaustive work. Actors Cathy Tyson (Band Of Gold), Mairead McKinley, Miltos Yerolemou (Game Of Thrones) and Nick Harris will explore the tempestuous, but enduring, relationship between internal narrative and artistry. ‘It would be very nice if we can make so the audience are getting confused, and don’t know who are the musicians and who are the actors. “I said to them: ’It will be nice to make a kind of communion between the music and the text together. It’s a special kind of experience, making something very sensitive and very subtle for the people, talking about ourselves today.” He assures me this is more than a ‘sad show.’ The familiar Bieito themes, like oppression, passion, the power of human emotions and poignant humour, will all take their place in this beautifully-crafted montage of melody and madness. Amidst the questions this show asks of humanity, there’s always a possibility it won’t reveal an easy hidden answer for the world and its problems. But it should encourage the audience to confront their own qualms and emotions “Art is the only thing that makes us feel free today. I’m not just a pessimistic man, I’m quite optimistic a lot of the time. I’m happy with my work, I have a wonderful job, I have success and I have two wonderful kids. But, the times are getting a bit more difficult. Social divisions are getting bigger, economic problems are getting bigger. It’s strange times. I don’t think theatre can change society. First of all, I want to do a good show. If this show touches the audience, makes them think or feel better, that will be fantastic.”
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THEATRE ROYAL // MON 14 MAY // 8PM
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In the setting of her modern and bustling Brighton studio, Ceyda Tanc chats about how she took her hobby for dance as a child and paved the way for a successful career in contemporary dance. As the artistic director and founder of her own dance company (Ceyda Tanc Dance) who is set to perform at Brighton Festival and beyond, the next big thing in modern dance shows no signs of slowing down. The 2018 Brighton Festival commission KAYA marks a definitive step up for Ceyda Tanc Dance. Performing at The Brighton Festival for the first time in 2017 in an outdoor space, this year’s performance has moved to the Theatre Royal, a prestigious venue with over 900 capacity. “It’s somewhere I’ve been going since I was a kid and it’s such a big venue.” Ceyda Tanc explains. “When we found out it would be there it was a bit daunting but equally exciting.” Hayley Ovens, a dancer for the Ceyda Tanc company, adds “The support from Brighton Festival has been amazing, it’s nice to have the recognition because we have been working for 6 years now trying to build things up.”
KAYA explores human experiences of displacement, drawing on the strength and resilience of those searching for belonging in a new community. Ceyda explains the context of the piece, “It’s kind of based on migration and refugees and one thing that came up during all our research time and time again was how resilient these people are which is what we wanted to show in the work and shine a positive light on the current situation.” The show mixes traditional Turkish folk dance with contemporary, both which influenced Ceyda growing up. She explains that she is half Turkish, and spent time training and dancing in Turkey after graduating from the University of Roehampton. Ceyda’s Turkish roots are at the core of her dynamic contemporary style of dance. “People like to see something they haven’t seen before” she explains when asked how the UK market responds to the unique dance style.
Company dancer, Hayley, runs workshops and adult classes that include Turkish folk dance. “I was a bit apprehensive to keep that element in but it’s gone down so well.” “We find a lot of people have a connection with Turkey in some way. Either they’ve been there or have got family members there or in similar areas. Turkey has got lots of influences from the surrounding countries so a lot of Middle-Eastern folk dance is really similar.” Being half Turkish, Ceyda explains the cultural differences between Turkish and British dance. “In Turkey, it’s a real social thing that everyone dances, men, women, children, elderly. Wherever you go - a wedding, street party or festival. Whereas in England its either you dance or you don’t. “Turkey doesn’t really have the mentality of I can’t dance or I’m not a good dancer, everyone just learns to dance.”
The all-female company aims to challenge gender stereotypes in traditional dance by using explosive movements of male Turkish dancers on female bodies. “In Turkey, every dance has a female version and male version which are completely different. The male version is bold and explosive with big movements and loads of jumping and leaping, and the female version is more reserved and stereotypically feminine. So, I use female dancers to perform the male movements.” The future is bright for the dance company, who hopes to tour KAYA round the UK with a booking already secured for Wilderness Festival, Oxford. ”We hope with each new venue we can approach the communities in the local area and try to get them involved in the show.” KAYA will be performed by Ceyda Tanc Dance at The Theatre Royal on Mon 14 May, 8pm.
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ADAM BY LIZZIE ELLIS
Worlds apart from his life in Egypt, Adam found himself in Glasgow with a new-found refugee status in 2012. As we chat, Adam explains the series of unlikely events that led to his story being heard by thousands, touching lives and propelling the voice of the transgender community. New to Scotland and on a mission to meet new people, he volunteered as part of a Scottish Refugee Council show called Here We Stay. He took part in a modest performance, which he describes as “small and simple, none of us were professional or anything” in celebration of asylum seekers and refugee’s life stories in Glasgow. Although he was reluctant to attend the event at the time, he reflects today on how glad he is that he made that decision back in 2012. It was at this event that it all started for Adam. In a performance of just 5 minutes speaking about his life, Adam caught the eye of award-winning director, Cora Bissett. “She was really touched by what I said” he explains. Cora expressed interest in bringing Adam’s story to life, in a production with The Scottish National Theatre. Having previously rejected offers for documentaries of his life, with no interest in making it a narcissistic memoir, Adam describes how Cora’s vision for the production appealed to his own way of thinking. Both wanted to shine a spotlight on the whole community through a real-life story. The story of Adam is the transgender battle across borders and genders. He stresses that the production isn’t a pity Adam show, although the struggle of identity and themes of transgender and asylum are portrayed through his character, he describes how there is so much more than just Adam behind the play. “There’s loads of us,” he says, “Adam was just the face of a problem.”
For this reason, director Cora Bissett came up with the idea of a virtual choir uniquely incorporated into the play. The voices of around 140 transgender and non-binary people contribute to the magic of the play, with voices from Russia, Germany, America, and The Middle East coming together with a united front, as the faces of a huge community. The choir projects the message that as a transgender you are not alone, as Adam once felt he was. It was not a smooth sailing path from Cora and Adam’s first encounter to the finished award-winning production of Adam. He explains that for a long time he heard nothing from Cora and almost “completely forgot about it.” Over a year and a half after their first meeting, Adam received a call from Cora Bissett who now had funding for the production and wanted to bring the play to life. With no acting background or experience, Adam was originally on the outskirts of the development of the play. He would provide his story and history, and leave the rest to the director and cast. “We agreed somehow that I would stay outside it” he explains. However, in a twist of events, Adam was cast to play himself, in his well-received stage debut. When friends encouraged Adam to audition for the role, he was sceptical and called them crazy, but as time went on Adam asked himself “what’s really going to stop you?” After a successful audition, he was given the go ahead to self-narrate his story. Adam describes the audience reaction as overwhelming. “People have just been so kind and so understanding.” On performing in Brighton for the first time, Adam says “I’m really excited. I’ve never been to Brighton before and I’ve heard quite a lot of stuff – good stuff not bad stuff” He jokes. “I’m kind of getting addicted to this acting thing, I’m looking forward to experiencing how the atmosphere will be.” Adam will make its English premiere at Brighton Festival at Theatre Royal Brighton, from Wed 9 May – Sat 12 May with tickets from £10.
As Adam Kashmiry chats away describing his established life in Glasgow and newly found bug for acting, it’s hard to imagine him as a young and confused transgender man, in a country where exile was his only choice.
