• BRIGHTON ROCKS

    Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £4 adv

    Friday, October 24th, 2014

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    Featuring HEYROCCO, ANISEED TREATS, THE ISLAND CLUB and HABANA. Brighton Rocks is all about showcasing the best bands in Brighton. If you'd like to submit your band to play please email info@loutpromotions.co.uk!

  • THE POP GROUP

    Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £17.50 adv

    Saturday, October 25th, 2014

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    THE POP GROUP

    The Pop Group, the most wildly innovative and barrier-shattering band to emerge from the late 70s post-punk era, have announced their first ever UK tour in October to coincide with the first run of re-issues on the new Freaks Are Us label. Since their reunion in 2010 the band have played a handful of key festivals around the world including a rapturously received show in Glasgow earlier this year. The Guardian exclaimed in their 5 star review that “the years have divested this band's music of none of its urgent potency” while The Times stated “Cited as a key influence by Nick Cave and Primal Scream these wilfully discordant Bristolians unleash an exhilarating mash up of polemical lyrics, funk rhythms, free jazz and dub reggae with a tightness and ferocity that would challenge bands half their age” in their 4 star review. Spearheading the first wave of reissues the band will release two albums, their 1980 post-punk classic 'We Are Time' remastered from original tapes and 'Cabinet of Curiosities’, a nine-track compilation of rarities and previously unreleased and unheard material. Both albums are set for release on 20th October. The Pop Group will be performing ‘We Are Time’ in its entirety plus more. Over 18's only.

  • SUNSET SONS *SOLD OUT!*

    Tamesis Dock, London, 7.30pm, £8 adv

    Thursday, October 30th, 2014

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    Don’t ask Sunset Sons to choose between music and surfing. Surfing was what brought them together, what still shapes how they live their lives and what inspires them to make the music that they do. Without surfing, there wouldn’t be songs. For now, however, the waves will have to wait. The start of 2014 saw the quartet – three Brits and one Aussie – morph from surfers making music for fun into a band at the centre of an A&R scrum into a major label-signed, red hot tip to become arena-sized stars. That Sunset Sons only recently completed their first UK tour – of off the-beaten-track surfing towns – and have yet to play in a major city, shows how rapid their rise has been. In Britain, the buzz began in February, when their self-funded debut EP, Le Surfing, unexpectedly entered the iTunes rock chart at No.6, where it nestled in-between BRIT Award winners and drew comparisons to the poppy output of Kings Of Leon and the sleazy funk-rock of primetime Chili Peppers. It was available on the band’s Facebook page for free but a loyal fan base, built in both the Alps (where they have spent the past two winters playing shows and snowboarding) and the surf spots of Europe (their home is Hossegor in south-west France, one of the world’s top surfing towns), preferred to pay for it. A&Rs who had never heard of Sunset Sons and could find little of them online raced to see their explosive live show. Over 18's only.

  • LITTLE COMETS

    Concorde 2, 7pm, £11 adv

    Friday, October 31st, 2014

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    LITTLE COMETS

    The unlikely combination of a Cambridge graduate, particle physicist and a local sailor make up the three legged didactic table that is Little Comets, proud descendents of the hue drenched hills of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, a northern city in the British Isles. Bearing a name picked at random from a list of others; Robert, Michael and Matthew create a lilting combination of deft percussive nuance and melodic shimmer, shrouded in a veil of abstract lyrics. Over 14's welcome. Support from Gallery Circus and High Tyde.

  • BRIGHTON ROCKS

    Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £4 adv

    Friday, October 31st, 2014

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    Featuring Rival State, Rory Indiana and Blinder. Brighton Rocks is all about showcasing the best bands in Brighton. If you'd like to submit your band to play please email info@loutpromotions.co.uk!

  • SUNSET SONS *SOLD OUT!*

    Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7.30pm, £6 adv

    Saturday, November 1st, 2014

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    Don’t ask Sunset Sons to choose between music and surfing. Surfing was what brought them together, what still shapes how they live their lives and what inspires them to make the music that they do. Without surfing, there wouldn’t be songs. For now, however, the waves will have to wait. The start of 2014 saw the quartet – three Brits and one Aussie – morph from surfers making music for fun into a band at the centre of an A&R scrum into a major label-signed, red hot tip to become arena-sized stars. That Sunset Sons only recently completed their first UK tour – of off the-beaten-track surfing towns – and have yet to play in a major city, shows how rapid their rise has been. In Britain, the buzz began in February, when their self-funded debut EP, Le Surfing, unexpectedly entered the iTunes rock chart at No.6, where it nestled in-between BRIT Award winners and drew comparisons to the poppy output of Kings Of Leon and the sleazy funk-rock of primetime Chili Peppers. It was available on the band’s Facebook page for free but a loyal fan base, built in both the Alps (where they have spent the past two winters playing shows and snowboarding) and the surf spots of Europe (their home is Hossegor in south-west France, one of the world’s top surfing towns), preferred to pay for it. A&Rs who had never heard of Sunset Sons and could find little of them online raced to see their explosive live show. Over 18's only. Support from DIAZ.

