The Prince Albert, 8pm, £9 adv
Monday, December 9th, 2013
A new Frankie Rose was born with her 2012 album Interstellar. It marked her transformation from reverberant Spector-esque wall of sound devotee, to a wholly other kind of enchanting and bittersweet pop songstress. A bold step away from her compelling girl-pop work with Vivian Girls, Dum Dum Girls and Crystal Stilts, it was a serious, brave work of pop-grandeur. This year’s full length Herein Wild is her first with Fat Possum and is a continuation of the widescreen, blissful pop trajectory set out by Interstellar, delving deeper into the glorious, lofty blur, but this time with more intimacy and gentle melancholy. Although the energetic and up beat songs remain, Frankie isn’t scared to strip back, go organic and au natural. Over 18's only. Support from Fear Of Men.
Bermuda Triangle, 7pm, £10 adv
Monday, December 9th, 2013
Slow Club is Sheffield boy-girl duo Charles Watson (guitar, vocals, piano) and Rebecca Taylor (drums, vocals, guitar). The band formed in 2005 when they were both still teenagers and spent the next two years touring relentlessly around the North of England. A support slot with US band Tilly And The Wall brought them to the attention of Moshi Moshi Records who released their debut album Yeah So in 2009. Initially categorized as anti-folk the album proved there was so much more to the band and their sound - sweet harmonious hooks, rockabilly beats and exuberant yelps and yips, all held together by some breath-taking harmonizing. Slow Club are defined by their own distinct and powerful partnership - Charles with bruised vocal, rasping guitar and disarming lightness of touch; Rebecca with her dash of Northern Soul and sharp wit, playing stand up drums. In the autumn of 2010 the band returned to the studio to start work on their second album Paradise. Emerging with first single Two Cousins in July the following year the response from the media was, if anything, even more enthusiastic than for their debut. The NME simply described it as “a tour de force” and Q magazine said it was the “sound of a band starting to spread its wings”. To go with the bigger sounding songs Charles and Rebecca added a bass player and drummer to their live set-up and once again hit the road, evolving over a year of touring into one of the most exciting live bands playing live at the moment. Slow Club are currently writing their third album due to be released later in 2013. Over 14's welcome. Support from L'Amour Des Rêves.
Concorde 2, 7pm, £7 adv
Thursday, December 12th, 2013
"Departure From Normal were definitely the reason there was such a good turnout on the night.", " DFN were rocking the room, constantly keeping the tempo and atmosphere wild" and "Each member was performing as well as the next, giving it their all and playing original material that you can’t really find anywhere else". Support from Run Young Lovers, The Fuses and Indigo Beach. Over 14's welcome.
Bermuda Triangle, 7pm, £7 adv
Friday, December 13th, 2013
Earlier this year, Brighton duo Royal Blood made their first public musical statement - a 3 minute slice of thrilling, primal rock & roll called 'Figure It Out' that appeared unannounced on the band's Soundcloud page but was soon picking up serious plaudits. Now Royal Blood are pleased to announce details of their debut single. Available on 7" and download, the self-produced 'Out Of The Black' will be released on 11th November on Black Mammoth Records. It’s a single that wrings the maximum amount of noise, aggression and pure youthful exuberance out of the most minimal of ingredients, featuring nothing more than Mike Kerr's vocals and bass and Ben Thatcher's drums. Over 14's welcome. Support from TIGERCUB.
