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EVENTS NEWS WHAT’S ON IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE THIS MONTH
THURS 11 - SUN 14 OCT, VARIOUS VENUES wesfest.co.uk
The Brighton Film Party Society are taking the plunge and developing their ideas into a full blown DIY mini boutique festival for Wes Anderson fans in Brighton. In conjunction with White Wall Cinema, the society will be hosting four days of Wes-themed events at four different locations including two film screenings, a fancy dress party with live bands and DJs taking place in an immersive setting, plus a special Sunday evening visit to a floating venue recreating Steve Zissou’s Belafonte boat soirée!
FRI 5 - SUN 7 OCT STICKY MIKE’S / GREEN DOOR STORE / THE ARCH mammothfest.uk
Halloween isn’t the only terrifying event happening this October, as Brighton’s premier extreme metal festival Mammothfest returns from Fri 5 - Sun 7 October. Taking place across Brighton over three venues (Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar, Green Door Store and The Arch) it promises to be one of the biggest weekends of the year for local metalheads with over 40 bands playing. Legendary Polish act Decapitated will appear for their only UK festival headline performance at this three-day celebration of some of the heaviest rock music on earth. Some other artists to keep an ear out for include the eclectic Bleed From Within and local thrashers King Leviathan, who will be headlining the Sunday in their final Brighton show before they break up at the end of the month. 6
Sunday will also see the finals of Mammothfest’s year-long Best Band competition, which has pitted bands against each other in regional heats all year over 11 venues in the UK. Last year saw hundreds attend the metal festival, and this year’s growth suggests it’s only going to be bigger and better. Day tickets are going from as little as £10, while weekend tickets are available for £40 from their website.
SAT 27 OCT PROUD COUNTRY HOUSE popupbrighton.co.uk
Pop Up Brighton is holding a unique event based on traditional Victorian horror theatre this Halloween at Stanmer Park’s Proud Country House. From 9pm until 3am on Sat 27 Oct, Phantasmagoria will use projection, theatre and art on an hour-long guided mansion tour, in which nine rooms are individually curated by artists and collectives will look to shock and spook audiences. There will also be walks through the gardens, a cinema room screening local and international horror short-films, three bars and two stages with DJs playing music into the early hours. This is one Halloween event not to be missed!
i360 BECOMES THE NEW HOME FOR THE BRIGHTON MUSIC CONFERENCE 2019 24-27 APRIL 2019
Brighton Music Conference may be flying into its sixth year next year, however 2019’s event will no longer be held at the Brighton Dome. Instead, the city’s iconic i360 complex will house the electronic music conference, taking place from 24-27 April 2019. BMC early bird tickets are on sale now, the first 50 tickets sold receiving an invite to an exclusive event on the i360 on the 26 Apr.
DRIVE IN CINEMA: GREASE (1978) SAT 13 OCT BRIGHTON RACECOURSE
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Sing along to Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) from the comfort of your car with this classic tale of two highschoolers who fall in love on their summer break.
BRIGHTON PHOTO BIENNIAL UNTIL 28 OCT, VARIOUS VENUES bpb.org.uk
The Brighton Photo Biennialreturns with 20 days of free photography exhibitions across Brighton & Hove this month. With this year’s theme entitled A New Europe, the festival will examine the current state of the United Kingdom as it redefines its role in Europe, as well as our shared history and photography’s role in the construction of national identity. Exhibitions will be free andtake place in established galleries, pop-ups and public spaces across the city. Alongside independent photographers’ works, the festival will also look back to the 1990s when the opening of The Channel Tunnel physically linked Britain to the continent for the first time in 12,000 years. PLUS! • • •
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OCTOBERBEST Brighton’s restaurant festival is back for another year, with the Top 20 restaurants in the city all offering discount dining opportunities for us mere mortals who can’t crack out £100 a head for dins. The perfect opportunity to try new dishes by some of the best talent in town. For our run-down on the best of the pick, head to page 44. HALLOWEEN Costumes at the ready, everyone’s favourite festival of spooks returns this 31 Oct, and there are loads of shocktacular events happening across the city and further afield as a result.
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Shoreham’s annual WordFest is back with the theme of All Change, featuring reflections on the impact of the end of WW1 on arts and society, with a focus on the changing position of women. Headline acts HORTICULTURE include Ian McMillan, the ‘bard of HORRORS Yorkshire’, frequently heard on Radio Autumn has arrived, 3 and 4, and Peter Owen-Jones - TV and suddenly all our presenter and SouthDowns priest. blossoms and blooms Local performance poet Attila the are looking a bit, well, Stockbroker and his band launch dead. Bring back the Restoration Tragedy based on the sunshine!! Great Escape of Charles ll from Shoreham Harbour to France. There is a specially commissioned BIG BROTHER production of Romeo and Juliet, After 18 consecutive a thriller about Agatha Christie’s years, we’re finally personal mystery when she went seeing the back missing for eleven days, and Farley of Channel 5’s Big Arts Trust present A Portrait of Brother. Let’s just hope Space, a dramatized reading of something just as vile the life of Surrealist painter Roland and salacious doesn’t Penrose, his wife photographer Lee pop up in its place Miller, and artist friends such as (Love Island, The Circle Picasso at their Sussex farmhouse. we’re looking at you). Children and family events include theatre show The Giant’s Loo Roll, books by Sophy Henn, art and writing workshops. FOOD AND DRINK EDITION 7
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Independent Hove book shop City Books lists their bestsellers for this month...
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WHAT WOULD BOUDICCA DO?
E Foaley & B Coates Life lessons and problem solving for grown-ups from history’s most remarkable women, from Dorothy Parker to Rosa Parks, Sappho to Sophia Duleep Singh. Funny and fascinating, and beautifully illustrated.
Kate Atkinson Ten years after Juliet’s foray into WW2 espionage, things start to unravel. The unmissable new novel from one of Britain’s (and our!) favourite authors.
Sebastian Faulks The deeply moving new novel from the author of Birdsong weaves between present-day and WW2 Paris. It deals with questions of empire, grievance and identity with great originality and dark humour.
THE GUILTY FEMINIST
Deborah Frances-White From the hugely popular podcast of the same name. Frances-White explores what it means to be a feminist today and the ways in which we can make our lives - and other people’s - better and happier.
Sally Rooney Tracking the on-again off-again relationship between Marianne and Connell, from high school to life post university, with Rooney’s now trademark insight and expert dialogue. From the Man Booker longlisted author of Conversations with Friends.
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‘SPEED DEMON’ BIMM, BRICTT AND BRIGHTON FILM SCHOOL STUDENTS PRODUCE SPEED DEMON MUSIC VIDEO This academic year sees the creative union of three of Brighton’s premier performing arts colleges. To celebrate their collaboration, BRICTT, BFS and BIMM are joining forces to produce a full-flavoured music video for the the track Speed Demon by grime artist and BIMM Institute third year student,‘Marshall’.
“This ‘BBB promo’ has been an invaluable experience for our students. Working on a tightly run shoot with industry professionals, in partnership with their new fellow music and performance peers, this is the first cross collaboration project of many (I hope) and a highly valuable integration that really benefits our students.” says Cath Pick from BFS
In the tradition of their hands-on, industry-linked courses, the students from all three colleges have been working with director Grace Wainwright, producer Mark Davis and Cinematographer Francesco Pezzino who run their Brighton based production company. Retro-Juice Films has over 20 years experience in creating music videos for artists as wide ranging as The Kills, PJ Harvey, and James Blunt. As such, the project symbolises of the professional output that comes from the kind work required from the syllabus as well as the access the courses provide to real-world output.
Director Grace Wainwright was delighted by the students professionalism, “Working with the students was a real privilege, they are a credit to their academies”
The aim is to produce a “full-on 100 mph genre-popping snap of subversive bombast that refuses to pigeonhole the artist - instead celebrating all aspects of creativity” says coproducer Briggy Smale from BIMM. Brighton Film School (BFS) have provided all the kit and crew for the shoot, whilst Brighton Institute for Contemporary Theatre Training (BRICTT) provided the dancers and actors for the music video. The release of the track promotes a BIMM Brighton student, complete with BIMM session players and shows the cross-over between the three degree colleges. “The promo springs off Marshall’s track about triumph over adversity; landing a cool and playful clip that showcases the students. A lot of fun was had making it, and it shows.” coproducer Mark Davis enthused. BFS students also documented the BRICTT lecturers working with the Production Company on the creative genesis of the promo as well as the choreography as part of a behind-the-scenes recording of this first collaboration between the three colleges. “These opportunities really do give you a real taste of the industry and it’s a great way to gain experience and connections!” says Temisis Conway a second year BRICTT student. 10
Most importantly, the work has yielded results the pros are happy with; Mark Davis was pleased to say “it’s all done with a left field sense of fun that makes a point without taking itself too serious. Like a prophet with a sense of humour, Marshall has confounded expectations and blows the roof off urban branding by sticking the two fingers of victory up in its grimy face.” The video can be viewed at: vimeo.com/291477900
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After playing The Great Escape this year, Demons of Ruby Mae return to Brighton on the first stop of their month-long UK tour. Forming in 2013, the alt-rock Manchester duo and multi-instrumentalists Jonny Gavin and Adam Rowley have consistently been rising in acclaim and have recently released their single What Is Now in the run up to their debut studio album. The track sways between moody solemnness and cold whispering soundscapes to a glistening, triumphant indie pop chorus, something that has found them commonly likened to The XX and The National.
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DEMONS OF RUBY MAE THE HOPE & RUIN
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KERO KERO BONITO PATTERNS
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London trio Kero Kero Bonito met on an internet forum in 2013 and turned their friendship into a hyper colourful land of electro pop. Recently introducing a new style with their four track TOTEP earlier this year, they’ve grown up and gone for edgy indie pop. What can’t they do?
This duo broke through with their 2015 debut album Portraits that took them on a worldwide adventure. Now they’re gearing up to do it all over again, beginning with an autumn UK tour where they’ll be making a stop at our Concorde 2 for a night of eclectic electronic music.
This ground-breaking English electronic music group pioneered the ambient house genre in 1988 and garnered themselves a cult following as ambient and dub DJs in London. Now, three decades later The Orb are delivering a set of their greatest hits to mark their 30th Anniversary with special guests System 7.
TELEMAN Thurs 9 Oct, Concorde 2: Teleman enjoy finely crafting air-tight pop, you’ll enjoy the listen.
BO NINGEN Thurs 18 Oct, The Haunt: This Four-piece Japanese noise-rock band will be your new favourite.
WHENYOUNG Wed 10 Oct, Komedia: Exciting newcomers Whenyoung serve up some infectious Irish indie pop.
SICK JOY Sat 20 Oct, Patterns: Brighton trio who specialise in 90s influenced grungy noise pop.
PLANNER NICK MULVEY Weds 3 Oct, St George’s Church: Solo singer-songwriter and mercury award nominee brings folk to Brighton. WARGIRL Sat 6 Oct, Sticky Mike’s Frog Bar: From sunny California, WARGIRL fuses genres resulting in one danceable sound.
EDDI READER PAVILION THEATRE, WORTHING
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MON 22 OCT
(C) Alice Baxley
(C) Daniel Alexander Harris
Widely known for her work in Fairground Attraction and their number one hit single Perfect, these eight tour performances will see the iconic singer whose repertoire spans several musical styles performing new songs and old favourites. Having played sold out shows across the world in tours past, make sure you grab tickets while you can.
(C) Genevieve Stevenson
Considered to be one of Scotland’s greatest singers, the three-time BRIT Award winner and recipient of an MBE Eddi Reader is touring the UK this autumn following the release of her latest studio album Cavalier.
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This Welsh multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter has been steadily releasing indie folk music for four years and is making waves with his loaded, emotive artistry. Using his music as a platform for bettering the environment, he’s making a stop on his packed European tour for debut album Birthplace at Brighton’s Haunt.
This San Francisco native band dares you to try categorizing them. Buzzing with the possibilities that being undefinable brings, their sophomore album Bay Dream was released in June. With punk at their core and a carefree, mixed bag of influences that even extends to reggae, these guys could do anything.