  • RHODES

    Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7.30pm, £8 adv

    Sunday, November 2nd, 2014

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    RHODES

    A year ago Rhodes had played just a handful of live shows. Now, 12 months later, he is something of a veteran, having supported Sam Smith, London Grammar, Laura Marling, Nick Mulvey and Rufus Wainwright. He has toured the UK, sold out three nights at London’s Sebright Arms, as well festival performances at Glastonbury, Wilderness and Latitude to name a few. Now signed to Ministry of Sound through his own Rhodes Music imprint, Rhodes releases a stunning new EP ‘Home’ October 19th. He is a singular talent. His voice is striking and the stark simplicity of his songs is initially deceptive. Whether he plays electric guitar or keyboards, solo or with a band, the sound totally belongs to him. Using producers Ian Grimble (Daughter), Tim Bran/Roy Kerr (London Grammar) and Iain Archer (Jake Bugg), ‘Home’ showcases Rhodes impressive songwriting talent. Lead track ‘Breathe’ is beautiful, held together by a stripped back verse and a glimmering chorus. The endearing anthemic title track leads into bittersweet piano ballad ‘What If Love’. The EP picks up the tempo and closes with the warming and catchy ‘Crash’. Over 18's only. Support from Frances and Sam Jordan.

  • GROUNDATION

    Komedia, 7:30pm, £20 adv

    Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

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    GROUNDATION

    Since the dawn of recorded sound, music can be seen as a giant tapestry to which all musicians lend their creative influence. One band focused on the explosive evolution of this musical ecosystem is Groundation. Rooted in the reggae one-drop sound of Jamaica, Groundation seamlessly incorporates the harmonic, polyrhythmic, and improvisational elements of jazz, breathing new life into both genres. As one critic described it, Groundation begins at the crossroads where Burning Spear meets John Coltrane. Groundation’s unique reggae fusion can be heard from villages in Thailand, to the favelas of Brazil, from the mountains of New Zealand, to Moroccan cafes and college dorm rooms in the United States. Since 1998 they’ve performed in more than thirty countries on six continents, sharing the stage with such diverse artists as Jimmy Cliff, Sly and the Family Stone, The Roots, Kanye West, and Sonic Youth. Over 14's welcome. Support from Samsara.

  • FRAMING HANLEY

    Audio, 7pm, £12 adv

    Thursday, November 6th, 2014

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    FRAMING HANLEY

    Nashville, TN based four piece Framing Hanley release their album The Sum Of Who We Are in the UK today. The band can now also announce they will be back for a headline tour of the UK this October. As Nixon (vocals) says: ‘The reception for our band in the UK is second to none...and I think for rock n roll in general. Anytime we leave there to go back home, we are already talking about the next chance to go back. With last fall's tour being cut short because of an illness in The Blackout, this trip back to the UK is long overdue. We've been in the studio for 2 1/2 years working on The Sum of Who We Are and the reward for us is being able to play these songs live. It's been too long, and if you come to any shows on this tour you can expect an energy in the room to be unlike any of a previous Framing Hanley show. We're ready...are you?’ A collection of modern alternative rock infused with undeniable pop hooks, heartfelt lyrics and huge choruses, The Sum Of Who We Are is the band’s third album, and their boldest artistic statement to date. ‘Every band says they feel like they’re getting better with age’ states frontman Nixon. ‘So while I feel that is a trite statement, I can’t deny it. We’ve never written as much material for an album as we did for this one. We had to cut so many songs we felt were strong. We also recorded songs for the album we felt weren’t quite there yet, only to go back to the drawing board and get it right’. First single Criminal is a full on anthem, cleverly illustrating the trappings of circumstance in an exhausted relationship. Other songs like Twisted Halos, Crooked Smiles, Rollercoaster, and Crash & Burn have an honesty and underlying theme of finding beauty in the tragedy of loss, finding light in the total darkness and finding hope when there is nothing left. Over 14's welcome. Support from HOURS and River Becomes Ocean. PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE FROM BERMUDA TRIANGLE. ORIGINAL TICKETS VALID.

  • BRIGHTON ROCKS

    Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £4 adv

    Friday, November 7th, 2014

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    BRIGHTON ROCKS

    Featuring The Dirty Divine, Pleasure House, Dark Train and Francois. Brighton Rocks is all about showcasing the best bands in Brighton. If you'd like to submit your band to play please email info@loutpromotions.co.uk!

  • PASSENGER *SOLD OUT!*

    Brighton Dome, 7pm, £20 adv

    Saturday, November 8th, 2014

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    PASSENGER *SOLD OUT!*

    EXTRA DATE ADDED TO MEET PHENOMENAL DEMAND. By the start of last year, Mike Rosenberg knew his life was about to change. To what extent, he had no idea, which was probably just as well. Had someone told the Brighton-born singer/songwriter, familiar to millions as Passenger that he would top the charts in 20 countries during 2013, he might have gone out of his mind. That his bewitching, break-up ballad Let Her Go took its time to win over the world – it became a hit in mainland Europe in the autumn of 2012 and reached the Top 5 of the Billboard chart in February 2014 – allowed Passenger to process his success, get used to the size of crowds coming to see him and, crucially, continue to write and record heartbreakingly beautiful music. Whispers is Passenger’s sixth studio album. Its oldest songs date back to before the mayhem began. Although he didn’t know it when he wrote it, the title track captures the chaos in his head when Let Her Go started to snowball. Even the songs most recently written have evolved by being played live dozens of times, at shows and on streets everywhere from Amsterdam to Australia.

