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EDITORS MESSAGE: 2016 might not be going into the history books as a perfect year, but it will undoubtedly be remembered as a momentous one. We spent 12 months talking about: Trump v Clinton, Zika virus, Pokémon Go, Solar Impulse 2, Brussels bombings, virtual reality, Flight 804, Brexit, Juno’s Jupiter mission, Jo Cox MP, the last ever VCR, The Great British Bake Off, The Great Escape, Brighton Fringe, Rio 2016, Rogue One, BHS, Hillsborough inquest, Gene Wilder, Paris Global Climate Agreement, Black Mirror, Euro 2016, Brighton Festival, Westworld, David Bowie, The Danish Girl, Leonard Cohen, self-driving cars, Andy Murray, Robert Vaughn, The Night Manager, a century of Vogue, the Rosetta probe, Pete Burns, Breakfast at Tiffany’s, rail disruption, ISIS, Jeremy Corbyn, Storm Imogen, junior doctors, BBC Three, Ronnie Corbett, Sadiq Khan, taxpayers’ stadium, Stewart and McKellen in Pinter’s No Man’s Land, Black Lives Matter, Nicholas Chamberlain, DJ Derek, The Night Tube, Together The People, High-Rise, Muhammad Ali, Boundary Brighton, War & Peace, Alan Rickman, Boris, Hinkley Point C, Sir Terry Wogan, polymer banknotes, Paul Daniels, Orlando’s Pulse nightclub shooting, Harper Lee, Can’t Touch This and Tim Peake. Nobody can say if 2017 will be better or worse, but we can be sure it’ll be equally interesting…
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dinner is the highlight for most people, but there can be a lot going on with guests and drinks around. Don’t get distracted or cook under the influence, and don’t let a fire ruin your celebrations.” As well as keeping you and your family safe, this is a time to look at for neighbours and people who may be on their own at this time of year, particularly in cold weather. Being lonely or isolated, struggling to afford to keep the home warm, and living with food poverty, are real issues facing some people in our community and can have a devastating impact at this time of year. Alongside free fire Home Safety Visits offering advice and alarms, ESFRS also works with a wide range of partner organisations to help link people to services and get them the support they need. If you, or someone you know, could benefit from home safety advice, or from further support, phone 01323 462134 Everyone at ESFRS wish you all a very happy and safe Christmas.
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Crowdfunding is used for everything these days, from producing books and making films to building a pub on Brighton’s seafront. And for the third year in a row, one of Brighton’s most treasured traditions, Burning the Clocks, is doing the same. In collaboration with the largest community arts charity in the south east, Same Sky, the campaign has officially launched for Burning the Clocks 2016. Donations range anything from £5 - £1,000 for which supporters receive various benefits for their donations ranging from a shoutout on the Facebook page, a personalised lantern to carry in the parade, a limited edition Graham Carter print or even being the person to light the bonfire that bookends our charming city’s celebrations. The campaign aims to raise £5,000 in order to secure the future of Brighton’s biggest celebration of the Winter Solstice, a staple on the calendar since 1993. Taking place from 6:30pm on Weds 21 Dec, the Burning the Clocks parade runs from New Road to the seafront, and is expected to draw in crowds of up to 20,000 people. Each year the lanterns and structures made from willow and papier mâché adhere to a theme, and this year its ‘nonsense’. Same Sky have also created a new large-scale comet ‘Harbinger’, for this year’s event, which is a five by two metre animated piece of mobile street art that uses multimedia technology light its head body and tail, and will appear in various locations around the city in the run up to the parade. There will
even be an after party this year hosted by iconic seafront club Patterns. If you want to help support one of the most beautiful annual rituals that our city has to offer, and most importantly keep it free, head over to the Burning the Clocks crowdfunder and help keep the tradition alive. mandatory.
DON’T LET FIRE RUIN FESTIVE CHEER THIS CHRISTMAS WWW.ESFRS.ORG
Christmas dinner, wrapping presents, decorations – there’s a lot to think about at Christmas. But one thing East Sussex Fire and Rescue Service (ESFRS) is asking residents to put at the top of their Christmas lists this year is fire safety. While fire safety is important year-round, extra distractions during the festive period make it especially important to be vigilant. Borough Commander Nigel Cusack says, “Christmas is a time for festive cheer with family and friends. But fairy lights, candles and decorations mean it’s also a time to take extra care to keep our loved ones safe. To ensure you have the merriest of Christmases, keep fire safety at the top of your list. If you do use candles, keep them away from curtains or items which could catch fire, put them out when you leave a room, and make sure they are definitely right out at night. And of course test your smoke alarms at least once a week.” “If you have guests staying over, make sure everyone knows where the keys are, and how to get out in event of a fire. Christmas
CHRISTMAS COMEDY CRACKER COMES TO KOMEDIA TUES 20 DEC WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK
Times are pretty dire at the moment. The days are getting shorter, we can no longer leave the house without a scarf, and there’s an orange megalomaniac taking over the White House. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty sure we’re all in need of a laugh… Good thing Alex Michael, of [Gogglebox] fame, anticipated we might need a bit of cheering up this winter. She’s put together a collection of nine show-stopping comedians to raise the roof and leave us in stitches just before Christmas. Featuring hilarious offerings from Simon Evans ([Live at the Apollo]), Craig Campbell and Sean Collins ([Michael McIntyre's Comedy Roadshow]) and six other award winning comedians, the jam-packed three-hour long event is a full night where you can forget the sorrows of the outside world and have a bit of a giggle. Plus it’s a bargain at a tenner, so get your tickets now from the Komedia website! If laughing your socks off surrounded by your mates isn’t enough, the event itself is a fundraiser for charity, with all the proceeds to be donated to the British Heart Foundation and Raleigh International, an international charity that works with young people across the globe in impoverished communities. Hitting Brighton’s Komedia on Tues 20 Dec, there really is no excuse to miss it! So let’s put our fears of armageddon to the side for an evening and let ourselves be entertained. www.raleighinternational.org / www.bhf.org.uk
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For over a decade, MADE Brighton has been bringing some of the best makers in the country to Brighton Dome. This winter’s event is no exception as 65 contemporary designers and makers across all media will be selling their handcrafted work direct to the public on Sat 10 Dec at St Bartholomew's Church. This new show aims to do something a little different. Whilst still showcasing the best makers in the country, the fair will be a down to earth ‘Village Hall’ one-day, table-top selling event. Exhibitors will include Brighton-based illustrator Emily Maude, Wallflowerlondon who specialise in porcelain flower heads and Kathie Murphy who works with beautiful resin jewellery. A fiveminute walk from Brighton station, it’s ideal for Christmas shoppers. Stalls will offer original and beautiful ceramics, jewellery, home wares, woodwork, textiles, screen-prints, toys and more, with a full range of prices to ensure there is something for everyone.
HOLIDAY ON ICE RETURNS TO BRIGHTON WITH NEW SHOW BELIEVE WEDS 4 - SUN 8 JAN WWW.BRIGHTONCENTRE.CO.UK
World-renowned show Holiday on Ice will be returning to Brighton to kick-start 2017 with their new offering: Believe. Directed and choreographed by none other than Olympic and four-time world champion, Christopher Dean, the show is an incredibly exciting and fast-paced production. Telling the modern day story of the traditional Shakespeare classic Romeo and Juliet, expect themes of desire, jealously and true love. With Olympic-level choreographies combined with the best live music, beautiful décor, glamourous costumes and hi-tech special effects, Believe will truly conquer the hearts of audiences. Dean’s involvement is a new milestone in the great tradition of collaborations between Holiday on Ice and Olympic champions over their 72-year run. Commenting on the partnership Christopher Dean said: “I’ve been on the ice for 47 years, performing in shows, training and choreographing others but now I look forward to creating a new Holiday on Ice show with the best skaters in the world.” Holiday on Ice has become the most famous brand of entertainment on ice for over seven decades with a record number of 328 million visitors. This well-established production guarantees quality performances from Olympic-level skaters.
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A CELEBRATION OF DAVID BOWIE COMES TO DE LA WARR PAVILION WEDS 14 DEC / £26.50 WWW.DLWP.COM / WWW.CHARLESHAZLEWOOD.COM
Charles Hazlewood conducts Army of Generals and members of the British Paraorchestra in a special presentation of Philip Glass’ Heroes Symphony/Low Symphony at De La Warr Pavilion on Weds 14 Dec. Following his critically acclaimed headlining appearance at Glastonbury Festival 2016 performing to over 20,000 people, Charles Hazlewood brings his mesmerising celebration of David Bowie’s life out on tour. Few can argue that two of Bowie's finest moments were his Heroes and Low albums. It therefore feels totally appropriate to present these two albums, re-expressed and reasserted by the great Philip Glass - an artist whom Bowie cited as a massive influence on his own work. The Heroes Symphony (composed 1996) and Low Symphony (1992) both use key elements from Bowie and Brian Eno's seminal 70s albums. During that period they attempted to extend the normal definition of pop and rock in a series of innovative recordings, in which influences of world music and experimental avant-garde are felt. These works redefined the language of music in ways that can be heard even today. Glass achieved something of a real collaboration between his music and theirs, treating the themes of the albums very much as if they were his own and allowing their transformations to follow his own compositional technique. This intense yet celebratory symphonic journey, conducted by the award-winning Hazlewood with a 42-piece orchestra, takes the musical essence of these classic Bowie works and re-expresses them through Glass’s un-mistakable and hypnotic brand of alchemy to produce a night of reflection and wonder. He has collaborated with a huge spectrum of artists, from Professor Green to Steve Reich to Nigel Kennedy to Goldie. His fresh performances of music crosses genres, breaks new ground and excites audiences wherever he performs, but his goal is always the same: exposing the deep, modern joy of orchestral music.
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WIN THE LEVEL SEASON ONE ON DVD Critically acclaimed drama The Level is a brilliantly tense home-grown cop thriller. It sees a squeaky-clean detective’s dark past return to haunt her when she moves to the south coast. She soon finds herself at the centre of an investigation which might expose her, whilst being stalked by a killer. A complicated love-life and relationships with colleagues create further tension, so she doesn’t know who she can trust, literally, with her life. Filmed in and around Brighton & Hove, this gripping sixpart series has just been released on DVD. Written by Gaby Chiappe (Vera, Lark Rise to Candleford) and Alexander Perrin (Leonardo, Shetland), it was produced by the BAFTAwinning Hillbilly Television (Downton Abbey, Second Coming). It features a stand-out cast of great British acting talent, including Karla Crome (Prisoner’s Wives, Murder), Philip Glenister (Prey, Ashes to Ashes), Laura Haddock (Guardians Of The Galaxy, The Inbetweeners Movie), Noel Clarke (Brotherhood, Doctor Who), Robert James Collier (Downton Abbey, Coronation Street) and Amanda Burton (Waterloo Road, Silent Witness). BN1 Magazine and RLJ Entertainment have two DVD copies of this excellent series to give away to our readers. To be in for a chance of winning, simply answer the following question: What feature is set in the middle of Brighton’s The Level?
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WIN A FAMILY TICKET TO PAT-A-CAKE BABY AT BRIGHTON’S KOMEDIA Are you ready? Grab a spoon! Because it’s Pat-a-cake time! This Christmas season, Komedia welcome back Long Nose Puppets with a brand new moonlit show full of riotous rhyme and crazy puppets! With music and songs by Tom Gray, (Gomez, Cbeebies, Tilly and Friends,) little children will be surrounded by magic! To celebrate the return of this brilliant show, BN1 Magazine has teamed up with Komedia to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a family ticket. To be in with a chance of winning simply answer the following question: What kind of food item is the focus of the show?
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WIN TICKETS FOR CATCH ME! AT BRIGHTON DOME Circus sensation Catch Me! (Attrape Moi) is coming to Brighton Dome on Mon 26 – Fri 30 Dec. These first UK shows by Quebec's hottest new circus crew will see six high-flying and fearless performers impress all with their feats of skill. Expect twirling hoops, dancing diabolos, acrobats soaring through the air, and much more from Flip FabriQue, Canada’s cool kids of circus. Performing in 32 cities across seven different countries, Catch Me! has received rave reviews everywhere. The company’s creative and collaborative approach highlights each performer’s strengths to create pure magic on stage. Just as important is the fact that they are a group of friends, and Flip FabriQue aims to promote joy, playfulness and friendship with their work. BN1 Magazine and Brighton Dome are giving one of our lucky readers a pair of tickets for the Catch Me! (Attrape Moi) performance on Weds 28 Dec. To be in for a chance of winning, simply answer the following question: What country does the Flip FabriQue circus crew come from?