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2018 brings an important year for circus, as it marks the 250th anniversary since the inception of the art form itself. It was first introduced when Philip Astley, who is considered the creator of modern circus, first leapt into show business with his own ring near London’s Waterloo. Since then the genre has evolved into many forms, combining circus tricks with physical theatre and storytelling. To celebrate this remarkable anniversary, Worthing Theatres have announced the line-up for their third Summer of Circus season, where they will stage some of the world’s best circus companies at the Pavilion Theatre on Fri 18 May – Sun 1 July. Amongst this, The Exploded Circus explores a narrative through the art of circus skills. The show begins as an explosion, which has been frozen in time, and what remains of the circus ring are hanging above the ground in a moment of anticipation. A world that these six women once knew is no more, with them having to rebuild a new one. It’s an allegory to delve into what we perceive as society, and how we might rebuild it were our world to collapse, in times where it can feel uncertain and unstable. Throughout, unusual and detailed props decorate the stage along with an intricate and effective use of music and sounds. These women use acrobatics, aerial work, juggling and other specialist skills to weave a physical, highly visual story told without words. A story in which concepts of a new ‘normal’ are toyed with as well as ideas of hope, belonging and change and finding a calm amongst chaos. These performers are a collective with a mission to portray a positive image of women with their predominantly female-led team. This is something not often found within contemporary and traditional circus crews, and Mimbre are challenging this. The powerful team at Mimbre delve into the idea of building non-traditional audiences and participants, whilst creating unexpected moments in unusual spaces, creating an entirely wonderful and unique experience.
These performers are a collective with a mission to portray a positive image of women with their predominantly female-led team.
On the launch night for The Exploded Circus there will be a special pre-show appearance by Acrojou’s Jesters. These Jesters are an interactive, ‘mix and mingle’ walkabout act including power skips, acrobatic tumbling, ‘acro juggling’ and hula hoop as they entertain amongst the audience. During the show’s run, there will also be a chance to take part in circus workshops. There will be age group and ability specific classes, where participants can practice some acrobat balancing skills as well as learning some juggling techniques. During the season there will also be other circus performances taking place at the Pavilion Theatre, including the troupes from Gandini Juggling presenting their latest show 8 Songs, Compania Vavel Circus with Garbuix, a blend of circus with dance with Block, The Giant Balloon Show and more. This season will be an opportunity to kindle a love for circus in which audiences can experience the true beauty and excitement of the art. The Exploded Circus comes to Worthing’s Pavilion Theatre on Fri 18 - Sun 20 May www.worthingtheatres.co.uk/summer-of-circus
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BEST OF BRIGHTON FESTIVAL SHUT DOWN FILM INSTALLATION ONCA Gallery, Weds 9 May – Sun 27 May | 12-6pm (Except Mondays & Tuesdays) ‘Vincent identifies, with forensic precision, the different ways in which men react to changing times’ **** The Observer Feminist choreographer Charlotte Vincent’s wry, sensitive exploration into contemporary maleness is presented in film installation form at ONCA Gallery this May - part of the 2018 Brighton Festival, guest curated by visual artist David Shrigley. Featuring the company’s first ever all male cast, led by one of the UK’s most risk-taking, rigorous choreographers, the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man play out in this darkly funny installation played across six screens; the action a collision of movement, rap/spoken word and striking visual imagery.
FREE Shut Down has been created in collaboration with Brighton’s AudioActive, a music organisation that works with young people and contemporary urban culture. Their influence, testimonies and music peppers the show, with powerful original spoken word from 15-year-old Eben’Flo, lamenting the impact that a lack of positive male role models can have in young men’s lives. ‘Shut Down seems to present simultaneously a manifesto, a rebellion, a cry for help, and a mapping of the many identities ‘a man’ could take on.’ Exeunt Magazine, Nov 2017 Free group workshops are available on weekday mornings throughout the Festival; contact the VDT office on 01273 911616 for more details.
LIFE MODEL II
In their new production Lexicon, internationally renowned NoFit State Circus present a daring, seductive and utterly contemporary take on the conventional circus experience. Drawing inspiration from history, heritage and traditions, Lexicon digs into the underground of memory and celebrates the past, present and future of British circus to celebrate this year’s 250th anniversary of the art.
Guest director David Shrigley is turning Fabrica into a classroom for his latest exhibition Life Model II. The installation replaces a live model with Shrigley’s caricatured sculpture of a nine-foot-tall, naked woman as a play on the age-old tradition of life drawing. Visitors are invited to use the materials provided to draw the model, and will have their artworks hung up as part of the exhibition itself.
Visual artist Robbie Thomson has harnessed the power of the Tesla coil, an 19th century invention used in the (ill-fated) development of wireless electricity distribution. What’s been created sees light fuse with sound in a unique sensory phenomenon - a show as lively as electricity itself. Also featuring a pulsing soundtrack, XFRMR further blurs the delineation between science and art.
Part of Brighton Festival’s literature strand, the iconic Britpop front man discusses his new memoir Coal Black Mornings with Alexis Petridis. As the lead singer of chart-topping indie stars Suede, Anderson helped shape the British musical landscape in the 1990s, although his impoverished upbringing near Haywards Heath couldn’t have been further from all the rock star glamour.
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SAT 5, TUES 8 & WEDS 9 MAY THE WARREN
Route is a story of self-acceptance, and following the journey of a young British black girl who finds herself at university in a white, middle-class city. With a mix of Caribbean themes, poetry and spoken word, Route is a vibrant, uplifting and thought provoking short play.
Rachel has been in awe of funny women her whole life, and now, a quarter of a century in and feeling daunted by the ‘Beach-Body ready’ and ‘BIC pens for Her’ culture she needs to channel these strong women more than ever. “Enormously funny and enjoyable show” (ActDrop)
WHAT’S WRONG WITH MONOTONY?
LOUISE REAY: ERASERHEAD
FRI 4 - SUN 6 MAY
This provocative new show from awardwinning comedian Louise Reay questions the way we construct reality, the stories we tell ourselves and the lies we are told. Eraserhead is the third instalment from her provocative trilogy on power and oppression. Even facing legal proceedings, Louise still explores issues of free expression.
THE SPARK FACTORY
IN THE HEART OF THE WASP’S NEST
Panic stations! There’s supposed to be a play on this afternoon! The audience has bought tickets, but the writer hasn’t written it yet, the director is furious and the actors are threatening to improvise the whole thing! Unpredictable, original, with music, songs, laughter, this is one not to be missed.
FRI 4 - THURS 10 MAY SWEET WERKS 1
SUN 6 MAY & SUN 20 MAY
MON 7 MAY
The Spark Factory is an eclectic collection of performers appearing at this year’s Brighton Fringe Festival as a theatre cooperative. Performances include Burning Tails, a dark puppetry show by Eden Harbud; Queerstory, LGBTQ history told through cabaret, and formerBrightonian Eleanor Dillon Reams, who brings debut play HoneyBee to the stage.
Bomb Sex is a unique one man show that details how sexuality and freedom were viewed during the Northern Irish troubles in the 1980s. The performance delves into eight separate characters, all sharing different viewpoints on the political issues found at the time. These characters are individually brought to life through talented actor Fintan Shevlin.
In Swahili, ‘subira’ means ‘patience,’ and Subira Wahogo’s own patience is being tested, tested by the marginalisation she faces as a queer black person. In this performance of poetry and spoken word, Subira interweaves the personal and the political to meet bigotry and oppression head on with both rage and laughter, giving eloquent voice to her frustrations.
FRANZ KAFKA: APPARATUS
BIN AND GONE
FRI 4, WEDS 9 & FRI 11 MAY
4th, 9th, and 11th May 2018 - 7pm Broadway Lounge, 10 Steine Street, Brighton, BN2 1TE Tickets £7 - www.barbroadwayuk.co.uk www.brightonfringe.org
FRI 4, SUN 13, MON 21 & TUES 22 MAY RIALTO THEATRE Blue Devil Theatre’s production is a macabre and at times darkly funny evening at the theatre where audiences are invited to attend a most unusual execution but will experience so much more. Starring award winning actor, Emily Carding as The Officer and written and directed by award nominated Ross Dinwiddy.
Con O’Neill, formerly of TV’s Happy Valley and Cucumber lends his talents to a new show at the Brighton Fringe this year. In the Heart of the Wasp’s Nest is a response to the recent #MeToo movement, fighting sexual harassment and promoting feminism within the entertainment industry and beyond.