A multi-award-winning songwriter, musician, theatre maker and published writer Karine Polwart releases her seventh album, Laws of Motion, this month. The follow-up to 2017’s much-praised A Pocket of Wind Resistance, it sees her continue to examine universally human societal issues through the power of vivid storytelling.
JO PASSED Sun 21 Oct, The Prince Albert: A weird and wonderful alt band inspired by ‘anxiety dreams’.
BC CAMPLIGHT Weds 24 Oct, Green Door Store: Joined by a full band, BC Camplight performs new album.
TUNNG Tue 23 Oct, Komedia: Reunited experimental pop folk Tunng play old and new favourites.
GIRLI Thurs 25 Oct, Patterns: Pink-haired Girli’s abrasive feminist pop is the next big thing.
SUPERORGANISM Sun 28 Oct, Concorde 2: Visual art and modern psychedelia combine to give traditional indie a twist. WEAKENED FRIENDS Weds 31 Oct, The Hope & Ruin: Undecided on where to go for Halloween? This cool indie gig is free! FOOD AND DRINK EDITION
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Music 101: How to resist sophomore syndrome
t takes me three attempts to reach Joe from IDLES; he finally tells me he’s in the middle of getting a tattoo, and wants to chat before his phone runs out of battery. His frantic schedule doesn’t come as a surprise. “I’ve got interviews all day, so if you’re all good to go, then so am I,” he replies, after I’ve asked him whether or not he wants to reschedule our interview - preferably to a time when he’s not being repeatedly stabbed by motorised needles. The circumstances of our interview say a lot; Joe’s managed to maintain a relentless agenda for several years now, moving through grief and struggle to create some of the most urgently compelling music heard this decade. “We don’t have to keep doing it,” he says. ”But we do keep doing it, because we’ve got an energy to us that we love”.
“WE’VE JUST GOT LOTS OF THINGS TO DO. WE’VE STARTED THE THIRD ALBUM NOW.” A glutton for punishment, Joe’s previously stated that he started writing the band’s second record (out last month) as soon as Brutalism had finished being recorded, When I ask him about the root of his work ethic, he muses on the matter, gritting his teeth mid-answer. I can almost hear the needles scraping his skin. “We’ve just got a lot of things to do. We’ve started the third album now.” He pauses. “Sorry, the needles are going so I’m gonna brace myself, hell-O!” His voice strains, the needles buzzing loudly as he attempts to string a sentence together without expressing the pain he’s in. “Yeah... We’re... On this third album now and we’re gonna keep going”. It’s clear within minutes of speaking to him that this is an essential process, a progression that comes with experiencing the kind of trauma Joe has been through. Both the passing of his mother and his daughter Agatha have dramatically shaped his world view, forcing him to look inward and channel his grief into art. 14
Joy as an Act of Resistance, however, comes from a different, more controlled place than Brutalism does. “The second album is more reflective, more about progress, using grief and embracing pain and sadness as a way of moving forward, using vulnerability as a gift to your audience, to encourage vulnerability and create your open-mindedness as a form of progression politically.” The refined nature of their second LP is immediate, they sound altogether more ambitious, expansive and considered.
“IT WAS ART IMITATING LIFE REALLY...” Joe’s mentioned before that this change in pace runs in tandem with the record’s meaning: it comes across as slightly less personable, more about an overarching message than about serving as a biographical piece. The album itself still exudes a genuinely heavy and brutal honesty, with the differences from their debut existing as noticeable subtleties. Joe remarks that this change came from an intentional shift in the bands attitude towards writing. “We wrote a whole bunch of songs over about a year and then we scrapped them all because we realised that we were writing under pressure instead of writing for the enjoyment of writing.” Joe pauses, while the sound of the needles die down slightly. “It was art imitating life really, it was about looking inwards and remembering why we started the album in the first place, which was to enjoy making, not to please everyone and all that jazz”.
“PHILOSOPHICALLY WE USED ‘JOY AS AN ACT OF RESISTANCE’ FOR EVERYTHING.” “You’ll hear there’s a bit more depth there because we’re allowing each other to play instead of all playing at the same time, we’re confident enough to stop playing, and listen
to each other which is where the depth comes from, the dynamic’s there because we allow it, we allow each other to breathe”. Listening to Joy as an Act of Resistance you’d be hard-pressed to find an element of the band that hasn’t improved in some way, and Joe recognises the stylistic tweaks. “There’s less of an explosive nature to that album but in turn it becomes more visceral and just more innate.” I ask whether he’ll have a cooldown period after years of constant writing and performing. He interrupts me almost immediately. “No... It’s all about keeping the momentum going.” Like many artists going through a grieving process, creativity for Joe is a way of coping; it’s cathartic in an unparalleled way that allows you to process what you’ve been through and create something out of it. Unsurprisingly, Joe’s influences mainly come from within. “The influences for me came from my life, The Descent of Man by Grayson Perry; thinking about masculinity in a way that I’ve never thought of before but realised that I’ve always thought of it that way, I’ve just never articulated it. Life is imitated by art, it’s inspired.” Asking further about what inspires the band from an instrumental standpoint Joe says that, “sonically, we just wear our influences on our sleeves; because we allow each other to breathe as individuals it all comes out, we don’t talk about it. Musically, this album is heavily influenced but we’ve never talked about it, I can’t talk about it because I don’t really know”. Joy as an Act of Resistance has a unique ire about it, the sound of a band one-upping a seminal album. Letting my curiosity get the better of me, I ask what we can expect from the already underway third album: “I’m not gonna tell you anything about the third album until it’s written my friend.” There’s a short silence before he ends the interview by saying, “I understand you’ve gotta give it a go but that ain’t happening.” He then laughs to himself and hangs up. Idles play Sat 27 Oct at Concorde 2
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SUPERORGANISM Quirky art pop collective Superorganism encompass the modern generation with an international line up and an emphasis on sampling and the digital age. Ahead of their gig at Concorde 2, guitarist and producer Harry spoke to us about their debut album, cultural exchanges and playing Concorde 2 for the first time. You guys adopted pseudonyms for the band; what was the thinking behind that? It’s an interesting thing: when you start out you’ve got this persona that you’ve built over years - it’s the way that your mum knows you - but it’s a different vibe when you get into being in a band and playing live. I suppose it’s a separation for some people. I remember reading a book about Iggy Pop when I was younger. It talked about how James Osterberg (his real name) was a grade A student, but when he started to take acid and joined a band he took on this persona and Iggy Pop was born. That was the thing he did to bring himself out of being a low-key grade A student to being a frontman who could go on stage and be fearless. There are a number of nationalities and backgrounds present among the eight of you - how does that influence the music you make? On the one hand it definitely does influence people in the sense of where you are from and the environment you grew up in. There’s a cultural exchange when you’re working together and showing each other new music but at the same time there’s the contradiction of that with the internet. It kind of takes away a lot of context. Since the early 2000s you’ve got the same access to the same thing. It means you can end up with the same cultural reference points even with having had totally different experiences in the culture that you were brought up in. Tell us a little more about your latest single Night Time why did you decided to release it as a single? It was a joint decision between the record label because you don’t always when know you’ve written a single. I was actually reading an interview with Paul McCartney yesterday where he was talking about when he first wrote Get Back. He didn’t see it as one of the best songs on Let it Be but the record label heard it and it ended up being a hit. I agree that you write songs and you don’t necessarily know. I remember thinking Everybody Wants To Be Famous would make a good single but with Night Time I always found it quite contemplative. The record company thought it was a good thing to go for though - so here we are. You mentioned Everybody Wants to Be Famous, can you elaborate on its satire of fame and celebrity? The initial idea for it came about through living in New Zealand and they had their own version of the X 16
Factor. It only ran for one season but I remember thinking how ridiculous! I remember thinking there’s an element of humiliation in it. I thought it was such a Black Mirror-esque almost dystopian thing in our modern society. And it got me thinking that everyone wants validation. Eventually I came around to this thought that instead of it being everyone’s desire to be famous as being this thing I looked down on I ended up really sympathizing with it. You know what? I’m trying to be a musician myself - it’s not really for me to judge the methods that other people use to get validation. Were you happy with the songs featured on the debut album and how it was received? I couldn’t really have anticipated it all, we put out the first ten songs that we wrote. We had 15 completed songs which we submitted to Domino about this time last year. We worked really closely with Laurence Bell. We had a meeting with him and he said, ‘I strongly suggest that instead of releasing all fifteen of them you release the first ten.’ The response we’ve had has been phenomenal. We’ve had so many good reviews and people coming to shows. There’s so many stories about how much people love the album. It’s amazing.
Are global sensations Superorganism the most meta band yet? WORDS: JULES PESTANO / PHOTOGRAPHY: JORDAN HUGHES Social media and the digital age are explored quite prominently on this album; as millennials is that something you were keen to talk about? The theme I identified with was the interconnectedness between things. People is obviously a very prominent one because we are all humans and we are operating in this modern world where the interconnectivity between individuals is huge. How that shapes our culture and personalities I think is something we’ll look back on as a cultural shift in thought and world consciousness.. What are your plans for the future? We’re already pretty far through our next record. We had some really good songs left over and then we haven’t really stopped working at it since. We’re definitely not going to be one of those bands where you wait four or five years for something new. Superorganism play Concorde 2 on Sun 28 Oct.
[X Factor] is so weirdly Black Mirror-esque it’s almost this dystopian thing in our modern society.
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TOVE STYRKE WORDS: ELLIOT MARTIN
No, it doesn’t rhyme with ‘love’. After I was finally given clarity on the pronunciation of her name (it’s TOO-veh STIR-keh, by the way). Tove Styrke began by talking a little about herself and what she had been up to this past year. She spent a fair amount marveling in what a great year it has been for her, and that’s no overstatement. Particularly for a singer/songwriter from Sweden, Tove has accomplished what takes many artists takes a prolonged amount of composing, marketing and performing to get to. Having started 2018 off by supporting Lorde in the US and Katy Perry in Europe, she has just released her third studio album, Sway. She laughs, “I’ve really had the best year, It’s been so much fun. And now I’m getting ready to go on tour!” Styrke has been schooled by the artists that have been in the industry for a while, and she has come out the other side of it more enlightened and ready to tour the US, the UK and her home region of Scandinavia with all the knowledge she has absorbed over the last few months.
“I got to play massive arenas and I learnt so much, seriously one of the best experiences of my life.”
yourself with the person, you like them. I’m delving into that a lot, the dynamics of people.” Her upcoming tour is her first headline tour, and it will be the biggest she has done on her own. With so much material to work from, Tove Styrke promises to make her Brighton debut performance one to remember. “It’s gonna be a ride. I promise.” Tove Styrke comes to Brighton’s Patterns on Tues 30 Oct.
She then talks about things have seemed to find her in this digital age, and how she has found breaking through the maze and finding a platform to stand on, in the ever growing music industry. “I feel like everything is so open now,” says Styrke. “For me it doesn’t feel so sectioned anymore. It’s cool that I can record a song in like a little basement studio, and someone like Lorde, for instance, finds it and books me for a tour.” In short, there are ups and downs to technology’s increasing role in the music industry, but Tove believes it makes the world seem smaller and more accessible. Meanwhile, Styrke is keen to talk more about her new album Sway, which is a reflection of her fascination on how people think and work; how it’s hard to understand people, and it can be frustrating to work with someone that you don’t click with. Interestingly she referred to people as mirrors. “If you like the reflection of
It’s gonna be a ride. I promise.
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SEA GIRLS In the midst of hectic preparations ahead of their UK tour this autumn, guitarist and lead vocalist Henry from indie rock band Sea Girls kindly takes some time out from his busy schedule to talk all things music, and how 2018 has been such a big year for them.