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Bewilder Box is a live action game like no other, right in the heart of Brighton. Teams of up to six people must work together to beat a series of interlinked mysteries, clues, and challenges within 60 minutes. The experience unleashes a diverse range of custom-made puzzles to test each of your senses, as well as your teamwork and mental acuity. In return you'll receive a clue, code or item that will help you progress through the room. The game’s entirely original, interactive storyline features the talents of Hugo Myatt, star of legendary 80's TV gameshow, Knightmare. The Bewilder Box assessment - the ultimate test of brain power, cooperation, leadership, logic, and strategy - was created by Dr Benjamin Wilder Sr. This brilliant scientist worked to establish a disaster recovery plan for mankind; he sought a group of individuals who could take charge if the worst was to happen. But, weeks into the initial subject screenings, Dr Wilder mysteriously vanished along with his research. Can you live up to his vision, and perhaps solve the mystery of his disappearance? Bewilder Box and BN1 Magazine are offering some great prizes to our readers: Main prize - a Bewilder Box escape room experience for a group of four to six people! Runner up - a signed picture of Knightmare legend and Bewilder Box star Hugo Myatt To be in with a chance of winning one of these great prizes, you simply have to correctly answer this question… Which legendary 80s TV gameshow did Hugo Myatt star in?
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Top 5 hot nts e s e r P s a Christm GIFT IDEAS
BY TACITA FRENCH
If you're anything like me and put Christmas shopping off until the last minute, you'll know how stressful this month can be. But fear not, there are some great products making the rounds this year that are guaranteed to please just about anybody...
Sony’s PlayStation VR headset
For gamers and film fanatics alike, it feels like we've been waiting an age for virtual reality. But now, considering its immense popularity already, it's only going to get better. While there are a variety of VR devices now, if you really want a present that's going to ‘wow’ your family and friends, it's got to be the Sony PlayStation VR headset. It’s got top-notch graphics, full functionability and it's one of the most reliable products to hit the shelves.
Star Wars Death Star Levitating Speaker
If that title didn't grab you, you probably know someone that would have squealed like a fan girl. Star Wars' Rogue One is coming to cinemas on Thurs 15 Dec and undoubtedly we will once more be engulfed by Star Wars merchandise. However, you have to admit, this one's pretty cool and although it will set you back a tidy £180 pounds, it's small enough to fit on a desk. You've just got to decide whether you want your mate blasting The Imperial March through that 5W bluetooth speaker every time he comes into work…
Fitbit Charge 2
If you know someone who struggles to keep that ‘get fit’ resolution, the Fitbit Charge 2 could be the perfect gift. This super-powered, comfortable smart watch has got everything from guided breathing sessions to multi-sport tracking and connected GPS. The heart rate tracker continuously runs to maximise workouts, better track calorie burning and a give clearer picture of your health. So if you or someone you know needs that little push or helping hand, this is definitely it!
Ninja Coffee Bar
A good way to start January is with some strong hard coffee. We are all too familiar with the January blues, those foggy mornings and that awful feeling when you're just praying for an extra five minutes in bed. But don't worry, the Ninja Coffee Bar understands you. There are multiple brewing modes on this gizmo and its designed to suit your personal tastes and style of beverage so is sure to satisfy any coffee lover in need of a pick me up in the new year.
The Amazon Echo is one of the newest bits of gadgetry to hit the market but it's already proving popular. This personal assistant has it all from the latest news, traffic and weather reports, to keeping track of your schedules and even controlling lights, switches and thermostats with compatible connected devices. While the thought of a robotic device controlling everything might summon thoughts of Skynet for some of us, there's no question that the Echo will certainly get you organised. Or it might take over your life completely.
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ARTIST OPEN HOUSES CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL
Brighton’s Artist Open Houses returns this Christmas for three weekends starting on Sat 26 Nov. During this time artists and makers across Brighton & Hove, Lewes, Ditchling and beyond will be throwing open the doors of their homes and studios to showcase a hugely diverse selection of artworks. The festival is the perfect way to shop for unique presents this Christmas in a relaxed setting - with a glass of mulled wine and mince pie in hand! Artists from all over the area will open the doors to their homes and studios, showcasing a diverse selection of unique artworks and Christmas gifts, all available to buy directly from the artists themselves.
11 St Keyna Avenue, Hove, BN3 4PN If you are on the lookout for beautiful Christmas decorations for your home or unique presents for your relatives and friends, pop in to the Polish designer Cat-arzyna’s house – open only at Christmas. She transforms everyday objects with her unique blend of Polish-meets-French style of vintage chic. Expect decorations made from paper, embroidered home wares, handmade dolls, needle felted sculptures, shabby chic painted furniture and much more.
19 New Church Rd, Brighton & Hove, BN3 4AB (Sat 3 – Sun 4 Dec) Fabula is a collective of local and international artists from many different backgrounds and disciplines. These include illustration, moving image, writing, textiles, art therapy, fine art and graphic design. They are united by a desire to tell stories through images, objects and text. Hove Museum is holding an open house to mark the start of the exhibition Fabula presents: Many ways to tell a story. Here you will be able to buy artwork produced by Fabula including prints, notebooks, small and large gifts, jewellery books and Christmas cards.
Seasons Greetings Madame Treacle
Many artists will also be holding an array of family-friendly and adult workshops, craft activities, puppet shows, drawing and making classes. Over 50 houses will be taking part this winter around different areas of the city, each with its own unique character and atmosphere - from the fishermen’s houses of Hanover to the urban warehouse spaces of the North Laine and cottages of the South Downs village of Ditchling. May’s festival saw over 60 new artists’ houses and studios taking part in the festival, with around 200 houses and studio spaces across the city opening their doors to exhibit the work of over 1,500 artists and makers.
11 RUGBY ROAD
11 Rugby Rd, Brighton, BN1 6EB Waiting to be discovered behind the door at 11 Rugby Road is a festive forest of trees covered in handmade decorations and a candy land kitchen crammed with Christmas treats! Every room is open to explore. Find affordable, unique jewellery to suit everyone or original greetings cards and exclusive prints. Not forgetting handmade favourites of rustic ceramics and glass. 11 Rugby Road are also pleased to say they will be opening late night on Fri 9 Dec to celebrate the Rugby Road winter street party, where the road will be closed to traffic allowing for a celebration of all things Christmas!
201 Portland Road, Hove, BN3 5JA Studio Loo is back for a second year with another specially curated selection of design-led work from local designers and makers - all set within a converted public WC design studio! From graphic prints, illustration and paper cuts to homewares, upcycled pieces and bold laser cut jewellery, they have a fantastic range of pieces to suit all budgets.
CHRISTMAS WITH THE BROWN DOG
Brown Dog Studio, 12 Chapel Mews, Off Waterloo Street, Hove, East Sussex, BN3 1AR Brown Dog Studio Very Special Christmas Open House comes but once a year. Just one weekend. But what a weekend! A warm and welcoming working studio with gifts and gorgeous things from just £2. Illustrator Sam Toft will have new calendars, Christmas cards, prints on wood and canvas, mugs, limited edition prints, bronze sculptures, bags, mugs and cushions. Cadi Froehlich will be showing salvaged copper sculptures and ceramic, while Graham Alborough will be selling portrait busts, stone carvings and showing the Brown Dog. Child friendly.
THE CICADA HOUSE XMAS CRACKER!
30 Stanmer Villas, Brighton, BN1 7HP Nick Orsborn’s paintings, prints and Cicada Jewellery, plus 16 guest artists showing stained glass hangings, kiln glass, felting, mosaics, ceramics, bags, fabrics, tree decorations and a superb selection of smaller gifts, all at affordable prices!
14b Cross Street, Hove, BN3 1AJ Christmas Boutique returns with a fabulous selection of local talent all brought together to make your Christmas shopping easy. Amazing mosaics from Anna Tilson, upcycled quirky lights from Lost and Foundry and Patrick Edgely’s retro screen prints and Sarah Rickard’s decorative ceramics – including ceramic angels perfect for the tree.
NEW ENGLAND HOUSE
New England House, New England St, Brighton, BN1 4GQ New England House is unique in Brighton: a diverse community of creative and entrepreneurial people working under one roof. Now in its 17th year, the December Open Studios Show is the only time in the year when the artists and makers open their doors to the public. Visitors will have a chance not only to buy work direct from the makers, but will have the added excitement of seeing how and where they work and even to commission unique new work.
Christmas With The Brown Dog The Best of Days, Sam Toft
56 Chester Terrace, Brighton BN1 6GB TheBigForest (aka silly artist makers Mr Rowling and Mr Craven) are delighted to welcome you to their retro Christmas emporium. Art and handmade gifts for grownups include felt dog sculptures, dog brooches, miniature animals, cut out and dress Brighton men dolls, limited edition felt Christmas decorations and lots more. Founded in 2012 work by TheBigForest has featured in publications in the UK and internationally.
66 Queen's Park Road, Brighton, BN2 0GL No.66 welcomes visitors for the first time, to browse the array of new designers work that will be on display. Artists from two families include contemporary jewellery from Chloe Buckley, lino prints from Maya Buckley, flowers from Betty Buckley, textiles from Sharon Cole and illustrations from Laurie Cole.
36 Montefiore Road, Hove, BN3 6EP An inspiring collection of works by some of Brighton & Hove’s finest outsider artists. Featuring paintings, prints, mosaics, ceramics, photography, sculpture, knitted items, cards and Christmas tree decorations.
WILLIAM COLLIER HOUSE - BRIGHTON YMCA
40 North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YG An eclectic selection of work created by the residents in this Open House right in the centre of Brighton. The organisation houses and supports men and women who have experienced unsettled housing and homelessness. The works on display will include paintings, sculptures, creative writing, collages and colouring.
7 Caburn Road, Hove, BN3 6EF Runner up in the Artists Open Houses Best House award 2015, Snug’s artists and designers are inspired by the natural world. Jessica Christie-Miller will be selling pheasant feather wreaths made from feathers from her friend Lucy's farm in Barcombe. New for Christmas 2016, ceramicist Cecilia Bicknell will be exhibiting her work for the first time.
New England House Open Studios: Sea Nympyh, Rea Stavropoulos
Brighton’s Artist Open Houses Christmas Festival comes to venues across Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas on Sat 3 - Sun 4 & Sat 10 – Sun 11 Dec 2016. For more details and opening times, visit: www.aoh.org.uk
Frightened Rabbit RIGHT HARE RIGHT NOW BY NAMMIE MATTHEWS Image by Dan Massie
It’s 4.29pm on a Tuesday afternoon, and the third time we’ve tried to get through to interview Selkirk indie-folk band Frightened Rabbit. In keeping with their latest album, the sombre full-length Painting of a Panic Attack (released back in April this year), it’s raining. And we’re starting to worry. Exhausted after the extensive tour that followed 2013’s Pedestrian Verse, the band dropped off the radar for more than two years following the departure of guitarist/ keyboardist Gordon Skene. During that time, frontman Scott Hutchison left his homeland of Scotland to move to Los Angeles with his then-girlfriend, writing – and subsequently touring - an album under the alternative moniker Owl John. Combined, these conditions rendered Frightened Rabbit’s future unpredictable at best, with fans questioning whether they’d see the band release another record again. Luckily, it was relatively short lived - and evidently worth the wait. In a strange turn of events, the run up to this interview appeared to be following an almost identical pattern. Our concern quickly dissipates, however, when finally guitarist Andy Monaghan picks up. And off we go.