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £4 adv
Saturday, December 14th, 2013
Featuring The Valettas, Black State Highway, The Mice & Idlewood. Brighton Rocks is all about showcasing the best bands in Brighton. If you'd like to submit your band to play please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Concorde 2, 7pm, £10 adv
Monday, December 16th, 2013
Sometimes the most extraordinary talent comes, seemingly, from nowhere. John Newman is only just 23 years old, but his voice and his songs cut through with a depth and a richness that’s way beyond a couple of decades and some change. A true force of nature, John writes, produces, plays, performs and remixes his own music, as well as writing his own video scripts and designing his own clothes. This is a seriously larger than life character. In 2012, a year before his first solo material had even seen the light of day, John Newman scored a number 1 single, appeared on both Later with Jools, and the Christmas Top Of The Pops, and had written and sung on two of the biggest dance hits to storm the UK charts in years: Rudimental’s massive number one “Feel The Love” and the powerfully anthemic follow up “Not Giving In”. Those who enjoy life’s savage juxtapositions will appreciate he was in hospital recovering from surgery to remove a (non-cancerous) brain tumour when he heard the song on national radio for the first time. “I woke up and heard my song on the radio,” he smiles. “That was quite surreal. The nurse was quite fit too, so it was good to turn around and say, ‘That’s my tune!’” Shortly after leaving hospital “Feel The Love” went to number 1 in the charts. After 12 months spent writing, recording and touring with the Mental and Plan B, John is now preparing to release his debut solo single, “Love Me Again”, a huge great melodic and emotional banger that weaves in and out of John’s most beloved influences, the pieces he’s been drawn to since childhood. In association with Kilimanjaro. Over 14's welcome. Venue upgraded due to phenomenal demand! Please note date change. Original tickets valid.
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £4 adv
Saturday, December 21st, 2013
Featuring Shabby, The Denim, Half Hour Hotel and Vinnie Rose. Brighton Rocks is all about showcasing the best bands in Brighton. If you'd like to submit your band to play please email email@example.com!
The Green Door Store, 7.30pm, £5 adv
Friday, January 17th, 2014
Local 5 piece Stop Press! are returning to Brighton for a second headline show, showcasing a new member and new material ahead of their third release early 2014. Described as music made up of 'jumpy rhythms and soulful tones', the band draws influence from technical indie and authentic 1st wave ska/reggae movements to create an inventive blend of contemporary summer vibes. Devoted to their inspirations, Stop Press! aim to elighten minds and lighten moods with the music they have to offer. Over 18's only.
The Green Door Store, 7.30pm, £8 adv
Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Having sold out his two December 2013 London shows in a matter of days, folk balladeer extraordinaire Nathaniel Rateliff is coming back in early 2014 to treat fans up and down the country to his most extensive tour of the UK yet. The tour will take in eleven cities and includes a stop off at London’s Dingwalls, Nathaniel’s biggest headline show in the capital to date. The first show, in Belfast, coincides with the release of his incredible second album ‘Falling Faster Than You Can Run’ (out 20th January on Mod y Vi/Thirty Tigers). Produced by Nathaniel and Jamie Mefford, the album is a stunning collection of eleven frank, heartfelt and astonishingly self-reflective tales of love, life and all the possible pitfalls in between. As anyone who has ever been lucky enough to catch Nathaniel live will attest, these shows are absolutely not to be missed. Over 18's only.
Latest Music Bar, 8pm, £6 adv
Friday, January 31st, 2014
The thing about fossils is that they take a very long time in the making, and it's not an entirely intentional process. The making of Aoife O'Donovan's debut album Fossils has hardly been a glacial affair, but it has spent rather more than a decade forming about in her creative subconscious. It was time well spent, for she's crafted a beautiful, timeless record, the natural evolution of an accomplished singer and songwriter. The album's roots stretch back to Aoife's time at the New England Conservatory, where she dreamed of one day recording an album with celebrated producer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, Tift Merritt). Upon graduation, Aoife (pronounced "ee-fuh") hit the road as the lead singer and principal songwriter/song-finder of Crooked Still, which grew into one of the world's most acclaimed progressive string groups over the ensuing decade. The stunning versatility and appeal of her voice brought her to the attention of some of the most eminent names in music and led to collaborations across a wide variety of genres with everyone from Alison Krauss to Dave Douglas, along with a role as vocalist on the Grammy winning Goat Rodeo Sessions alongside Chris Thile, Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer and Stuart Duncan. All ages welcome.
Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, 7pm, £4 adv
Friday, January 31st, 2014
Featuring The Nuts, Clay Cats, Kanzi and Habit. Brighton Rocks is all about showcasing the best bands in Brighton. If you'd like to submit your band to play please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
Bermuda Triangle, 7pm, £5 adv
Saturday, February 1st, 2014
'literate, louche alt-rock' – Guardian. ‘a dark heart plucked straight from the Nick Cave School of Indecency.’ – NME. 'South Londoners indie sophisticates with a net curtain-twitching touch for the scandalous and the sordid.' – Q. 'these literate scally-wags neatly reproduce the Pixies' dark eroticism, Morrissey's erudite cheek and Nick Cave's unhinged fantasies, conjuring the odd dancefloor-bound, indie-rock banger. Musically, more or less, this offering has 'Humbug mk II etched all over it.' – The Fly. ‘On the band’s debut album ‘Smile That Won’t Go Down’ you'll find traces of Nick Cave, Hank Marvin, Tom Waits, Alex Kapranos and Edwyn Collins... But their twangy guitars, rumbling drums and Paraic's baritone crooning - often in the character of a deranged stalker - do set them apart.' - Time Out. Over 14's welcome.