The release of their newest single All I Want to Hear You Say has found itself in the hands of the likes of Annie Mac and Jack Saunders, making the playlists on BBC Radio 1 and slipped itself into the Spotify Indie list. “We feel so lucky and it feels so good to be recognised,” Henry says through a somewhat distorted line. “It makes us feel like we’re doing the right thing”, he continues, and they certainly seem to be. After a manic summer playing festivals up and down the country and preparing for the release of All I Want to Hear You Say, Henry gives us an insight into the theme behind the insanely catchy number. “It’s written from a point of view of measuring yourself by how other people perceive you, or how someone else perceives you and wanting them to see all the positive things you’re achieving.” It kind of sounds like the band’s own affirmation to themselves, with them almost patting themselves on the shoulder, them too acknowledging how far they’ve come in such a short space of time. Despite the strained line and the awkward interview circumstances (I was nestled in what can only be resembled as Harry Potter’s cupboard under the stairs, laptop balanced on my knee listening intently to the faint answers coming through the phone) the Sea Girls vocalist was more than happy to delve into his personal thought processes when it comes to his song writing. “I have to write about what I feel at the time, and what I think I need to get out.” With the majority of their music being immensely catchy and wonderfully uplifting, Henry enjoys the ambiguity his lyrics possess: “People will pick up on something that could be quite a strong thought, (C) Phil Smithie
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Like a love song, but actually the song is about something else… I want people to know that they can get more than one idea from it.” I get the feeling that Henry likes to relate to his audience, penning issues that most people in most places go through on a daily basis. “There’s always themes of some sort of human self-doubt, natural things that people don’t realise it’s OK to experience.” He tells me about how Too Much Fun, a title that you would think would be self-explanatory is actually about being self-critical. “It focuses on the anxieties people might have. I wrote another song recently that people believe to be a love song but it’s actually just me singing about a bad side to myself or bad things that I’ve been drawn to.” The serious themes to some of the songs however, are sometimes masqueraded when it comes to their live performances. From crowd surfing at Reading to playing their old familiar stomping ground of Leeds, Henry simply describes the experiences as “awesome”. “Playing Reading and Leeds was really special. We used to go to Leeds every year, it’s kind of where we’ve dreamed of playing. Glastonbury would be the dream as well though.” Perhaps Glastonbury is on the horizon in the next few years, after all, Sea Girls started 2018 with being inducted into the ‘one to watch polls.’ “It’s really exciting,” Henry responds, “our EP Adored is really special to us. It’s just so cool to get recognised and have people confirming our abilities.” Inspired and influenced by bands such as The Killers and Kings of Leon, Sea Girls are well on their way to making a mark on the music industry. Let’s hope they keep on keeping on for many years to come. Sea Girls play The Haunt on Fri 19 Oct.
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CHRIS LORENZO THE ARCH
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FRI 12 OCT
Bass heavyweight Chris Lorenzo brings his wildly popular Me & You Tour to the south coast, because he’s nice like that. One of the hardest working men in dance music, Lorenzo will happily spend every day possible in the studio. From collaborations with Skrillex, as one half of Cause & Affect, or with long-standing production partner Hannah Wants, he’ll leave his mark on hundreds of releases every year. As America starts to wake up to the LFO-led jackin’ house sound which has dominated UK clubland, Lorenzo is perfectly placed to be the new scene’s figurehead. This show will undoubtedly be massive.
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FRI 26 OCT
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With his album Song For Alpha receiving glowing reviews this year, Daniel Avery is taking his dream-like techno brilliance around the country. One of London’s most treasured producers, clubbing bible Mixmag are matching him against local hero Charles Green for a very special show.
Brighton’s most eclectic party starters present a second showcase of sheer brilliance. One of the most highly respected DJs in the game, Alexander Nut’s unique vision has seen him play to some of the globe’s finest dancefloors. He joins distinctive Berlin-based duo Nu Guinea, who forge exotic sounds into compelling rockers.
They’ve been a bit quiet recently, but now this pair are back with a debut album. Bondax also celebrate Halloween with a Brighton date on their RECUR European tour. Named after their monthly podcast, it’ll highlight their evolving style, which covers a modern take on disco, soul and lush house.
STEVE DAVIS Fri 5 Oct, Green Door Store: Former Snooker World Champ, and now an excellent techno DJ, this legend will properly bring the noise.
ONRA Sat 13 Oct, Patterns: Globe-trotting producer Onra delivers an eclectic style spanning hip-hop, jazz and funk.
BERLIN Fri 26 Oct, Green Door Store: Smashing the German and Brighton underground together, Berlin offers quality house and techno.
FAITHLESS Sat 13 Oct, Concorde 2: Sister Bliss, a true dance music innovator and icon, touches down for a special, two-hour set.
SKREAM Sat 20 Oct, The Arch: Brighton Rox brings Skream in for an extra special Open to Close show to roadblock your weekend.
SPELLBOUND HALLOWEEN PARTY Sat 27 Oct, Komedia: Brighton’s best alternative night gets spooky with snakebite & black and 80s classics.
Wednesday 3rd October Komedia, Brighton
MARK LANEGAN & DUKE GARWOOD
Wednesday 3rd October The Old Market, Hove
Wed 10 Oct
Michael Clark Company
Friday 5th October Concorde 2, Brighton
Sun 14 Oct
The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra
Wed 17 Oct
The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
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Sunday 14th October
Monday 15th October The Haunt, Brighton
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TROPE: Spoken Word Night
Monday 15th October
The Prince Albert, Brighton
GET CAPE. WEAR CAPE. FLY Wednesday 17th October The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
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London Philharmonic Orchestra
CULTURE ABUSE Sunday 21st October
The Hope & Ruin, Brighton
Mon 29 Oct
BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE
Wednesday 24th October Concorde 2, Brighton
Thursday 8th November Concorde 2, Brighton
Tuesday 13th November Patterns, Brighton
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Friday 16th November
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The Druids Head Wed 24 – Sat 27 Oct Eerie 70-minute evening walks through the fabled Brighton Lanes. Ghost walkers Silas, Ebenezer and Jasper guide and perform in full Victorian outfits as they take you through eight historical sites. Families will be entertained by tales of ghosts, nuns and Jack the Ripper on this unique journey through the city.
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Michelham Priory, nr Hailsham Sat 27 – Sun 28 Oct This 13th century house and gardens on the outskirts of Hailsham and Eastbourne is a family-friendly spot, and for the Halloween weekend they’re putting on some gently haunting activities. A bookable evening ghost walk, crafts, trails and a traditional Punch & Judy show will be on the seven-acre site.
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The World’s End Critically acclaimed game Lady Chastity’s Reserve is being currently hosted in the trendy The World’s End. You and five friends can brave the lair of the deranged Lady and find her prized wine. Slots are available throughout October, with extra slots on Friday and Saturdays – book early if you can!
Hobgoblin This sci-fi live action experience features Red Dwarf’s Norman Lovett and Knightmare’s Hugo Myatt in two challenges. Uncovering a scientist’s vanishing and a mutinous A.I. put groups to the test in this popular pub venue. A futuristic bit of terror and fun to test your brain with.
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Cannon Place Warehouse Sat 27 Oct For one of the most anticipated new Brighton venues, an all-day Halloween celebration is a perfect fit. The warehouse location boasts three stages of music, an indoor fair, interactive game and food stalls all in seasonal decorations. Official afterparties are being held for those wanting to go into the late hours.
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Komedia Sat 27 Oct Brighton’s biggest alternative 80s party is taking to the big stage of the Komedia for this year’s Halloween event. Halloween tracks will be shuffled in with their usual gothic and assorted 80’s hits. Expect The Cure, Siouxie, Joy Division to soundtrack dancing, face painting and footage of classic horror movie scenes.
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Green Door Store Fri 2 Nov Do not fear the post-Halloween blues. In celebration of Cher’s Believe turning 20, this disco night focuses on celebrating dead artists and disbanded pop groups. With drag hosts and Cher performances planned, it’s a quirky and clever idea. Prepare for lots of shaky cam footage of 1AM when Believe gets put on.
Upper North Street If you’re looking for a less spooky challenge, everyone over the age of 12 is welcome to these creative challenge rooms. Smaller groups can take on Pavilion Perplex and try to rescue the palace from demolition or try to solve Raver Quest’s mysterious disappearances. Big groups can take on Modrophenia, a classic biker murder mystery.
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FRI 5 OCT
Comedian Joe Lycett has been in huge demand everywhere. Having had unprecedented success with initial dates on his tour, wittily named I’m About to Lose Control and I Think Joe Lycett, the tour was extended. Including even more dates and even more venues because, let’s face it, just about everyone has seen the legendary parking ticket clip that’s been viewed a staggering 42 million times on Facebook. You can catch the Live at The Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats, QI and Never Mind the Buzzcocks star at Brighton Dome.
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TUES 23 OCT
DARA Ó BRIAIN BRIGHTON DOME
TANYALEE DAVIS: ACTUAL SIZE KOMEDIA
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One of the most recognisable faces on British TV brings his Voice of Reason show to Brighton. The host of hugely successful shows like Mock The Week, Star Gazing Live, Robot wars and Go8Bit, he’s one of the most charismatic, intelligent, fast-talking and downright funny live performers in Britain today.
Tanyalee Davis has extensively toured the globe, appeared on Live at The Apollo (among many other shows), and standing at three-foot and six inches she has been an inspiration to many. The Canadianborn comedy great gives a unique take on comedy from her perspective as a woman with dwarfism.
Embarking on a colossal tour for his new book I’m A Joke and So Are You, observational comedian Robin Ince has sought to understand the world around us. Examining the human condition through the lens of comedy and informed by his own insights alongside those of neuroscientists, psychologists and doctors.
PHIL NICHOL – YOUR WRONG Thurs 4 Oct, Komedia: This show questions you’re need to be right (grammar intentional).
BIG CHEER FOR AMAZE! Thur 11 Oct, Komedia: Local charity Amaze host an event with leading comedy names.
PATRICK MONAHAN: #GOALS! Sun 7 Oct, Komedia: A must-see hour of hilarity from an award-winning Patrick Monahan.
STAND UP & SLAM! Weds 17 Oct, Komedia: Six brilliant acts compete in this poetry meets comedy performance.
THE TOMMY COOPER COMEDY DINNER SHOW, Fri 19 Oct, Pavilion Café Bar, Worthing: An evening paying tribute to the magic and comedy great.
HARRY HILL’S KIDZ SHOW: HOW TO BE FUNNY – FOR KIDS! Fri 26 Oct, Theatre Royal: Family favourite comedian Harry Hill lets kids showcase their talents.