“We’ve been rehearsing a lot,” Monaghan tells me, apologetic. “We’ve been in the studio every day for almost the last two weeks, and we’ve had shows probably four times a week since the beginning of the year.” It’s safe to say then that the band have been busy, and probably fair enough that relations with the media have been fairly low on their list of priorities. However, Monaghan makes it clear it’s not that the band is indifferent when it comes to obtaining column inches - it’s purely that they care about their fans a lot more. “We’ve been spending a lot of time attempting to recreate what we’ve recorded [on this album], working out what we need to take on the road. We’ll see how the fans appreciate that on tour.” In keeping with previous efforts, Painting of a Panic Attack is packed with the raw emotional catharsis typical of Hutchison’s songwriting - this time inspired by the disenchantment of LA living, the realities of unhealthy relationships, sobriety (or lack thereof), suicide and obsession. There’s enough familiarity in the album’s structure to placate long-time fans of the band (who released their first album Sing the Greys more than a decade ago), yet the influence of The National’s Aaron Dessner on the album is evident; Painting definitely sees the band more controlled in their sound. “We’ve tried to approach it in different ways
– singing in different ranges and moving over to keyboard moments instead of putting on the overdrive pedal and just thrashing out chords.” While they’re happy to leave the big choruses off their new material (“We’ll leave those to Biffy Clyro,” Monaghan says), the band understand the risk in making revisions to what has become their signature sound. Nevertheless, Monaghan adds, it was time for a change. “From this side the selfish side of actually creating the music - you need to be inspired by it and keep yourself on your toes. It needs to be a bit of a chameleon to keep yourself interested as an artist.” Another change on the latest album sees the addition of Simon Liddell to the band following Gordon Skene’s departure. Though most bands would expect teething issues to come with a new member, Monaghan is insistent it’s been nothing but a smooth transition working with Liddell. “I’ve known Si [for] 15 years now. He brought a lot to the team from the start and diffuses many situations, which is a good balance. And he can also play guitar and knows a few chords on a keyboard, so I guess that helps!” This talk of plain sailing will come as welcome news to Frightened Rabbit fans, for whom there’s been some doubt over whether this record would ever come. Though Monaghan acknowledges feeling the same at various points over the last three years, he’s quick to point out the fact that the band have managed to stay together despite these obstacles plays testament to their dedication to the band. “I think there were moments where we were all like, ‘what’s going on here?’ The future at some points was uncertain, which made us question whether we wanted to keep doing it or not. We just had to find a different way to work together when [Scott] was in LA. We became a slightly more remote band, and there were long questions of when we could attend studio sessions. But we were always sending each other ideas.” With the band’s UK tour marking the end of a long year of live dates – ending at home in Scotland just in time for Christmas – it looks at a glance as though the band may be following the same pattern that pushed them to breaking point before. But Monaghan is realistic (well, ish) when dismissing the chance of repeating the burnout of 2013. “I feel like we’ve got a little tight unit at the moment so hopefully that will continue for a while. But who knows? Maybe a week or tomorrow we’ll be like, ‘screw this, I’m becoming an Arctic fisherman.’ I can’t really see that happening but you never know.” As our interview comes to a close, it occurs to us that one thing ran true throughout our entire conversation with Monaghan: Frightened Rabbit really enjoy what they’re doing. With more excitement than would be expected of a band known for its despondent lyrics, Monaghan finally lays to rest any thoughts that this may be the last we’ll hear from the Scottish fivesome. “It’s unbelievable we’re still doing this. I don’t think any of us had any foresight to believe that we’d still be here. When we got three records in, we were like, this thing’s got legs. From then, we’ve always kind of thought, ‘Let’s keep this car running as long as we can.’” Frightened Rabbit come to Concorde 2 on Mon 5 Dec www.concorde2.co.uk www.frightenedrabbit.com
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Friday 2nd December Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
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Wednesday 7th December Green Door Store, Brighton
Friday 9th December Patterns, Brighton
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Friday 9th December Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
Saturday 10th December Concorde 2, Brighton
Friday 16th December The Old Market, Brighton
Saturday 17th December Sticky Mike’s, Brighton
Wednesday 21st December Concorde 2, Brighton
Tuesday 24th January The Haunt, Brighton
Tuesday 31st January Concorde 2, Brighton
Friday 3rd February The Haunt, Brighton
GUY LLOYD’S CHRISTMAS MESSAGE TO BRIGHTON & HOVE R
emember the little old lady, dressed in pink, dancing outside Boots earlier this year? You should do, it went viral. And you know Disco Pete, right? Of course you do. Well, we’ve brought them together to bring you some festive cheer. Yes, these two Brighton legends, along with a host of local celebrities, have recorded a Christmas single. It’s a cover of Bobby Helms’ Jingle Bell Rock, produced by MC Cashback, and it drops on Weds 7 Dec alongside a supporting video - all raising money for a great local charity. Let me take you back to the beginning. I present a daily drive time show on Brighton’s Juice 107.2. When I saw the little pink lady dancing outside Boots, I had to find her. This is the kind of stuff I love talking about on the radio. Unleashing the power of social media I found her, through a local woman who actually filmed this classic Brighton scene which by then was going viral. She had stayed in touch with the pink dancing lady, a lovely 75-year-old woman from Peacehaven, known as Anne, or Dancing Anne, as she has since been christened. I’ve also been acutely aware that another Brighton legend, Disco Pete, was struggling with his health and is spending increasing amount of time in his wheelchair, supported by his wonderful daughter. So along with a couple of friends I decided to bring them together, gather a few celebrities and record a Christmas single. So we all went up to the fantastic Park Studios, just off Lewes Road, and did exactly that. The celebrities involved include Stephen and Chris and the Michael family from Channel 4’s Gogglebox, Big Brother winner Pete Bennett, Brighton and Spurs legend Guy Butters and Britain Got Talent’s Vince Venus (never heard of him). The single will be available on iTunes on Weds 7 Dec and the video will be launched on YouTube and all social media, on the same day, with all the profits going to the Brighton charity, Time to Talk Befriending. It’s been a terrible year for many reasons but we want to end it on a high. Your support would be greatly appreciated. Happy Christmas, Guy Lloyd
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MARTIN REV THE ORB FRIGHTENED RABBIT
FRI 2 DEC CONCORDE 2 WWW.CONCORDE2.CO.UK
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The pioneers of ambient house are back, trippier than ever. Fresh off the release of their 16th studio album, COW/Chill Out, World!, duo Alex Paterson and Thomas Fehlmann return with creative renewal and an instruction for their fans: to “chill the fuck out”. While the duo’s new album takes a new direction, with Fehlmann explaining “we didn’t intend to rehash old chill out vibes” and Paterson describing it as “our most ambient album yet”, fans of The Orb will recognise the significance of their history, influences and peers reflected throughout. Expect a journey of sounds that bubble, flutter and float through myriad moods and atmospheres, and head down for the ride.
MON 5 DEC CONCORDE 2 WWW.CONCORDE2.CO.UK Selkirk’s finest play Concorde 2 this month as part of the tour of their fifth studio album, Painting of a Panic Attack. It’s been three years since we last heard from the five-piece, with Pedestrian Verse back in 2013. Having lost a band member (Simon Liddell replaced Gordon Skene on keys and guitar in 2015) and frontman Scott Hutchison releasing a solo album, there was concern for the future of the band. But the break seems to have put them in good stead, with Painting of a Panic Attack achieving the best critical reception of the band’s career. Despite the addition of The National’s Aaron Dessner on production, the album is still very much a Rabbit album – expect the same emotive undertones – only it seems they’ve finally grown into themselves.
MON 5 DEC KOMEDIA WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BRIGHTON Starting his career as the instrumentalist in the hugely influential punk band, Suicide, in the 70s, Martin Rev has gone on to embark on a successful solo career, which has seen him journey through a winding trail of genres across a number of record labels, including ROIR and Puu. With a style that varies widely from electronic ‘no wave’ (think avant-garde punk meets experimentalism) to bubblegum pop and heavy synth rock, Rev has continuously pushed expectations, and it’s difficult to know what to expect from his live shows – but then that’s part of his charm. Whether they’re laid-back tunes or explosive percussive smashes, there’s always a sense of ambience that is bound to translate well live.
LYDIA LUNCH + RETROVIRUS BLACK PEAKS
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SAT 10 DEC CONCORDE 2 WWW.CONCORDE2.CO.UK Brighton post-rock four-piece Black Peaks play an end-of-year homecoming show this month – set to be their biggest headline show to date. Since their beginnings under the moniker Shrine in 2012, the band have come a long way – releasing three EPs, getting noticed by Zane Lowe on Radio 1, followed by a debut album with label giants Sony. Statues was released at the beginning of this year, with the band creating further waves with a joint headline tour with Nottingham mathcore foursome HECK. Now they’re back in Brighton for a one-off show, with support from Krokodil, Bossk and the 2016 Aim Album of the Year-nominated Press To Meco – let’s give them one hell of a welcome home.
EVERY TIME I DIE
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SUN 11 DEC THE HAUNT WWW.THEHAUNTBRIGHTON.CO.UK New York metalcore icons Every Time I Die swap Buffalo for Brighton for a very special show to mark the release of their eighth album, Low Teens. With influences from heavy metal and rock to Southern and screamo, the quintet have spent a career defining and redefining the genre they crafted when they began back in 1998, with 2003 breakthrough album Hot Damn! often considered a total game changer for the category. It’s a variety that has won them countless fans globally – and their unforgettable live shows, which are known for their energy and intensity. Pull on your DM’s, buckle up, and get ready to mosh – this one’s going to be crazy.
MON 12 DEC KOMEDIA WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BRIGHTON Singer. Poet. Writer. Actress. Public speaker. There’s seemingly no end to the things that the queen of New York’s no-wave genre, Lydia Lunch, can do. Named one of the most influential performers of the 1980s, Lunch has single-handedly proven that an anti-commercial ethic really can pay off, having earned her success independently of major labels and distributors. Coming to Brighton at a politically apt time, she brings her signature provocative and confrontational repertoire, backed by all-star band Retrovirus (featuring Sonic Youth’s Bob Bert and The Flying Luttenbachers’ Weasel Walter). Take a sonically brutal walk through time, for a no-holds-barred survey of Lydia Lunch’s musical output, dated from 1977 to present.
AREA 11 LAURA J MARTIN TUES 6 DEC THE MARWOOD WWW.MELTINGVINYL.CO.UK One-woman band Laura J Martin comes to the Marwood on the 6th with her unique brand of alt-folk. Inspired by musical icons such as David Bowie and Serge Gainsbourg, her lyrics err on the edge of poetry, and are accompanied by delightfully layered tracks showcasing her range as an accomplished flautist, pianist and mandolin player. Martin plays a plethora of instruments on stage, with each one masterfully weaved through the next with the aid of her trusty loop pedal and an Akai MPC. The result is breathtaking – and she has three albums worth of tracks to prove it. Her latest album, On The Never Never, was released to deserved critical acclaim. A rare talent, Martin is surely not to be missed.
MARTHA REEVES AND THE VANDELLAS MON 19 DEC CONCORDE 2 WWW.CONCORDE2.CO.UK Travel back to the swinging 60s this Christmas, with the classic Motown sounds of Martha Reeves and The Vandellas. During their nine-year run in the charts from 19631972, The Vandellas charted over 26 hits from doo-wop and pop to R&B and rock ’n’ roll, marking them as one of the biggest trios of the decade. Concorde 2 presents the only show on the south coast to experience all the classic Motown hits in one night, including Jimmy Mack, Dancing In The Street, Nowhere To Run and many more. With DJs Mod n Soul and Pat Shevlin also playing classic anthems, this Christmas soul and Motown party at Concorde 2 is set for success, and is truly a must-see show for any soul music lover.
FRI 9 DEC PATTERNS WWW.PATTERNSBRIGHTON.COM It’s difficult to know quite how to categorise Nottingham quartet Area 11’s sound. The band themselves call it “gaijin rock”, and we suppose that probably is the best description for it. Fusing metalcore, prog and glam rock traits with influences from Japanese pop culture (think anime, manga and video games), Area 11’s sound is truly unique. Part Enter Shikari-esque shred guitar, part 8-bit Nintendo, their live show guarantees the kind of nostalgia you can mosh to – like playing Mario on the NES but with an (even more) awesome backing track. Having released the much-awaited follow-up to 2013’s All the Lights in the Sky with their second album Modern Synthesis earlier this year, things are looking great for the band.