MON 7 & THURS 10 MAY
MON 7 & SAT 12 MAY SWEET DUKEBOX The son of a Saturday night favourite, a father who performed with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Andy Williams; the child who ended up with nothing, penniless and in care. Told by his son, Ted Rogers’ story is a tale as confounding and intriguing as any 3-2-1 clue. At Sweet Dukebox (in the Southern Belle pub).
FRINGE PREVIEWS LAST NIGHT AT THE CIRCUS
THE LAST STRAW
After the riotous success of her previous shows Made in Cumbria and The House, Jane Postlethwaite returns with a new multimedia show. With its world preview at Brighton Fringe, this much-anticipated new show sees her address the issues of mental health, self-help, and dealing with your own success, all in her own sharp, innovative style.
Imprisoned by the bombardment of modern media and forced to guess at the truth, The Last Straw is a dark, comic two-hander on fake news, the very real communications overload we face daily, and how to survive with your sanity intact. People Show are the UK’s oldest experimental theatre collective.
BREAKING THE MAGICIAN’S CODE
MON 7 & SAT 19 - SUN 20 MAY
TUES 8 - THURS 10 MAY (Pictures for Dorian) - Image credit Jade Mainade
THE WARREN After winning the Best New Writing award at Manchester Fringe, Hidden Track bring their highly original show to Brighton, giving you the chance to earn an upgrade from Standard to Elite. The Elite have the power to alter the storyline of what at first seems to be a traditional fairy tale allegory; but this develops into a more profound comment on class structures.
SAT 12 - SUN 13 MAY
MON 21 & TUES 22 MAY THE WARREN
Anarchic twins break the rules of the Magicians’ Code of Conduct passed down to them by their grandfather. Codes broken range from never reveal how a trick is done to never perform when people are eating.
LAND OF THE THREE TOWERS: VOL II
NARIN OZ’S BONQRZ
WEDS 9 - SAT 12 MAY
CAROLINE OF BRUNSWICK
EXETER STREET HALL
A non-profit, female and non-binary theatre group, You Should see the Other Guy is made up of professional actors and real-life young mothers who have faced homelessness. This second volume of work uses speech, song, and civil disobedience to bring their unique brand of protest.
In this autobiographical and Bonqrz show, Narin Oz recounts the disastrous choices she has made in search of meaning. Don’t expect answers here though, as Narin does not claim to have had success in this lifelong pursuit. Do expect to be touched and regaled as the show journeys through the lengths people will go to when trying to achieve the ultimate goal: happiness.
WAITING FOR GANDALF
SWEET WERKS 1
THURS 10 & SAT 12 MAY A cross-disciplinary piece about childhood trauma, identity, friendship, and redemption. The story follows the selfdiscovery journeys of three children, who suffer from neglect, abuse and parental loss. Created by a group of awardwinning artists, this performance gives an intriguing cinematic perspective to a narrative dance via live music.
FAIRY TALE FAIR SAT 12 MAY
THE OPEN MARKET The Fairy Tale Fair returns to Brighton Open Market on Saturday 12th May (10am - 5pm) for a Brighton Fringe special of their whimsical craft & design fair. Almost 50 talented makers join them plus face painting, live performances and even a princess or two. Full details at www. thefairytalefair.co.uk
SUN 13 - TUES 15 MAY
MON 14 - THURS 17 MAY
Meet Kevin Brook, self-confessed fanatic of all things ‘Lord of the Rings’. Waiting eagerly for Gandalf at a book signing, Kevin shares with us the real reason for his obsession with the kindly wizard. A disturbing truth is about to be revealed – no Hobbits, just a very human hero…
CABARET FROM THE SHADOWS
THURS 17 - FRI 18 MAY THE WARREN
Winners of last year’s Nordic Fringe Network award, The Cabaret From The Shadows are a unique medieval-themed group. They delve into societal issues, such as gender roles and stereotyping, whilst still bringing with them a humorous and fun performance. Expect the unexpected.
THURS 17- SUN 20 MAY SWEET WERKS 1 Leyla Josephine is hopeless. She’s had enough. She’s staying in bed all day, refusing to watch the news, eating full Viennettas at By 1pm. Hopeless Stuart Roltexamines human suffering through quick-fire poetry and dark comedy. Watch Leyla try find hope in the utterly hopeless. Shortlisted for Saboteur’s Best Spoken Word Show.
FREE YOGA DAY SAT 19 MAY
SPACE YOGA STUDIO Stretch, unwind, strengthen and get to know your body during a day of yoga, meditation and celebration at Brighton’s newest and most attractive studio. Space Yoga Studio welcomes one and all to a day of free yoga classes at the beautifully restored St. Augustine’s Centre for the arts, spirituality and well-being.
SAT 19 - SUN 20 & SAT 26 MAY CAROLINE OF BRUNSWICK Zambian-born with Indian ancestors calling Britain home, does that make Ishi Brizambdian? Ishi Khan-Jackson invites you on a fun adventure of discovery. This Funny Women Best Show Nominee brings her latest show about migration, identity and belonging to Brighton Fringe for the first time. Expect silliness, fun and Bollywood dancing.
SUN 20, THURS 31 MAY & FRI 1 JUN MARLBOROUGH THEATRE This warm, inviting performance celebrates the migrant experience, delving into the construction of national identity and the notions of borders and nationalism. Focusing on the freedom of movement: the mixing of cultures and identities, of experiences and world views, POST invites audiences to eat and drink together to challenge what a ‘nation’ is.
THE STATE OF US
MON 21 - TUES 22 MAY SALLIS BENNEY THEATRE Performing can cause issues for those who are disabled. The State Of Us is a collective of disabled performers from Brighton and Chichester, who’ll be displaying their unique talents with a free and accessible performance. The group will explore emotions through dance, shadow puppetry, comedy and live music.
FRINGE PREVIEWS PASSING ON
SWEET WERKS 1
BOSCO THEATRE - SPIEGELTENT
Brian and Tom have decided to have a child, to be as Tom says, ‘a proper family with two dads‘. When their friend, Jane, agrees to act as a surrogate, it seems they can really have it all. But after Tom is very reluctantly pressed into finding out about his biological parents, what he discovers will shatter all of their lives.
Multi award winning drag artist Alfie Ordinary returns to Brighton Fringe with his five star rated show Help! I Think I Might Be Fabulous. In this show, Alfie tells of a magical queer utopia, questions what it really means to be a man and presents a world where equality truly exists.
MON 21 - THURS 24 MAY
TUES 22 - THURS 24, SAT 26 & SUN 27 MAY SWEET VENUES, WERKS 2 The world’s first entirely neuro-atypical performance company brings its original show to Brighton as part of Brighton Fringe’s Freedom Season. The lives of people ‘on the spectrum’, particularly who’ve had late diagnosis, laid bare through spoken word, poetry and performance. Truly heart-warming.
SUN 27 & TUES 29 MAY
MON 28 MAY - SUN 3 JUN SWEET JUKEBOX Have you figured out whether the pen is mightier than the sword? Jamal Harewood is taking his second performance, Word to venues across the UK in 2018. An unpredictable hour-long event that opens up the discussion around words, slurs and the unseen impact they have on our community.
THE OLD MARKET
PURPLE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE
TUES 22 - FRI 25 MAY Sh!t Theatre fucking love Dolly Parton and this is the story of their trip to the first lady of country’s theme park. Following the Fringe First winning Letters to Windsor House, Sh!t Theatre present this hilarious Edinburgh Fringe 2017 sellout show about female image, cloning, branding, immortality and death.
TOO YOUNG TO STAY IN, TOO OLD TO GO OUT FRI 25 - MON 28 MAY SWEET WERKS, VENUE 18
Nigel Osner casts a quizzical eye over life’s challenges and opportunities for those who can no longer claim, even to themselves, that they are young! Going out, love, holidays - even the gym. Illustrated with original songs and stories by male and female characters.
HANSEL AND GRETEL SAT 26 & SUN 27 MAY THE WARREN A classic fairytale reimagined through dance. Lee Smikle Dance Project and Shoreditch Youth Dance Company take you on a heartwarming adventure of sibling friendship, body-popping crows and souleating witches. A magical production for audiences of all ages.