JACK WHITE Tue 16 Oct
CARO EMERALD Sat 20 Oct
JAMES MARTIN Sun 21 Oct
TOM ODELL Thur 25 Oct
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NOEL FITZPATRICK IS THE SUPERVET Sat 24 Nov
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PROJECTOR Brightonâ€™s most promising up-and-coming band take a bite out of the music industry
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Listening to Projector’s music and a scan of their social media suggests a gravely dark band who roll their eyes at journalists who try to understand their music. But as I sat down with Lucy Sheehan, Demelza Mather and Edward Ensbury in Patty & Bun’s back room, I could tell this interview might not be quite what I’d expected. To start with, Demelza the drummer has baby Felix to contend with, so it’s more burps, nappies and early nights than sex, drugs and rock’n’roll. “He is the tour baby which is amazing but also really difficult. These guys are pretty awesome for putting up with it,” appreciates Demelza. Bassist and vocalist Lucy adds, “When we’re on tour and everything’s really gone A over T, Felix will do something ridiculous like put some dinner over his face or eat some sand. It really puts things into perspective.” Demelza’s inclusion in the band marks the end of a period of trouble where Projector went through a “carousel of drummers”. Fortunately, as guitarist Ed points out, Demelza then “stepped in to fill the void.” Despite their initial sunny disposition, we’re soon moving on to talk about something that feels a bit more familiar to the band: their dark side. With darkpop tinged songs like Break Your Own Heart, it’s clear that they about as far as you can get from a KC and the Sunshine band, while still treading the fine line of the pop genre. But the source of their darkness surprises me. Ed tells me, “Every time I think about making a new thing, I want to go darker, it’s fun to be dark.” “There are loads of bands that I like
that are really fun, but I don’t feel like we’re fun people. I like to be serious Radiohead serious.” Despite abrasive Sonic Youth-esque songs such as their latest single, I Am Shamed, the band do have a soft side, exhibited in songs like 2017’s Dreaming. So, how does the band strike a balance with songwriting split between Lucy and Ed? “Lucy was making all the bangers and I was doing all the chilled songs and I didnt want to be typecast, so in response I wanted to make the loudest, brashest song possible,” says Ed. “But it’s weird listening to, because I’m really not an angsty person.” He then elaborates on the pair’s songwriting partnership: “We thought we could be completely open with each other and critique each other’s work, we thought we were big enough people to get over that. In the end, we basically couldn’t make anything.” Lucy explains the reason for their unusual approach is that they see a lot of bands just doing the same things after the other. Bringing up this subject seems strike a nerve too, as she then goes on to say, “It annoys me when the one criticism we’ve ever had, is that it can be confusing to have two different writers or two different vocalists. I mean, what the fuck’s wrong with that? Loads of bands have had two different singers and been successful - look at The Beatles!” As a new addition to the music scene, the trio are still paving their way in the industry - something which has been a challenge financially. Lucy said: “Our
first two tracks Dreaming and Love went nowhere because we didn’t have any money for PR. If you haven’t got a PR person pushing it, it never gets listened to.” The band agree this is particularly influenced by the digital age and subsequent saturation of the industry. “You do have to make sure that you’re quite good,” Lucy adds. “Sometimes it’s annoying, because we can see shit bands and they’re doing really well and we’re like, ‘why are you doing really well? You’re shit!’” Projector are celebrating the release of their first EP next month, entitled How Does It Feel. Ed tells me, “When you’re just putting out singles, you have to a catchy song straight away but we’ve got one which we wouldn’t have made if we weren’t doing an EP.” Lucy elaborates about the track in question, Full Circle, which is “not really mainstream music, but there is still a chorus to it.” The EP will launch at The Haunt on Fri 9 Nov - their biggest headline show to date. Lucy said: “We’ve been confident in filling Green Door and places like that, or the Hope. It’s a jump up. It’s where all international bands come and play, it’s huge.” With bands like The Magic Gang, Dream Wife and Black Honey all spawning successful careers from our city, it’s high time another follows in their footsteps - and Projector are well on their way. Projector play The Haunt on Fri 9 Nov. Tickets: oneinchbadge.seetickets.com FOOD AND DRINK EDITION
HAL CRUTTENDEN BY STUART ROLT
PHOTOS: STEVE ULLATHORNE
Unlike many of his contemporaries, Hal Cruttenden seemingly hasn’t created a persona. If he has, it’s a toned-down, less neurotic, version of himself. “I’m appalling,” he tells me. “My dad was a real rock of a man. He was very much: ‘Dad will deal with it.’ I’m more: ‘Mum will deal with it, and Dad will panic.’ Onstage you can revel in those shortcomings, but in life it’s not very helpful.” Obviously, he’s still comfortable with placing much of his life under the microscope. In comedy, for him especially, longevity means you can become more honest and interesting. He suggests you don’t get much choice in what style of comedy you take up. It needs to be something you understand and can embrace. “Mine is a confused mixture of wanting to be a radical dangerous sort of comic but continuing to do mainstream stuff about my family. That’s really going to sell to the Brighton crowd isn’t it?” he chortles. Like any loving parent might, he’s deferred to his children’s wit and wisdom for a new tour’s name. They repaid this trust by suggesting he call it Chubster. “I always slightly regret my shows titles, so it’s nice to have someone else to blame for it.” His kids are increasingly derided in his material as they get older. They enjoy any mention, even when it’s being horrible. With her classmates, one attended a show where he discussed why everyone thinks their kids are geniuses. “Mine are OK, but they’re not geniuses. The teacher later said to my daughter: ‘I nearly shouted out… because you are brilliant at art!’” The youngsters also recommended he start the new shows with Let It Go from Frozen. He’s subsequently spent a day in Kent with a choreographer, perfecting an accompanying dance routine. Seriously. A fervent desire for fairness spans his work. Not the nonsense neo-liberal concept of equality, but a genuine belief people should be considerate. Politics repeatedly creeps into the gags, hilariously dissected for cynicism and ridiculousness. He concedes it’s probably an obsession - and almost certainly unhealthy. 30
Playing a Leave advocate in the critically-acclaimed play Brexit during this year’s Edinburgh run offered a revelation though. “There was a line, which went: ‘I know why you’re so upset. It’s because you lost. All the banks, industry, broadcasting, big business, Remainers in the Tory and Labour parties - for once the establishment lost!’ That’s talking exactly about me. I could not believe we have a world where we could do this to ourselves. A lot of people are ready to take an economic step backwards, so they feel they have control again.” He suggests immigration should be even higher to bolster public finances and care for an aging population. A shock might be looming for people in their 30s and 40s who are ‘a bit liberal’. “We seem to be aping what happened in the 1930s. ‘Where’s Isaac gone? Oh, look there’s the cabaret, let’s talk about the cabaret!’ All of us at school did that period of history… you can’t quite believe it’s happening.” It’s difficult to make events seem comically cartoonish and unbelievable when glorified opinions are increasingly extreme. If you want to mock the US President, you need only read out his tweets. Cruttenden’s strong moral compass has driven him to leave the Labour Party over the anti-Semitism row, suggesting Corbyn also courts the extremes. “He has hung out too much with Hamas, Hezbollah and the IRA. It wasn’t just to bring peace, this is a man who’s only seeing one side of the argument.” You couldn’t accuse Cruttenden of partisanship. He willingly admits he regularly argues himself into a standstill with a stream of consciousness. It becomes apparent comedy could be a tool for navigating the complexities of his internal dialogue. A recent concern is with his own national identity. He can’t work out why it troubles him so much. “I’m a big rugby fan, and everyone wants to beat the English. It bothers the hell out of me being the pantomime baddie side. Maybe it’s because we’re the big country, and we’ve a history of oppression. I don’t know how to skewer it comedically, but I’d love to have a bit that solves this AND makes people laugh.” Hal Cruttenden comes to Komedia Brighton on Weds 17 Oct.
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THEATRE POT BRIGHTON DOME
Pot is the tense and thrilling new play by Ambreen Razia. It’s the morning, but when Louisa wakes up there’s no sign of her erratic and unstable boyfriend Josh. To make matters worse she has no phone signal and the door is sealed. Can she trust Miles her new “protector” and with drug dealers on her back can Louisa make the right decisions when everything isn’t as it seems? Ambreen Razia’s thriller examines the children lost and abandoned by the care system who are vulnerable to gang culture.
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SAT 27 OCT
TUES 30 OCT
THURS 1 NOV
SWANSONG MARLBOROUGH THEATRE
WE CAN TIME TRAVEL THE OLD MARKET
DR CARNESKY’S INCREDIBLE BLEEDING WOMAN ACCA
Drag legend Lavinia Co-op stars in this play as part of the And What? Queer Arts Festival, playing gay liberation veteran Joan. As romance, heteronormativity and gay culture in suburbia is explored, expect a thought-provoking experience. Coop promises to be colourful and entertaining in this fish out of water tale.
Dom Coyote brings his intriguing and thought-provoking piece of gig theatre to the Old Market. Backed by 80s pop culture and music, and in a plot inspired HG Wells’ Time Machine, Dom travels back to the day his grandfather was lost at sea in an attempt to save him - then jumps forward into a reality that becomes more and more dystopian.
Setting out to “put the magic back into menstruation”, this performance looks to break down the social taboo surrounding periods. Covering politics, feminism, culture, identity, comedy, illusion and cinema, this should be as entertaining as it is provocative. Live performances and filmed pieces come together to open an important dialogue.
THE WIPERS TIMES Mon 1 – Sat 6 Oct, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne: The incredible true story of a satirical newspaper which boosted morale in WWI.
BOEING BOEING Tues 9 – Sat 13 Oct, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne: A reunion with an old school friend is an opportunity to showcase your talents, isn’t it?
RAIN MAN Mon 15 – Sat 20 Oct, Theatre Royal Brighton: Matthew Horne and Ed Speleers star in this story of an autistic savant and his brother.
USER NOT FOUND Sat 6 Oct, Brighton Dome: This piece of immersive theatre uses an app to explore our online legacies.
A HUNDRED DIFFERENT WORDS FOR LOVE Weds 10 Oct, The Old Market: A year on from a big breakup, James finds himself trying to write a powerful best man speech.
TWO HALVES OF GUINNESS Sat 27 Oct, Brighton Toy and Model Museum: Trevor Littledale portrays an honest but insecure Alec Guinness right before his iconic turn in Star Wars.
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AMBULATION Discover a city unknown... right on your doorstep
BY STUART ROLT
The human auditory system is a complex tool. While we might use our hearing for listening to media, chatting with others or let an alarm clock rouse us, it processes hundreds of noises a second on a subconscious level. An animal in distress, a sudden gust of wind or breaking glass, all prompt our primal brains to leap into action. Certain sounds can also prompt an emotional response or highlight memories. This is the basis for Ambulation, an event taking place in some much-loved and unfamiliar corners of Brighton’s Royal Estate. Taking place on Thurs 18 – Sat 20 Oct, this series of guided walks will offer participants a different perspective on the city’s historic landmark. “We’re quite dominated in the world by visual media,” says the work’s creator, Tim Shaw. “We’re often bombarded by adverts through visual means and the internet is a very visual place. I think sounds have a different effect on memory and how we experience the world. It’s something we often ignore.” While wearing wireless headphones, Ambulation will allow wanderers to immerse themselves in a sonic journey around Brighton Dome, Museum and Art Gallery and Royal Pavilion. What Shaw strives to do on the walk is reveal or make primary the sonic experience of a certain places. Often, he’ll record something in the surroundings, then later mix them into the soundscape to make weird juxtapositions. It plays with the way people interpret sound, toying with the connection between noises and memory. “The walk is responsive to each venue. I plan a route around an environment. It starts at Brighton Dome, then heads to some places around the Estate, including a few which people don’t go to so often.” It’s enabled by a portable computer and transmitter. Strategically placed microphones to pick up the noises of the environment, which are processed and mixed live, then sent to the audience’s headphones.
A mix of performance, radio broadcasts and live field recordings, it builds into a musical piece playing with memory, intuition and impulse. “We are very visual creatures, but maybe a few thousand years ago we relied on our ears a bit more. There are certain noises that pop out. Road noise or the general din of a city we tend to ignore, whereas the ones on a higher register, like bird song or sirens we tend to register. They have different effects, which is interesting.”
You might hear the radio, sounds of the Amazon rain forest on a CD, but hearing them processed and played live in the space where you’re experiencing them is quite effective.
As you’d expect, Shaw played around with tape recorders as a child, before moving on to creating experimental music using recorded media and synthesisers. Then he began considering a performance which moves from traditional stages to distinct locations “Many field recordings are so removed from their source. You might hear the radio, sounds of the Amazon rain forest on a CD, but hearing them processed and played live in the space where you’re experiencing them is quite effective.” He presents the work using custom-built software and is developing a tiny computer to run it all on. “Recording technology is really good and cheap. It’s made things more accessible and easier to cart around. In the past analogue tape gear was quite heavy, you probably wouldn’t want to cart those about.” Now the entry point for making your own hardware or software is easier than ever. There plenty of platforms where you can build technology to suit your needs, instead of being reliant on manufacturers.” What Shaw provides is an opportunity to hear the world differently, revealing some of the sounds which occur around us which we might tend to ignore or be oblivious to. “It’s also visually interesting,” he adds. “Because you’ve got this abstract soundscape happening in your ears, it changes the way you see things. Walking through Brighton Pavilion or Dome, which are already amazing, this will give an even odder character to those already odd spaces.” Ambulation comes to Brighton’s Royal Pavilion Estate on on Thurs 18 – Sat 20 Oct.