  • PASSENGER *SOLD OUT!*

    Brighton Dome, 7pm, £20 adv

    Sunday, November 9th, 2014

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    PASSENGER *SOLD OUT!*

    By the start of last year, Mike Rosenberg knew his life was about to change. To what extent, he had no idea, which was probably just as well. Had someone told the Brighton-born singer/songwriter, familiar to millions as Passenger that he would top the charts in 20 countries during 2013, he might have gone out of his mind. That his bewitching, break-up ballad Let Her Go took its time to win over the world – it became a hit in mainland Europe in the autumn of 2012 and reached the Top 5 of the Billboard chart in February 2014 – allowed Passenger to process his success, get used to the size of crowds coming to see him and, crucially, continue to write and record heartbreakingly beautiful music. Whispers is Passenger’s sixth studio album. Its oldest songs date back to before the mayhem began. Although he didn’t know it when he wrote it, the title track captures the chaos in his head when Let Her Go started to snowball. Even the songs most recently written have evolved by being played live dozens of times, at shows and on streets everywhere from Amsterdam to Australia.

  • BAND OF SKULLS *SOLD OUT!*

    Concorde 2, 7pm, £17.50 adv

    Monday, November 10th, 2014

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    BAND OF SKULLS *SOLD OUT!*

    Hot on the heels of the release of their critically lauded third album ‘Himalayan’, Band Of Skulls today announce their largest UK tour to date, including a headline show at the Eventim Apollo in London. Having cut their teeth touring the world with the likes of Queens Of The Stone Age, The Black Keys, The Dead Weather and Muse, the band are building a reputation as one of the most exciting live acts currently in the UK today. That burgeoning reputation is set to be further cemented as they play Glastonbury and the main stage at Sonisphere. Current album ‘Himalayan’ (out now on Ignition Records) sees the rock heavyweights perfecting their craft and delivering a future classic of epic proportions. Encompassing their trademark mountainous riffs, soaring vocals and thunderous drums, Himalayan truly is an album that lives up to its title. Produced by Nick Launay (Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Arcade Fire, Grinderman), Band Of Skulls latest album sees them cementing their place at rock’s top table. Over 14's only. In association with Kilimanjaro. Support from Bo Ningen.

  • SIKTH

    Concorde 2, 7:30pm, £14 adv

    Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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    SIKTH

    SikTh formed in January 2000, but consolidated their line-up in March 2001. That line-up consisted of dual vocalists Mikee Goodman and Justin Hill, guitarists Dan Weller and Graham Pinney, bassist James Leach and drummer/percussionist Dan Foord. From the early days of the band, SikTh created a huge buzz on the Underground UK scene. Which led to many years of sold out tours. Building a solid and fanatic following. The band were a fiercely aggressive and energetic mix, of technically warped metal riffs, poly rhythms. And uplifting melodies. And on top of this, a dual vocal battle, with poetic lyrics. All this together, left SikTh on their own music World. Support from Heart Of A Coward and Idiom.

  • PORT ISLA

    Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7.30pm, £5 adv

    Tuesday, November 11th, 2014

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    PORT ISLA

    On a good day, Port Isla are a four piece band formed in Norwich. In 2011, Will Bloomfield met fellow UEA students Stanley Spilman and Henry Kilmister. They then spent the next couple of months writing and playing acoustic gigs around Norfolk. Willem Olenski soon joined to complete the current line up. They have since played at The Great Escape festival, Latitude festival, thanks to huge support via BBC Introducing, Reeperbahn Festival in Hamburg and in 2013 they were invited by Emily Eavis to play Glastonbury. They have released their first two singles, Adventurers and Sinking Ship, for free and to huge acclaim with the latter being selected as Zane Lowe’s ‘Next Hype’. They are both available to download from their Soundcloud page with a debut E.P expected imminently. On a bad day, they cover 80's power ballads, complain about beard growth and argue about the correct usage of knots. Over 18's only.

  • PHOX

    The Green Door Store, 7.30pm, £8 adv

    Friday, November 14th, 2014

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    Hailing from Baraboo, WI, the six best friends who make up PHOX happen to be blessed with madness, illusions of grandeur, and the inability to do the same thing twice. They also play music. Describing themselves as every variation of “indie pop” under the sun, PHOX represents the result of six creative individuals coming together to fulfill a musical niche. Fueled by lead singer Monica Martin’s rich voice, the band’s sound reflects their nature as an ensemble: pulling in different directions, emulating varying emotions, but coming together for one refined result. It’s music that manages to hit both ends of the spectrum skillfully: quirky yet graceful, poppy yet expertly- crafted, catchy yet grand and elaborate, and overall just plain contagious. With two EPs, slots at major festivals (iTunes Festival in London, Lollapalooza), and a national tour under their belt, PHOX are currently in the studio working on a full-length release, out early summer 2014. Over 18's only.

  • DOLOMITE MINOR

    Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7.30pm, £5 adv

    Friday, November 14th, 2014

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    DOLOMITE MINOR

    "They've gorged on the rarities of Kurt Cobain and Led Zeppelin amongst others. Singer Joe Grimshaw is a true dead-eyed soul with a killer voice to boot." NME. Here are two guys who can manage enough noise that you can’t help but notice them, Joe Grimshaw on guitar and vocals, Max Palmier on Drums. Southampton’s Dolomite Minor serve up sleazy, raw rock’n’roll laced with sweaty, head banging, tobacco stained riffs. New bands of this knockout calibre come around very rarely, already they can shred at a level that puts more veteran bands to shame. Over 18's only.

