AKA 7th Birthday
Fri 3 Feb
It’s hard to believe, but seven years have flown past since AKA started hosting parties. Aside from some birthday cake (we’ve definitely been promised cake), they’re celebrating with two awesome Brighton debuts. As well as unleashing a brace of oddball house bangers, Baba Stiltz is establishing himself as Sweden’s finest purveyor of intuitive and expectation-smashing dance music. Mixing in an occasional splash of silliness, they’re keeping audiences on their toes. His countryman, Samo DJ, is no less eclectic and impressive. Rocking crowds across Europe, this is a DJ who delights crowds everywhere with ingenuity and insight. More quality tuneage, and help blowing out the candles, comes from Markings’ Mark Wahlberg and The Flying Eagles’ Ollie Terrey. Hip-hip, hooray.
Fri 3 Feb
How much is too much hairspray? Obviously that’s a trick question; there’s no such thing. Ultimate Power looks back a scene which punched a hole in the ozone layer with a knuckle-duster of raw emotion. If you like your music performed by singers who have to remove their make-up with a Brillo pad, lace glove-clad fists clenched as they turn to face the wind machine, then this is for you. With one of the friendliest club crowds around, this is a night of pure euphoria! It’s a communal appreciation of colossal musical compositions from the titans of big-haired power ballads. Bring your air instruments and throat sweets, leave those inhibitions at the bar and get ready to release the mullets!
Sat 4 Feb
Last time Skream came to town the tunes were so fierce they triggered a widespread power cut in the neighbourhood. Or it might have been some dodgy wiring. Whatever the reason, the UK’s premier renaissance man is back and ready to rock. From small beginnings at Big Apple Records to sold-out worldwide tours, Skream’s epic sonic journey into house and disco shows no sign of letting up. His eschewing of dubstep might remain controversial amongst some bass music devotees, but it’s impossible to deny the honesty and love which pours from his current output. Joining him are the 1 Brighton FM Soundsystem, J-Felix and Chris Headcount. Almost nothing can stop this line-up.
Sat 4 Feb
Making a long awaited return to Brighton, TAKE ensure it’s a little bit special with a monster show from Sonny Fodera and their residents. This Australian DJ is building his reputation as a true innovator, unleashing a groove-driven, emotive brand of house. He found fame with some canny compilations on Deep Down & Defected, which enabled Fodera to add his flair for remixing to a selection of classics. He’s also released a string of exceptional EPs on labels like Defected, Dirtybird and Visionquest. Now he’s a regular fixture in the Beatport charts, often clocking up multiple slots in the top ten. So, get ready for another trademark tight and seductive set from one of the scene’s brightest stars.
Sat 11 Feb
The Old Market
The sounds and styles of the 1920s and 30s are being turned upside down and smuggled into the 21st century… After an almost unbroken run of sell-out shows since 2010, Brighton’s premier vintage night with a twist returns in fine style to The Old Market. The hottest speakeasy this side of 1940 delights and entertains with a special pre-Valentine’s bash, packed full of the very best in jive, jazz and electro-swing. Widely known for its “supremely decadent” atmosphere, this is more than just a club night, more than just a cabaret night, and more than just a live music event. White Mink is an intoxicating cocktail – mixed with love and served perfectly chilled.
DATE MY DISCO!
Sat 11 Feb
Don’t sit on your backside moaning about being single, instead get down to Komedia to join some other fun-loving soloists on the dance floor, boogying to classic 70s disco and current chart sounds. On arrival, you’ll receive a Intro-match card plus coloured glow bands (green, yellow, red) indicating the status of your singledom. Then it’s on to some dancefloor-orientated speed dating. Once you have danced with four people go to the bar to claim a FREE shot! No more staring across the dance floor, just use your Intro-match card to get yourself a date and dance the night away! Unlike most traditional and stressful speed dating events, this is relaxed and allows more time for you to have a great time.
