Best of Brighton music – Feb 2020


Sat 1 Feb // Brighton Centre

With their fifth album Everything Else Has Gone Wrong set for release in mid-January, Bombay Bicycle Club’s headline tour will be a collection of tracks ‘for anyone who’s ever turned to music in a time of crisis’. Fellow Indie musician Liz Lawrence and Indie rock group The Big Moon will be supporting the band. This selection of incredibly talented British artists will undoubtedly deliver a formidable, powerful spectacle to their Brighton crowd.

Sun 2 Feb // Brighton Dome

Recording duets with influential artists, including Lhasa de Sela, Mary Margaret O’Hara and Isabella Rossellini, the indie pop band’s 25-year career has been defined by countless special moments, like being featured as a soundtrack for High Life, a 2018 film produced by renowned director Claire Denis. Having appeared in multiple art installations, film productions and fashion shows, Tindersticks’ tracks encompass a sense of humanity and musical freedom, which is clearly evident in their latest album No Treasure But Hope.

Image by Richard Dumas


Thurs 6 Feb // The Prince Albert

Gideon, also known as the male half of alternative rock duo Joe Gideon and the shark, in which he plays the role of vocalist and guitarist alongside his sister Viva, is collaborating with the Clouds Hill label to release a new project in early January. This will be the focal point of his act at the Prince Albert, where he will be supported by multi-instrumentalist Jim Sclavunos and indie singer/songwriter Gris-de-Lin, among other artists still to be onfirmed.


Thurs 6 Feb // Green Door Store

Formed in Eastbourne in 2012 and inspired by pop punk titans such as New Found Glory, Blink 182, Sum 41 and Simple Plan, Roam released their most recent album Backbone in summer 2019, and they will be performing it at Brighton’s Green Door Store as part of their regional UK tour. The local band are experts at keeping their crowds entertained with their high-energy performances, and they thrive in the intimate atmosphere offered by smaller venues.


Sun 9 Feb // CHALK

Detroit rap legends Slum Village are coming to the UK for a special set of shows. Long carrying the torch for old school, jazz, funk & soul-filled grooves, Slum Village burst onto the scene with their debut Fan-Tas-Tic, Vol 1, back in 1997. A constantly evolving collective of MCs, they are presided over by the divine production skills of J Dilla. For this tour, they’re joined by Abstract Orchestra, an all-star, hip-hop big band, who merge ambitious musical arrangements with classic grooves to create an incredible experience.


Mon 10 Feb // Green Door Store

Following the success of their critically acclaimed debut album Mass, the Wandsworth quartet are out on their biggest tour so far. Released on the exceptional Dirty Hit label, the album has seen them embrace darker sonic inspirations and cultish imagery. It tackles themes like depression, anger and love, with a maturity seemingly above of a lot of their contemporaries. An impressive blend of punk, indie and classic 90s rock, they’re kicking new life into an uncertain scene.

Sat 15 Feb // Brighton Centre

Highly-lauded Texan band Bowling For Soup are bound to transport you back to the 90s with their rebellious pop-punk hits that were the inevitable soundtracks of many childhoods. With support from fellow rock giants Simple Plan and additional guests Not Ur Girlfrenz, the Together Again, You’re Welcome tour is an impressive collection of the triumphal hits of all three groups, coming a full 16 years after Bowling For Soup and Simple Plan last performed together in the UK.

Image by Will Bolton


Sat 15 Feb // CHALK

One of the most respected names in dub/reggae music, Gentlemen’s Dub Club have been on the road for nearly 13 years. Managing to fit in seven studio albums and numerous singles, these festival favourites never stop working. It’s a unique take on dub music, which has seen them championed by scene heavyweights like David Rodigan, Nextmen, Fat Freddy’s Drop, Prince Fatty, Hollie Cook, Lady Chann, Horseman, Joe Dukie and Shapeshifter. Make sure you don’t miss out on this one.


Mon 17 Feb // Patterns

The R&B trio formed by Amber Navran, Max Bryk and Andris Mattson (who also records as Moonchild) distinguish themselves by their unique style, which astutely combines alternative R&B with soul and newschool jazz, all accompanied by smooth and captivating top-notch vocal arrangements that are bound to give you goose-bumps. The notorious group has benefitted from ample press coverage, including DJ Mag, The Evening Standard, The Fader, Bandcamp, LA Weekly, NPR, Jazz FM and Okayplayer.

Image by Taryn Dudley


Thurs 20 Feb // The Hope & Ruin

Founded in Manchester in 2011, PINS throw together 60s girl group surf harmonies and post-punk garage to create something which is difficult to ignore and foolish to dismiss. The trio have been working on their third full-length, which has been promised for this year. Their surprise release of The Orielles’ remix of new track Ponytail served as something of a teaser, delighting fans with its bass heavy rumblings. Still as urgent and important as ever, 2020 should a great year for this excellent band.

Daddy Long Legs play Brighton’s The Prince Albert on Sat 22 Feb 2020DADDY LONG LEGS

Sat 22 Feb // The Prince Albert

This Brooklyn-based trio bring some genuine rock and roll salvation through the spirit of roots and blues. Influenced by the likes of Son House, Captain Beefheart, Howlin’ Wolf, MC5 and Dr Feelgood, their unique brand of supercharged R&B adds a contemporary raw twist to the legacy of garage rock and punk. The release of the band’s debut Lowdown Ways has shown it’s a great time for any fan of guttural hollering and foot-stomping rhythms.


Sat 22 Feb // Brighton Dome

It might be gloomy outside, but Hot 8 will bring a ray of sunshine to you heart. Channelling the unique energy of the New Orleans Second Line parades and the iconic Mardi Gras spirit, they bring a rambunctious mix of hip hop, funk and inimitable Big Easy jazz. Transcending genres and trends, these party-starters brilliantly mix an old school street brass approach with funkier currents and hip-hop vocals, performing both magnificent originals as well as fresh covers.

Image by Daniel Robson


Weds 26 Feb // Green Door Store

APRE are starting to win hearts and minds everywhere with their catchy, electronic alt-pop. Purporting to have met at Ealing Chess Club, this multiinstrumentalist duo always inject a playful sense of the surreal into their perfect indie offerings. With a multitude of touchstones and inspirational nods, they somehow create something which simultaneously seems sublimely familiar and completely fresh. Last month’s single You Always Get it Wrong consolidates their position as one of the most exciting bands coming through this year.


Fri 28 Feb // Green Door Store

This fierce fourpiece from South London return to Brighton with their compelling blend of post-punk and new wave pop, along with a healthy dash of low-slung Americana. Their recent six-track EP Sweet Princess showcased a kaleidoscope of different sounds. Following a sold out show on their previous trip down here, their upcoming new LP Boundary Road Snacks and Drinks (unfortunately not named after a Portslade convenience store) betrays no sign of them slowing down. Catch them if you can.

Image by Hannah Katrina


Sat 29 Feb // Sallis Benney Theatre

Much loved Yorkshire folk duo Belinda O’Hooley and Heidi Tidow have suddenly been propelled into newfound fame for penning the theme tune for hit drama Gentleman Jack. Now, 2020 sees the duo playing significantly bigger venues. They’ve drawn comparisons with some of the most celebrated harmony duos, from early Simon and Garfunkel to the iconic Kate and Anna McGarrigle. With tight, rich harmonies, and clearly benefiting musically from their close familial connection, they wring warmth and joy from every situation.

Image by Hannah Webster

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