Weds 2 March
Following a break from the industry Barry Adamson has returned like a phoenix from the flames of his previous work and returned to the studio. Embracing his diverse influences and years of experience together, his soon-to-be-released record will add to his already impressive nine studio albums.
After establishing himself as a bass player during a three-year stint with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, he released his seminal solo, ‘Moss Side Story’ back in 1989. Critically acclaimed, he’s worked alongside film industry greats including Oliver Stone, Danny Boyle and David Lynch. This Adamson performance continues his signature trait of blurring the boundaries between film, music and art. A self-taught, multi-disciplined artist, his ability to tell a story with music surpasses many of his contemporaries.
Thurs 3 Mar
After 20 years in the game, Dreadzone are pioneers of the electro-dub scene. Veteran members Greg Dread, Leo Williams, MC Spee and Earl 16 are joined alongside Chris Compton on guitar and Bazil to form the current line-up.
Continually touring and reinventing themselves by chopping and changing through as many record labels as they have members since their conception in 1993. Masters of fusing classic dub and reggae with contemporary beats the band have been packing out club nights for the last decade, remaining as fresh sounding as ever. Having recently re-issued their classic 2001 album ‘Sound’, Dreadzone are back with an extensive set of tour dates.
Sat 12 March
Australian singer-songwriter Josef Salvat emerged on the scene a couple of years back after his debut EP, ‘In Your Prime’ garnered over 2.5 million Soundcloud plays and a later cover of Rhianna’s ‘Diamonds’ went viral.
Since then, he has been pushing the boundaries and honing his signature style of grown-up pop. Gravitating towards soaring melodies and raw emotive lyrics, Slavat returns to Brighton to showcase his recently released studio album, ‘Night Swim’. Expect some drama, powerful song writing and epic choruses.
Sun 13 March
This Stateside duo have been carrying the torch for socially conscious hip-hop since 1996. Inspired by revolutionaries as diverse as Malcom X to Public Enemy, their lyrics espouse political awareness and a devotion to Pan-Africanism. Well known for their confrontational style, Dead Prez have collaborated with some of the biggest names in business including Big Punisher and Outlawz.
Throughout their 20-year run, Brooklynites Stic.man and M-1 have remained radical and unpredictable. Their most recent album, ‘Information Age’ took on new electro-futuristic sounds, whilst maintaining their trademark ethical style.
Sat 12 March
This Leeds based seven-piece may well be one of the most interesting and exciting bands working in the UK today. Following the success of 2014’s ‘Aluim’, Submotion Orchestra has raised the bar yet again with new album, ‘Colour Theory’. Already receiving rave reviews, the band have achieved the perfect balance between the individual talents of each member and the need to shape a concise elegant sound.
Widely renowned for their live performances, expect a highly atmospheric mix of heavy bass layered with trumpet textures and perfectly offset by the celestial vocals of Ruby Woods.
Photo by Martyn Strange.
LEE ‘SCRATCH’ PERRY
Sun 13 March
Without doubt the best known and most charismatic of all Jamaican record producers, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry, was a key founder in the development of Jamaican popular music.
A reggae and dub veteran, Scratch established himself in the 60s, with his quirky instrumentals inspired by the spaghetti westerns that were popular in Kingston’s downtown cinemas. He scored his first British chart hit with ‘Return of the Django’, going on to win a Grammy for the album ‘Jamaican ET’. Rightfully earning his place in the history of popular music Scratch returns to Brighton with a unique show of his own.
Mon 14 March
Signed at the tender age of 15, the Canadian musician, singer-songwriter, Valerie Poxleitner has a multiple of accolades to her name. Including Juno Award for New Artist of the Year for her 2009 debut, The Listening.
Her previous offering, 2011’s ‘Siberia’, was a strikingly ambitious album of juddering dubstep alongside her signature melodic pop. After spending the last few years touring North America, and recording her third studio album ‘Little Machines’, whilst expecting her firstborn, Lights is back in the UK. She’ll be lighting up the Concorde 2 this month with an evolved sound of 21st century electro-pop.
Tues 15 March
After playing a beautiful set at St George’s Church for The Great Escape last year, Ukrainian composer and pianist Lubomyr Melnyk returns with his new album ‘Rivers and Streams’. With some prodigious and lightning fast piano skills, Melnyk is capable of playing up to 19.5 notes per second. But he creates something which is not simply fast, but meditative, uplifting and occasionally wonderfully chaotic.
Rising from the late 60s’ minimalist-classical movement, his personal story is almost as dizzying and varied as his performances. Now his astonishing brand of musicianship is attracting the large following it deserves.
Thurs 17 March
Following the success of his Radioland tour in March 2015, genre-bending pianist Matthew Bourne returns to explore the sounds of the legendary Moog Memorymoog synthesiser. For this outing he’s being joined by visual cohort and acclaimed video artist Michael England.
For this first time collaboration, they draw on the unique analogue qualities of these iconic vintage synthesisers to create a wonderfully atmospheric world of sound and image. The Leaf Label will also about to release Bourne’s ‘Moogmemory’ album to coincide with this incredible live project.
Sun 20 March
Formed back in 2004, Field Music gained notoriety for their numerous side-projects and collaborations with fellow Wearside region musicians. Now, with the release of new album ‘Commontime’, Field Music has placed the Sunderland brothers David and Peter Brewis at its core once more.
Written and recorded in spontaneous bursts over six months, ‘Commontime’ is built around the pair writing and recording together once again. But it wouldn’t be Field Music without a panoply of other players. Appearances include original Field Music keyboardist Andrew Moore, Peter’s wife Jennie Brewis, and new member of the live band Liz Corney on vocals.
Tues 22 March
Having only released their Mercury Prize shortlisted debut ‘My Love is Cool’ last summer, it seems nothing is stopping the formidable talent of Wolf Alice. Recipients of Best Breakthrough Artists 2014 and Best New Band 2015, Wolf Alice are here to stay.
Continuing a sold out run last year, the North London four-piece return to Brighton promising a live performance with equal parts gigantic guitars and wistful vocals. With support from festival faves Swim Deep this is set to be a stellar gig.
Thurs 31 March
Formed in Cleveland, Ohio in 1993, Mushroomhead are the finest purveyors of avant-garde rock around. While influences from heavy metal, art rock and electro-industrial, their imagery features masks and costumes. Known for their unique live shows, they bring a sound that is energetic, dark and exciting.
Joining the melee are Minneapolis rockers American Head Charge, so you know you’ll be getting it hard, fast and loud all night long.