Brighton’s Best Music Shows in August 2017

Fri 4 Aug
The Brunswick

After releasing their highly anticipated fifth studio album last month, Little Barrie now head out on an extensive UK tour. Named Death Express, it packs a heavy punch, as you can probably imagine. The three piece have enjoyed over 15 years of underground excellence together, recently being enlisted to create the theme tune and incidental music for TV smash hit Better Call Saul.

As individuals, they are each highly respected musicians and artists – but it’s a as a single unit that this trio truly shine. Paying due homage to their heroes from across the pop-cultural spectrum, Little Barrie are now making some of their strongest music yet.

Little Barrie

Sat 5 Aug
Hope & Ruin

Children Of The Cult rejoice, King Leviathan release their debut album Paean Heretica today. To celebrate, this evening’s black mass will see the work performed in all its unholy entirely. This Brighton-based blackened thrash four-piece have seen their cult spread across the nation since forming in 2014.

They’ve gone on to rock events like Mammothfest (three years in a row!), Bloodstock, Thrashersaurus Norwich, Frankfest and The Night Before Uprising, supporting some of metal’s true heavyweights along the way. They’ve also invited some dear friends and brothers to join them in ruination, including Vehement, Krysthla, and Hole In The Sky.

King Laviathan (image by Greig Clifford)

Thu 17 Aug
Concorde 2

You may remember the last century, when The Afghan Whigs innovated and others followed. It’s a thrilling combination of stadium-sized songs and classic R&B, and although many other acts have tried to emulate them, these rockers still sound as distinctive and as fresh as ever.

We’ve had the inevitable split, and the almost as inevitable reunion. Now the band are back in their stride. The line-up has swelled and the ambition is epic. Any other band pilfering musical history would be perceived as mere pretenders, but what carries The Afghan Whigs through is their musicianship and understanding of the styles they ape. It’s going to be difficult explaining to the uninitiated, but those who know will appreciate they’re one of the best alternative acts of all time.

Afghn Whigs

Fri 18 – Sat 19 Aug
Concorde 2

A mini-festival revolving around indie legends, The Wedding Present, and all the great bands they spawned and influenced – this is a two-day celebration of jangly guitar pop. Friday sees The Wedding Present present a very special 30th Anniversary performance of their seminal album George Best, supported by The Membranes with the BIMM Choir.

Saturday features the ‘Pressies’ playing 2016’s Going, Going… album, Cinerama, Brighton’s wonderful The Popguns, The Sleazoids (featuring former Wedding Present guitarist Paul Dorrington), The Charlie Tipper Conspiracy, Helen McCookerybook and plenty more. If your dad comes home bruised, sweaty and very happy at six in the AM – you know where he’s really been…

at the edge of the sea

Sat 19 Aug
The Haunt

The new album spin is due out on Fri 18 Aug, and Tigers Jaw are celebrating with a UK tour culminating at Reading and Leeds Festivals. The album signals a new attitude for mainstays Ben Walsh and Brianna Collins – it’s the first time the pair have been able to write and record without outside influence and experiment amongst familiar fuzzy punk vibes.

The biggest change is the reduced line-up – but shedding members has only encouraged the band into new territory, both lyrically and musically. The wordplay is more socially-aware and seems less contrived, while the music is distinctly more indie focused. It’s a change-up the fans should be very happy with.

Tigers Jaw

Wed 23 Aug
Concorde 2

Now here’s a band with an uncanny knack for writing the biggest and best tunes. So much so that they decided to abandon the production of ‘proper’ albums and simply concentrate on knocking out solid-gold pop nuggets. Even though this period gave us some quality tunes, they reversed their decision with the wonderfully back to basics attitude of Kablammo!

It showed everyone they still had what it takes to be a great rock outfit, whilst shocking a few critics who might have thought the best days of Ash were behind them. There’s even a new album in the pipeline, but for now the band are celebrating an incredible 25 years together with a very special selection of shows.

Ash web

Wed 23 Aug

Why not pick up a gift for your elderly aunt from this crew’s merchandise stand? Blasting some clapped-out old keyboards through guitar pedals to make brain-mangling compositions which could loosely be described as krautrock, Holy Fuck are just ‘one of those bands’. Too weird not to exist and too inventive to ignore, they’re capable of incredible subtlety amongst the wobbly alternative-pop.

Playing live in the round, they bring another singularly brilliant performance to Brighton. This hardcore thrift-store found-object punk band have a relentless commitment to rhythm. Think Einstürzende Neubauten re-inspired by Fela Kuti, with Brian Eno working as keyboard tech, and every dial on the mixer set to eleventy.


Thurs 24 Aug

Swedish cult atmospheric act, Death and Vanilla, create organic sounding electronic pop music, utilising an array of vintage musical equipment to emulate the sounds of ‘60s/‘70s soundtracks, library music, German krautrock, French ye-ye pop and ‘60s psych. After a handful of successful releases, in 2015 they signed to Fire Records and unleashed To Where The Wild Things Are.

It was a solid collection of vivid melodies with a wild, dreamy and experimental edge, celebrating imagination and the ability to travel to stranger recesses of the mind. More recently they’ve scored Carl Theodor’s 1932 French-German horror classic – Vampyr. Now the band are making a very special Brighton appearance in the apt surroundings of the Rialto Theatre.

Death & Vanilla

Sat 26 Aug
Hastings Pier

The band that revitalised the entire Breton jersey industry present a very special event on the iconic Hastings Pier. It’s around 20 years on since the release of their definitive Moseley Shoals album, so the band will be performing this in its entirety, along with a selection of their greatest hits.

A vital part of the ‘90s Britpop movement, there won’t be a dry eye in the house when they replay one of their most successful and best loved albums. The ‘best of British’ theme is completed with support duties from the amazing Bootleg Beatles and legendary Joy Division/New Order bassist Peter Hook’s excellent band Peter Hook And The Light. It’s a great day to be at the seaside.

Ocean Colour Scene

Weds 30 Aug
Rialto Theatre

Two guiding lights from four of Creation Records’ most important bands (Pete Fij fronting Adorable and Polak, while Terry Bickers formed House Of Love and Levitation) play a special Brighton show to support their second joint album We Are Millionaires.

The pair have evolved beyond those halcyon days, now composing rich, heartfelt, cinematic songs to pluck at those heart-strings. The maturity has brought a new level of thoughtfulness, as well as willingness to experiment with forms and sounds. Instead of being reliant on past glories disappearing into the thickening fog of indie obscurity, this pairing are charming a whole new audience – and all the more brilliant for it.

Pete Fij Terry Bickers

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