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WE CAN TIME TRAVEL Tempt fate with Dom Coyote’s latest gig-theatre production BY SOPHIE WILLIAMS
WHAT MADE YOU COMBINE ALTERNATIVE MUSIC AND THEATRE (OR ALTERNATIVELY GIG-THEATRE) TOGETHER IN THE FIRST PLACE? I always did both. Often my own work was music, and when I worked with other people I worked more as a musician or as an actor. A few years ago, I got a grant from Battersea Arts Centre to start developing some new work of my own. I wanted to explore the idea of doing something really musical but that could still be story based and still be theatrical and take you on a narrative journey. TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WE CAN TIME TRAVEL... A character called Dom figures out a way to time travel to try and save his grandfather who gets lost at sea. Although it’s a show about time travel, it’s also about how we forget to live in the present moment. When he first begins time travelling, he starts going further forward in time, everything becoming
more dystopian. All the things that are set in place in our current world get worse until he finds himself at the end of time realising at that moment he needs to live in the present. WHERE DO YOU GET YOUR INSPIRATION FROM? Everything I do is very music based, it feels like a gig as much as a piece of theatre. This show is inspired by lots of electronic artists and 80s synth pop, like Kate Bush. Narratively, I’m really inspired by science fiction, so everything I do is an ode to that. This is a real ode to 80s movies, like Flight of the Navigator and Quantum Leap. It’s got political heart and emotional heart. WHO ARE YOU INSPIRED BY IN THEATRE AND IN MUSIC? A big hero has to be Tom Waits. He creates worlds built around the characters and in the stories he tells through the song. I think Nick Cave does that as well, so he’s a big inspiration. For this particular show, Kate Bush has been the biggest inspiration sonically, she’s super theatrical. Kate Tempest is a massive influence as well. DO YOU PREFER SOLO SHOWS OR COLLABORATIONS? I like doing both. It’s less nerve wracking when you do stuff with other people. Sometimes people will go into this collective imaginative space, it’s a bit like when you’re a child and you’re told a story, you forget that you’re not in the story and your whole brain becomes the story. DO YOU THINK YOUR PROJECTS BECOME MORE AMBITIOUS AND ADVENTUROUS EACH TIME? Once I get into making a piece of work then the sky is the limit I suppose. I’m a bit of an explorer, I like to take different genres and I like to put things on the stage that nobody else has seen before, so in that sense I suppose I am. Every time is fresh and every time is terrifying. Dom Coyote’s We Can Time Travel comes to The Old Market on Tues 30 Oct. FOOD AND DRINK EDITION
TV + FILM DOCTOR WHO SUN 7 OCT BBC
THE ROMANOFFS FRI 12 OCT AMAZON PRIME
CHILLING ADVENTURES OF SABRINA FRI 26 OCT NETFLIX
One of the nation’s favourite TV shows is returning to the little screen this October. Much will stay a mystery until the show begins, but what we do know is there’s a new doctor, new team and her new tardis. The Doctor is reincarnating as a woman this time round, played by Jodie Whittaker, who you might have seen in British crime drama Broadchurch. It’s also moved to Sunday nights now - put it in your diary!
Set to be Amazon’s first weekly series, The Romanoffs is an anthology of carefully plotted stories about people living in contemporary times who believe they are decedents from the Russian royal family. Creator Matthew Weiner (Mad Men) has made this show unique in that each episode features a different character, story and setting across the globe - so you’ll be able to dip in as you please.
Do you remember Sabrina the Teenage Witch? This 2018 reboot imagines the origins and tales of this young witch except with a darker, more thrilling tone. The show is a spin-off from Netflix’s Riverdale, but don’t expect it to be too similar. These chilling adventures follow half-witch, half-mortal Sabrina as she fights to accept her dual nature, proving her life is anything but easy.
A STAR IS BORN FRI 5 OCT A Star is Born joins the list of one of the most anticipated films of the year, remaking the 1937 classic starring Fredrich March. Music artist Ally (Lady Gaga) is struggling to make it in the industry and is just about to give up until country star Jackson (Bradley Cooper) edges her into the spotlight. This film about relationships, dreams and fighting your inner demons is one you won’t want to miss this autumn.
FIRST MAN FRI 12 OCT
AN EVENING WITH BEVERLY LUFF BOHEMIAN RHAPSODY FRI 24 OCT LINN FRI 19 OCT
Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) is set to showcase one of the most intense space movies yet with First Man, which tells the tale of the groundbreaking 1969 moon landing. Ryan Gosling takes the lead role Neil Armstrong, as the story explores the incredible story of NASA’s mission to land on the moon through the years of 1961- 1969 - one of the most dangerous missions known to man.
Starring Aubrey Plaza and serial cult comedy folks Craig Robinson and Matt Berry, An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn is set in the 70s where waitress LuLu (Plaza) runs away with stranger Colin and a load of her hubby’s stolen cash. The pair stay at the Morehouse Hotel, which is headlining the man of the film’s namesake, although it becomes clear that LuLu and Beverly Luff Linn have an unresolved history.
You could make a movie based on the making of upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. One director’s firing brings to question the future of a film, as the cast scramble with their schedules and lives. For now though, we’ll have to make do with the real thing, with Remi Malik taking the coveted role of Freddie Mercury. After all, as Queen would say themselves: the show must go on.
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11.11 | Rialto, Brighton
15.11 | Green Door Store, Brighton
19.11 | The Price Albert, Brighton 13.10 | Rialto, Brighton
Halo Maud 15.10 | The Greys, Brighton
Mr. Ben & The Bens
22.11| Green Door Store, Brighton
Benjamin Lazar The Lucid Davis Dream 18.10 | The Greys, Brighton
Dawn Landes 23.10 | Komedia, Brighton
24.10 | Green Door Store, Brighton
9.11 | The Old Market, Brighton
27 .11 | Ropetackle, Shoreham
:::::: 2019 :::::: 22.01 | The Greys, Brighton
Daniel Knox 31 .01 | St. Georgeâ€™s Church, Brighton
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CHARD RELAUNCHES AT IGIGI
THIS MONTH, IGIGI, WESTERN ROAD, HOVE
When acclaimed restaurant Chard closed up at London Road’s Cafe Rust in the summer, there was concern over its future - particularly among BN1 staffers (our editor this year rated it her favourite dining spot of all time). But now the much-loved pop-up has announced it will be reopening in a permanent residence this month - right in the heart of the city at Igigi in Western Road. Founded originally in 2015, Chard is a tight operation run by sisters Benny (former Semolina sous chef) and MaryAnn Sullivan, and MaryAnn’s partner Ciaran Thomas. A family business in the truest of forms, the restaurant holds that sense of home and comfort - as a result, each visit is enshrouded in the greatest of conviviality. The monthly-changing menu is delicately put together from scratch with locally sourced produce, and is accompanied with a well-crafted cocktail list, plus a selection of Sussex brewed ales, beers and ciders, and an array of all styles of wines - which you’ll likely be sharing with the wonderfully welcoming staff by the end of the night.
F W IN
At Chard, there’s always something new and exciting on the menu to try. Summer’s scallop ceviche is still, four months after trying it, completely unparalleled, and we’re excited to see what Benny has up her sleeve for the autumn season. Despite having two months without a home, the trio have been keeping themselves busy with a variety of successful pop ups at the Garden House - though it’s of no doubt their loyal followers will be glad to see them back up and running on a more regular basis. Chard reopens at Igigi General Store this month.
MEET THE TEAM AT L’ATELIER DU VIN SUN 28 OCT, L’ATELIER DU VIN latelierduvin.co.uk
Join in-house wine experts Dimitri Mesnard and Stefano Angeloni for a Sunday evening of wine tasting at L’Atelier Du Vin. Get cosy in their Prohibition bar in the heart of the North Laine as you meet the team and embark on a journey of great wines. Co-owner Dimitri hails from France, the spiritual heartland of wine, dedicating his life to discovering some of the very best. You will taste three of his favourites as he shares his story and experiences about why they stand out.
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General manager and head sommelier Stefano will also be showcasing three of his top wines, explaining what makes them so special and how his experiences have influenced where his passions lie when it comes to wine. Your six wines will be accompanied by sharing boards of charcuterie, Wagyu beef and cheeses. You’ll be transported through different regions and years as you try some of the best wines available in Brighton.
Tickets £29.50. Call 01273 690534 to book. BN1 MAGAZINE
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A SELECTION OF BEEF, CHICKEN, HALAL, BUILD YOUR OWN BURGERS - CHOOSE FROM AND SIDES VEG AND VEGAN + A VARIETY OF TOPPINGS BREAKDOWN OF THE FAT, PROTEIN AND EVERYTHING ON THE MENU INCLUDES A CAL LAB! CARBS - ALL VERIFIED BY A PHARMACEUTI R COMBINING BEANS, PULSES AND OTHE GREAT TASTING VEGAN BURGERS TOO! DELICIOUS HIGH PROTEIN SOURCES
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A celebration of food and drink “I LOVE cheese, I LOVE wine, I LOVE (*insert fave foodstuff*) … how can I still be healthy?” Head’s up, it’s okay to eat cheese and drink wine - it’s balance and variety that’s key. Finding that in what we’re eating over weeks, months and years is important when it comes to nutrition. In the grand scheme of things, heading down to Le Cave for a night of cheese and wine isn’t going to derail your health. Depriving ourselves of foods that we love means we’re actually more likely to crave them and potentially ‘binge’ on them. This leads to inevitable feelings of guilt. It goes back on the ‘forbidden foods’ list as it makes us feel out of control, or is reserved for ‘cheat days’... until we start the cycle all over again.
NUTRITION IS JUST A SMALL PART OF THE PUZZLE Nutrition is actually only a very small part of our overall health - our mental health, activity levels and social interaction all play big parts. Food is more than just the sum of its parts and not everything that we eat needs to be optimal in terms of nutrition. We eat for so many reasons - for pleasure, commiseration, celebration, memories, to get through endless meetings the list goes on.
CHEESE IS ACE, SO IS CAKE. IT’S THE DOSE THAT MAKES THE POISON Enjoying foods that aren’t as nutritionally dense as others is perfectly okay. However, eating so much of certain foods that we’re not making room for balance isn’t great whether it’s kale or cake that you’re having. When we deprive ourselves, we can feel out of control around some foods. By putting all foods on a level playing field, knowing that you can have that bit of cheese or whatever, that tends to take the shine off it. Most people find themselves eating less of it when it’s not so sexy. Give yourself permission to enjoy the foods you love - be curious, try new things and practice being kind to yourself. You shouldn’t feel guilty for eating a biscuit. Well, unless you nicked it. 40
5 TIPS FOR HEALTHY FOODIES 1. Eating seasonally can be a great way to increase variety in your diet. HisBe and Infinity Foods stock delicious varieties of Sussex apples during autumn which can be much more exciting and affordable (as they’re seasonal) than your usual supermarket lot. 2. Get back to basics with some activity thrown in for good measure - find out what it takes to get your food to your plate in the first place: check out your local allotments and see about growing your own. Not sure if you’re ready for The Good Life just yet? Why not learn the basics by helping out at a local community garden. 3. Sure, you love eating out, but upping your cooking skills at home saves you £££ and you don’t necessarily feel obliged to eat it all - saving you money on dinner and potentially the next day’s lunch. Why not challenge yourself to try out a new recipe each month? You’ll likely find new things that you enjoy and potentially some new favourites too. 4. Want fresh, local and free? Get up on the Downs and go blackberry-ing - they should be hanging around until November. Did you know there was a local orchard up at the Racehill as well? They have regular open days and as the trees grow the fruit is good to go - as local as it gets! 5. Love your food and want to get active, meet new people and save precious food from going to waste? Check out the Sussex Gleaning Network to find out how you could help.
LOCAL BREWERY GUIDE
BY ELLIOT MARTIN
NORTH LAINE BREWHOUSE
27 Gloucester Place, Brighton laine.beer / northlaine.pub The North Laine Brewhouse is the the beating Brighton heart of Laine Brew Co. Nestled in the heart of Brighton’s creative North Laine area, it brews a vast selection of different beers in both keg and cask with an emphasis on flavour, experimentation and good times. It offers 28 different beers on tap at any one time, at least 8 of which will be brewed in-house on the 5BBL brewery. For those who want to get more involved, it operates beer masterclasses on-site and even offers brewery experience days for those who like to get their hands dirty (from £10). North Laine Brewhouse acts as the experimental hub for Laine Brew Co’s larger brewery in the South Downs, where it brews beers that are firm favourites across the city, such as Source Pale Ale and Ripper IPA. Let the good times roll.