  • NIMMO

    Bleach, 7:30pm, £6 adv

    Friday, November 14th, 2014

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    New Columbia Records signings NIMMO have announced a series of UK shows during October and November, including a headline show at Bleach in Brighton. Fronted by Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett, with Josh Faull , Jack Williams and Hannah Rose , the band have courted a steady stream of attention from the likes of Radio 1, 6Music, XFM, KCRW (LA), East Village Radio (NYC). Following the debut release of the single “Others” on Kitsuné this summer – the video of which was created by the fashion photographer/videographer Balthazar Klarwein, renowned for his work with Kate Moss, Cara Delevigne, Mario Testino and Rihanna - NIMMO are currently in the studio recording their debut album with new music set to be released in 2015. Over 18's only.

  • THE BLOCKHEADS

    Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, 7.30pm, £22.50 adv

    Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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    THE BLOCKHEADS

    Starting out as the band behind Ian Dury, the Blockheads are a legendary outfit that has grown in stature from the early days of the Stiff tour in 1977, right up to the present day. Backing up Ian Dury’s poetic lyrics, this is the band that brought you ‘Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick’, ‘What A Waste’, ‘Reasons to be Cheerful (Part 3)’, and ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’, among many others. Rarely off the road since the demise of Ian Dury in 2000, but now with Derek Hussey fronting the band, the Blockheads are still one of the most underrated British bands of all time, with a legion of fans of all ages. Their new album, ‘Same Horse Different Jockey’, was released on 23rd November 2013, which was also the 35th anniversary of the release of ‘Hit Me with your Rhythm Stick’, and continues to show both their diversity and supreme quality, as well as showcasing their uniqueness. Under 14's to be accompanied by an adult.

  • A DAY TO REMEMBER *SOLD OUT!*

    Brighton Centre, 6.30pm, £22 adv

    Saturday, November 15th, 2014

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    Fresh from absolutely demolishing the main stage at the Reading and Leeds Festivals and performing to a sold out, 7500 strong crowd at Cardiff Arena - A Day To Remember are pleased to announce their return to the UK this November. A Day To Remember will also be hitting the road in the States this Autumn on their Parks and Devastation tour. Bring Me The Horizon, Motionless In White and Chiodos will join them on the tour. Head over to www.adtr.com for full dates. Since their formation in 2003, Ocala, Florida’s A Day To Remember have grown from a small band with a dedicated local fan-base into a worldwide phenomenon, gaining the respect and adoration from their peers as much as their fans. This hasn’t been an overnight success story – A Day To Remember have worked hard to win over every fan they’ve made. Over the course of the band’s career, they have sold out entire continental tours, landed two Top 25 Billboard debuts and topped the Billboard Indie Albums Chart. The band’s album “What Separates Me From You” was a major breakthrough. Upon its release the album debuted at #11 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart and has now sold over 300,000 units, putting the band’s entire catalog at well over a million sold. Their latest studio album, “Common Courtesy” was released on November 25th, 2013 to huge critical acclaim and has sold over 220,000 units since its release. In 2014, A Day To Remember independently launched Self Help Festival, bringing in 12,000 fans to the festival in San Bernardino, California. Self Help will be making its debut in the Northeastern edition in Philadelphia in October of 2014. This past February - A Day To Remember played their largest headlining show to date to 9,000+ fans at London's Alexandra Palace on their House Party Tour. Over 14s welcome. Support from Lower Than Atlantis.

  • BAYSIDE

    Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7.30pm, £10 adv

    Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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    BAYSIDE, who released their sixth studio album CULT, earlier this year on Hopeless Records, have premiered the video for new single 'Pigsty'. Formed in 2000 in Queens, NY, Bayside has previously released five studio albums (2004’s Sirens and Condolences, 2005’s Bayside, 2007’s The Walking Wounded, 2008’s Shudder, 20011’s Killing Time), numerous EPs, and a live album (2008’s Live at the Bayside Social Club). The band has toured the world and played on multiple Vans Warped Tours. With the release of CULT, the breadth of their history seems to have culminated in this sixth studio album. Over 18's only. Support from Six Time Champion.

  • ED PROSEK

    Bleach, 7.30pm, £5 adv

    Sunday, November 16th, 2014

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    ED PROSEK

    Californian singer-songwriter Ed Prosek is an artist of striking talent. His intimate vocals and songs of honesty, introspection and worldly observation set him apart from other young songwriters, combining a musical beauty and individual sense of arrangement with powerful and emotive lyricism to create music that is truly undeniable in every sense of the word. The son of an opera composer, Ed Prosek’s journey to becoming a folk-pop songwriter is one firmly routed in the classical world. A former student of the prestigious San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Ed left his native California for the south coast of England in 2011, emerging to critical acclaim in 2012 with his debut EP, ‘California’, a demonstration of Ed’s prowess as not only a conventional songwriter but as an arranger and band leader that belie his youth. Immediately gaining a strong online presence, Ed’s cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Homeward Bound’ was the soundtrack to Cathedral City’s major TV advertising campaign, bringing Ed and his music to the national audience in a direct fashion. A subsequent self-released EP and continuous live presence in Brighton and London as well as tours to Germany and the West Coast of America have seen Ed’s fanbase and online presence grow quickly, grabbing the attention of world famous producer, Rupert Hine, who subsequently signed him as a songwriter to BMG Chrysalis/Auditorius in early 2014. The search for a ‘home’ is an ever present theme in Ed’s music, often reflecting on his father’s experience of fleeing his home in Czechoslovakia during the Soviet Union and traveling the world as a refugee in the early 80’s. In Brighton, however, Ed seems to have finally set down roots, and with his band (ranging from an eight piece ensemble, including string quartet, down to solo), and his closely knit team, he is poised to have a big impact on the UK’s music scene in the coming months and years. Ed’s new single ‘Hold On Tight’ reflects upon his journey both as a musician and young man, the struggle to survive and the people who come together to make such things possible. The song is an energy driven folk pop ballad, with an infectiously catchy hook and chorus, showcasing the best of Ed’s song-writing and voice. The single precedes the forthcoming ‘Riverbed’ EP due in mid November with tour dates across the UK to support the release. Over 18's only.