THURS 31 MAY - SAT 2 JUN This new play from Purple Theatre explores the relationship between Toni and TJ as they attempt to make sense of their deceased father’s empty house. Set against an original dubstep score and movement, this urban tale of identity and race examines the postmodern obsession of squeezing people into unsuitable boxes.
JOHN OSBORNE: JOHN PEEL’S SHED AND OTHER STORIES FRI 1 - SUN 3 JUN THE WARREN Writer and storyteller John Osborne is back with a trio of shows across the final weekend of the Fringe, including John Peel’s Shed, a show about a box of records that once belonged to Radio 1 DJ John Peel.
KEVIN QUANTUM: VANISHING POINT FRI 1 - SUN 3 JUN
BOSCO THEATRE - SPIEGELTENT 2015/16/17 Edinburgh Fringe sell-out show. The magician-scientist hybrid, tutored by Penn & Teller, makes his Brighton debut with a new show. Enter an exotic space where the rules of nature are bent and broken.
Brighton Festival and Fringe events to look out for this May
As one of the most exciting times of the year for Brighton and Hove is upon us, we are spoilt for choice with all the culture and entertainment Brighton Festival and Brighton Fringe has to offer. However, if you’re in a perpetual state of pennycounting that can often come as a side effect of living in the South, then it’s easy to miss out. Fear not, we’ve discovered some wonderful events that our city’s festival season has to offer, and even better, they’re free. One wonderful thing that Brighton Festival recognises is that art should be an everyday part of life, something everyone can enjoy and experience. That’s why Your Place is back again this year after it’s successful initiation last year. Brighton Festival is working with local residents and festival artists to programme an exciting and diverse line-up of music, dance, theatre and spoken word in the Hangleton and Whitehawk communities. Your Place is an inclusive event, created with and for the communities who could otherwise miss out. If community collectivism is something that warms your heart, then the Children’s Parade is something to attend, as it kicks off the festival. The parade will see around 5,000 children from local schools and community organisations parading through the city in an explosion of sound and colour. Each school will bring their own masterpieces along with being dressed up in vibrant costumes whilst marching along to music and carnival structures. How about further igniting the child within you with some semi-intelligent talking seesaws? Pivot is an event that will be as interesting as it sounds. The seesaws will have built-in voice communicators with a mind of their own, this chattering apparatus will poke, probe, question and counsel you as you seesaw your way to equilibrium. Not only will you get a chance to vent your woes, but an excuse to relive your youth on a playground classic. If music is more your forte, Pitch Perfect sets to present an array of young musicians performing music for all tastes, featuring the Brighton & Hove Big Band; unplugged pop and folk-inspired acts; and string quartets and chamber wind ensembles. Set in different parts of Brighton, it will be an excellent chance to see the young talent blooming in the city. Film installation Shut Down is a show of movement, spoken word, rap and striking visual imagery in the premiere of Charlotte Vincent’s powerful and darkly funny new film. Played across six screens, with an outstanding cast of seven performers including three talented teenagers, SHUT DOWN investigates the pressures, contradictions and confusions of being a man. The Fringe festival also offers plenty more of interesting
and captivating events that won’t cost you a penny. The Psychedelic Dream Temple embodies the greatness of the visuality of art. The temple will showcase work from some of the world’s most talented artists as well as acting as a space to inspire creativity. The Psychedelic Dream Temple works around the understanding that the visual art not only requires observation but active participation whether that’s creating it or simply just admiring it. This immersive experience will leave you feeling positively influenced and craving more art. Returning to the Marlborough pub for its third year, the FEM. ALE Brewster Beer Festival is back this may to celebrate the women in the brewing industry. The weekend will be set to bring DJ’s, a street party with some of Brighton’s and Norwich’s grrrl bands, and a place for women who are experts – or even just interested – in beer to share their knowledge. Of course, there’ll be plenty of beer to add to the joyous weekend (unfortunately not free…). An insightful series of events by the University of Brighton will be taking place at the Pavilion Parade throughout May. The Refugee Festival will host readings of poetry and tales, discussions, art events and educational seminars focused around the social issues surrounding refugees. It will be an eye-opening experience in which attendees can learn more about refugees and even what can be done to help the crisis. For something more uniquely obscure, enter a small dome tent where you will find traditional Finnish circus skills. VÄKEVÄ/LYYDIA (Double Bill) stars Sasu the Strongman who performs gut wrenching stunts from circus past and Lyydia the aerialist who climbs and swings gracefully all over the tent, a surrounding that will help with the authentic circus feel. Part of the duos goal is to expose audiences to circus arts that have not been seen before, guaranteeing that it’ll be a breath-taking event. If you’re looking for a family event, then the Fringe City Family Picnic is something to be enjoyed by kids and adults alike, taking place in the beautiful location of the Pavilion Gardens. Over the course of eight days, you can see performances, installations, sideshows and surreal walkabout performers, and of course don’t forget your picnic hamper! These fun and free events will cater for all kinds of people and every interest, as well as being educational too (and not in the boring way). These are not even all the free events happening during the two festivals; for more details visit www.brightonfringe.org or www.brightonfestival.org
PURPLE PLAYHOUSE THEATRE // WEDS 23 & 30 MAY // 9PM
By Stuart Rolt
GRACE EYRE STREET www.grace-eyre.org A short distance from you, even closer than you may think, there’s a vertical community of eclectic characters. After a sold-out run at last year’s Brighton Fringe, Grace Eyre Street is returning, and they’re setting their sights skyward. This drama project is run by the Grace Eyre Foundation, a local charity supporting adults with learning disabilities. It aims to create and deliver a bold type of dramatic performance. “With drama, you can create a way where people with learning disabilities are in charge of what’s going on” Mark Richardson, course leader and artistic director, tells me. “This gives them a sense of ownership over the work, which comes with an advocacy and a belief in themselves.” The artistic director of Brighton’s Carousel for 22 years, Mark has run projects with people with learning disabilities for over three decades. He tells me performers with learning disabilities are often far more creative than those without. He and his colleague, Imogen Liddell, are enabling service users to develop new skills and extra confidence through this project. Sessions start with a warm-up, putting participants into a creative mood. They then refer to extensive notes pinned to a huge board, developing concepts and adjusting existing set-pieces. Both see their role as simply supporting the performers, helping them produce this piece, and crafting it into an audience-ready form. “It’s about putting the individual at the centre,” says Mark. “Making them the decision-maker, the lynchpin and the person who counts in the equation.” He recounts a story when some friends, who’d been studying at the famed Ecole Philippe Gaulier drama school, came to see a similar show he’d directed a few years ago. “They said: ‘Oh my God! I’ve just spent the last two years studying to do what they did. And I still can’t do it.’” He likens giving people a structure and some confidence to watering a flowerbed. There’s no denying there’s too much stigma attached to people like his group. By involving them in a drama-based project like this enables Grace Eyre to portray their clients in a very different and positive way.