BENTLEY RHYTHM ACE TUES 20 DEC CONCORDE 2 WWW.CONCORDE2.CO.UK Brighton’s very own Skint Records’ electronic duo Bentley Rhythm Ace make a grand and very welcome return this December with a performance alongside special guest DJs Space Raiders and Slackshot. The epitome of the big beat era of the late 90s, the duo enjoyed success both commercially and on the underground scene, with their music entwining hip-hop, funk, jazz and exotica around some of the most recognisable rhythms of the decade. Following in the footsteps of the Chemical Brothers, BRA enjoyed a monthly residency at Heavenly’s Sunday Social club, where they garnered a cult following and critical acclaim for their flamboyant live performances, which tend to involve everything from strange costumes to unusual props.
NE-YO SAT 10 DEC BRIGHTON CENTRE WWW.BRIGHTONCENTRE.CO.UK With three #1 records, over 10 million albums sold worldwide and three Grammy Awards to his name, NE-YO really needs no introduction. A decade may have passed since the release of his debut album In My Own Words, however the singer is nowhere near done. Having established himself as one of the finest songwriters and performers in the world, the prince of contemporary R&B’s shows just keep getting better, and his appearance at the Brighton Centre is no exception. With three years having passed since his last UK tour, the global superstar has a lot to make up for. We hear a seventh album is almost ready to drop…
CHAS & DAVE WEDS 28 DEC CONCORDE 2 WWW.CONCORDE2.CO.UK Legendary novelty duo Chas & Dave are back for a good old Christmas knees up, playing ‘rockney’ classics from 40 years in the industry. Jumbling together pub singalong, music-hall humour, boogie-woogie piano and pre-Beatles rock ’n’ roll, Chas & Dave’s witty narratives on life in London are as relatable as they are hilarious, making them one of the most-loved longstanding musical duos of the last few decades. To mark their 50th anniversary, they’ve recorded their first original album in 27 years, along with special guests along the lines of Jools Holland and Hugh Laurie. An integral part of Britain’s ‘identity’, accompanied by DJs playing 60s, 70s & 80s classics, their show is really not to be missed.
TECH-NOIR DIVINO CLUB WWW.TECH-NOIRCLUB.COM Brighton’s best underground house and uplifting tech party sees out the last 12 months with a bit of class. Whooping it up with them is local hero, Seamus Haji. Familiar to house heads across the planet, he’s made a name for himself with his immaculate selections. From the soulful to the funkedup and on to electro, he only delivers the finest in big tunes. Joining him are residents Nick Hook and Brody, along with a few sonic surprises. You can see in 2017 with plenty of upfront underground house and uplifting tech, with a few classic, old school and funky grooves thrown in to drive the floor wild. It’ll be packed with an attitude-free crowd, waving goodbye to an odd year with some quality tuneage.
KRATER & SPELLBOUND
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After selling out the Speigeltent for both Bank Holiday Sundays during Fringe, hosting some massive beach parties and establishing themselves as THE party on everybody’s lips, EDL are giving everyone a chance to dance off those mince pies. Now it’s a new year and a slight change in name. The party arm of English Disco Lovers is dropping the ‘English’ tag, but they’ll still be dropping some absolute bangers to see in 2017 and another year of awesome parties. The team and ethos remain the same - promoting inclusivity and raising funds for worthy causes through the medium of disco. So, dress up in your most fabulous get-up and get down to the best of classic and underground disco and house music.
Once again Komedia sees in the new year with a bang. Krater Comedy Club will be bringing together some of the biggest stars from 2016, while Spellbound will keep you dancing all night with the best of 80s bangers. Leading the laughs at Brighton’s best comedy venue is the sublime talents of Romesh Ranganathan, Simon Evans and Michael Fabbri, with MC Stephen Grant guiding us through the evening. In Komedia’s main room, DJs Simon Price and Jenna will be delivering the cream of the alternative side of the 80s to a wonderfully mixed audience of people. If you remember it first time round or discovering it all afresh, get ready for a night of awesome alternative 80s all-killer floor-filler anthems all night!
THE HAUNT THE ARCH
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Patterns are flying in the face of uncertainty by remembering the heady origins of the house scene this NYE. The midnight slot will see a welcome return from Midland, a talent who’s taken the scene by storm. The Bunker resident and all-round amazing DJ Mike Servito also joins for a long overdue visit, with Charles Green & Mehtola, Pablo Contraband, Wild Fantasy, DJ Faro and Chris Headcount keeping the party pumping. While the basement is getting stripped back to basics, upstairs will serve as a homage to the height of NYC’s late-night entertainment scene taking it back to where it all began. There’ll be visual countdowns, balloons in abundance, exorbitant drapes, confetti cannons and big mirror balls as standard.
To see the year out, Treatment are bringing in a duo who are no strangers to rocking Brighton’s crowds. Snakehips have provided sound tracks to plenty of people’s 2016, and next year will see their ascendancy continue. Since their debut single On & On last year, they sold out Village Underground in record time, almost broke the internet with reactions to their remixes for Banks, The Weeknd, and Raury, and attracted a fierce live following. Their core trade sits with feverishly robbing the very best elements from retro soul classics, throwing in a few bits of lo-fi and an uncompromising deep house sound. In terms of music knowledge, sheer confidence, and ability to smash a party, these two have few equals.
White Mink return for NYE with the sounds and style of the 1920s and 30s, all turned upside down and smuggled into the 21st century. Already the hottest vintage speakeasy since the creation of Mickey Mouse, it returns by popular demand to see in the start of 2017 (and the close of 2016) in fine style. Hosted by chap-hop THE quintessential Gentleman Rhymer, Mr B, with Nick 'Godfather of electro-swing' Hollywood spinning the tunes. Cut Capers headline; the octet’s unique blend of swing, hip-hop and ska make them one of the most exciting live bands around. Expect an electrifying cocktail of world-class live music, dancers, cabaret and DJs, all making this NYE bash a truly evocative experience.
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TECH-NOIR XMAS PARTY SAT 3 DEC DIVINO CLUB WWW.TECH-NOIRCLUB.COM The Tech-Noir crew return with something more compelling than that office party you’ve been forced to go to. They’ve set up shop at Hove’s Divino Club, a venue offering those increasingly rare assets of presentable bogs and a booming sound system. Squeeze in an intimate and bouncing journey to what proper house music means into that bulging festive diary, as Tech-Noir regulars Nick Hook and Brody rock the dance floor. Joining them are some of Brighton's finest including SMX Project and Lidia De Luca, ensuring this is going to be an absolute monster of a party. So, swerve the boss, and turn your phone off. It’s only a recession round-kicking £4 on the door; that’s a chunky Christmas gift of underground house and uplifting tech we all want to unwrap!
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SAT 3 DEC PATTERNS WWW.PATTERNSBRIGHTON.COM It might be cold outside, but things are getting properly hot down at Patterns. London born and bred, Moxie was raised on raving and records. Now she’s a seasoned DJ playing big-room clubs and sweatbox basements worldwide. She’s also a accomplished radio host, as at home on national FM as regional stations and independent start-ups. It’s this balancing act between the underground and the mainstream that’s seen her become one of the UK’s hottest DJs. With her talent for selecting and promoting quality music, Moxie’s ascent to the top is as smooth as it is earned. Support for the evening comes in the capable form of Mehtola, DJ Faro and J-Felix. Hooray for Saturday nights!
CRAIG CHARLES FUNK & SOUL SHOW
SAT 10 DEC CONCORDE 2 WWW.CONCORDE2.CO.UK
SAT 10 DEC THE ARCH WWW.THEARCH.CLUB
Known to my mum as Lloyd from Corrie and my dad as Dave Lister from Red Dwarf, anyone with a musical bone in their body will instead recognise Craig Charles as a true musical force. His career began at the age of 12 when he went to open for bands in his native Liverpool. Since then he’s acted with the RSC, done stand-up, fronted his own band, been a regular fixture on TV shows and lived life large. He’s best-loved for his Radio 6 show, where he holds court with his exhaustive musical knowledge. Since 2008, he’s been smashing DJ sets at clubs and festivals across the nation, with a choice selection of classic funk and soul, cheeky remixes and new dance floor stompers.
Oberres welcomes Richy Ahmed back to Brighton. Firmly established as one of the top DJs in British house music, he’s consistently redefining his scene with disco, techno, funk, electro and hip-hop influences. Spending many years perfecting his craft at the UK’s most exciting underground venues, he’s now travelling to places like BPM in Mexico, the exclusive Blue Marlin venue in Dubai and Berlin’s Panorama Bar. With completely individual sound which fuses the energy of house and disco with infectious funk-inspired grooves, he’s become a globally acclaimed DJ. If you caught him at Boundary Brighton earlier this year then you’ll know this going to be huge!
SUN 4 DEC KOMEDIA WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BRIGHTON Why should big people have all the fun? Brighton’s Komedia welcomes back the legendary Russ Cuban to play his party set of mashups and festive treats for little ones and parents alike. A primetime deck technician, he’s been smashing dance floors for over two decades. From rocking parties for Elton John and Richard Branson, to forming part of the infamous Cuban Brothers, he’s the party-starter incarnate. He’s also played at the London Olympics, as well as mixing all the music played at the Games’ venues. Now he brings his super-sized ghetto blaster to the Komedia. Expect bubbles, balloons, free face painting, complimentary snacks and lots of crazy dancing for youngsters and their ‘rents.
ZERO 7 (DJ SET) SAT 10 DEC PATTERNS WWW.PATTERNSBRIGHTON.COM This seafront club’s mission to attract the most interesting and influential DJ talent continues, with a special set from electronica pioneers - Zero 7. The pairing of Sam Hardaker and Henry Binns has produced for musical royalty such as Radiohead, Robert Plant and even the Pet Shops Boys. Hailing from North London the pair produced the Mercury Music Prize-winning Simple Things in 2001, which subsequently established the rulebook for 21st century electronica. Now they come to the south coast to celebrate the extensive gamut of their influences, as they reach into their record bag for an evening of perfect selections. Support comes in the formidable form of Pablo Contraband, Donga and Tru Thoughts’ J-Felix.
DJ RAHAAN & FRIENDS FRI 9 DEC CONCORDE 2 WWW.CONCORDE2.CO.UK The Soul City gang are back with a night like no other! They’ll be creating a sumptuous mini-festival in Concorde 2 to transport everyone into a world where love runs free. Soul City's Festival For Love is one for the moving and grooving huggers and kissers. With desire themed decor and a legendary Chicago disc jockey to boot, they promise you’ll be looking through rose-tinted glasses by the end of the night. DJ Rahaan is flying in, armed with a palette of disco, house and funk-fuelled beats for young ones and retro heads alike! Since the early 90s he’s built a reputation as one of his hometown’s finest selectors, holding residencies and performing guest slots at most of Chicago’s hottest nightspots.
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After attending her first rave at the age of 14 back home in Kentucky, Marea Stamper fell in love with dance music and made the decision to pursue it as her life’s work. She became a regular fixture at local raves and anywhere else that would hear her. Now the rest of the world is taking notice of The Black Madonna’s infectious enthusiasm and killer cuts. Digging deep into her crates, she spins everything from disco to techno with laser-guided precision and plentiful energy. She’s a regular feature at the best clubs in the world, and now Brighton has a chance to witness this incredible DJ as she brings a three-hour underground music session to Patterns.
It’s Christmas time, so why not celebrate those longer nights with something shiny and sumptuous? The incredibly sexy Beatrix Carlotta will be performing for your festive delight, and she's created a specially themed show. Bower Family Christmas is a Yuletide domestic femdom show, including decorating the tree with naughty, sparkly, shiny blue bits. NICKD (Decadence, Fetish Kartel, Pure House Southampton) and BUZZ (The House Asylum, Decadence) will keep the dance floor stomping with house and electro. The incredible Mistress Scorpionic will be hosting the dungeon with the House of Eros dungeon kit from Brighton Twisted Market. If you want to play, please bring your own toys. Wear gold or silver make-up, peacock feathers, huge crystal-tipped eyelashes, even sparkly wings and gleaming bodies twirling around in a sort of fetish fairyland. But please – no glitter!
SAT 17 DEC PATTERNS WWW.PATTERNSBRIGHTON.COM
SAT 17 DEC KOMEDIA WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BRIGHTON
Vynehall will be getting a networkSaver tonight, as the Brighton DJ pops down to the seafront to smash it at Patterns. He’s a confident and inventive performer, with a record box packed with clouded strings, bubbling synths and big chords. Since his 2014 release, Music For The Uninvited, he’s embarked on a relentless touring schedule. This has taken him from Ibiza’s DC-10 to festival stages in Los Angeles, Sydney and Tokyo. As self-proclaimed professor of ‘beats that don’t fit neatly’, his own productions offer a raw, live sound. Founded in deep and resonant techno, soul and funk, his style is packed with achingly beautiful house sounds. It might occasionally be a little off-kilter, but these grooves are always utterly infectious.
