Sat 1 July
It’s the second edition of the seafront venue’s new [Curated by] series, and they’ve got a true tastemaker and figurehead of the UK music scene steering things this year. The founder of the firmly established Rhythm Section International (one of the most exciting imprints around), he’s carved out a unique role within the vibrant London scene.
Now he’s back to the south coast with New Zealand brother Chaos In The CBD. Ben and Louis Helliker-Hales have worked together for the past eight years, relocating to London in 2012 and releasing a string of well-received records through Rhythm Section, ClekClekBoom, Amadeus, Needwant and Hot Haus. As such, they’ve marked themselves out as one of the best DJ/production duos to ever emerge out of the South Pacific.
Fri 7 July
The Kitty Glitter Kollective draw upon their extensive experience of the city’s avant-garde and DIY queer scenes to present to you the post-gender apotheosis of glamour, style and excess. It’s going to feature an exclusive and delicious blend of entertainment, including Saint Violet (Pink Flamingos/Kollaps), Ms. Amanda Robotnic (Thee Pathologies ov Pleasure/Kollaps) and Kate St. Shields (Trashdance/Traumfrau).
This friendly, queer/LGBT-led event will see a whirling confection of classic disco, Italo, contemporary European electronics, aspirational music for young adults, glamour, vogue, house and more. Dressing up is encouraged, self-expression – desired, being Yrself – required.
SUPERCHARGED: STANTON WARRIORS & KRAFTY KUTS
Fri 7 July
Supercharged returns to the C2 stage for two of bass music’s leading lights, Stanton Warriors and Krafty Kuts. Currently smashing it with tracks from their new album across the world, ‘The Stantons’ have been drifting away from pure breakbeat to develop a deeper, bass-driven, cross-genre sound.
Fresh with a new record on the shelves, Krafty Kuts has been smashing it at a fair few few clubs and festivals already this summer. As if these two legends weren’t enough to blow up your evening, local heroes Evil Nine are popping up as well for some wobbly break loveliness. Oh, my days…
Sat 8 July
There’s about to a big splash as Patterns finally welcome Andrew Field-Pickering (AKA Max D) and Ari Goldman AKA the ‘Swimmers’ to spread all the love and mind melting music contained within their record bags. The respective owners of the well-respected labels, World Building and Future Times, the duo have used house music as a foundation to explore Baltimore club, jungle, post-punk, and other some unclassifiable delights.
This much-loved pair have been going shoulder-to-shoulder since the late ’00s, and are among the most animated DJs in the game, hammering home the fun and physicality of their selections by dancing whilst wearing ear-to-ear smiles. If you’re feeling down on dance music, this will sort you right out.
MISSING PEOPLE: BLACK LOOPS
Fri 14 July
It might be a hot night, and it’s going to get even hotter as the Brighton/Bristol club bring Black Loops to MONO. Gabriele Micheli and Riccardo Paffetti are an Italian duo making quite a name for themselves with some deep and funky electronic sounds.
Now living in Berlin, the pair have caused a stir with their releases for Toy Tonics, Gruuv, Discoholycs, and Neovinyl Recordings. The city has brought a more techno sound, but their roots will always be in floor-packing house music. So get those shoes on and prepare to do some serious shuffling.
Sun 16 July
Volks Bar & Club
Tekbeat returns to Brighton for a summer’s night of sizzling trance and steamy techno. Joining resident James Black on the decks for the night is Bournemouth-based D-Vox. She’ll be performing live vocals alongside a scintillating techno set for her Brighton debut. Also joining them is Ministry of Sound regular Gollo, fresh from supporting Ferry Cortsten, with his trademark big room sound.
If you’re familiar with James Black’s Sunday night show on Trickstar, then you’ll know he’ll be rounding off with a euphoric and uplifting trance set, playing both classics and new favourites. It’ll bring a touch of Ibiza heat to the beachfront club, and best of all – it’s FREE!
Fri 21 July
Gal Pals are going to make your queer dreams come true. A girl-run girls night, playing the best in female-fronted pop, hip-hop, rock, R&B and all the bangers, this is a queer dance party for all LGBTQ+ folks and their friends.
Expect to hear some bangers from Beyoncé, Grimes, TLC, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Le Tigre, Sleater-Kinney, Janelle Monae, Christina Aguilera, The Distillers, Destiny’s Child, Missy Elliott, Robyn, Solange, Rihanna, Kelela, Hole, Cassie, Blondie, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston, Kate Bush and plenty more! So say bi-bi-bi to your queer blues, throw some glitter on and go dancing! Girls to the front!
TECH-NOIR W/ HOXTON WHORES
Fri 21 July
Volks Bar & Club
Tech-Noir sends a raiding party into Brighton with a monster line-up this month. Room 2 will host funky, deep, soulful and classic house with Deano Pressure, Wilson Knickit, Rob Holme, Morf & Risky and Stuart Bruce. Upstairs offers the best in underground and tech house, and sees Nick Hook, Brody, Tony Waller, Steve Cox and Max Ludford joined by the mighty Hoxton Whores.
Signed to some of the biggest labels on the scene, and regular spinners at some of the world’s most famous clubs, the Hoxton Whores are pretty much a house music institution. Now these true heavyweights bring their chunky, groovy, beat-laden, vocal-dusted, proper house music to the seafront.
SUPERCHARGED & WAH: CRITICAL MUSIC
Fri 28 July
Supercharged & Worried About Henry team up to celebrate a glorious 15 years of awesome sonics with Critical Music. What started as a hobby with D’n’B visionary, Kasra, it’s all evolved into a place where incredible artists can realise their creativity. Now 15 years and over 100 releases down the line, Critical Music stands as one of the most successful independent record labels in the UK today.
The Critical Music empire now boasts highly esteemed club nights, with a residency at Fabric as well as tours across the UK and abroad. Expect the freshest beats and the best DJs in this celebration of quality underground bass music.
TAKE BRIGHTON SUMMER SPECIAL
Sat 29 July
TAKE Brighton gets hot and sweaty with the most special of summer specials. Taking centre stage is the rather wonderful Sam Divine, who’ll expectedly take us on a musical journey without comparison. From winning a DJ competition in Bristol to topping the iTunes chart with her brilliant Defected In The House mix compilation, Ms Divine has risen to the top in the last 10 years. Starting out in a shed at the bottom of her mum’s garden, she’s ended up as a regular main stage festival and club headliner. Drawing on experience gained whilst working in record shops, running a label and holding residencies at Ushuaia and Amnesia, she’s become an expert at keeping the listener moving from start to finish.