LOUD SHIRT BREWING CO.
Unit 5, Bell Tower Estate, Roedean Road, Brighton loudshirtbeer.co.uk Mike Thomson and Martyn Batchelor have had this idea of brewing their own beer for a while. The men who pride themselves in the loud shirts they wear feel like this symbolises the essence and tastes of the beer they craft. Martyn, the alechemist, and beer cellar Mike started brewing in a garden shed, and now have a ten-barrel brewery in Brighton, with the capability of holding 6,000 pints per week. The brewery hosts regular events which will include live music every Saturday from early 2019. Home to the silver medal Ecstasy Stout at the SIBA London and South East Beer Awards 2018, this beer, plus many more will explore tastebuds you didn’t even know existed with one sip. Their entire catalogue is on their website, alongside recommended foods that compliment the beer’s specific taste and feel. Loud Shirt Brewery also offer a free delivery service when you purchase from them, delivering within a 30-mile radius - almost covering the entire area of Sussex.
HOLLER BREWERY & TAPROOM
19-23 Elder Place, Brighton, BN1 4GF / hollerbrewery.com Fast forward two years from its inception and Holler Brewery is the newest kid on the block in Brighton, more than doubling production capacity and bringing more than a brewery! The move also sees the building of a tap room, creating a space where the people of Brighton and Hove (and further afield) can come down and try the beers in a fun, welcoming atmosphere with knowledgeable staff and brewers on hand. Holler Brewery & Taproom is the only one of its kind in central Brighton, having developed an exciting warehouse property, right in the middle of the London Road area. FOOD AND DRINK EDITION 41
“OCTOBERBEST IS SUCH AN EXCELLENT FESTIVAL, AND WE LOVE BEING A PART OF IT. IT ALLOWS PEOPLE WHO WOULDN’T USUALLY BE ABLE TO VISIT OUR RESTAURANTS ON A REGULAR DAY TO COME AND TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT, AND HOPEFULLY FIND THEIR NEW FAVOURITE DISH.” - Pamela McKellar, Gingerman Group
THE SET In Brighton’s Regency Square, The Set is a ‘dining experience’ that is small and intimate with the restaurant only seating a maximum of 20 people. Facing the kitchen as the chefs prepare your food, the restaurant’s seating adds to the theatre of The Set brand. The chef-owner Dan Kenny, learning his trade in Brighton’s Ginger Group restaurants, has created a ‘Fill Your Wellie Boots’ menu for the festival that includes a plethora of unusual and intriguing dishes, from Beef Cheek Flatbread to Grapefruit Cured Trout. It is a given that The Set will certainly not disappoint those with more adventurous taste buds.
OctoberBest, for those of you who have been living under a rock for the last three years, is a city-wide festival that gives some of Brighton’s best restaurants the opportunity to showcase their skills and flair and to demonstrate what they represent and how they began. To name but a few of the festival’s highlights - 64 Degrees will be hosting a pop-up event where chef and owner Michael Bremner and head chef Michael Notman-Watt will serve a menu that will illustrate ‘how it all began’. Meanwhile, zero-waste restaurant Silo have created an exclusive menu that champions wild ingredients, unknown ingredients and ‘nose to tail that are often not given the attention they deserve’. Finally, The Chilli Pickle will be attempting to win for the third year running with their mysteriously titled The Nizams of Hyderabad menu, created exclusively for the festival. So, what does OctoberBest mean for simple folk like you and me? It means the Top 20 of Brighton’s best restaurants 42
BEST BY KATIE-ELLEN FREELAND
participating in OctoberBest will be running exclusive deals and a variety of £20 menus and one-off events from Fri 5 Oct – Sun 21 Oct. An amazing opportunity to taste the wealth of variety and tremendously high standard of what this city’s restaurant scene has to offer and a chance to try extremely high quality food at a fraction of the price - the festival is certainly not to be missed by food lovers. From all things Bavarian to all things Brightonian – OctoberBest, like its namesake, is a huge celebration of the phenomenal restaurant scene homed here and is something that the whole city is welcomed to partake in. To taste a piece of the action – state OctoberBest when making a reservation at any of the restaurants below in order to sample some of their one-off £20 menus. Unfortunately, the Little Fish Market’s offering sold out in mere hours after going on sale - but there’s still plenty of opportunity to grab some discount eats from some of the best talent this city has ever seen. Bon appetit!
THE GINGER PIG / GINGERMAN The Gingerman Group brand is an extremely reputable and established brand within the city, with two of the Gingers making it into OctoberBest’s top 20 restaurants this year. At the number 20 spot, The Gingerman is the flagship and first of Brighton-born Ben McKellar’s restaurant endeavours. Their OctoberBest menu is a ‘Sharing Feast for Two’ that includes Lancing College Farm Rare Breed Pork, Black Pudding Ballotine and Sussex Cheddar Mash, and the list goes on! With the Ginger Pig at number 10 serving up a menu which includes three courses with three matching wines, both restaurants undoubtedly uphold quality and local ingredients above all else, which has enabled them to remain the cream of the crop for over 20 years.
BRIGHTON’S BEST RESTAURANTS: TOP 20 1. Little Fish Market 2. Bincho Yakitori 3. 64 Degrees 4. Cin Cin 5. The Set 6. The Chilli Pickle 7. Etch 8. Pascere 9. The Salt Room 10. The Ginger Pig
11. Silo 12. Isaac At 13. Plateau 14. Pike and Pine 15. Fatto a Mano 16. 1909 (closed) 17. Fourth and Church 18. Murmur 19. Petit Pois 20. The Gingerman
Bubbling Under: Semolina The Urchin Terre a Terre English’s Market For more on OctoberBest, visit: brightonsbestrestaurants.com/octoberbest-2018
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Brighton’s Top 20 restaurants come together once more this month to offer amazing discounts on their regular dishes - with three-course meals starting from only £20. We pick some of the best picks of the bunch, but don’t wait around - some have sold out already, and tickets are quickly going as Brightonians scramble for those final remaining deals.
SILO Perhaps the most Brighton restaurant in all of Brighton, zero waste restaurant, bakery and coffee house Silo is very much at one with its surroundings in the city’s North Laine. Silo has indisputably made a name for itself by pushing the boundaries and progressive ideals even at the site of the UK’s only Green Party seat. The brainchild of chef Douglas McMaster, Silo has pioneered with its distinct ethos of championing biodiversity, of recycling whatever possible and by making so much of their food from scratch, which has enabled McMaster to cut out food miles and create food in the most ethical way possible. FOOD AND DRINK EDITION
HOW TO OPEN A RESTAURANT FOR <£25K BEFORE YOU’RE 25 BY NAMMIE MATTHEWS PHOTOS: GILL COPELAND
t just 24 years old, Isaac Bartlett-Copeland, of awardwinning restaurant Isaac At, has made a heck of a name for himself. In the past year alone, he’s won Brighton Food Hero 2017, been shortlisted for The Caterer’s Young Entrepreneur Award, and his double AA rosette restaurant was awarded 16th best outside of London by food app SquareMeal. While matching the success of his peers at such a young age is certainly something to shout home about, there’s yet another part of Isaac’s story which is demonstrative of his ability to think outside the box: he managed to put it all together for under £25,000. He said: “Three years ago, I saw an opportunity to develop a unique business proposition in Brighton, creating a dining experience using only ingredients from the Sussex coastline. After catering college, I started working at The Grand Hotel, saving every penny I could to allow me to be able to think big and start my own restaurant. A lot of restaurants around weren’t doing anything that different to the next, so at 21 I bootstrapped a pop up with my personal savings of just £25,000. “I was around 10 when I first decided I wanted to open my own restaurant. My uncle was a pastry chef, and I used to cook with him, which I remember was something I always valued. I’ve never wanted to do anything else.” Working with such a tiny budget forced Isaac to take on a unique approach when building his restaurant, from doing all the renovation work himself to making his own tables from scaffolding planks. Starting first as a weekend pop-up then allowed him to focus on developing the concept, calculating how many covers were needed and then building the kitchen with whatever space was left (three square metres). He added: “I was very lucky in finding such a lenient landlord. The site was perfect, it was previously office space so we had to completely renovate it - but even that worked out cheaper as if you buy a restaurant you pay a premium for all the work that’s already been done to make it that way.” Opening in March 2015, Isaac At in Gloucester Street was the first restaurant of its kind, offering a tasting menu accompanied by an exclusively English wine list. They were the most expensive dining option in the city when they launched, which meant marketing their concept was even more of a challenge, however curiosity won among diners who wanted to see something different in the city.
Along with his loyal sous chef George Thomas and restaurant manager and sommelier Alex Preston, both 22, Isaac has since managed to build Isaac At to a full-time restaurant, which operates five days a week. He stresses the importance of finding such dedicated staff - and keeping them. “Having the right people around means I’m able to get more done; our dynamic works so well as we have someone covering each base, rather than me trying to manage everything. We’re definitely a team. I’m not really the ‘boss’ anymore, we’re more of a family.” The trust he has built with his colleagues means Isaac is able to take time away from the restaurant to further develop the brand and share his passion. He currently mentors up-andcoming chefs at Brighton Met, and has time to get involved in local chef events - such as Brighton’s annual FoodLab, alongside the likes of 64 Degrees’ Michael Bremner and etch.’s Steven Edwards. And as for the future? He said: “My ambition has switched from being the best chef, to running the best restaurant, constantly developing my skills on the management side, learning quickly and on the job. “My focus has always been just as much on the business side as making the food perfect, which is what drives the business on and allows me to successfully lead and manage a strong team. We’ve grown from nothing to one of the best restaurants in the city, so our next goal is to reach a national audience and become one of the best restaurants in the UK.” We’re excited to follow every step of the way. TO NEW RESTAURATEURS: BELIEVE IN YOURSELF “People will tell you that you won’t be able to do it, or that it’s impossible, but if you keep your mind on what you want, there’s always a way. Get as much experience as you can, don’t think about money if you can. Sometimes it’s worth making a sacrifice to make sure you’re working with the best people you can. Unfortunately these roles are so sought after, they often don’t pay as much - but you’ll find your career will progress so much quicker as you’re learning so many different techniques, so you’re much better off longterm. It’s hard to consider information as value when you first start, and you want to earn money, but once you know something you never forget it - you’re investing in your future.” FOOD AND DRINK EDITION
CRAFTY PUBS GUIDE With Oktoberfest on the horizon, what better time of the year to celebrate our favourite pubs across the city? Keep reading for our top 10 places to sink a pint... or two.
BY LOTTIE WOODROW
THE EVENING STAR
55/56 Surrey Street, Brighton, BN1 3PB Known as the original home and birthplace of the Dark Star Brewing Co, the founders have brewed, curated and birthed this local brewery within the walls of this traditional little pub’s cellar, located close to Brighton train station. While it was originally set up to intrigue and supply the beer-loving regulars with new and exciting flavours, demand was soon too high for the tiny space to keep up, and the brewery had to be relocated. Its ethos still brings beer lovers together though, The Evening Star’s authenticity allowing lovers of beer to rejoice in the wide range of craft brewers across the UK and beyond with the seven cask pulls, eight keg lines and wide range of bottle and can selection.
HAND IN HAND
33 Upper St James’s Street, Brighton, BN2 1JN Although said to be the smallest brew-pub in Brighton, with its vibrant yellow walls and red trimmings, it’s not one that can be easily missed. Located at the start of the highspirited Kemptown village, with the little alleyway of Marine Gardens leading you down towards the seafront, it’s a pub you can easily slip away for a quick pint, away from the raucous tourist-filled seafront. Though curated over 150 years ago, and not growing much since, a brewery can still be found within its walls, now known as Hand Brew Co. The kit still very much follows old traditions using just gravity to move water and mort through the systems without any need for pumps, and is said to be the only brew-pub of its kind in the UK.