DJs Simon Price and Jenna return with the 80s night for people who hate 80s nights. Providing the perfect antidote to all the depressingly identical kitschy ‘retro’ nights out there, it ditches the cheese and plays the good stuff from music’s greatest-ever decade. Featuring authentic visuals, a dressed up crowd, proper snakebite and black and the Underpants Song (we can’t do this justice!), it’s become a massively popular night. Spellbound attracts a wonderfully mixed crowd of people, from those who remember it first time around to the kids who are discovering it all as new. If the soundtrack to your life is full of mods, synths, oddballs, effeminate futurists and one-hit wonders, then welcome to the promised land.
DELIRIUM FRI 16 DEC THE ARCH WWW.THEARCH.CLUB Fresh from rocking Gallery at Ministry of Sound, Ibiza legend Dave Pearce brings his Delirium party out for an evening of full-on floor-rocking. From Kiss to GLR and then 13 years of taste-making on Radio 1’s flagship dance show, he’s his career pushing electronic music forward. The mainstream has undeniably become a blander place since his days on Dance Anthems, but now Pearce is firmly placed amongst the resurgent underground progressive and trance scene. Joining him is the legendary John ’00’ Fleming, who’s just returned from touring the USA and South America. Now a DJ with over 10 million album sales, Fleming returns to a building he regularly rocked during the 90s. With Room 2 bringing the best in underground house with My Digital Enemy, this is going to be a proper musical journey.
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s a poster girl for American democracy, Tina C is selling a unique vision of hope to the rest of the world whether they want it or not. But for this country music superstar, Christmas is the most special time of year. Ahead of her fabulous seasonal show at Komedia on Weds 21 Dec, she’s given a few tips on how to give your life seasonal sizzle! Here’s how to enjoy yourself at Christmastime courtesy of me, Tina C…
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Sun 4 Dec
Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra: The Best of British Film Scores
Sat 10 Dec
Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus
Sun 11 Dec
Brighton Festival Chorus Christmas Concert
Fri 16 – Tue 20 Dec
A Winter’s Trail
Tue 20 Dec
The Big Christmas Singalong
Mon 26 – Fri 30 Dec
Catch Me! (Attrape Moi)
Sun 1 – Mon 2 Jan
Alice in Wonderland
Worried about weight gain this yuletide? Why not plan to split up with your partner on the 28th of December? The attendant worry and gloominess will ensure you lose tonnes of weight and can gorge yourself silly in honour of Jesus’ birthday. Which is surely what the Lord God intended us to do. It’s better to give than receive, the saying goes. So, my advice is: ‘Give everyone you know a list of presents they can give to you’. How good will that make them feel? How giving are you? You’re almost a saint. There’s nothing worse than an unwanted gift. So always, always include the receipt so the recipient can exchange it for something they really want without having to embarrass themselves by telling you. Or remove any doubt of a rejected gift by purchasing my yuletide album, I’m Dreaming Of A White Trash Christmas. Just search online for Tina C. Did you make your Christmas cake in mid-September? No. Then it’s TOO LATE! It pains me to say this but you’re stuck with an inferior shop-bought one and your family and friends will pity you. Sorry to be harsh but you’re an adult now – make a resolution to plan better for next year. Sick of the same old Christmas movies year after year? Quickly channel hop between several old favourites and make up your own plot. Last year, with skilful remote control action, I managed to craft my own movie about a nun leaving a convent to work on a steamboat with lots of spotty puppies. She was visited by three ghosts, travelled back in time to her own high school prom and stopped a train with a pair of red knickers, all while saving the world with a different pair of red panties outside her slacks. See what fun you can have! If you’re short on cash this year why not skilfully initiate several family feuds? You will not have to purchase gifts for many relatives and can make it all up just before New Year’s. Blessed is the peacemaker!
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I’m hardly alone in declaring that Christmas is my favourite time of year. It’s a time when people of all faiths and religions can come together to celebrate the birth of one little baby who would be our Savior. That means a lot in this crazy old world of ours.
A Perfect Christmas, with
Tina C The story of Christmas is that of Jesus being born to lowly, poverty-stricken parents who didn’t really understand what they had in their midst. As I have laid bare in my autobiography, I know all about that. The similarities are scary! I ain’t saying I’m like Jesus – that would be crazy foolishness. If anything I’m more like God. Like him I’m loving, powerful, compassionate, and yes, occasionally, wrathful. Each year when the Christmas comes around and folks worldwide huddle down with their families or their TVs, my thoughts always turn to one special thing: my Christmas album, I’m Dreaming of A White Trash Christmas. It’s been a certified best seller every holiday season for years now. And that represents minimum effort for maximum reward, which I like and capitalism loves. I loved recording that album with my special guests, the Nashville Philharmonic Orchestra. The string part alone on Ho Ho Ho (Down) makes me feel so seasonal I could spontaneously sprout tinsel, and the gospel choir on My Dog Died at Christmas sends shivers down my spine. The August we spent recording that project during the emotionally turbulent summer of 2006 was like a life raft in the ocean of woe. I remember duetting with Kiri Te Kanawa on my song Everyday Is Like Christmas Day (I Feel Fat & Bored). We were having the best time. She was into deep into HRT meds at the time and I had mistakenly had my first non-decaffeinated coffee since the early 90s. When it got to the killer last line… “One more day like this I’m gonna have to sleigh”, Kiri started giggling. And I started. And that was it. We had to call it a night, eat pizza (well she did) and try again the next morning. You can still hear a giggle in our voices. Such crazy, wild times! Just remember – you are the reason for the season! That’s what I always say and you know what – it always is! Don’t love me too much! Tina C. Tina C’s I’m Dreaming of a White Trash Xmas comes to Brighton’s Komedia on Weds 21 Dec www.christophergreen.net
W O H S N O S THE TREA ELECTION TIME BY STUART ROLT
Brighton's legendary satirical comedy show is fast approaching its 17th year. The Treason Show presents a team of multi-talented performers unleashing quick-fire, topical sketches to audiences across the city. Around 40 writing staff feed its relentless hunger for new material, most of them meeting weekly to toss ideas about. On a blustery Tuesday night, nine of them crowd into the upstairs room of a city centre pub. Around the table gags are furiously flying back and forth. Keeping some semblance of order is actor Mark Brailsford, the show’s creator, director and lead performer, and a handout listing the week’s prominent stories. These range from the obvious – the US election and Brexit fallout, to the plain odd – like Bono’s award for being ‘Woman of the Year’ and the rise of ‘fake news’. So, what’s the best thing about scriptwriting for The Treason Show? “It’s seeing something that you’ve written brought to life by a brilliant cast, maybe adding some unexpected angles of their own – and then hearing an audience respond with spontaneous and raucous laughter,” says John Cowen, who’s been with the show since the start. “When it does, it’s extraordinarily satisfying for the writer - a kind of validation of the craft.” There’s no public figure, institution, or nation immune from their withering gaze. Obviously, there are a few subjects which can’t be diminished or denigrated any further. As you’d expect for a topical satirical comedy show, the antics of a certain US President-Elect are proving hard
to ignore. “There’s four years of Treason heaven!” Brailsford remarks. It looks like their investment in a ridiculous wig is going to pay off. Occasionally there’s an eruption of “writers’ meeting only” gags which will never resurface. But one of The Treason Show’s best features is just how daring it can be. “I think it’s essential to visit areas the mainstream media dare not touch, to pick up on what an intelligent Treason audience may well be thinking, and revel in that shared, non-PC perspective.” Always brave, this kind of humour will inspire some and offend others. Brailsford recalls a sketch with Nigel Farage performing White Christmas, which shook a few individuals’ hubris. “It’s not on mainstream telly, so we can be as rude and direct as we like,” Cowen continues.
“We can give voice to what public figures might really be thinking, instead of the tediously-spun rubbish they are instructed to spout in front of the BBC or a hack from the Daily Mail.” While satire criticises our society, it stems from concern rather than bitterness. It also confronts personal evils, like complacency, ignorance, or greed. By being smart it may
offer more about extremism and plain stupidity than any political commentator could. The writers and cast are facing possibly their busiest December yet, with the That Was The Year That Was 2016 show heading to the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, The Old Market, Shoreham’s Ropetackle Centre and venues across the county. It’s combines the usual topical material with a retrospective of the year, and 2016 was an inspirational time for this bunch. “It will get even better in 2017 – thanks in no small part to President Trump… And the comical pratfalls of UKIP and Brexit have provided rich seams.” Typically, the writing turnaround is around a fortnight, but the truly topical stuff can be done right up to performance time. A big reason the show has lasted so long is because it remains relevant and hilarious, without trying to push an ideology. A mix of fiercely inventive, often surreal, material and oddball songs, it’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t take life too seriously. There’s always the danger the only people truly appreciating the jokes are those already bemoaning the issue. That’s why it works best when it favours comedy over evangelisation. By creating a range of fantasy characters and off-beat situations the show gets to discuss topical issues through the unexpected, like exploring the inside of Tony Blair’s brain or so-called Islamic State’s so-called video production studio. “Just ranting about an unpopular public figure has far less impact than shining a light by reimagining that person in another domain – for example, having Theresa May as an inexperienced supply teacher unexpectedly finding herself head of a basket-case, failing academy.” It’s not just what goes down on paper that counts, the cast’s interpretations often bring some brilliant caricatures. Memorable roles include Brailsford’s Pope John Paul II and Trump, Daniel Beales’ legendary Patrick Moore and Alistair Kerr’s tipsy Rowan Williams brandishing a wine bottle. But Cowen’s favourite sketch involves the show’s Mark Katz as a tabloid editor auctioning off his paper’s front page. Bids for coverage come from murders, train crashes, African famines, and horrific Asian tsunamis, all ultimately trumped by the capture of a single, white American soldier in Iraq. “The sketch worked, because our audience recognised the indisputable truth in this depiction of the Western media’s cynical evaluation of the newsworthiness of events - and of people around the world.” From Greek classics to The Daily Show, satire has aided discussion of injustices and hypocrisy while hopefully getting a giggle or two. “In some instances, it can challenge established opinion through offering an unexpected perspective on a public figure, or shed new light on a current issue. But we’re hardly here to educate: laughter remains the point of the show.” The Treason Show: That Was The Year That Was 2016 comes to The Old Market on Mon 12 - Thurs 15 Dec and the Royal Pavilion Ice Rink Restaurant on Tues 27 - Thurs 29 Dec. www.treasonshow.co.uk Image by Per Bix
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SUN 4 DEC BRIGHTON DOME WWW.BRIGHTONDOME.ORG
THURS 8 – FRI 9 DEC BRIGHTON DOME WWW.BRIGHTONDOME.ORG
He’s the right man at the wrong age. Are you 16-years-old, yet feel 21? Are you 40, but tragically faking 25? (We’re not looking at anyone in particular – honest!) Or maybe you’re full-on 80 years, with the heart of three oxen and the sex drive of a bonobo chimp. Don’t worry: this is normal. No one is ever the ‘right’ age – it’s is the beauty and the curse of being a real person. Famed for his critically acclaimed tours, this multiaward-winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter has been performing sell-out shows across the globe. Now he is back with a brand new show, unleashing another blisteringly-funny performance about growing up, growing down, and why farts will always be funny.
HENNING WEHN SAT 10 DEC CONNAUGHT THEATRE, WORTHING WWW.WORTHINGTHEATRES.CO.UK
The unparalleled improvisational genius of Ross Noble is back to swing at whatever takes his fancy. Essentially, he’ll walk onstage, have a bit of a chat with his audience and talk about what pops into his racing mind. His new show, Brain Dump gives us another dose of this careering bundle of joy. It’ll allow his luxuriant imagination to spill out, as he unravels some elaborately imagined scenarios. Ingenious, hilarious and brilliant, what he deals with is way more complex than simple self-indulgent surrealism. The meanderings are strands cleverly woven together by a razor-sharp mind. You’d better be prepared for some enormous leaps of logic, but go with it and you’ll certainly be rewarded.