Much of what the foundation does involves supporting people to live the life they want to live. This might not be hugely interesting to some, but creative arts offer a compelling way to engage with the wider community. Last year’s show was based in an imaginary New York neighbourhood,
examining what its residents might be getting up to. This year they move the concept into a housing block where the neighbours are packed closer together. “When we did this for the first-time last year, I don’t think any of us expected it to be so popular,” says Purple Playhouse Theatre manager, Henry Bruce. “I’m hoping this is going to be something which will continue to grow. It’s not just about empowering the service users, it about empowering the staff as well.” These performers all have different ways of being. Not all use speech to communicate, instead finding their own way to perform - including dance, mime and improvisation. For this year’s Fringe show, they’ve also joined onstage by Theatre Inc, a Chichester-based learning disabled group, and Fan Dance Theatre. Henry offers Ben, a service user for about three years, as a good example of the course’s numerous benefits. “I’ve always had a thing for theatre,” Ben tells me. “I’ve always loved performing and doing drama. I love seeing how the professionals do it and seeing what it’s like to be a different person. I’m always happy when I’m onstage.” He also works as an ambassador for the Grace Eyre Foundation, sitting in board meetings and helping guide policy-making. “I find them intriguing, and quite useful.” On top of this, he helps organise the foundation’s monthly club night - The Purple Clubhouse. Here there’s an opportunity to socialise with similar organisations from the region, while being entertained by an in-house band, DJs or visiting theatre companies. The Grace Eyre Foundation also participates in Artist’s Open House during May, offering the chance to view, or even buy, art of an amazing standard. Like the theatre space, it’s seen as a great way to open their doors and bring down some barriers. It’s nobody’s fault, but society does compartmentalise learning disabled people from birth through to adulthood. “I think people with learning disabilities see the world in a very different way,” says Mark. “It’s nothing to do with ‘difference’ as such, it’s to do with the way that they are. If we can value the way that they see things, what you do is give people an amazing opportunity to share their skills. “ Grace Eyre Street 2018 comes to Purple Playhouse Theatre on Weds 23 May & Weds 30 May, as part of Brighton Fringe.
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OLD MARKET // WEDS 30 MAY - FRI 2 JUN // WEDS 8PM, THURS-SAT 9.45PM
Hammerhead BY HUGH FINZEL ‘An uproariously silly show, stuffed with so many jokes on screen and on stage that you could watch it twice and not stop laughing.’
Perhaps it should not be surprising that Morpurgo’s humour is not so eagerly displayed, given that his shows have taken their comedy from rich and preposterously developed premises, as with Soothing Sounds for Baby, which posed as an episode of Desert Island Disks and saw Morpurgo transform himself into the characters on the covers of his chosen records – the show is regularly spoken of as one the Edinburgh Comedy Award’s great near-misses. When asked about the format for this years show, Hammerhead, Morpurgo answers promptly, as if he has been questioned on the unusual premise as often as you might expect: “For a while now I’ve wanted to do something where I develop a huge, wildly ambitious, richly imagined, kind of impossible show and then we as the audience would explore it from the margins.” The reference to the active role of the audience is deliberate, and members should be prepared to get involved to fully enjoy and appreciate the – Jane Austen inspired improv troupe – Austentatious member’s show, as was the case with Soothing Sounds for Baby, in which “the entire audience were tucked beneath a giant sheet the size of the whole venue, to be read a bedtime story.” Explaining the show, Morpurgo mentions the recent Bowie exhibition at the V&A in London, “where they had all of his costumes, posters, set lists, all this ephemera. Bowie wasn’t there, the music wasn’t there, but all of the relics were how you experienced his career. For this show I’ve done a similar thing. The idea of building this stupidly mad megashow and then using the post-show set up to explore it from the margins using script extracts, props, and merchandise.”
Again, this doesn’t seem like an obvious starting to point for comedy, and yet Hammerhead has been authoritatively described as ‘an uproariously silly show, stuffed with so many jokes on screen and on stage that you could watch it twice and not stop laughing.’ And this is not to say that the humour does not have edge or direction, with swipes taken at the brittle ego of the actor, and “plenty to grab onto if you know the book,” but, at the front of it, “all you need to know to enjoy the show is something to do with this monster with bolts in his neck.” With Morpurgo designing and making all of the music and videos himself, this multimedia show is undoubtedly ambitious. Indeed, ambition itself seems a prevalent motif of the work, both in Doctor Frankenstein of the source material, “who thinks he can change the world forever by making this glorious creature and beating death,” and in the sole character of Morpurgo’s show, “a young, overambitious performer, who has made this supposedly world changing theatre piece, but might not be quite as good as he thinks he is.” The ambition of Morpurgo’s shows is consistent though: before Soothing Sounds, 2015’s show Odessa took a VHS of old US News footage and, with the characters seen, spun a sprawling, mysterious, whodunnit that has been compared to David Lynch’s Twin Peaks. While I get the impression that Morpurgo is a Lynch fan, it seems the comparison is incidental: “You don’t make things hoping to be compared to specific people, because then you’re just kind of emulating them. But inevitably the things you like and love in music and film become a part of you and knock around in your subconscious.” This is surely undoubted in Morpurgo’s case, given his tendency to pastiche previous works and formats for his own shows, but his own well-crafted ingenuity promises that the source never dominates the meal. Hammerhead promises more of the impossible to predict same from the understated eccentric. Joseph Morpurgo is performing Hammerhead at The Old Market from 30 May to 2 Jun.
peaking with Joseph Morpurgo, it is perhaps not immediately apparent that you are talking to one of comedy’s most celebrated new stars, but with a trio of acclaimed and sold out Edinburgh shows under his belt, three Chortle Awards on a crowded mantelpiece, and his new show garnering his usual slew of laudatory reviews, you can be certain that this is the case.
JOHN (1930-2018) AND JANE WEAVER: A CELEBRATION OF JOHN WEAVER’S LIFE This year, John and Jane Weaver’s Brunswick Open House will reopen again exhibiting John Weaver’s and Jane Weaver’s work. John’s work is about emotions while Jane’s work is about aesthetics. John Weaver was a graphic artist while Jane was an art teacher who also set up exhibitions. However, they were both serious
artists at heart so on retirement, (Jane Weaver continued teaching) they dedicated their time to painting, taking part in various local festivals such as the Brighton Artists Open Houses. John Weaver was a classical abstract artist favouring his unique concept of space beyond earth, outside the solar system which includes colour, composition and movement. His paintings are classical in composition, meaning that if you move something or took it away, the whole composition wouldn’t feel right when you looked at it – it would jar and lose its balance. However, it is abstract in subject. So this, along with his symbolism gives us a perfect example of abstract art in its purist form. Whereas Jane Weaver’s work is figurative (you can tell what it is and where you are - reality as she sees it). Her collection includes her beautiful watercolours of landscapes and ‘still life’ for which over the years she has been invited to do many demonstration classes, along with many popular scenes of Brighton and Hove. When she paints in oils she likes to paint allegorical scenes along with many popular scenes of local people amusing themselves in Brighton and Hove.
VEEBEE Brand new North Laines gallery; recently opened by the artist - VEEBEE - Having exhibited work both worldwide and through local galleries, VEEBEE has now brought a unique collection of artworks, inspired by pop and urban art themes, the gallery 40 offers limited edition prints, original paintings and artwork commissions.
PADDLE ROUND THE PIER
By Lizzie Ellis
Now Europe’s biggest charity beach festival, The Paddle Round The Pier has become a staple of Brighton summertime, with festival goers flocking to the seafront for the two-day festival spectacular. The Hawaiian-themed free festival will celebrate its 22nd birthday on Sat 7 - Sun 8 July, jam packed with entertainment both on and offshore for everyone to enjoy. The main event, the Paddle Round The Pier, sees hundreds of competitors surf, swim, and paddle round the West Pier. The much loved ‘paddle something unusual’ race requires entrants to get their creative caps on, and come up with the most ridiculous craft possible, attempting to make it round the pier in their seaproof creation. Past entries have included a bed to a shed, anything is acceptable if it’s safe! On top of this, there is a range of water sports, surfing, diving, swimming, paddle boarding plus more. Don’t forget your four legged friends as a Guinness World Record attempt for the most dogs on a paddle board will also take place in 2018!
For those wishing to stay dry, on the setting of the beautiful Hove lawns is the ‘paddle village’ featuring three entertainment stages with live music, entertainers, talks, workshops, kids stage and more! A ukulele stage will propel Hawaiian vibes into the festival and ramp up the ‘Aloha spirit.’ Dozens of stalls with food, drink, water sport related exhibitors, crafts and retailers ensure there really is something for everyone. Changes in 2018 set the two-day festival to be the best yet. This year the festival is doing more to promote conservation of coastlines by going green, with all trays, cups and cutlery used by suppliers fully compostable. This makes Paddle the UK’s first compostable beach festival. Paddle is also an official registered charity from 2018, meaning greater capacity to support more causes and promote education and healthy enjoyment of the seaside. The Paddle Round The Pier has received recognition as the ‘Best Event in the City’ in the Brighton and Hove Business Awards 2014, as well as voted “one of the top 15 summer destinations” by The Guardian. With The Independent noting the seafront festival as “a highlight of the summer” it is certainly worth heading down on July 7-8th to experience one of the best events of the year!