Sat 18 Feb
The benevolent dominance of the grime scene which Butterz exerts seems to know no limits. Their nurturing of this sub-genre has seen it flourish into one of the mainstays of UK bass culture. It continues to be a special time for this label, as grime continues to creep onto the world stage. For this visit to the south coast they’re bringing in West London’s AJ Tracey. Following an incredible 12 months, he looks set to become the UK’s most talked-about newcomer. Picking up two MOBO nominations and plenty of industry accolades, he was also recently included in the prestigious BBC Sound of 2017 poll. As you’d expect, Butterz label mainstays Elijah & Skilliam, Royal T and Champion will also be keeping that C2 dancefloor very busy.
Fri 17 Feb
After three sell out shows in a row at The Arch, WAH return in 2017 with their biggest D’n’B show to date. They bring together four legends of the scene, DJ Hype, DJ Marky, Break and DJ Randall. If you know your shit, then you’ll realise this isn’t to be missed. Next door in The Hub, Audio Assault takeover and Rk Bass set up shop on the terrace. Also shaking Kings Road Arches will be Arcane, Stature, Jungalice, York, Shellac, Redford, ST, Caelum, Alkhemist, Rascension, Bader, Hypolar, Kosmetik, Cropz, Aljmex, Lotskee, Audio Sonic, Friskie, Jacobz with hype duties from MC FLUX, Deefa MC and Hijak. This is for the proper heavyweights.
Sat 18 Feb
Co-founder of the seminal Hessle Audio label, the London-based Pearson Sound throws down at Patterns tonight. Developing a highly rhythmic style over the course of over a dozen singles, last year saw him smash it again with the release of [XLB], one of 2016’s biggest club tracks. It demonstrated the maturity of his sound, which embraces off-kilter house and techno. After a epic B2B session with Call Super during the venue’s opening month he now returns to headline their ‘Patterns with’ Saturday night series. Other beaty goodness for the evening includes Mehtola & Charles Green (live), Seb Harris & Joe Rothwell, Chris Headcount, Gardenn with William Wiffen, Footshooter & Caldera. With a bill like that, it’d be rude not to…
GENTLEMAN’S DUB CLUB
Fri 24 Feb
A nine-piece band formed in Leeds in 2006, Gentleman’s Dub Club mash up dub, ska and roots reggae. Their club nights draw huge audiences, everyone mad for their tight grooves and a heavyweight sound. A mixed and friendly crowd will be whooping it up to a band with a larger-than-life stage presence and some exceptional DJs. More than capable of destroying any festival they rock up to, in the dark confines of a club is where this bunch truly come alive. They’ve forged a reputation as producers of one of the UK’s most electrifying parties. They have created a unique and vibrant sound which is achingly accessible for all but the sourest of souls.
Fri 24 Feb
Serotone Recordings bring a true legend, pioneer and innovator within drum and bass back to the south coast for a special show. Known for developing an accessible alternative to the harder, edgier sound of D’n’B, Bukem’s style pays homage to the Detroit-based sound of early techno and the mellow, melodic sonorities of 70s era jazz fusion. He’s mapped out an alternative future for bass music, incorporating softer-edged influences culled from London’s 80s rare-groove and acid jazz scenes. The pioneer of the ‘liquid’ sound, he unleashes rolling breaks, sweeping melodies and deep, driving basslines. He’s accompanied by local legend and all round great geezer, Darrison MC, providing soulful vocals and lively hosting ability. Support comes from Serotone Recordings’ very own Melinki and Brown B.
TRAUMFRAU PRESENTS: A SAPPHIC AFFAIR
Sat 25 Feb
North Laine Brewhouse
Brighton’s best alt-night hosts another wild afterparty to coincide with the Lesbian Lives Conference. A line-up of fierce performers and DJs sees Brighton based DJ duo, Tesla Girls, rampaging through decades and genres like a promiscuous jukebox and Mrs Norman Knows: Bedroom Electropop unashamedly playing all your guilty pleasures. There’s also burlesque, drag, circus, and live art from Fancy Chance, new Queerlsque Klown Kheski Kobler, and an instillation piece presented by artist Travis Alabanza exploring transfeminism. This collaboration with the University of Brighton will see hordes of dancing dykes, international lesbians, party queers, intellectual twinks and guest bears, academics, and their friends. It’s a late night extravaganza, so get those dancing shoes on!