Coalition, 7pm, £12.50 adv
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
For a decade, alt-rock phenom The Boxer Rebellion have been turning heads globally as a band known and admired for not sticking to the rule book. “This band can alter your life,” said the UK’s NME Magazine, referring to the incredibly epic and ambitious, yet intimate and melodic nature of the band’s musical output. Following a tumultuous time being signed to Universal Records, the band set out on their own following the release of their debut album ‘Exits’ and made history in 2009, on the release of their sophomore album ‘Union’ by becoming the first unsigned band to ever break the Billboard Top 100 albums chart on a digital-only release. That same album was crowned iTunes’ Alternative Album of the Year, and was followed by a feature film appearance alongside Drew Barrymore, and SNL’s Justin Long, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis in the film ‘Going the Distance’ – widely regarded as the most prominent featured performance of a band in motion picture history. The band finally received their network TV debut courtesy of David Letterman, upon the release of 2011’s highly acclaimed ‘The Cold Still’ produced by award-winning record producer Ethan Johns. May 2013 saw the release of the band’s much-anticipated 4th studio album. Moving away from the more analog and darker soundscapes that enveloped the band’s previous, Promises is a significant step in a different direction for the London four-piece – a more hi-fi, and soaring work that truly delivers on the band’s widescreen, signature sound. Over 14's welcome.
Brighton Dome, 7pm, £25 adv
Tuesday, February 4th, 2014
TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY 30TH AUGUST AT 10AM! City and Colour, the moniker of singer-songwriter Dallas Green, is undeniably one of the biggest groundswell stories in Canadian music. With 3 JUNOs under his belt -- including two SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR awards (2009, 2012), and 3 Platinum-selling albums, Green’s latest and 4th studio album The Hurry and The Harm debuted at #1 on the Top 200 SoundScan Chart in Canada last month. It is City and Colour’s best debut in Canada to date, outselling Little Hell, which also debuted at #1. The Hurry and The Harm made serious waves internationally as well, debuting at a career high #16 in the U.S., #4 in Australia, #32 in the UK, and #83 in Germany. City and Colour’s last Canadian tour sold out in minutes, and came on the heels of an international run with sold-out shows across the US, UK and Europe including arena dates opening for P!NK in the U.S. and Biffy Clyro in the UK. Green’s new touring band including Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Hacienda, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys. Under 14's to be accompanied by an adult. Support from Hannah Georgas.
The Hope, 8pm, £8 adv
Saturday, February 8th, 2014
For the past 18 months, Ezra has been traveling the country for solo support slots with Willy Mason, Tom Odell, Ben Kweller and Lianne La Havas. He released his debut EP, Did You Hear The Rain?, earlier this month. The EP, which peaked at no.6 on the iTunes chart is led by its brooding, eponymous title track, the video for which is online now. Over 16's only.
The Green Door Store, 7.30pm, £8 adv
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Fanfarlo’s third album, ‘Let’s Go Extinct’, could be seen as a concept album about human evolution and possible futures, if it weren’t more entertaining and beautiful than that could ever imply. Yes, it does grapple with the big questions, but always with a glint in its eye, a sense that nothing could ever be weirder than the truth, and a stirring chorus just about to break. “All the songs we’d written seemed to deal in direct or roundabout ways with the things that the theory of evolution tries to answer: where the hell are we, and where are we going next?,” says singer and main songwriter Simon Balthazar. “The weirdness of being this thing we call a person and the double weirdness of other people. So we set about dealing with the subject matter with all the flippant playfulness and teenage seriousness it deserves.” Over 18's only.