The Paddle Round The Pier has flourished over the years from its humble beginnings of just 50 attendees in 1996 to a highlight of the summer with 50,000-crowd, keen to enjoy and celebrate the water sports and beach-based activities whilst raising money for charity.
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TV & FILM
PATRICK MELROSE SUN 13 MAY SKY ATLANTIC Based on the semi-autobiographical novels by Edward St. Aubyn, Patrick Melrose shows the title character (Benedict Cumberbatch) struggling to overcome the damage inflicted by an abusive father and a mother (Jennifer Jason Leigh) who tacitly condones his behaviour. With this mini-series only airing for five consecutive Sundays, it’s something to surely not miss on Sky Atlantic.
UNBREAKABLE KIMMY SCHMIDT WEDS 30 MAY NETFLIX
HUMANS TUES 5 JUNE
Kimmy Schmidt may be unbreakable, but it’s a different story for it’s fourth season. The first 6 episodes are being released at the end of the month, and the last 6 to be released later this year. Season four will follow Kimmy as she continues to adjust to the 21st century and learn more about herself.
Artificial intelligence certainly is a hotbutton topic these days. Why don’t you ask your smart assistant? (Actually, don’t.) Back for its third series is Channel 4’s Humans - set in parallel present where the lines between machines and people are blurred. Exploring the evolution of technology, and its effect on society, the series kicks off in early June.
BREAKING IN FRI 11 MAY
LIFE OF THE PARTY FRI 11 MAY
SOLO: A STAR WARS STORY TUES 24 MAY
Breaking In combines both the mother’s protective instinct and one of those classic 90s action movies where team of bad guys discover they’ve messed with the wrong person at the wrong time. Gabrielle Union shows she has a special set of skills, which includes punching and kicking anyone who gets in the way of her and her children.
Co-written by Ben Falcone and Melissa McCarthy, this film follows Deanna (McCarthy), a former dedicated housewife who goes back to college in a bid to reclaim her youth. Follow Deanna and her daughter, who end up in the same class, as the chance of things not going well rises exponentially.
There’s hopes of no flying space wizards making an appearance, and perhaps the untold story of Chewbacca and Han Solo’s friendship will be revealed. Star Wars fans have to wait no longer as Solo: A Star Wars Story is to be released a day earlier than planned. May the 24th be with you (yes not the 4th for some insane reason).
DEADPOOL 2 FRI 18 MAY Everyone can expect more of Deadpool’s mouthy wisecracks, his meta-commentary on the nature of superhero films and of course a lot of bloody violence. It looks like Deadpool won’t be up to his usual vigilante antics by himself, especially with new villain Cable coming onto the scene with the plans of killing a kid. Returning favourites Colossus and Negasonic Teenage Warhead and a few new players join Deadpool in the X-force to take on Cable, and yes violence ensues.
FOOD NEWS THE IVY IN THE LANES The Ivy in the Lanes will finally open its doors in Brighton’s historic Lanes on Weds 2 May. The 240-seat venue will be open seven days a week, offering a sophisticated and friendly dining experience to residents, shoppers and visitors alike. Keeping Brighton at the heart of the venue, the brassiere’s interior will feature Brighton inspired works, depicting key landmarks like the pier, sealife, and Brighton beach, just in case you forget where you are. The opening couldn’t have come at a better time, as festival season commences in Brighton with the Great Escape, Brighton Festival and Fringe, the city is set to come alive as residents and visitors flock to the seafront festivities. It’s good news for cocktail lovers, the menu will feature a tempting list of traditional and contemporary cocktails. Whether you’ve got a sweet tooth or like your cocktails strong there is something for everyone including the appetising Candy Floss Fizz and the Pavillion Passion. After much anticipation, the venue will finally open on Wednesday 2nd May, with some tables being reserved for walk-in guests.
BRIGHTON CEREAL CAFE Four years after the opening of the UK’s first ever cereal café in London, Brighton is now following in its footsteps with the Brighton Cereal Café to be opened in the heart of the city on Fri 1 Jun. Much like the Cereal Killer Café in Shoreditch, the Brighton Cereal Café will serve a wide range of imported cereal to enjoy alongside cereal cocktails and shakes. Co-owner Oskar said: “It’s a similar concept to Cereal Killer Café in London, but aesthetically we’re going to be a bit more high end; I didn’t want to go down the line of having retro absolutely everywhere.” The café will offer between ten and 15 seats and two bar sections, where customers can enjoy cereals imported from South Africa, Australia, America, France and Germany with options including everything from Froot Loops and Lucky Charms to Cookies & Cream Shreds, Strawberry Pops and Sprinkled Donut Crunch. Milk-wise, Brighton Cereal Café will offer 12 different options including soya, oat, coconut and almond milk alongside traditional dairy. Bowls of cereal will range anywhere between £1.50 for plain cornflakes to £15 depending on bowl size and the amount of toppings, with American cereals costing between £3.50 and £3.80 and UK cereals starting from as little as £1.50. Maple syrup toppings will cost an additional 90p and customers can have a flat shake (made from everyone’s childhood staple, Nesquik) on the side for only £1.50. As for the location, Oskar and business partner Konstantin have decided to keep quiet for now, however have promised to give away 100 free bowls of cereal to their first 100 customers on Fri 1 Jun. Keep an eye out on www.bn1magazine.co.uk for updates.
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CIRCO Setting up for Señor’s second spot
By Nammie Matthews
If you’ve been wondering whether the appearance of the word ‘Circo’ above the doors of 9 Preston Road had spelled the end for local favourite Señor Buddha, don’t worry – the much-loved Spanish-Asian fusion restaurant has merely undergone a few changes in the wake of some very exciting news. Owner Lee Shipley still runs the show, the chefs continue to create beautifully modern tapas with a twist, while the charismatic general manager Dean is still entertaining diners with flawless aplomb. But ahead of the launch of its sister restaurant in the city centre later this year, the 20-cover eatery has changed its name in keeping with its surroundings. There’s also a new menu to look forward to, plus a Spanish wine menu curated by vintners Enotria & Coe. And may we say, diners are in for a treat. Despite the name change, there’s little that separates Circo from its predecessor. The menu still reflects the site’s origin as a tapas bar, and is made up of five to six of each of pintxos, planta, pescados, carne and postre (or snack, plant, fish, meat and dessert). We opt for two of each to share between two – plus wines to match – and get to work. Our first dish is the Brandada de Bacalao – cod paired with the rich, umami flavour of miso and a crispy tuile worthy of Masterchef’s Gregg Wallace’s plate. We chase it with ajo blanco, which we’re told is an authentic chilled soup shot of crushed almonds and garlic typical in Granada and Málaga, topped with Asian citrus pomelo. However, after the cod this struggled to stand up, and the beautiful tuna, parma ham and wasabi mayonnaise crudites we were later served were far preferred. Circo’s knack for complimenting flavours cross-continent were reinforced in the dishes that followed, with pumpkin, Thai aioli, kale, pak choi and candied cashews offering a delightfully light vegetable-based option. We were incredibly impressed by the tenderstem broccoli a la plancha, which was served with tofu, pickled mushroom, hazelnuts and coconut, the tofu appearing like crumbled feta cheese sprinkled over the top. The flavours were delicious, our only complaint being that we hadn’t ordered more. We were recommended NV Xeco Fino Sherry to drink alongside it, which offered a crisp addition to the existing flavour combination – however wasn’t personally to our taste.