  • CROSSFAITH

    Concorde 2, 7pm, £11 adv

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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    Much like The Prodigy and Slipknot for the generations before them, it is genuinely not an exaggeration to say that Crossfaith have already began garnering a reputation as the world’s must see live act. Got your attention? Good. This is not a drill and this is not hyperbole. This is the real thing; a once in a generation experience that has already got all continents of the globe picking their jaws up from the floors, no matter what their musical genre of preference might be. The energy is infectious, the excitement is undeniable and the visual power the band bring to the stage night in, night out doesn’t require fancy lights or dragons jumping out of the PA to get your blood pumping like a porn star on heat. Over 14's welcome. Support from Silent Screams & Coldrain.

  • JOHNNY LLOYD

    The Prince Albert, 8pm, £6 adv

    Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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    After a swathe of online praise for his prolific output this year, rising London-based singer songwriter Johnny Lloyd has today unveiled a series of debut live performances that includes a headline set at London venue The Stillery. Lloyd’s tour will land at The Prince Albert in Brighton on November 18th and the following day include a support slot for Jamie T at Alexandra Palace. Over 18's only. Tickets on sale Friday 17th October at 9am.

  • LIT

    The Haunt, 7pm, £17.50 adv

    Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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    Due to public demand, California's LIT have announced a second round of UK shows in celebration of the 15th Anniversary of their global hit album "A Place In The Sun". The tour follows a string of sold-out gigs in May which earned the band rave reviews across the board. "A Place In The Sun" was the album that catapulted the band from Fullerton, CA to global stardom with the megahit "My Own Worst Enemy". Further hit singles, including "Ziplock" and "Miserable" followed, pushing the band to the forefront of MTV and radio airplay. Following a lengthy hiatus, Lit made a triumphant return in 2012 with the release of the critically acclaimed "View From The Bottom" album. A storming set at Download Festival the following year cemented the band's return and by the time the first round of Anniversary shows wrapped in May 2014 UK audiences were left in no doubt that Lit are well and truly back and better than ever. The video for "My Own Worst Enemy" is one of the most iconic in recent rock history, instantly memorable and still in heavy rotation on music channels across the world today. Over 14's welcome. Support from Army of Freshmen and Hey Vanity.

  • GOMEZ

    Concorde 2, 7.30pm, £15 adv

    Thursday, November 20th, 2014

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    Gomez are confirmed for a rare performance in their adopted hometown at Concorde 2 on Thursday 20th November. This one-off show will one not to be missed for Gomez fans as the band come together from both sides of the atlantic for rehearsals and a gig in a much smaller setting that normal! Their debut album “Bring It On” won a Mercury prize in 1999 which launched the band internationally gaining them success which later led to NME and Q awards and a BRIT award nomination. Currently half of the band are based in Brighton whilst the other half are based in LA. They split their time between solo projects and full band tours. Tickets go on sale at 9am this Friday 24th October for a bargain price of just £15 + booking fee.

  • COASTS

    The Haunt, 7.30pm, £8 adv

    Saturday, November 22nd, 2014

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    COASTS

    PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE AND DATE. ORIGINAL TICKETS VALID. June 2nd saw the release of Coasts underground anthem ‘Oceans’. Now mixed by the legendary Alan Moulder (Arctic Monkeys/Foals), this single sees their first release in partnership with Christian Tattersfield's Good Soldier Songs (Biffy Clyro, 1975) through ADA distribution. On the back of a series of sold out UK and European shows, Coasts will later this month announce a September UK tour which will include Komedia, in Brighton, before commencing a month-long US tour in October. In association with Kilimanjaro. Support from Meadowlark and The New Union.