27 Gloucester Pl, Brighton BN1 4AA Laine’s beers can be seen across many Brighton pubs, but there’s little better than getting a pint in the brewhouse in which it was produced. As you walk in, you are immediately confronted by their wide selection of 24 keg taps, 4 cask pumps and over 80 craft cans and bottles - definitely a brew-pub that knows its stuff. What’s more is that the pumps are always changing too, so there really is always something new to try out! If you are a food and beer fanatic, they also offer beer and food tasting experiences and brewery tours for you and your friends to enjoy and try out their wide selection, and learn about how this independent brewhouse came about. Plus they host a whole range of exciting events happening weekly, including a weekly quiz!
CRAFT BEER CO.
22-23 Upper North Street, Brighton, BN1 3FG Starting as a family business in Clerkenwell, the Craft Beer Co has expanded to various locations across London and, thankfully, Brighton too. They all share the same simple values: great beer, wines and spirits, exceptional service and to recapture the vibes of an ‘old school pub’. Despite opening varying sites, the ethos is still the same, remaining proudly independent, which the Brighton location endorses too. With their 22 keg lines sourced from across the world, nine cask pumps all brewed from the finest, independent micro-breweries all over the UK and over 200 bottled and canned beers, it’s hardly surprising how popular the establishment is. Craft Beer Co also offers group tasting for those who are completely new to beer, but they’re also suitable for those who already think they know their stuff!
BRIGHTON BEER DISPENSARY
THE WATCHMAKERS ARMS
A terraced house located just off the busy Western Road shopping area on Dean Street, Brighton Beer Dispensary comes filled with nine hand pumps and three dispensing ciders on offer. As it’s run by Southey Brewing, there are always at least two beers from Brighton Beer Co and Southey Brewing on their pumps. A brewery from Penge, south-east London, they are known for bringing new world ingredients and merging them with all the traditional styles beer lovers have grown to love. If you fancy a bit to eat, their bar snacks, sharing plates and Sunday roasts on offer are something to shout home about too!
Known as Brighton and Hove’s first micropub, The Watchmakers Arms was inspired after the owners Ali and Ruth visited their friend’s venture in the summer of 2013, both of them falling in love with every aspect. As they both left their respective jobs, they overcame mishaps finding the perfect location - but the eventual outcome was truly worth it. The Watchmakers Arms ethos focuses on supporting local independent breweries as well as serving up their own beer too, their on-site microbrewery being set up by Jack Tavaré, producing a wide selection of beers in cask and keg under the name of ‘Beercraft Brighton’. With support from friends, family and the local community, they’ve been able to create a haven for the community and passers-by.
38 Dean Street, Brighton, BN1 3EG
84 Goldstone Villas, Hove, BN3 3RU
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161 Edward Street, Brighton, BN2 0JB Having started their brewing experience at Hand in Hand, their journey has gone from strength to strength with one value still deeply engrossed: producing great local beer. Brighton Bier believe great beer should be drunk in pubs and taprooms, and for that reason their beer goes into keg and cask with only a small amount going into cans and bottles. With six World Beer Awards and International Beer Challenge Gold medal winning brewery showing their determination to curate great beer. The establishment is opening up another venue ‘Haus on the Hill’ early this month over on Southover Street too, filling the local residents with great beer and another great place to enjoy it too.
Back in 2007, co-founders Martin and James could not begin to imagine how their tiny beer business would end up becoming a renowned and respected name in the beer industry. With Brewdog now owning and operating two eco-friendly breweries in Scotland and Columbus, Ohio, the brand is truly recognisable, and Brighton welcomed the brand with open arms in 2015. Located on the corner of Marlborough Place and Kingswood Street, it’s home to 30 taps of craft beer. Filling its customers with good beer and food in a relaxed setting, Brewdog also hosts a number of creative events throughout the month, bringing together Brighton’s creative community.
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HORSHAM BREWHOUSE & KITCHEN
Despite only being around for three years, Bison Beer has sure made its mark on the Brighton beer scene, supporting and stocking a wide range of beer from across the globe, with a keen focus on those brewed in Sussex. Starting out with a bottleshop on East Street, Bison Beer has since expanded to Hove with their first bar and bottleshop and this summer have since opened another venture in the heart of North Laine, with their bar and partnered kitchen Humble Plates - all three offering a place to hideout and relax in. No matter what area of the city you are, it’s likely you’ll find Bison beer near-by whether in their bars and stores or canned-spirit at other venues.
With Brewhouse & Kitchen being Britain’s largest brewpub chain, it was hardly surprising that one would open up in Sussex soon enough, and with all of the sites offering in-house brewed beers, its popularity has sure grown tremendously. Horsham Brewhouse & Kitchen combines their love of beer and food together, matching each dish to a different style of beer, and many of their dishes incorporating their own brews too - perfect for beer lovers or those trying out beer for the first time. Among their wide range of foodie goodness, the establishment offers the ultimate brewery experiences or food matching trials for you and your pals to try out too, ranging from £20pp £85pp.
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KUJIRA Brighton’s newest Japanese robata restaurant is a show-stopper BY ANYA ZERVUDACHI
With Brighton’s ever-evolving food and drink scene meaning new restaurants, bars and cafes are opening across town at breakneck speed, I am rarely as excited as I was when I heard that a new Japanese izakaya specialising in robata and cocktails was due to open on Preston Street. Essentially from the description of the place, if I wrote a tick list of my favourite things, Kujira would pretty much nail the lot. We booked an early table at 6.30pm on a Friday and were lucky to to have booked well in advance as the dining area is pretty bijou (estimate 20 covers) and was already buzzing when we arrived. The first thing to note is the chic decor; the place is the perfect balance between upmarket and casual with bright flowers and vibrant neon lights contrasting the otherwise low lighting and black and gold interior.
for picking a few plates from each section. I was delighted to have some guidance on recommend dishes to order from the friendly team. We decide to start with a selection of dishes from the Kombachi section of the menu, ordering edamame, agedashi tofu and sweetcorn tempura. The edemame were steamed and then blackened and served with sake and sichimi and were absolutely incredible, and reminiscent of the flavour of roasted chestnuts. Meanwhile, the agedashi tofu was served in the most amazing tentsuyu sauce and the sweetcorn tempura almost tasted like an upmarket variation of a well known fried chicken takeaway. The next dishes to arrive were the duck, severed in a sticky teriyaki sauce topped with sesame - the meat was beautifully succulent and perfectly cooked - with a side of rice seasoned with Hijiki. Up next was one of my all time favourites - tempura sushi rolls - which I have to say I struggle to find on a lot of Brighton menus. I’ve only ever previously had the salmon or tuna variety of the dish, so was interested to try the indulgent offering of beef, spring onion and garlic chips - although the beef was served perfectly rare, the rice sticky and the batter delicate and crunchy, I have to admit one or two slices of the roll would have been plenty for me as it was quite a heavy portion to have alongside so many other dishes.
We are shown to our table and presented with a phemomenal cocktail menu which included a unique selection of cocktails, with just as many unfamiliar ones as classics served with a twist. I kick off with the refreshing and zingy South East Junos, a concoction of vodka, calpico and yuzu topped off with champagne, while my dining partner Natalie opts for the aromatic and punchy ‘Gentle Monster’ - an unusual twist on the classic amaretto sour, combining amaretto, egg white, lemon, and a hot hit of wasabi. Whatever the cuisine, my favourite way of eating has always been small plates and tapas - I mean, what’s not to love about sharing your food with friends and loved ones (plus ordering more dishes means sampling more off the menu)?! The menu at Kujira is large but not overwhelming, perfect 48
We went on to order a selection of dishes from the small robata section of the menu - choosing chicken thigh, scallops, asparagus and king oyster mushrooms, every dish coming out perfectly cooked and packed with flavour.. Our final dish of the evening was a plate from the ‘big robata’ section - lamb chops served pink with the flavour from the grill adding a great depth to the charred meat which was coated in a sweet sticky teriyaki glaze and a mouth watering side of vegetables including some of the best aubergine I’ve ever tasted. All in all a stunning evening and absolute must try for any Brighton foodie - ten out of ten in every respect: food, service, hospitality and the best toilets in town. Kujira is at 48 Preston Street, Brighton. Tel: 01273 777988.
CHILLI PICKLE Spice up your life BY ANYA ZERVUDACHI
If you were to ask any Brightonian to recommend a good Indian restaurant, I am pretty sure Chilli Pickle will always get a mention. In fact, I am yet to meet anyone that doesn’t love the place - which begs the question, why have I never been? Although I have ordered the take away Thali trays on numerous occasions - because I tend to cook a lot of Indian food at home (at least once a week), we don’t seem to prioritise it when we eat out. Being our Food and Drink issue and with October Best just around the corner (5 - 21 Oct) I thought what better time to go check out the hype - so with my critic hat firmly on and expectations high, we booked an early evening table on Tuesday evening. The restaurant is extremely spacious yet first thing to hit you, quite rightly is the exotic and intoxicating aromas of spice and the warmth of the place - the decor takes inspiration from its heritage with bright colours and splashes of silver whilst the ambience takes a more elegant and refined feeling with atmospheric low lighting and great attention to detail. We kick off with ordering a large Kingfisher beer to share, along with some Poppadom to snack on whilst we check out the menu. The Poppadoms come both Dry roasted and Fried with a selection of the signature chutneys and pickles - the only way to start off an Indian in my opinion. Although the menu does offer variations on dishes we are all familiar with, Madras, Biriyani and Korma, I am delighted to see there are a few dishes which are much more unusual and not something I would make at home. I must admit I was immensely disappointed that one of the dishes I was most excited about - the Darjeeling Chicken Momo’s were not on the menu during our visit, however I bravely decided to plod on with my second choice of Sigri Hawkers Corn whilst my dining companion Natalie chose Kerala Fish Fry. One bite into my starter, I am almost grateful my first choice wasn’t available – I remember thinking, this may be the best corn on the cob I’ve ever got my teeth into! The Charcoal roasted cobs came smothered in Tellicherry pepper with tiny
pinch bowls of toasted garlic crumble and curry lemon butter sauce for you to add as you wish - every bite is absolutely heavenly. Natalie lets me try one of her nuggets of thickly spice coated Seabream fillet which are beautifully crisp and beautifully succulent - equally delicious as mine, served with a sweet dipping sauce of fresh pineapple relish and a creamy citrus curry leaf dipping sauce. For my main I opt for the Sri Lankan Seabass which I pair with German Wheat Beer - Schenider Weisse which they offer on the menu as the recommend beer to accompany the dish. Natalie goes for the Sigri Chilli Pickle Mixed Gril Masala Lamb chop, red chicken tikka, Awadhi chicken tikka and a pepper chicken seekh kebab. My curry arrives on a thali tray with the curry, rice and pickles presented in little bowls. The Seabass fillets are perfectly cooked served off the bone in a thick coconut gravy with flavours of pandan, ginger, lemon grass, chilli and curry leaf - absolutely packed with aromatic flavours, with a bowl of lightly seasoned lemon rice and garlic pickle to add an extra punch of flavour. Natalie’s Mixed Grill arrives on a second thali tray, with small bowls of onion salad, spicy gravy, smoked aubergine riatta and mango chutney. The grilled meats are presented on a bed of coriander cumin butter naan. She generously allows me a taste of everything which although not as packed with flavour as the rest of the dishes is still unequivocally yummy. We round off the meal with the Chilli glazed pineapple - a juicy chuck of coal roasted fresh pineapple served with chilli and stem ginger glaze and topped with coconut Sorbet, accompanied by a Kerala Coffee - a short strong but sweet milky coffee with a hint of cardamom, which is poured at the table from a height - Kerala style. I am happy to report that I totally get the hype - definitely a thumbs up from me and worth checking out for the October Best set menu for just £20 a head! 17 Jubilee Street, Brighton, BN1 1GE. Tel: 01273 900383 FOOD AND DRINK EDITION
PUREZZA Sweet dreams are made of (vegan) cheese BY NAMMIE MATTHEWS
It’s a cool mid-week evening that I visit Purezza. I’ve taken to spending my evenings at the gym following last month’s vows of healthiness, and the promise of pizza on a Tuesday pretty much goes against every rule I’ve made for myself over the last few weeks. Still, old habits die hard, and since no animal product crosses the threshold of Kemptown’s finest vegan restaurant, I figured: how bad could it really be for me, anyway? It’s this logic which also allows me to order a cheeky glass (or two) of wine - but don’t let me get ahead of myself just yet. We’re taken to our booth and promptly start by ordering a plate of dough balls (£4.45) to share, after seeing them on Instagram earlier that day. Made with sourdough, these promised to “ooze” with Purezza’s homemade ‘stringy melty cheese’. We considered ourselves intrigued: we’d heard the myths and legends surrounding Purezza’s cheese, but were yet to experience it for ourselves. Just how close to the real deal would it be? We added garlic mayo, houmous and sriracha dips to the mix, and soon found out.