Next came the Calamar fritto, with squid ink romesco and pickled chilli, which may hold the title for the best calamari we have ever tried in Brighton. The Polpo a la Gallega, fennel, sobrassada and coriander aioli makes for a more unusual
choice – octopus not making the majority of menus across the city, after all – yet came perfectly cooked, the fennel offering a subtle aniseed-y taste. While we were impressed with the fish plates, the Presa Iberica pork that followed was by far the most impressive dish of the night. Perfectly pink, moist and tender, you’d be forgiven for Images by Nick Harvey mistaking it as a good cut of beef – or perhaps even lamb. The meat was perfectly accompanied by the flavours of nori, shrimp crumb and romesco to balance the plate – the latter of which is usually served with fish, demonstrating Circo’s willingness to go against tradition if it means exciting flavour combinations are fulfilled. Our final savoury dish, lamb rump boasted bacon, plum sake chutney, shard and fennel provided a delectable combination which our red wine (Monastrell Reserva, Mas Demera, Jumilla) paired with perfectly. Our dessert comprised a deconstructed almond and lemon tart, with mascarpone and basil sherbet - Kodakara Nanko Umeshu Sake served on the side (our favourite tipple of the evening). Delicious and carefully presented, it marked a lovely end to our visit. If our visit to Circo is anything to go by, the second Senor Buddha – coming to the city centre later this year – is certainly one to look out for. The team is keeping tight lipped about the exact location of their sophomore restaurant, however has released its name: El Pabellón (hinting at proximity to the Royal Pavilion, perhaps?). We’ll be keeping a close eye out for this one, and we’re sure we’re not alone.
Down To Earth Coffee The specialty coffee shop and mobile caravan serving coffee, brunch and baked goods
By Alice Black
The West Hill Tavern 67 Buckingham Pl, Brighton, BN1 3PQ
It’s no secret that Brighton’s uniqueness in its food culture is unlike any other city, being one of the most vegan and vegetarian friendly cities in the country (if not the world). And one thing it does remarkably well is vegan-friendly pizza. Deemed by many as food of the gods, pizza is so widely adored that it seems criminal to exclude vegans from the fun. The latest of the city’s abundance in pizza shacks to get involved sees a new kitchen pop up at the West Hill Tavern: Cosmic Pizza Co. Just what we needed, right? However, what makes this pop up pizzeria stand out is their dedicated menu of vegetarian and vegan pizzas, which are each an experience that’s out of this world (excuse the pun). With a clever use of puns and word play, it’s difficult to forget the names of the pizzas, making ordering all the more fun. Try singing Sorry Miss Jackfruit to the tune of Outkast’s Ms Jackson - it makes it taste better, we promise - or saying Baa-Baa-Rella without giggling. Whether for the intention of making their customers laugh or ponder over the pun or not, they’ve done a great job in ensuring diners won’t forget their menu in a hurry. As for the flavours, just one slice is more than enough to get the idea of the flavours - but you’ll struggle to stop there. Sorry Miss Jackfruit is a vegan meat alternative and one of the first to taste during BN1’s visit. With the smoky BBQ taste as well as the sweetness from the jackfruit, you’d be mistaken for thinking this was pulled pork. It’s accompanied with charred sweetcorn, vegan mozzarella and seitan, the mixture of sweet and savoury serving to surprise taste buds in only a good way. Next up was Avocuddle, a seafood-inspired pizza with salmon, avocado, capers with a cream base. Now I’m not a massive lover of seafood, yet this pizza was a pleasant surprise. The salmon complimented everything perfectly, but it was a little too salty for my liking. Sgt Pepperoni’s Heart Club was the last pizza we got to try, and despite its name was completely meat free. It may taste like pepperoni, and look like it too - but this pizza comes without animal cruelty. Go figure! Overall, the food at the Cosmic Pizza Co is well worth a try, and proves that one small step in the direction of vegan pizza can be one giant leap for this little Seven Dials pub.
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By Nammie Matthews It’s been open barely nine months, and yet Starfish and Coffee has already won itself an accolade for Best Brunch in Brighton, knocking Joe’s Café (a breakfast favourite for more than two decades) off the top spot at the BRAVO awards in March. If this is a bit of a surprise to you and the café hadn’t reached your radar (until now), you’d be forgiven – it’s not exactly right in the centre of town. That being said, you’ve also been hugely missing out (though no judgement from this writer, who had been yet to visit until this very review). Situated in a huge corner unit overlooking Queen’s Park, it arrived in Egremont Place in July last year, offering an impressive daily brunch menu to the Hanover/Queen’s Park community in a welcoming, light-filled setting. The café also boasts a killer soundtrack – but then it’s hardly surprising that the brainchild of ex-Juice DJ Tony Marks, which is also named after Prince’s 1987 track Starfish and Coffee, would combine food with music. For those who aren’t acquainted with Tony’s earlier work with Juice, or his own Oven Ready Radio, you can expect early 2000s indie and electropop combined with a little 80s punk while you chow down a full English, potato hash or a smorgasbord of egg-based dishes. It’s something that’s appreciated during our visit – along with the space’s artwork. When I’m done staring agog at the space’s massive Mooredraw mural, which is a cartoon-ish take on the story behind the café’s eponym, I’m ready to order – but not before a quick chat with the main man himself. Tony tells me that he and his partner had spent the last few years brunching their way around the city prior to opening Starfish and Coffee, recreating dishes and improving on their technique weekend after weekend at home. When he came out of work last year, it felt like a natural progression to share some of his recipes with the city, much in the way he had become accustomed to sharing playlists. He goes on to recommend I try the Smashed Avocado Royale, which comprises the usual suspects of salmon and sourdough along with a healthy serving of avocado,
cherry tomatoes and lemon plus the pleasantly surprising additions of beetroot powder, parsley oil and onion seeds to really make the flavours pop. I’m told it’s one of the café’s most popular dishes: one bite and I can see why. The freshness of each element shines through, presenting the perfect brunch as we come into the warmer months. Extra points go to Starfish and Coffee for their freshly squeezed orange juice – a must for any brunch, in my opinion – and coffee, which comes courtesy of Coffee @ 33. All in all, it’s a great brunch spot to catch up with friends, try something new or simply get ready for the day ahead. Plus, the playlist may just be worth the trek up Southover Street alone…
On The Playlist CSS – Let’s Make Love The Strokes – Someday The Smiths – This Charming Man CSS – Off the Hook Maximo Park – Our Velocity Arctic Monkeys – Fluorescent Adolescent The Killers – Somebody Told Me The Libertines – Don’t Look Back Into the Sun The Undertones – Teenage Kicks Blur – Country House Two Door Cinema Club – What You Know
LOST BOYS CHICKEN
@ THE JOKER 2 Preston Rd, Brighton, BN1 4QF www.thejokerbrighton.com/food
By Lizzie Ellis Turns out you don’t need to fly across the pond to the USA get New York city quality buffalo wings and burgers, you can get them right here in Brighton.
those with more daring tastebuds consider the thuddbutt, the rufio (not for the faint hearted) or shadow (described as extra extra extra hot!)
In December 2017, under a new name but the same talented chef, Lost Boys Chicken was born. Situated in the centre of the bustling Preston Circus at The Joker Pub, Lost Boys has quickly established itself as the food mastermind of Brighton.
The burgers should not be overlooked, with a single for £7.50 and double for £9. Choices include the buffalo chicken sandwich, chicken shop sandwich, very veggie burger and very vegan burger. Very, very nice.
Why the name Lost Boys I hear you ask. It was born out of the film Hook (one of chef Tom’s favourites) with each of the quirky sauces based on characters. With the kitchen open from midday-10pm, the New York style dining experience is far beyond the realms of your average pub food. In fact, it was recently voted second place in the BRAVO awards for the best pub grub in Brighton. Taste the wings for yourself and it’s not hard to see why. The menu is not extensive, but has everything you would expect from the American style diner including wings, burgers, sandwiches, nuggets and five (yes five) different types of chips. Faced with the tough choice of what to order, I felt it only right to go for their most famous dish, which is, of course, the mouth-watering buffalo wings.
