BAND OF SKULLS

Tue 3 Dec

Concorde 2

Celebrating the tenth anniversary of their hugely popular debut album, Baby Darling Doll Face Honey, this second UK tour of 2019 for Band of Skulls will see them play the album live in its entirety. It is also likely to feature music from their newly released fifth studio album, the Richard X produced Love Is All You Love, described by Classic Rock as “prowling pop perfection…. the most harmonious clash of muck and melody in recent history.”

EMELI SANDÉ

Thurs 5 Dec

Brighton Dome

Multi-platinum, award-winning singer-songwriter, Emeli Sandé, is embarking on a UK-wide tour to celebrate the release of her much anticipated third album, Real Life. After the success of her first two albums, her third may even be her best yet. With a pop-based feel, the album also demonstrates influences from reggae, blues, disco and gospel. With a further collection of hits to draw upon including huge singles such as Heaven and Next to Me, this is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

AN EVENING WITH MIK ARTISTIK’S EGO TRIP

Thurs 5 Dec

Komedia

“The best live act I’ve seen all summer.” That is how 6Music’s Gideon Coe described Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip. And he’s not alone, with celebrity fans of the group ranging from Damian Lewis to Keith Allen, not to mention musical demigod Lord Iggy of Pop. Described on the one hand as a cross between punk and comedy, and on the other as simply indescribable, this Yorkshire phenomenon never fail to entertain the crowd, leaving them gasping, laughing, and always wanting more. Expect the unexpected…

THE COMET IS COMING

Fri 6 Dec

Concorde2

There’s something futuristic and unsettling about The Comet is Coming which is precisely their thunderous and enigmatic appeal. Elements of jazz, electronica, funk and psychedelic rock meld into a crashing explosion of frantic energy that even has this old grandpa of a music fan tapping his toes under the desk – that’s practically a mosh pit for me. Concorde 2 is the ideal venue to stage what is sure to be an out of this world show, from one of the bands of the moment.

Image by Fabrice Bourgelle

STEALING SHEEP

Sat 7 Dec

CHALK

Following the release of their third album, Big Wows, in April this year, the electro pop trio are back on the road, and coming to Chalk this December. Described by the band’s record label, Heavenly Recordings, as “heavier, harder and weirder” than their previous work, the album is “held together by Emily Lansley’s bass guitar, Luciana Mercer’s drum kit, Rebecca Hawley’s synths, and the trio’s swooning steely vocal harmonies.” Together with material from their growing back catalogue, this should have something to suit all fans.

SLAVES

Sat 7 Dec

Brighton Dome

Looking for a relaxing and quiet evening listening to some gentle parlour music? Then stay away from the Brighton Dome this month as the incredibly talented, maniac duo, Slaves, are in town, with their unique and unmistakable blend of punk and garage rock. Reverberating vocals and huge riffs have translated into both critical and commercial success, and an ever-growing following. High energy and high quality, these boys know what they’re doing, and will put on a show you won’t forget in a hurry.

L’ÉPÉE

Sun 8 Dec

Concorde 2

L’Épée, is an exciting new collaboration built on three legendary backgrounds: French garage pop and psyche duo the Limiñanas, star of French and American cinema Emmanuelle Seigner, and mercurial man of rock, founder of the Brian Jones Town Massacre, Anton Newcombe. Their bi-lingual, border-crossing debut record Diabolique, has received rave reviews, with comparisons being made to both Serge Gainsbourg and the Velvet Underground. Sultry Gallic cool meets Californian rock royalty: I’m in.

Image by Richard Dumas

THE DARKNESS

Tues 10 Dec

Brighton Dome

Formed back in 2000 in the sweltering hotbed of rock and roll that is Lowestoft, The Darkness have long since been an unapologetically glam, elaborately-onesied feature on the UK’s musical landscape, often with their tongues seemingly lodged firmly in their cheeks. Their latest tour comes after October’s release of their 6th studio album, Easter is Cancelled. Bringing an alternative message of optimism and inclusivity to combat the stark reality perpetuated by today’s “power-drunk clowns” The Darkness are here to save us all… probably in Spandex.

DAWN LANDES

Tues 10 Dec

Komedia

Dawn Landes is a Nashville based singer-songwriter whose music you might have heard if you watch The Good Wife, House or Gossip Girl. Along with releasing five albums since 2005 (and an EP inspired by yé-yé, ‘60s French pop music), she’s a frequent collaborator with contemporaries such as Sufjan Stevens, Norah Jones and composer Nico Muhly. Dawn’s 5th album Meet Me at the River (Yep Roc) was recorded with legendary producer Fred Foster (Roy Orbison, Dolly Parton) and features Bobby Bare, Charlie McCoy among others.

GHETTS

Weds 11 Dec

Concorde 2

Known as a cult figure within the grime scene, and often rhapsodised as one the genre’s key influencers, Ghetts brings his quick-fire lyrical whirlwind to Brighton’s Concorde 2 this December. This is part of his biggest headline tour to date, and comes hot off the heels of his Ivor Novello nomination for Best Contemporary Song, earned for Black Rose ft. Kojey Radical, the lead single from 2018’s critically acclaimed Ghetto Gospel: The New Testament.

PENELOPE ISLES

Weds 11 Dec

CHALK

Brighton-based quartet Penelope Isles bring their 2019 tour schedule to a triumphant close in their home town. After their widely rejoiced debut album, Until the Tide Creeps In, released in July, this incredibly hardworking band have barely stopped. With tours across the USA and Europe, they’ve been spreading their unique brand of bright and summery dreamy guitar pop to anyone that will listen – and they’ve been listening in their droves. This promises to be a spectacular end to a meteoric year.

VETIVER

Sun 15 Dec

The Brunswick

Following the release of Up on High, their seventh album, and first since 2015, Vetiver are touring the UK this winter. This includes returning to Brighton & Hove for an intimate show at The Brunswick Live, the iconic 1930s pub. In something of a rarity, founder Andy Cabic will be taking to the stage without the rest of the band, as he performs tracks from his latest record and highlights from his growing repertoire “the way I heard them when I initially wrote them.”