Brexit is lumbering on, and already it’s achieving what the European Exchange Rate Mechanism failed to do back in 1990. So, this is a great time to see the German Comedy Ambassador in full flow, before he gets sent back to a crumbling Europe. He’s bringing an evening of Teutonic jolliness and upbeat humour to Worthing, taking an unbiased look at immigration and exploring if normal people are actually that competent. He’ll be exposing all our most British hang-ups, idiosyncrasies and preconceptions, so prepare for a few home truths. Luckily in his case this doesn’t matter as either he’s funny or he lives up to a national stereotype. It’s a win-win situation.
CHRISTMAS COMEDY CRACKER
TINA C – I’M DREAMING OF A WHITE TRASH XMAS
TUES 20 DEC KOMEDIA WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BRIGHTON
WEDS 21 DEC KOMEDIA WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BRIGHTON
Things do feel a bit ‘doom and gloom’ at the moment, so if you’re in need of a laugh this December, the Christmas Comedy Cracker has you covered. Organised by Gogglebox’s Alex Michael as a fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation and Raleigh International, this three-hour show features Simon Evans, Craig Campbell and Sean Collins, as well as six other award-winning comedians. But, better still, it’s all for the bargain price of £10! If that wasn’t enough to whet your appetite, all the proceeds will be donated to the charities handpicked by Alex, so you can finally feel a little bit better AND give yourself a stitch from laughing - well it’s better than running…
Since the release of second album No Dick’s As Hard As My Life, Tina C has become a global brand. Now she is visiting Brighton to bring light, joy and seasonal goodwill on the longest night of the year. So, huddle together for warmth with your family and bask in the angelic glory of this nine-time Grammy Award-winning artist! You’ll love her Yuletide classics like Ho Ho Ho (Down) and My Dog Died at Xmas, and thrill to her tales of celebrities, American politics and what she thinks is going on in this world of ours. The perfect way to prepare for Jesus’ birthday, get your ass down to Komedia for a mess of Christmas country lovin’.
THE CARERS CENTRE: COMEDY CARAVAN CHRISTMAS STAND-UP SPECIAL WEDS 14 DEC KOMEDIA WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BRIGHTON The very best of the city’s stand-up comedians come together for an evening of festive frolics. It’s in aid of The Carers Centre for Brighton & Hove’s Carers Caravan, to offer short breaks to unpaid carers right across the city. The Centre focuses on supporting carers, helping give them a real voice in designing and influencing local services. It works in partnership with statutory and voluntary agencies, working proactively to ensure appropriate and timely assistance is provided. This hilarious night of Christmas capers is being strung together by the excellent MC Joe McCarthy. Joining him are the ever-reliable Joe Wilkinson, Phil Jerrod, Sam Savage, Dan Fardell, Phil Lucas, Julie Oliver, Joe Foster, Adam Race and Rob Dumbrell.
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LUISA OMIELAN MON 12 DEC KOMEDIA WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BRIGHTON What Would Beyonce Do?! is the most successful debut show to come from the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has now toured over 12 countries. This brilliant show has been nominated for Best Comedy Show at Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and was recently been turned into a book. Veering between an obsession with Beyoncé to the perils of text-message etiquette, this is a hilarious tale of redemption, romance and reinvention. It sees her wrestling with several different narrative voices, she succeeds in creating a show which is hilarious yet able to deal with difficult and sometimes complex subjects. Now she’s selecting oneoff specials at some of her favourite cities in preparation for something very exciting!
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THE TREASON SHOW: THAT WAS THE YEAR THAT WAS 2016
MON 12 – THURS 15 DEC THE OLD MARKET WWW.TREASONSHOW.CO.UK
TUES 27 – THURS 29 DEC ROYAL PAVILION ICE RINK
The West is taking its first baby-steps into a stark post-truth world. While this might be terrifying for many, global events are offering a feeding frenzy for Brighton’s legendary satirical comedy show. The Treason Show will be sinking their collective teeth into the finest screw-ups, stupidest celebrities and most shameless politicians that 2016 can provide. It’s been a year of referendums, political campaigns, elections, false promises and unlikely ascendancies. Founded by awardwinning artistic director, Mark Brailsford in 2000, The Treason Show ran for nine years at Komedia Brighton, now packing out venues across Sussex and abroad. Written by a team of over 40 writers and performed by multi-talented performers, it ‘wow’s audiences with a dynamic, rapid-fire sketch show. The team will also be paying homage to a few of the artistic greats who’ve left us, in a show packed with silly songs, impersonations and some spectacular wigs. Also in the fold is a selection of @ to pmreminisce their most popular sketches and gags from the last 12 months, making it the only place about one of mankind’s most stupid years. Trump, May, Corbyn, Farage or even Brighton & Hove & City Council - nobody is safe. So, get ready for one last treasonous look at a period most of us are glad to see slip into the history books.
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BARBARA NICE’S COUNTDOWN TO CHRISTMAS! THURS 22 DEC Image by Lynk Photography KOMEDIA WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BRIGHTON Housewife superstar, Mrs Barbara Nice, brings another seasonal selection box of fun and frolics to Brighton. This is the perfect way to rediscover the joy of Christmas. It’s a party every night, so forget your troubles – come on, get happy! There are no rigid sketches, little regard for the divide between audience and performer and plenty of love and spontaneity. She acknowledges that the world’s population doesn’t have enough fun, so she’s here to solve that problem. What’s so fantastic about Mrs Nice’s performances is that no two shows are the same. But every warm and welcoming show results in one thing – a life-affirming live experience. That’s the true spirit of Christmas.
BITTER SOUR: DISSECTION
THURS 22 DEC CAROLINE OF BRUNSWICK WWW.CAROLINEOFBRUNSWICK.CO.UK
THURS 29 DEC KOMEDIA WWW.KOMEDIA.CO.UK/BRIGHTON
It’s a light-hearted theatrical extravaganza. The Haus Of Bitter Sour know that the best way to learn about a show is to cut it open and delve straight in hands first! That’s exactly what they’re going to do. But lose those surgical gloves, we want to feel all the juicy bits. It’s hosted by serial make-up abuser, slayer of ukuleles and ‘poet most dire’ - Count Addiction - along with Cherry Lambrini goddess Cherry Fakewell who’ll be putting the ass in class. Joining them are the lovely guest performers - Roxie Cleopatra and Fuchsia Von Steel, with music and sound provided by DJ Zombie. It’ll be a luscious serving of gothic, punk and horror-inspired cabaret, laced with the camp cuteness you have come to expect from great drag, this is not a night to be missed.
Komedia’s sell-out monthly night of exciting new comedy without the gamble. Featuring an established headline comic alongside the UK’s leading comedy coach Jill Edwards' hand-picked selection of fresh rising comedy stars. December’s line-up features the explosive musical comedy of Inaugural Musical Comedy Festival Best Act 2015 winner David Jordan. He’s theatrical and larger than life, bringing with him a brace of ingenious comedy songs. Wither he’s singing about his beard, apparent campness or people calling him ‘Dave’, he always delivers. Joining him is the exceptional David James, 2016 Funny Women Award winner Harriet Braine, Comedy Knights finalist 2015 Julie Oliver, Jack Harris and Clifford Norton. You’d be booming silly to miss any of this lot!
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There’s a thriving scene for escape and puzzle room games. Which makes sense. Why simply sit slumped in a pub with your mates, when you can work, think and occasionally argue together in the name of a common cause? So, on a rainy evening four of us ventured down with sharpened minds to take on the latest iteration of Brighton’s Bewilder Box. Based above The Hobgoblin, this interactive experience measures if teams of up six people are capable of leading mankind to salvation after an extinction event. Wearing our most heroic expressions we head in for a short video briefing. Here, we learn about the work of the brilliant Dr Benjamin Wilder Sr. In the 80s he formed a disaster recovery plan for humanity, shortly before he mysteriously disappeared, along with all his research. Now we must undergo a series of tests and puzzles to prove our team can make a difference after a global catastrophe. We’re interviewed by Dr Wilder Junior, who is striving to carry on his father’s work. He and security officer Barry give us all responsibilities for the coming test and offer a few helpful tidbits of advice. This assessment thrusts us into a room, where our aptitude for leadership, pure logic and cooperation are all tested to their limits. At first our performance suggests that humanity should look elsewhere for post-apocalyptical leadership. But after a while we get our thinking caps on. In terms of immersion Bewilder
Box is a big hit. Along with an atmospheric industrial drone in the background, the whole environment is immaculately styled, lovingly recreating how 70s and 80s culture thought the future would look. We’re assisted by DAVE, a virtual presence who is far more helpful than Siri or Cortana. Which is good, because we’re scratching our heads for the first puzzle. Fortunately, our collective genius kicks in and everything quickly starts linking together. The beauty of this experience is both its non-linear progression and wonderfully witty narrative. Clues and props which seem irrelevant after a while eventually give up their significance. Like any decent puzzle, it all fits together perfectly. Through sheer persistence, strength of character and innate abilities, we succeeded in our quest. This action-packed hour had pitted us against off-beat tasks, mind-twisting challenges and ingenious puzzles. As we’d always hoped, we were four individuals perfectly skilled to ensure mankind’s survival. The question is – are you? Bewilder Box is at The Hobgoblin, 31 York Place, Brighton BN1 4GU www.bewilderbox.co.uk
F RANCO M A N C A CHURCH STREET, BRIGHTON
Everyone loves pizza... Whatever the season.
In true Italian way, Neapolitan pizza restaurant
Franco Manca is bringing the famous Befana - the Italian
Christmas Witch - to Brighton earlier this year to offer pizza lovers a special Christmas menu at just £14.95.
BUON NATALE - £14.95 Bubbles, Light Bite, Pizza and Coffee OR Bubbles, Pizza, Dessert and Coffee DRINK BUBBLES FROM FOLICELLO - a glass of BIANCO organic & biodynamic (175 ml) LIGHT BITE SMOKED BUFFALO MOZZARELLA & FENNEL SALAMI BURRATA PUGLIESE, ROCKET, CHERRY TOMATOES & OLIVES PIZZA
2 ORGANIC TOMATO, MOZZARELLA, BASIL
6 ORGANIC TOMATO, CURED ORGANIC CHORIZO (dry & semi-dry) & MOZZARELLA 28 MOZZARELLA, ORGANIC TOMATO, CARAMELISED RED ONIONS, MIXED WILD MUSHROOMS, PESTO DESSERT LEMON ALMOND CAKE ICE CREAM (vanilla or chocolate) COFFEE
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST WEDS 30 NOV - SUN 1 JAN 88 LONDON ROAD WWW.88LONDONROAD.COM Brighton’s only professional panto returns for a fourth year to prove beauty is more than skin deep. Join them on an exciting adventure of magic and enchantment to one of the world’s most popular fairy-tales. 88 London Road brings its own unique style and telling to Beauty And The Beast. Fun, laughs, dance, magic, music and comedy are to be had by the barrel-load this festive season at Brighton’s best pantomime. The cursed Beast lives alone with only a mirror to the outside world, with seemingly no hope of happiness. In a small village a short distance away, our beautiful and headstrong maiden goes on a journey to overcome her fears and fall in love.
DICK BARTON AND THE TANGO OF TERROR THURS 1 DEC - SAT 10 DEC NEW VENTURE THEATRE WWW.NEWVENTURE.ORG.UK Dick Barton, hero of the BBC’s acclaimed 1940s wireless serial, is brought back to life by Phil Willmott. His third critically acclaimed, and hugely successful, musical comedy is a tearaway evening of tongue-in-cheek fun at social conventions and preconceptions from the era. A ruthless Latin lothario has set his sights on the women of London. No member of the opposite sex is safe from his sultry seductions. Thank heavens that square-jawed British hero, Dick Barton, is on hand to save the dignity and diamonds of our dowagers and debutantes. But will the fancy footwork of this ‘Johnny Foreigner’ and the dreaded EFIL (Evil Foreigners In London) defeat Barton and his pals Jock and Snowy? Of course not, they’ll never be a match for our heroes.