The halloumi fries (£4.50) are well worth a mention, bursting with flavour and cooked to perfection, they avoid the rubbery feel halloumi can have and takes cheesy fries to a whole new level of deliciousness. Lost Boys Chicken really gives off the impression that the food has been well thought out, with lots more homemade sauces in the pipelines. The customer service was fabulous - even in busy spells. The team may be small but they definitely know how to cook up some magic. The success of the pub grub shows no sign of slowing down, with expansion of Lost Boys Chicken set to hit The Joker Croydon in the coming months. If you’re looking for somewhere to enjoy some food and drink as the sun comes out in Brighton, head down to The Joker and see what all the fuss is about for yourself.
The range of sauces will get your taste buds tingling. Whether you’re a hot-sauce fanatic or prefer something plainer, every single one compliments the chicken wings perfectly. The house sauces and buffalo wings are all gluten free too. The Wendy was my choice of homemade sauce, described as a calm classic buffalo. It was delicious but
The basket of wings come in ten or fifteen pieces, served with celery and either blue cheese or ranch dressing and coated in a famous house buffalo sauce. Ten wings come at a reasonably priced £7.50 or get fifteen pieces for £10.
BY LOTTIE WOODROW
S OURCE Proud Country House
Taking a step outside of the hectic city system, and escaping the tourists as they pile in for the long, summer season, transforming the tiny streets of Brighton into a chaotic mayhem, is something all of us city-dewellers revel in once in a while. Tucked away, just a couple of miles out of the city is Stanmer Park, a beautiful woodland, filled with walks and open lands, where Proud Country House is situated amongst the natural surroundings. Built in the 18th Century for the Pelham Family, Proud Country House has been restored and modernised, with a large garden, marque and seating area outside. On the inside, the large, high ceiling rooms, are filled with cosy tables and sofa areas, offering a range of seasonal produce and dishes to feast upon. With the summer weather in full swing (at least temporarily), we hit up the opportunity to try out the Spring/Summer menu from Source. The latest menu incorporates all of the best seasonal, and local produce Sussex has on offer. Source has a ‘farm to fork’ concept, using all of the best local produced including meats, fish and freshly-grown produce. All of which is from a twenty mile radius of the restaurant. Arriving on the warmest day of the year so far, we eagerly ordered a large glass of their ‘Spinnaker White’, from Robertson, South Africa, priced at £7.95 per glass. Perfect for a warm spring lunchtime. The restaurant echoes British traditions, with both the menu, and the stunning formal decor, replicating the 18th Century style, with a slightly modern tweak. With the sun shining, the restaurant area was on the quieter side, while the garden was filled with families and couples enjoying the weather.
Still being early, we decided to go straight to mains. Being an avid lover of halloumi, I decided to opt for the Harissa Spiced Halloumi and Smokey Aubergine Tower, and my friend went with the Sussex Beef and Carrots Pie Pastry and Stew option. The food arrived in good time. The halloumi and aubergine tower, a layering of red, yellow, and green roasted peppers, juicy roasted aubergine and tomato, and lightly spiced halloumi. All of which was warmed, and layered in-between a red onion marmalade adding a touch sweetness, against the salty cheese. The tower was accompanied by a seasoned salad of iceberg lettuce, cucumber, tomato, raw broad beans, carrot, pickled ribbons of cucumber, topped with blackcurrants, and a basket of skinny fries. The summery mixture all accompanied one another delicately, and perfect for a vegetarian on a warm summers afternoon. The Pie Pastry and Stew offers a choice of three fillings: Sussex Beef and Carrots, South Down Lamb Navarin, or Pork, Apple and Cider stew, all topped with a traditional short pastry filler. My partner opted for the beef and carrots stew, filled with seasonal vegetables including carrots, peas and courgette. The gravy was on the thinner side, so a spoon is definitely required, however adding chunks of the pastry helped mop up the juices. All of which was served in a medium sized bowl, topped with the pastry. As both lovers of anything pastry related, the short crust topper did not disappoint, perfectly flaky and buttery smooth. Although perhaps seen as a more winter style dish, it would be a great alternative for a cooler summers day. Of course, what’s a lunch-out without dessert right? And every time I see a brownie on the menu, I can’t help but pick it out, and what’s best is that it was completely vegan! We decided to share the Raw Chocolate Brownie, with every vegan’s favourite ice-cream, Booja Booja vanilla style, and a bowl of refreshing mango and blackcurrant sorbet to cleanse our palettes. Both of which were perfect to finish with. Source at Proud Country House is open seven days a week, offering a delicious range of seasonal dishes to enjoy, while taking in the beautiful countryside scenery.
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This month I’m talking about plantbased eating, and how you can easily incorporate it into your everyday diet.
What’s the deal with FODMAPs? The last few years have seen FODMAPs hurtling out of obscurity into the Diet World limelight. Most people will know someone who’s ‘doing’ FODMAPs but most people would also struggle to tell you what the heck a FODMAP even was. That is, unless they’ve had a FODMAP-er over for dinner... History of FODMAPs The low FODMAP diet was developed by a research team from Monash University in Australia. The theory is that restricting certain fermentable carbohydrates and sugar alcohols can improve the gastrointestinal symptoms of some people with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). Go on then, what’s a FODMAP? Fermentable Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides And Polyols. The saccharides are fermentable carbohydrates and the polyols are sugar alcohols, these are usually found as sweeteners - like the xylitol in your chewing gum. Our bodies can’t digest FODMAPs and certain IBS symptoms are thought to come from them fermenting in our gut.. This process produces gas, bloating and can draw water into our gut which can worsen any IBS-associated pain and diarrhoea. What’s involved? There are 3 phases: 1. An initial phase of cutting out foods that are high in FODMAPs. If symptoms don’t improve after the initial ~4 weeks of exclusion - then FODMAPs isn’t likely to work. 2. Working with a dietitian, a carefully phased reintroduction of certain FODMAP containing foods and detailed monitoring of symptoms. 3. Working with a dietitian, development of a personalised long-term diet plan containing foods that don’t worsen symptoms, or are tolerable in small amounts. This will be different for everyone on FODMAPs.
The exclusion phase of FODMAPs is not recommended long term. It’s a tricky, restrictive plan to undertake alone and there’s a real risk of becoming malnourished. It may also have a nasty effect on your gut health - as FODMAPs are found in foods that help to keep our microbiota happy. That’s why it should be conducted with a specialist Dietitian. Dietitians will tailor nutrition advice to work for you and your lifestyle, help you to figure out what’s worsening your symptoms and ensure that you’re getting what you need from your diet. How effective is it? In trials, FODMAPs has been shown to be very effective in treating abdominal pain, bloating and diarrhoea in IBS sufferers. If followed correctly, it can make a real difference to people’s lives but it’s not a magic bullet and it won’t help everyone. The importance of the link between our gut and our brain is being researched extensively. There was also some interesting research that came out last year which showed that yoga could be equally as effective as FODMAPs in treating IBS symptoms. Future treatments for IBS may help us to fine-tune treatments without resorting to extreme elimination diets. Is FODMAPs for you? If you think you’re concerned about any unusual gastrointestinal symptoms, first go and speak to your GP and ensure you rule out any other underlying causes for your symptoms. If you do receive an IBS diagnosis you should ask your GP for a referral to a dietitian who will go through your diet history and lifestyle with you. FODMAPs is an extreme undertaking to help manage IBS and there are many other things that your dietitian can suggest you try first. If these don’t work then they may work with you to see if FODMAPs is a good fit. It’s also worth noting that though there are many people touting it as a cure-all for every ailment, FODMAPs has only been extensively trialled and recommended for treating IBS symptoms. Needlessly excluding lots of foods isn’t healthy and you might even do yourself some damage. If in doubt, always ask your GP, dietitian or other healthcare professional. To learn more about FODMAPs, visit: www.monash.edu
Hi, I’m Jess English, a fully qualified, registered dietitian. I specialise in helping people to reach their health goals without dieting or focusing on weight, offering oneto-one and online consultations from my clinic rooms in Brighton and Hove. I love to cook, translating nutrition science into tasty food.
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