  • THE TING TINGS

    The Haunt, 7pm, £15 adv

    Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

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    THE TING TINGS

    When they decided to decamp to Ibiza to record their third album Super Critical, Katie and Jules from the Ting Tings had a slight ‘uh-oh’ moment. ‘We’d been to Berlin to make the second record,’ says Jules, ‘and done nothing but get high and look at great architecture. Going to Ibiza had party written all over it. Obviously we were going to get nothing done.’ As it turned out, unleashing their party spirit was exactly the impetus and momentum needed to craft something special and true to the starting spirit of their musical adventures. The Ting Tings were born out of the night-time. They bonded at sun-up, wired in Salford warehouses. Success came as a surprising blind-side to them. Being in the middle of an island for the winter, having to make all their own fun? This is the stuff they excel at. Physically, Super Critical began in a rented Finca not far from the town of Santa Gertrudis. Emotionally, the starting point for the record was the touchstone glamour and twilit excess of 70s New York. Katie happened upon a picture that would come to foreshadow everything they locked into the record, of Diana Ross emerging from behind a curtain into the DJ booth at Studio 54. ‘Everything about her, the dress, the hair, the make-up, made her look like the most exotic and effortless creation,’ says Katie. ‘She was so glamorous, so of a moment, so not overdone. If we could get a sound even 5% close to what that picture was giving us, we knew we were onto something.’ The duo became obsessed with the idea of a lost night-time history, pre-EDM, stadium house, the Vegas-isation of the beat, even before acid house. As dance music culture corporatized, stagnated and began eating itself with its own cheap branding, The Ting Tings started to readdress the possibilities of a party through the prism of the past. ‘Rhythm was the basis for everything that happened on this record.’ Groove was in their heart. First single Wrong Club spells its intent out in bold letters. Cut at a median cross-point of the Holy Grail of all crate-digging disco evangelism it taps its toe to Chic and Tom Tom Club without sacrificing any of the unique, angular noise the band had fashioned back in Salford, shouting diffidently along to an effects pedal. Ting Tings V.3.0 started to sound warm, woody, organic and original. Modernity had happened from looking backwards. Fashioning a record that was the direct antithesis of pilled-up, casually-clothed, wasted 4am gurners became a new mission statement for the band. ‘We found ourselves with something to say again,’ says Jules. ‘Something to react against,’ qualifies Katie. Like all the best Northern art, at least in spirit, The Ting Tings has always been a venture in exploring what you hate as much as what you love. That’s how elites happen. Over 14's welcome.

  • PULLED APART BY HORSES

    The Haunt, 7pm, £12 adv

    Monday, November 24th, 2014

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    PULLED APART BY HORSES

    Pulled Apart By Horses are less a gang and more one big fucked-up dysfunctional family. The Leeds quartet are a tightly-knit rock band who make music that thrills and menaces, their songs armed with suckerpunch riffs and zinging choruses. They formed in 2008 out of the ashes of various bands in Leeds. Since then they have existed in their own chaotic ecosystem, embarking on relentless tours around the world and stopping only to make 2010's punkily infectious self-titled debut and its snarling 2012 follow-up ‘Tough Love’ (produced by Gill Norton - Pixies/Foo Fighters etc.) . Everything they've done has been drenched in a sense of youthful recklessness, of all or nothing ardour. With third album ‘Blood’ they have taken things a step forward with wider musical and lyrical themes, embracing their love of psychedelic cinema and developing as a band whilst retaining the thrilling ‘Horses’ sound. Over 14's welcome. Support from Menace Beach.

  • ECHO & THE BUNNYMEN *SOLD OUT!*

    Concorde 2, 7.30pm, £26.50 adv

    Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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    Echo & The Bunnymen have announced new tour dates which will see them tour across the UK this winter before returning to Liverpool for a hometown show in February 2015. June 3rd 2014 saw Echo & The Bunnymen release their twelfth studio album; Meteorites, their first studio record in five years to worldwide critical acclaim, - 'Uncut Magazine' calling it "Starry-Eyed Anthemic Rock" & The Quietus - "Classic Bunnymen Pop". Meteorites contains ten new songs written by frontman Ian McCulloch and performed with fellow original band-member Will Sergeant on guitar and was produced by Youth, who has in the past produced The Verve, Shack & The Orb. Formed in Liverpool in 1978, Echo & The Bunnymen have been responsible for some of the most celebrated singles in all music history – Rescue, The Killing Moon, Lips Like Sugar, The Cutter, The Back of Love & Nothing Lasts Forever to name but a few – The Bunnymen have recorded many classic albums in their long illustrious career, albums like their debut Crocodiles in 1980, the majestic Heaven Up Here in '81, Porcupine (produced by Ian Broudie) in 1983, the orchestral-rock masterpiece 'Ocean Rain' in 1984, their classic comeback album 'Evergreen' in 1997 & the haunting 'What Are You Going To Do With Your Life' ? in 1999. Echo & the Bunnymen have just returned from a sell-out North American tour & performed "Holy Moses" on 'The Late Show With David Letterman', the band’s loyal and ever growing following is showing no signs of abating. The album ‘Meteorites’ is a key addition to their repertoire and sees them continue to be one of the most seminal British rock acts in modern history. Support from INVSN.

  • VAULTS

    The Green Door Store, 7:30pm, £5 adv

    Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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    VAULTS today premiere their stunning new song VULTURES, the lead track from the forthcoming EP of the same name, due for release 1 DECEMBER on VIRGIN EMI as a digital download and limited edition 12-inch vinyl. The EP features two other brand new songs and a remix of the title track by Maya Jane Coles. Following last month’s sell out show at the ICA London, and supports with London Grammar, amongst others, Vaults today announce a string of live dates, their first headline shows outside London. Vaults are a trio from London. They posted a track CRY NO MORE to Soundcloud in August 2013. Their debut single PREMONITIONS was released via NATIONAL ANTHEM in June, followed by LIFESPAN in September. The three songs have collectively been streamed more than 1.5 million times. Over 18's only.

  • RAG'N'BONE MAN

    Komedia, 7.30pm, £6 adv

    Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

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    Rag‘N’Bone Man (aka Rory Graham); a bold, new boogeyman with a holler like hot buttered rum. Loaded with disparate and cross generational influences, the sound of Rag‘N’Bone Man is both hugely idiosyncratic and massively moving. He combines a purity of spirit with his unique brand of acoustic hip-hop soul into a force which is entirely his own. He is the real deal. Over 14's welcome.