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GHOST STORIES AT CHRISTMAS: A VICTORIAN TRADITION
FRI 9 DEC SWEET DUKEBOX WWW.SWEETVENUES.COM/BRIGHTON
SAT 10 & FRI 16 DEC SWEET DUKEBOX WWW.SWEETVENUES.COM/BRIGHTON
The Sweet Dukebox’s resident drama group return for a final show of 2016, with their Christmas tradition of unwrapping brand new scripts on stage. It means the audience can see the plays at the same time the cast does. Cast Iron Theatre brings together local playwrights, directors and actors for a regular presentations of brand new short works written, performed and directed by themselves. This time there’s no rehearsal and no safety net. Local writers have been asked to come up with Christmas-themed plays, and now it's time for the actors to perform, but there’s no telling what could be coming. For one night only and never to be repeated, their skills are being put to the test... At least the scripts are all gift-wrapped.
What could be more Christmassy than having the living daylights scared out of you? That’s what the Victorians believed, and they knew a thing or two about creating the perfect festive season. The era’s most famous writer, Charles Dickens, penned his own seasonal take on the genre in the same year as the first commercially produced Christmas card. He’d later regularly publish ghost stories at Christmas time in his periodical All the Year Round. It reflected a fashion for spooky tales, something inspired by their changing social, scientific and industrial landscape. So head back to a time of séances, gaslight and the supernatural, as the Dukebox gets spooked with stories from the likes of Bram Stoker and Edgar Allen Poe.
AMONGST THE STARS FRI 2 - SAT 24 DEC THEATRE ROYAL BRIGHTON WWW.ATGTICKETS.COM/BRIGHTON Herringbone Arts, the team behind last year’s sell out hit A Winter’s Trail, return with a magical tale for young children and adults to share. Taking place in Brighton’s most loved theatre, this promenade experience leads the audiences on a magical journey. Something very precious has disappeared, without it things are not quite right - things don’t happen the way they should. A search party is dispatched and amidst the red velvet, gold leaf and limelight they discover a magical world, a world that is keeping something very special, very safe. Most suitable for 4 - 7 year olds, and their adults, it offers a wondrously composed and poignant reminder of the true meaning of the Christmas message.
CATCH ME! (ATTRAPE MOI) MON 26 – FRI 30 DEC BRIGHTON DOME WWW.BRIGHTONDOME.ORG Twirling hoops, dancing diabolos, acrobats soaring through the air. That’s all in a day's work (or play) for Flip FabriQue, Canada’s new cool kids of circus. Now they bring the English premiere of their acclaimed show, Catch Me! (Attrape Moi) to Brighton for the festive season. High-flying, fearless and bags of fun, Quebec's hottest nouveau cirque crew will impress all with feats of skill and daring (including some dramatic turns on a trampoline wall) in a crowd-pleasing display of athleticism and showmanship. It’s a circus sensation which has played to audiences around the world, receiving a nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience at last year’s Drama Desk Awards in New York.
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SAT 3 DEC SWEET DUKEBOX WWW.SWEETVENUES.COM/BRIGHTON The final episode in Firecat Masquerade’s interactive theatre series employs five participants as elves in Santa’s workshop. It’s an irreverent and satirical take on festive holiday-mania and corporate culture. The minimum-wage elves must endure the bureaucratic nightmare that is Santa’s Grotto, battling red tape and the toxic aspirations of the North Pole’s profit-obsessed Board to make sure that children get toys. Everyone must work together, puzzling over the Naughty and Nice Dossiers to ensure presents are wrapped, addressed to the right children and delivered on time. All the while, supervisors do their utmost to distract from the task of introducing evermore byzantine regulations, branding missions, and team bonding exercises. SantaCorp is coming to town… so be productive.
BEAUTY & THE BEAST WEDS 14 – SAT 31 DEC ROPETACKLE ARTS CENTRE WWW.ROPETACKLECENTRE.CO.UK Following four sell-out years of panto fun at Ropetackle, LP Creatives return this Christmas with another magical and magnificent tale. It’s an exciting adventure that will transport the audience to the village of Marsh de Mello. There’s an amazing love story waiting to unfold which will tickle your French fancy! This spectacular show has all the elements you’d expect from a traditional pantomime, with oodles of silliness. It also features a voice and projection appearance from CBeebies star Rebecca Keatley as the Magical Mirror. The Beast dwells alone in a castle, but does a maid from the village hold the key to reversing his curse? I think we all know the answer to that…
A GLASS OF NOTHING & WE THREE KINGS THURS 8 - FRI 9 DEC MARLBOROUGH THEATRE WWW.MARLBOROUGHTHEATRE.ORG.UK Fresh from a sell-out run at Fringe, Brighton Blonde Productions present two darkly comic tales by Peter Kenny. Both star Beth Symons, Dylan Corbett-Bader, Kitty Underhill and James Kuszewski. In A Glass of Nothing, anything can go wrong when a young woman’s wildest dreams come true. Part weird fairy tale and part satirical take on modern theatre, it holds a mirror up to our self-obsessed society. Joining it is the world premiere of We Three Kings. It’s a twisted new nativity play, filled with gender-blurring and quite a bit of drag. It’s both cheery, offbeat and dark, just like a proper Brighton Christmas should be. It’ll be so much fun you’ll want to stuff a turkey.
UBU ROI WEDS 14 - THURS 15 DEC MARLBOROUGH THEATRE WWW.MARLBOROUGHTHEATRE.ORG.UK Brighton’s favourite subversive performance company, Squall + Frenzy, presents a daring new adaptation of Alfred Jarry’s 1896 symbolist masterpiece. A balancing act, blending surreal critiques of current political events and a post-pantomime romp through some of Shakespeare’s most loved stories, Ubu Roi has earnt a controversial reputation. So get ready for an absurdly grotesque killing spree and the sex-capades of one man… a man who promises to make Poland great again! Père Ubu is the kind of villain you love to hate, and he hates you just as much as you hate him. This is a magnificent work of sheer outrageousness, and comic grotesqueness.
THOSE MAGNIFICENT MEN THURS 8 DEC RIALTO THEATRE WWW.RIALTOTHEATRE.CO.UK Acclaimed writing duo Mitchell and Nixon return to Rialto following their hugely successful 50-date tour. Award-winning company The Foundry Group and BBC4's The Ornate Johnsons join forces for this popular revival of a hit play about British aviation pioneers Alcock and Brown. Crossing between Canada and Ireland in less than 16 hours, they made the world’s first transatlantic airmail flight. This stunning work looks at their daredevil journey across the Atlantic, through fog, sleet, snow and hail, in the tiny open cockpit of a converted Vickers biplane. What made them do it? Why have they been forgotten? And how on earth can two actors tell it all with cardboard, chairs and some left-over props?
CATCH ME! (ATTRAPE MOI) MON 26 – FRI 30 DEC BRIGHTON DOME WWW.BRIGHTONDOME.ORG Twirling hoops, dancing diabolos, acrobats soaring through the air. That’s all in a day's work (or play) for Flip FabriQue, Canada’s new cool kids of circus. Now they bring the English premiere of their acclaimed show, Catch Me! (Attrape Moi) to Brighton for the festive season. High-flying, fearless and bags of fun, Quebec's hottest nouveau cirque crew will impress all with feats of skill and daring (including some dramatic turns on a trampoline wall) in a crowd-pleasing display of athleticism and showmanship. It’s a circus sensation which has played to audiences around the world, receiving a nomination for Unique Theatrical Experience at last year’s Drama Desk Awards in New York.
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The holidays have arrived in Willamette, Colorado bringing with it a fresh outbreak of the zombie virus that ravaged the town ten years ago. Frank West returns to the Willamette Memorial Megaplex Mall to investigate who or what has caused the zombie infection to return. Use anything at your disposal to carve your way through the hordes and a huge selection of items to craft together to create weird and wonderful weapons for dispatching the undead. Use Frank’s photography skills to snap exciting moments for extra EXP and take the odd selfie with your favourite shambling corpse. A welcome change for some will be the removal of the time system so you can explore without missing specific deadlines for in-game events.
The Last Guardian has been a long time coming after being in development hell since 2007. Take on the persona of a young boy kidnapped and imprisoned within a large castle. While exploring his prison, he discovers a large half-bird halfmammal creature known as Trico. The pair must work together to escape by evading patrolling guards, avoiding traps and solving environmental puzzles by manipulating Trico’s animal instincts with food or a series of different calls and depending on the animals mood it may take some coercing to get it to follow orders. You can also climb on and ride Trico to make a quick getaway or jump giant chasms that would otherwise be impassable.
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catch me! DIZZY HEIGHTS BY STUART ROLT Christmas is coming, so once again Brighton Dome is devoting its festive season to accessible, distinct, and physical art forms - this year it’s circus. Storming the stage (and often the air above) on Mon 26 – Fri 30 Dec are a French Canadian cirque sextet – Flip FabriQue. Their Catch Me! (Attrape-moi) is a vibrant show packed with a youthful enthusiasm which belies years of experience. “We are so grateful to be invited,” says creative director Bruno Gagnon. “It’s a great part of the year to be there.” The cast - Gagnon, Jérémie Arsenault, Christophe Hamel, Françis Julien, Hugo Ouellet Côté and Jade Dussault - all met while studying circus. The show celebrates their reunion after spending time away establishing individual careers. “It’s basically a retrospective on our real story. The company was created after not seeing each other for ten years, so the story is like our own.” These multi-disciplined performers have already toured the world with companies like Cirque du Soleil and Cirque Éloize, but now have formed a troupe with a single shared vision. As a title, Catch Me! not only alludes to unspoken prayers amid this breath-taking aerial spectacle, but their need to stay in contact during those years apart. “We were working with big circuses, and sometimes we could catch up with each other in between cities somewhere.” On another level, the title brings comparisons with a child-like call to play. Indeed, the show’s narrative heatedly embraces the regression we occasionally succumb to when in the presence of old and cherished friends. The company’s hometown of Quebec sits at the centre of a blossoming circus scene. Montreal’s École nationale de cirque is the only state-funded training facility on the whole continent. It’s little coincidence that Canada stands as one of the world’s best circus hubs. “I think it’s because there’s so much snow around the city. There’s a lot of mats everywhere, so we can jump and try tricks. There’s also a lot of trampoline gyms! Around the world, for the last 30 years, especially when Cirque du Soleil started to bring contemporary circus the way they do, a name’s been created for Canadian circus. It’s a brand that is building up.” Now Flip FabriQue have their own lively brand of cirque around the world. Visiting cities like Berlin, New York, Paris, and Edinburgh, since forming they’ve spent almost ten months a year touring and have performed more than 500 shows to date. The troupe bring an infectious attitude and energy to the stage. Many of the skills in the show will be familiar, like juggling, strap-
work, hooping, trampolining and even yo-yo, nearly all of them are imaginatively twisted to make them utterly spectacular. The Flip FabriQue members, some studying acrobatics since the age of seven, create a beautiful vision of youth and energy. But their versatility shines when they mix slapstick comedy amongst the daredevil feats. “It’s a friendly, light and really dynamic acrobatic circus show. We’re playing six friends who haven’t seen each other for a while.” The action sees them gather in a cottage, a stage element which itself becomes something to scramble over and jump from. “There’s a lot of games. We’re goofing around a lot...” Their collective memories are symbolised by photos from an old album, which are slowly placed across the set. As such proceedings are transported away from a display of skill and into more theatrical territory. Flip Fabrique’s Catch Me! comprises dazzling aerial ballet, childish fun and almost super-human feats of agility. Of course, profound physical literacy is nothing if you don’t have complete trust in your fellow performers. Being old friends can provide more than mere companionship whilst on the road for long periods. “There’s no doubt about it. Trust is really important. It’s basically a tool that needs to be polished. When you work with the same group for a while you know each other and you respond to that. It makes it really nice.” This close relationship, together with sublime skill-sets, creates an irrepressible performance style. So far, they’ve been touring this show for over four years, winning plaudits everywhere with their fresh ideas and powerful theatrical stylings. While it might be advancing the art-form, it inevitably means spending long periods away from home. But home is often where you make it. “We’re all friends, friends make family, so when we’re all together it’s good.” This is a group which has travelled around the world, receiving rapturous approval while celebrating the innate universal language of circus. It’s a situation which will provide inspiration for their next production, but for now they’re concentrating on bringing their poetic form of movement to Europe. “We are delighted to come to the UK again. We’re in France for 20 dates, before coming in to set-up. We have two days to celebrate the holiday, then on the 26th we’re up!” Flip FabriQue’s Catch Me! comes to Brighton Dome on Mon 26 – Fri 30 Dec. www.brightondome.org www.flipfabrique.com
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Controversial biopic Snowden is finally set for release in the UK in December after a year’s delay and features Joseph GordonLevitt as whistleblower Edward Snowden. The film follows the US computer analyst from his time in the army to the CIA, and then the notoriety that followed after he leaked classified documents detailing the extensive and illegal cyber-surveillance of millions of US citizens to the Guardian in 2013. Though having received mixed reviews from the critics, which was expected due to the contentious nature of the film, most were unanimous in their praise for Gordon-Levitt’s performance. And I don’t know about you, but Joseph Gordon-Levitt has our vote any day.