sadly these doughballs didn’t quite resemble my muchloved mozzarella. In terms of taste though - particularly with the garlic mayo - they put up a hell of a good fight, and we gleefully finished the plate. So, on to the pizza itself. Purezza get mega points for portion size - we had more than enough to take home for lunch the following day (who am I kidding, it was definitely cold pizza for breakfast), after filling up on a pizza each. Accompanied with a glass each of the house red - a Primitivo that’s easy to drink - I go for the ‘Season.4.Pizza.1’, which is made up of a hearty combination of artichokes, black kalamata olives, chestnut mushrooms and smoked beetroot, topped with salad cress (£11.95) - perfect for the cooler weather and topping up on my veg intake. There’s loads going on in this pizza, including what I’m sure must be at least two of my five-a-day (I hope). The flavours go together perfectly, and I’m more than satisfied with my choice. My dining companion meanwhile opts for the margherita (artisan mozzarella, topped with basil leaves & extra virgin olive oil, £8.95), and alternates her base with hemp flour, which I’m told offers a more savoury taste and is a bit more dense than regular dough - similar to rye bread. We both agree that mine is better, though the margherita offers a good standard no-fuss pizza for those who aren’t too fussed on loads of toppings. Stuffed after our doughballs and pizzas, we skip dessert (though the raw tiramisu and oreo pizza both pique our interest, and we’ll be revisiting to try those). After curiously perusing the drinks menu for digestifs, I order the matcha latte which I find a little too bitter and quite thin for my liking (but it’s nothing a couple of spoonfuls of their gorgeous maple-coconut sugar doesn’t fix).
I’ll start off by saying, the dough itself was soft and loaded with flavour without being heavy - which is no mean feat. The cheese was delicious too - rich and creamy, and both looked and tasted like the real thing. But was it stringy? Not quite (though try as we might!). Our attempt to create a stringy Boomerang ended in failure as we tore a dough ball open - and the cheese rather ungracefully slopped out of it. Melty and oozy indeed - and the temperature of lava - but not even a slight stringiness to it. Perhaps we were all too keen, and should have let it cool a little longer, but 50
My visit to Purezza came following a long line of recommendations, to which I can now finally add my own. Though I stuffed my face with pizza, I wasn’t left with that oily, greasy heaviness which usually accompanies a pizza blow-out, and I was immensely satisfied by my meal. As a lover of cheese, I’m not sure how close you can actually get to the real thing without using some form of animal milk. But Purezza do a damn good job of trying - and they could have fooled me. Purezza is at 12 St James’s St, Brighton BN2 1RE.
THE SALT ROOM The nation’s favourite seafood restaurant dishes up something new for autumn BY NAMMIE MATTHEWS
There’s something quite iconic about Brighton’s seafront, isn’t there? Whether it’s the pier, the bandstand, the beach huts down in Hove or the juxtaposition of ultra-modern British Airways i360 against the iconic ruins of the West Pier, there’s truly something for everyone. Fortunately, the team behind The Salt Room agree, and have based their entire restaurant around it. Overlooking the promenade, the restaurant offers panoramic views, and is close enough that in the summer you can even smell the sea from the terrace. It’s just as well, then, that they also serve almost exclusively seafood, their menu and surroundings working together in perfect unison. It’s this consistency - and head chef Dave Mothersill’s excellent vision - which earnt them Seafood Restaurant of the Year 2017. Which is why it’s even more shocking that I had never dined there until this month.
the salt of the oyster taking the edge off of the straight gin perfectly, and vice versa. I was impressed to find I didn’t even flinch - as I usually do with oysters. It was delicious. I was in anticipation for the mains to come, though. I’d ordered the monkfish (£23), which came with smoked aubergine, carrot, chilli and preserved lime. I opted against any additional potatoes, as monkfish is quite meaty and heavy for a fish - and was absolutely right to have, as I found myself stuffed by the end of the meal. My companion ordered the whole bream (£22), a theatrical piece of sorts where the fish is deboned at the table.
I visit on a busy Sunday afternoon, where the tradition of Roast Sunday Lunch is in full swing. Luckily, we’re here to try the fish, which is just as well as the roasts were all sold out by around 2.15pm anyway. It’s windy outside, so the terrace is closed - probably for one of the first days since April - but we’re shown to the closest table to the sea, which is about as good as it gets. I start by ordering the raw scallop ceviche (£14), a summer staple given an autumnal twist with pumpkin and bacon cream, lifted by the Japanese citrus flavours of yuzu. It arrives on the plate looking fresh and colourful, a precursor to its flavour (read: delicious), offset by my crisp Chenin Blanc (Olifantsberg Breedekloof, South Africa, £8.25/175ml). My dining partner opts for the octopus (£11), which is served with lentils, chorizo and red wine; a heavier choice that is perhaps more satisfying in the cooler weather. We both finish our starters incredulous with the food - such complex flavours working together in unison, rather than battling against one another. While awaiting our mains, I order one of the ‘oyster pearls’, which had taken my attention on the drinks menu. For £4.25, I was to be served a fresh oyster paired with my favourite spirit. An interesting concept which quickly became essential dining as soon as I saw gin was one of the options. Pairing an oyster with RR Daring Dry Vermouth, samphire and lemon seems a little adventurous for even the more acquired of tastes, but this was a treat -
Seaweed and saltbaked, and served with harissa, garlic, lemon and potatoes, I’m told it was a delicious dish, made even better by the house red: a Héraldique, Rouge from Pays d’Oc (£5.25/175ml). We left the restaurant stuffed, but with a vow to return. Our final bill cost £110.98 - a little more pricey than a usual Sunday, but a worthwhile treat all the same. And I must mention our wonderful waiter Sylwek, who was a gentleman all afternoon and only added to our experience. The Salt Room is at 106 King’s Road, Brighton. FOOD AND DRINK EDITION
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SUGARDOUGH’S NO-WASTE PA N Z A N E L L A S A L A D WITH TOMATOES, RED PEPPERS AND CAPERS C I N C I N ’ S FA M O U S TA G L I AT E L L E WITH SALMON, CHESTNUTS, LEEKS, MASCARPONE AND DILL TERRE A TERRE’S BUM CAKE SWEET SHEEP’S MILK CHEESECAKES CRAMMED WITH SAMBUCA-SOAKED SULTANAS, SERVED WITH LEMON ROSEMARY SYRUP.
“This is my take on the classic Italian bread salad, Panzanella. It is a brilliant way to use up older bread and is a favourite at Sugardough in The Lanes. There are no hard and fast rules about quantities. Just mix it together and get stuck in!” - Kane McDowell, owner & chef at Sugardough. INGREDIENTS Good quality sourdough bread cut into thin slices 1 clove of whole garlic cut in two Olive oil for baking the croutons Tomatoes, roughly chopped Roast red peppers, with the skin removed, cut into strips Salted capers, rinsed Red onion, thinly sliced Fresh basil leaves and oregano roughly chopped or ripped Extra virgin olive oil, red wine vinegar Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper METHOD Rub the slices of bread with the garlic and place on an oven tray. Drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle with sea salt and put in an oven at approximately 180 degrees until the croutons are lightly crisp. Place the croutons on kitchen towel and set them aside to cool. Gently mix together the chopped tomatoes, the roasted red pepper, red onion and capers. Season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Make a dressing by mixing together 2/3 extra virgin olive oil to 1/3 red wine vinegar, and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Add fresh basil and oregano to the tomatoes and red pepper mix, drizzle with the dressing and gently mix. Place layers of croutons on top of the salad and serve in shallow bowls.
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INGREDIENTS the sauce: Tagliatelle with For salmon, chestnuts, For the pasta: 2 salmon fillets leeks, mascarpone & dill 250g of 00 flour 12 roughly chopped chestnuts 1 whole egg and (the precooked vacuum-packed cincin.co.uk 6 egg yolks ones are best) (good quality eggs) 4 tablespoons of mascarpone A drizzle of good olive oil 1 leek, rinsed and chopped into A pinch of salt 1cm slices 1 bunch of dill, finely chopped A squeeze of lemon METHOD The pasta: Make a well in the flour and add the eggs and olive oil. Combine the ingredients with your fingers to form a dough, kneading for about five minutes until it becomes smooth. Wrap in cling film and leave to rest in the fridge for at least an hour. Roll out the pasta, first with a rolling pin, a little flour to dust, until it’s as thin as you can go, then transfer to a pasta machine. A good rule of thumb is to start from the thickest setting, work your way down to the thinnest one, and then all the way back up. Then back down to a one or a two; not too thin as you need the tagliatelle to have a bit of texture and thickness. Dust the sheets liberally with flour, fold once, then cut with a knife into 1cm strips. Dust with more flour and set aside whilst you prepare your sauce, but for no longer, or it will dry out and cook unevenly. The sauce: Drizzle your salmon fillets with a little olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake, skin side up, in the oven for around ten minutes. Remove the skin and set aside. In a pan, roast the roughly chopped chestnuts in a little olive oil for a few minutes over a gentle heat. Once toasted, add the leek and sweat them off, adding a pinch of salt and a splash of white wine to help them soften. Gently fold through the mascarpone and let it melt in. Drop the pasta in a pan of salted, boiling water. It’s even better if you’ve got a basket. It’s cooked when then pasta starts to float and that should take no more than thirty seconds as it’s so thin and fresh. Drop the cooked and drained pasta to the sauce and flake your salmon into the pan, then throw in your chopped dill. Be generous with it. Mix the whole thing together. Be careful not to break the salmon up too much. Test for seasoning. The mascarpone is bland and so it will need more salt. Add more olive oil, and a squeeze of lemon juice to finish. That’s it. Divide into four bowls then add a little bit more olive oil. Always a bit more olive oil.
DESSERT INGREDIENTS For the cake: 400g Slipcote cheese (Sussex soft sheeps cheese) 400ml double cream 3 egg yolks 1 whole egg ½ tsp vanilla extract 50g sugar 75 g Sambuca soaked sultanas and extra from garnish 8 rosemary sprigs, tips 2-3” long
For the rosemary syrup: 200g caster sugar 200ml water 2 rosemary sprigs Zest of ½ lemon, cut into strips Juice of ½ lemon Bring the sugar and water to the boil, then add the rosemary and lemon zest. Simmer for 10 mins. Allow to cool, then strain. Finally, mix in the lemon juice. Refrigerate until needed.
METHOD In a bowl crumble the slipcote cheese Add the vanilla, egg yolk, egg, sugar. With a spatula mix together to form a smooth paste adding the cream in 2 batches Add the Sambuca soaked sultanas and mix Line your moulds – cut square of parchment paper longer than the ring (5” square) . Push the paper, without tearing it, into the bottom of the rings and push onto the sides overlapping the top to secure the straight edges Fill your moulds up with sheep’s cheese mix. Push a sprig of rosemary into the centre of each one (this will infuse into the cheese mix as it cooks) Place rings in a deep sided roasting tray, fill with water to ¾ of the way up the side of the moulds. Bake on 160 degrees for 20 mins. Once cooked, remove from the bain marie on to a flat tray and refrigerate till needed. TO ASSEMBLE Remove the rings from the cheesecakes and peel off the paper and place on serving plates then add a drizzle of rosemary syrup. Add biscotti biscuits under the cheesecake if desired (optional).
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