Concorde 2, 7pm, £19.50 adv
Thursday, February 13th, 2014
Californian ska punk band Reel Big Fish may have gone through many transformations since its conception in 1992, but one thing is still guaranteed; these guys can put on a live show that will blow your mind. Best known for their 1997 hit "Sell Out", the band shot into MTV mainstream alongside the likes of No Doubt and Sublime, and remained a major figure in the ska punk movement throughout the 90s. After releasing albums "Cheer Up!" (2002) and "We're Not Happy 'Til You're Not Happy" (2005) on Jive Records, Reel Big Fish parted ways with the record company in January 2006. Since then the band have released material independently and continued to tour non-stop (playing over 250 shows a year all over the world), and still remaining an unquestionable force in the ska punk movement.Support from Zebrahead! Over 14's welcome.
Concorde 2, 7.30pm, £11 adv
Sunday, February 16th, 2014
Little Comets AKA Robert Coles, Michael Coles and Matt Hall found each other in inauspicious circumstances in a small greengrocers in Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The boys sheared a mutual love of limes and David Bowie, and soon started putting on impromptu live shows in unlikely places, including the tube and Marks & Spencers bakery aisle. Their unconventional approach attracted the attention of Columbia Records, who signed Little Comets in 2009. Due to creative differences, the record label dropped them in 2010, but the band moved on to independent label Dirty Hit and released their acclaimed debut album "In Search of the Elusive Little Comets" in 2011. Since then Little Comets' journey hasn't been plain sailing, with drummer Mark Harle leaving the band amicably in 2011, forcing the band to postpone their tour and continue as a three piece. However, Little Comets feel at home with the current line-up and are regularly joined on tour with drummer Greenie (David Green of Detroit Social Club fame). Since their debut Little Comets have released two EPs ("Worry" in 2011 and "Jennifer" in 2012), and the band's latest album "Life Is Elsewhere" (2012) continued the band's unique style of 'kitchen sink indie'. After an extensive US tour in the summer of 2013, their legions of fans at home are treated to a new UK tour including a date at Brighton's Concorde 2 in February 2014. Over 14's welcome.
The Blind Tiger Club, 7.30pm, £5 adv
Saturday, February 22nd, 2014
The Daunts came out of nowhere in November of 2012, launching to a sell out crowd of 480 at St Pauls Chapel in the centre of their home town of Worthing, setting a record attendance for the venue in the process. The Daunts came together over a common love and respect for the bare bones rock n roll sound; the main influences being The Band, Rolling Stones, ACDC, The Beatles, The Doors to name but a few. The Daunts deliver Dirty, gravelly rock n roll; a combination of hard hitting drums, layered harmonies, retro kit and a live show packed with punch and energy; The Daunts are a band you just gotta see. The Blind Tiger is their last Headline show before their debut US tour. Over 18's only.
Concorde 2, 7pm, £18.50 adv
Sunday, February 23rd, 2014
he Presidents of The United States of America (also known as PUSA) were formed in Seattle in the wake of the early nineties post-grunge era by childhood friends Chris Ballew (vocals, "basitar") and Dave Dederer ("guitbass" and backing vocals), who were joined by drummer Jason Finn before their self-titled debut album hit double-platinum in 1994. Their style was a refreshing antidote to the grungy angst Seattle had become a byword for, consisting of short and humorous punk-rock songs, which proved popular with critics and audiences alike and earned the band two Grammy nominations. PUSA's enormously successful debut included such legendary hits as "Peaches", "Lump" and "Kitty", and was followed by worldwide tours and a second album "II" in 1996. By the end of 1997 the band had split up, followed by a rarities album "Pure Frosting" and a farewell concert in 1998. The band had a brief reunion in 2000 under the shortened moniker of "The Presidents" and third album "Freaked Out and Small", followed by another longer hiatus. Two more albums followed (2004's "Love Everybody" and 2008's "These Are The Good Times People") with Dederer's replacement Andrew McKeag, and this tour will be a very rare chance to catch the band in the very intimate surroundings of Concorde2.Support from The Front Bottoms. Over 14's welcome.
The Brighton Centre, 7pm, £17.50 adv
Friday, March 7th, 2014
Following the release of their new album #Roaring20s, Rizzle Kicks have announced a huge UK tour for Feb-March 2014 including Brighton Centre! Tickets on sale Friday 1st November! In association with Kilimanjaro.