Having already garnered a multitude of awards during this year’s independent film festival circuit, Life, Animated is the moving story of Owen Suskind, a boy who stopped speaking at the age of three as a result of autism. The documentary, directed by Academy Award winner Roger Ross Williams, shows the unique way Owen and his family communicated. Using animated films, especially Disney classics, the Suskind family were able to interact with each other and the world around them in a way that was meaningful to Owen while no other medium had proved to be. The film interweaves classic sequences with real-life footage from Owen’s life and demonstrates how stories, and everyone’s favourite Disney characters, can provide a means of identifying and interpreting the complex world that many of us struggle to connect with. Emotional, uplifting and fundamentally triumphant, Life, Animated is the ultimate coming-of-age story of a boy whose lot in life has been stacked against the odds.
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Steady yourselves Star Wars fans, Rogue One hits our screens mid-December as the first stand-alone film in the series that will not cross over with the original Star Wars Saga. Nonetheless, it exists within the universe, set some time after the events of Revenge of the Sith and shortly before the events of the original. The story tracks the Rebel Alliance, a group of spies on a mission to steal the plans for the Galactic Empire’s new weapon, the Death Star. Get ready for an all-new epic adventure that will undoubtedly set the precedent for future stand-alone Star Wars films. Starring the likes of Felicity Jones, Mads Mikkelsen and Forest Whitaker (to name but a few), the latest Star Wars film promises to be a banger.
Collateral Beauty is the latest offering from director David Frankel, the man responsible for all-time favourites The Devil Wears Prada and Marley & Me. It features an ensemble cast of impressive calibre, with the likes of Will Smith, Helen Mirren, Edward Norton, Kate Winslet and Keira Knightley gracing the screen. Collateral Beauty promises to be both tear-jerking and heart-warming, as it follows the story of a brilliant advertising executive as he comes to terms with personal tragedy. As he begins to descend into depression, his colleagues devise a plan to force him to confront his grief in a remarkable and profound sense. Let the tugging of heartstrings commence.
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Their range of delicious and award-winning artisan ales (seven regular beers and eight exciting limited editions) are available in a large number of Brighton & Hove hostelries - The Victory Inn, The Shakespeare’s Head and The Watchmaker’s Arms - to name just a few. They can also be found in East and West Sussex venues, offlicences, supermarkets and, of course, their brewery shop.
Langham Brewery pride themselves on being part of their local community; they are immensely proud of their barn HQ, where their ales are brewed in the tranquility and natural beauty of the South Downs. The brewery showcase their ales at a myriad of regional events. A number of times a year they also host live music and comedy shows, including an annual Bonkers for Conkers championship. Through these events they support locally-linked charities, raising £1800+ so far during 2016, with more events planned for the near future. This Christmas, the folks you love will adore the gift of ale - a Langham brewery tour, a party sized mini-keg (or three) and/or a Langham gift pack anyone? Wouldn't say no to those... www.langhambrewery.co.uk
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North Laine Brewhouse Why drink beer that’s travelled far and wide, when you can enjoy pints brewed within feet of where you’re drinking it? The selfconfessed ‘spiritual home’ of Brighton brewing, The North Laine Brewhouse stands proud as a multi-functional venue. A selfcontained brewery visible from the bar, the floorspace of the venue provides somewhat of a blank canvas, ready for you to make it the backdrop of any evening of brewing and drinking. The brewhouse offers their very own Beer School. It’s ideal for many occasions, from birthdays and anniversaries to team building or staff days out, or maybe just to get a little closer to your favourite tipple. The tour takes about an hour and you’ll come away feeling well-informed and a little warm and fuzzy inside. Oh, and watch out for £3 Friday where you’ll get a little more booze for your buck. www.brewedinbrighton.co.uk
Taking over a farm rich in history towards the end of 2011, a trio of brewers created their own sustainable commercial brewery. Their ethos is homegrown: what comes from the land around them is what they’ll use in their beers. Electricity comes from solar panels on the roof of the grain store, and waste products that aren’t used to feed livestock are composted and re-used on the farm. This year hasn’t been all bad, as Long Man have launched two new event bars to provide their produce to an array of events. The Ambience Trailer comes staffed and stocked, and with cool cask ales dispensed from six taps. For smaller events, The Cask Bar is a winner as it churns out pint after pint of a nine-gallon cask. www.longmanbrewery.com
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When the calendar ticks over to the 1st of December, the hospitality industry goes into overdrive. But what to do when you just want a good quality meal out that has nothing to do with all this festive cheer? Or what if you’ve got limited time before the rest of your evening’s antics? I’d suggest you get yourself down to The Coal Shed to check out their set lunch/ pre-theatre menu, available weekday lunch times (12-4pm) and Mon - Thurs evenings 6-7pm. A concise menu that works for those off to enjoy a show or just fancy some great no-fuss, quality cuisine, these dishes are the most alluring part of any given evening. So forget the show, let’s have some star-quality food. Heading down on a particularly cold and damp evening, a colleague and I were seated in the window, amongst the restaurant’s plush curtains and polished wooden decor. Dim lighting and soft music made us feel at home as we scanned our menus. Happily accepting apéritifs of gin & tonic in elegant wine glasses with fresh lemon and grapefruit slices, adding a welcome twist to the taste, we sat back and admired the decor around us. Its soft greys are a nod to the name of the establishment and look classy and clean. Our starters appeared from the kitchen in a timely fashion as we notice the table next to us are also taking advantage of this pit-stop menu. Vaguely keeping an eye, we’re both surprised at how quickly this set menu can be demolished! The back and front of house teams clearly work in unison to keep customers on time for the rest of their evening plans. So, our starters. My dining partner opted for the guinea fowl and chestnut terrine, orange and brioche. The taste of the fowl was phenomenal - perfectly cooked, the gamey bird had a beautiful flavour that when combined with the chestnut, was elevated tenfold. The brioche added a crunch to the overall texture of the dish which was great next to the succulent meat. I chose the mackerel rillette, served with dashi and purslane. The pate-like rillette was divinely moist and was accompanied on the plate by a green jelly, which was so rich with the taste of the sea we fought over the last mouthful. Our G&Ts cleared, a caraffe of The Coal Shed house white arrived at our table. A lovely crisp and dry wine, it was served almost in unison with our mains. Continuing with our meat vs fish culinary adventure, my colleague opted for the flat
iron steak with beef dripping chips and chimichurri, while I went for the pan-fried hake, charred broccoli, beetroot and sweetcorn. The Coal Shed’s method of grilling their proteins directly over burning charcoal locks in the taste, and heating up to temperatures of 500° you can see how this menu can be executed at such speed. The steak came sealed to perfection on the outer with a soft pink inner - a perfect match for my companion’s taste. Sharing the chips, I can be frank when I say that these were perfect. Chunky and crisp but with fluffy centres, they went really well with a chimichurri sauce which was clearly made in-house. The sauce complimented the steak so well that we were discussing coming back halfway through our meal. My hake dish was beautifully presented the fillet of fish glistening on the plate before me, elevated by the vegetables that added more dimensions to the dish with each mouthful. The moist, succulent protein even now makes my mouth water just thinking about it. Now, broccoli isn’t usually something I get excited about but on this dish its texture was almost like a crisp kale and it tasted wonderful. The charring was carried off in the most amazing way. The components of the dish married together so well - the combination of tastes and textures really made it stand out for me. The beetroot puree added a punch to the dish but wasn’t overwhelming - aesthetically we were treated to a vibrant mix of colours contrasting with the pure white of the fish. Feeling a little more than full, we enjoyed our wine before deciding to go all out and get a dessert. We went for the chocolate arancini, pistachio and cocoa nib. The former component of this dish was the star. A crisp shell came away to reveal an oozy chocolate filling, the flavour accentuated by a green pistachio cream of sorts. The cocoa nib gave us a hearty taste of pure chocolate which added an ever so slight bitterness too the dish. Content with our meals, we relaxed into the rest of the evening. The considerate portions are ideal for a lunch or pre-event meal, and at £15 for two courses or £17.50 for three it’s very kind on your bank account too - a greatly welcomed thing when Christmas presents have drained your resources. The Coal Shed is at 8 Boyces Street, Brighton BN1 1AN www.coalshed-restaurant.co.uk
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TAKE A CHANCE BY NAMMIE MATTHEWS There have been whisperings around Brighton in recent weeks that we’ve reached “peak burger” in the city. With numerous burger outlets already dotting the map from Saltdean to the deepest corners of Hove - and the recent addition of a well-known American burger chain down at the Marina - it’s easy to see why so many of our locals have started to forgo the age-old tradition of burgers-aspub-grub. There’s one that’s bucking the trend though: with Western Road’s The Temple Bar waving goodbye to Curry Leaf Café last month, there was an opening in their kitchen for something new, unexpected, different. Enter Lucky Beach. On the surface, there’s not an awful lot different as you enter The Temple Bar; in fact, you may not even have realised until now that their kitchen has undergone a massive change since Lucky Beach launched there in November. That is, until you look at the menu. In true Lucky Beach style, everything is mouth-wateringly described (and as we find out later, even more tasty than they give it credit for), from their snacks and sharers all the way to their burger menu. We order Ox Cheek Nuggets (£4.75) and the Crispy Masala Squid (£6.75), which arrive quickly, and tuck in. Cooked to perfection, the softness of the squid is excellently complimented by the crispy tempura-like coating; its delicate masala flavouring nods to their predecessors at The Temple Bar. We declare in unison it’s the best squid we’ve ever eaten, and move on to the ox cheek, whose meltin-your-mouth heaven and rich flavouring is probably only rivalled by eight-hour slow cooked beef. While the squid was certainly a hit, it’s these little nuggets - which remind us a lot of Dutch bitterballen – which I’ll be returning for to get me through the winter months. Okay, so on to the burgers because, after all, this is what we came for. I’m instantly drawn to the Sussex Shorthorn (£8.75) - a dreamy combination of fig jam, toasted hazelnuts and
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little somethings called ‘pig candy’ and ‘ketchup leather’, immediately piquing my interest. My companion goes for the Burnt Padron & Halloumi Burger (£7.75), with the Blue Cheese & Bacon Fries on the side (£4.75, recommended by the bartender), and neither of us is disappointed in the slightest. Stacked and full of well-balanced flavours, I’m told by my cohort the halloumi is cooked flawlessly; the egg yolk oozing from the burger only adds to her delight. Conversely, the Sussex Shorthorn is bloody marvellous, the sweetness of the fig jam and ‘pig candy’ (aptly-named bacon, as it turns out) countering the savouriness of the burger and cheese effortlessly. The ketchup leather is something we’ll see popping up in burgers everywhere in coming months; gone forever are ketchup stains and splatters in favour of a concentrated gelatinous wafer of the red stuff. The burger comes pink in the middle - just the way I like it – but that may be something for those who prefer a well-done middle to consider. The fries are a pleasant surprise in that they’re not overloaded with salt, and we swear taste better and better the more we eat. However, our bellies are only so big, and we’ve eaten so much already that a heart-breaking amount of the bowl is leftover. All things considered, I’d recommend multiple visits. While the food at Lucky Beach is a far cry from which I’d become accustomed to at my favourite Western Road hangout. If there’s anything Lucky Beach’s residency at The Temple Bar proves, it’s that the era of the burger is far from ‘over’ – and they’re closer to the top of the game than ever. This is the best food we’ve eaten for a really long time, and we’ll definitely be returning. Lucky Beach has taken residence at The Temple Bar, 121 Western Road, BN1 2AD www.luckybeach.co.uk www.thetemplebar.pub
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