  • LUCY SPRAGGAN *SOLD OUT!*

    The Haunt, 7pm, £10 adv

    Thursday, November 27th, 2014

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    LUCY SPRAGGAN *SOLD OUT!*

    An intimate run of UK tour dates for Lucy Spraggan including a gig at The Haunt in Brighton. Over 14's welcome.

  • MIGHTY OAKS

    Coalition, 7pm, £8 adv

    Friday, November 28th, 2014

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    MIGHTY OAKS

    Mighty Oaks: three young men, from three countries, combining three part harmonies, resulting in one unique sound. The Berlin based indie-folk band comprised of Ian Hooper (US), Claudio Donzelli (Italy), and Craig Saunders (UK) writes honest, authentic and emotionally driven songs acoustic guitars and mandolins at the centre of their sound, layers of electric guitars creating space and depth, rounded off through solid bass lines and the heartbeat of a simple drum. The music sets the perfect scene for the lyrics, which often draw their inspiration from the Pacific Northwest, the birthplace of Hooper. Set amidst these wonderful landscapes come tales of love, loss and the beauty of all that surrounds. In 2010 the band released a self-produced self-titled EP, recorded in Donzelli's apartment, which has since gone on to earn them over 63,000 fans and 370,000 plays on SoundCloud. In the middle of 2012 they shifted their focus fully to the band, and spent the summer recording their first studio production. In a short space of time they've gathered support from both fans and the music industry alike. They've shared the stage with Dry The River, First Aid Kid, toured with Shout Out Louds in Europe, hit the road with Chvrches as part of the INTRODUCING! Tour in Germany, and opened for Kings of Leon at the Waldbahne in Berlin. Their debut studio EP "Just One Day" was released on July 5th. Over 14's only. In association with Festival Republic.

  • RALEIGH RITCHIE

    The Haunt, 7pm, £8 adv

    Sunday, November 30th, 2014

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    RALEIGH RITCHIE

    Raleigh Ritchie will embark on his debut headline tour of the UK this October. Known for his passionate and incredibly energetic live shows, Raleigh will visit The Haunt on Sunday 30th November. Over 14's welcome. Please note date change due to unforeseen circumstances.

  • AUGUSTINES

    Concorde 2, 7.30pm, £12 adv

    Sunday, December 7th, 2014

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    Live band of the moment, Augustines, return with their sparkling new single ‘Weary Eyes’ released September 8th on Caroline. ‘Weary Eyes’, the third single to be taken from their second album ‘Augustines’, is an atmospheric live staple which sees the band at the top of their game combining heartfelt lyrics, crashing drums and explosive guitar hooks. The new album has received plaudits from all quarters, with the Evening Standard saying that the band have “Exhilarating anthems in waiting”, and Classic Rock that “Augustines are quietly becoming the best live band around. Band of the people? No contest”. Over 14's welcome.

  • NEON WALTZ

    The Green Door Store, 7.30pm, £5 adv

    Monday, December 8th, 2014

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    Neon Waltz are a powerful 6 piece psychedelic indie rock band who write & play their melodic, sun-drenched, sonic soundscapes in a remote croft, located in the wilderness of Caithness, Scotland. Over 18's only.

  • CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN *SOLD OUT!*

    Concorde 2, 7.30pm, £9.50 adv

    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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    CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN *SOLD OUT!*

    Catfish And The Bottlemen are the hotly-tipped English kids hailing from Wales, who signed to Communion Records (Deap Valley, Michael Kiwanuka) in Spring of last year. Their deal followed a (characteristically) frenetic period which saw them play in excess of 150 gigs during 18 months to hone their live set, which invariably sees frontman Van McCann climbing the walls and playing guitar as though his life depended on it, whilst fans crowd surf and sing every word. An enviably super-charged start out of the blocks saw their debut single release for Communion, ‘Homesick’ emerge as Zane Lowe’s Next Hype pick on Radio 1, with Lowe’s support then developing to a Hottest Record in The World for summer’s follow up single ‘Rango’ (plus the #36 spot in Lowe’s Hottest Records of The Year), and an In New Music We Trust Playlist for their third release ‘Pacifier’ by the end of the year. 2013’s burgeoning sense of witnessing a new band fast on the rise resonated across Press, gathering pace in tandem with Catfish’s compulsive touring schedule and reputation for thrilling live performances. A sold out London headline show prompted the NME to cite Catfish as “like The Walkmen’s The Rat realised as a full band”, whilst a slot this year at the top of Club NME’s bill moved The Independent to note their ability to “look back to early 2000’s indie and embrace it- jolting it into a tight, passionate sound which is fast winning them fans”. Q Magazine assured readers that “anything but anonymity beckons” for Catfish, and elsewhere Press praise soon extended far beyond music titles, with Style tips for Catfish filtering in from the likes of Esquire and IDOL Magazine, with The Sun, Sunday Times Culture & Evening Standard laterally spearheading the support from national daily titles. Highly-contested slots on this January’s Radio 1 Future Festival bill (alongside the likes of Sampha, Royal Blood and Sam Smith) and the Reading/Leeds Festival BBC Introducing Stage (with Thumpers and JAWS) last summer have taken Catfish far from their unremarkable beginnings, though frontman Van McCann’s own story begins far removed from the small-town ennui which originally drove Catfish to leave their hometown of Llandudo, North Wales. As the only child of free-minded Liverpudlian parents, Van spent most of his early years travelling around Australia by car, in between fleeting visits back to the UK; “My parents are the people who would just pack up their things at the drop of a hat, plonk me in the back of the car and take me with them.” A test tube baby (his mother having been injured in a car crash when she was young) who struggles to easily recall his birthplace - “Where was I born? Cheshire? Cheshire.”- McCann’s itinerant background is aptly reflected in the widespread and fiercely loyal UK fanbase that Catfish and The Bottlemen have acquired through tireless touring. Over 14's welcome. Support from Honeyblood.