Concorde 2, 7.30pm, £13.50 adv
Tuesday, March 11th, 2014
Sheffield’s finest Reverend And The Makers will release their fourth album, entitled ‘Thirtytwo’, on 24th February 2014 on Cooking Vinyl Records. It was produced by James Welsh, Jon McClure and Ed Cosens from the band, and Youth (Primal Scream/Depeche Mode/The Verve) and heralds an exciting new sound for the band. However they have announced an early pre-order for their fans through Pledge Music, the band’s website and their Facebook page. The offer includes a range of exclusive material such as acoustic home demos, unreleased tracks, short films, signed merchandise and access to a weekly U Stream show where Jon will play his favourite tracks plus some new material from the album. Over 14's welcome.
Brighton Dome, 7pm, £19 adv
Tuesday, March 18th, 2014
North London’s most prolific and underrated band, Bombay Bicycle Club, have announced their first major UK headline tour in two years. This news comes following an announcement revealing details of their fourth album due out on February 3rd 2014 through Island Records. The band are well known for their massive live following and critically acclaimed performances which have seen them play major slots at some of the biggest festivals across the world as well as some huge venues including Alexandra Palace last year which sold out (10,000 capacity) well in advance of the show. The new album looks to break exciting new ground yet again for a band that are effortlessly diversifying and innovating at an astonishing rate. Frontman Jack Steadman wrote the record while travelling through India, Turkey and Tokyo as well as the UK and the Netherlands; you can really hear the influence of all the different cultures and their native genres among the beautifully crafted songs on this hugely ambitious record. The album was produced by Jack in the band’s studio in London, making it their most personal record to date. There was always purpose from the beginning to bring everything together for this album, to tell a story from the first track through to the finale with everything interconnecting as a complete body of work. They called in Mark Rankin (in top form having recently mixed QOTSA ‘...Like Clockwork’ and AlunaGeorge ‘Body Music’) to help record and mix the album. The album also features familiar vocal contribution from Lucy Rose as well as impressive newcomer Rae Morris. In association with SJM Concerts.
The Haunt, 7pm, £8 adv
Thursday, March 27th, 2014
Dan Croll is a fabulous new solo artist with enough facets for a whole band. He's the electro boy with links to the folk scene (Communion Records discovered him and included one of his tracks on their recent New Faces compilation), a multi-instrumentalist whose songwriting prowess has impressed everyone from former Beatles to legends in the world of fashion and design. He started 2012 with one of his demos (Marion) as a Q Essential Download and another (Home) picked up by Steve Lamacq on 6 Music and ended it with his debut single From Nowhere being hammered by Radio 1. Don't be fooled by the Buddy Holly specs - he's a one-time rugby fanatic whose career in sport at the highest level was derailed by a broken leg - or by the sensitive acoustica: the 23-year-old is a former nightclub doorman who used to live above a strip joint in Liverpool. Over 14's welcome.
Various Brighton venues, Various Times, £45 EARLY BIRD
Thursday, May 8th, 2014
The Great Escape, Europe’s leading festival for new music, today release Super Early Bird Festival Tickets for the 2014 event, which will take place in 30+ venues in Brighton & Hove from 8th -10th May 2014. The ninth festival will once again introduce a cutting edge line up of up and coming bands from all over the world to the 16,000+ new music fans and international delegates that attend. All tickets for this years’ festival SOLD OUT! So don’t miss the chance to attend in 2014 and buy now. During TGE, the streets of Brighton & Hove come alive as bands and festival goers invade the beautiful seaside town and live music pours out of every club & cafe, from noon till dawn. Described as ‘The Cannes of the Music world’, TGE is very best place internationally to discover your new favourite artist and see them in an intimate setting before they go on to play bigger venues and festivals later in the season. A limited number of 3 day Super Early Bird Festival tickets are available to buy for just £39.50 from 10am on 4th July 2013. A 3 day Festival ticket gives you access to 30+ core venues and over 350+ new artists across the course of the critically acclaimed event, subject to each venues capacity. As in previous years, a small number of our shows will take place at The Dome in Brighton. The line-up for these shows will be announced early next year. To ensure guaranteed access to Dome Shows, attendees will be able to top up their festival wristband for a small fee, or purchase separate gig tickets from early 2014.