  • GODFLESH

    The Haunt, 7pm, £15 adv

    Tuesday, December 9th, 2014

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    GODFLESH

    Emerging from the tightly knit underground metal/grindcore scene of Birmingham, England in 1988, Godflesh quickly blazed their own trail with genre-detonating early albums like Streetcleaner and Pure, which proved immeasurably influential and canonical to an emerging wave of bands that sought to combine the ferocious sonics of metal with programmed beats that emulating the booming drum patterns of early hip hop. The duo initially split in 2002, at which time Broadrick formed the highly acclaimed shoegaze-metal band Jesu. Godflesh reformed in 2009 for a run of glorious received festival appearances and sold out headlining shows, while gradually working on the material that would comprise the forthcoming new releases. Over 14's welcome.

  • LIGHTS

    The Haunt, 7pm, £11.50 adv

    Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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    LIGHTS

    If you count yourself a longtime member of the devoted Cult of Lights, prepare to fully lose your mind to Little Machines. This record – a gleaming, groundbreaking, generously tuneful slab of brightly hued 21st-century techno-pop brimming with songs so immediate and timelessly pure of heart that they feel like old friends on delivery – is going to make perfect sense to you in the best way possible. If you’re new to Lights, no worries: you’ve picked a fine place to start. Little Machines represents a dream union of, and wallopingly self-assured expansion upon, everything the diminutive Canadian singer, songwriter and synth enthusiast has done before. Now you can dive into the back catalogue with informed ears. Over 14's welcome.

  • JD MCPHERSON

    Komedia, 7.30pm, £12 adv

    Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

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    JD MCPHERSON

    With an unaffected take on vital American music and a voice that channels the spirit of Little Richard and James Brown - JD McPherson and HiStyle Records present traditional Rhythm & Blues and Rock N’ Roll with fresh, exciting songwriting. Tickets on sale Friday 24th October!

  • BEAR'S DEN

    Concorde 2, 7pm, £10 adv

    Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

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    BEAR'S DEN

    New album Island, recorded with long-term producer Ian Grimble (Travis/Manic Street Preachers) at Crouch End’s Church Studios, is lyrically both restrained yet richly descriptive, the product of Davie’s novelistic approach to songwriting. “I’ve always been interested in the way Raymond Carver and Ernest Hemingway leave room for interpretation,” he explains. “It allows the listener to have their own individual relationship with the songs.” The music is similarly multi-tiered; Kev’s dynamic push and pull on the drums and Joey’s melodic banjo parts complemented by the atmospheric sweep of the arrangements. “I obsess over that stuff,” says Davie. “If a song starts with banjo it puts you in a place. Use a synth or an e-bow, and the whole tone is different.” Consequently, the music wraps itself around the words and the places they chronicle. From the crumbling child-parent relationship in Above The Clouds Of Pompeii to widescreen anthem The Love We Stole to heart-breaking confessional Stubborn Beast. “That was the first song our manager heard and connected with,” says Davie. “The isolated nature of it embodies pretty much everything we’re trying to achieve express.” If live favourite Bad Blood was always going to be the finale, it’s on the mesmeric When You Break where everything falls into place. “The whole record is about people at a breaking point, whether it’s coming of age, or their lives falling apart,” says Davie. “Both lyrically and sonically that’s where everything just gets too much.” Musicologists will note debts to everyone from CSN&Y to Youth Lagoon to - particularly - Elliot Smith, but its Islands central message of hope which truly resonates in these desensitized times. Davie states: “It’s difficult to talk about, but I do feel people are looking for some kind of spiritual connection. We’re all caught up in this blind rush for gratification which doesn’t seem to be doing us any good. That’s where the lyric: “Guard your hope with your life” comes from in Elysium. It’s a simple sentiment but it’s honest. Ultimately, we’re trying to reach people and have a communal experience.” Songs you can sing along to on the radio but which still glow in the dark - Islands might just be the album of 2014. Over 14's welcome. In association with Kilimanjaro.

  • BENJAMIN BOOKER

    Audio, 7pm, £8.50 adv

    Thursday, February 26th, 2015

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  • AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA 2015: SATURDAY

    Concorde 2, 3pm, £17.50 day / £30 weekend

    Saturday, August 29th, 2015

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    Saturday 29th August 2015 - The Wedding Present play Saturnalia Side A plus 40 minutes of music from other albums with many guests TBA including Watoo Watoo & Cinerama who play Disco Volante side A.

  • AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA 2015: SUNDAY

    Concorde 2, 3pm, £17.50 day / £30 weekend

    Sunday, August 30th, 2015

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    AT THE EDGE OF THE SEA 2015: SUNDAY

    Sunday 30th August 2015 - The Wedding Present play Saturnalia Side B plus 40 minutes of music from other albums with many guests TBA including The Nightingales & Cinerama who play Disco Volante side B.