BN1 looks at the best of Brighton music shows during March 2020THUMPER

SAT 7 MARCH // PATTERNS

Having performed prime slots in festivals across Europe all summer long, followed by a sold-out UK tour, 2019 was insane for Thumper. They are the rock band to be obsessed over, with a reputation for raucous and frenzied live shows. With support across the UK from radio stations including Radio 6 Music and certain slots on BBC Radio 1, it’s no wonder the band constantly find themselves at the top of the Ones to Watch list as well as selling out all their shows.

BN1 looks at the best of Brighton music shows during March 2020DECLAN J DONOVAN

TUES 10 MARCH // LASTEST MUSIC BAR

After uploading the first song he ever wrote, Fallen So Young to Soundcloud, and gathering a million plays within six months, this led him to perform self-funded tours around the UK and Europe, before signing a record deal in Germany. Whilst also performing at BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend, he was one of the only unsigned acts to play. After finishing a run of shows with Tom Walker last year, he will soon be embarking on a UK headline tour in March.

BN1 looks at the best of Brighton music shows during March 2020THE JACQUES

TUES 10 MARCH // GREEN DOOR STORE

As well as releasing their new single I Never Want to be Your Boyfriend, this London four-piece have also announced an extensive UK headline tour for this month. Having established a loyal following in the UK and around Europe, the band have crafted new material from their previous indie-based songs. As they re-emerge from the shadow back into the public eye, their new tracks from their EP Born Sore offer a thrilling taste of what is yet to come.

BN1 looks at the best of Brighton music shows during March 2020

ANDREAS & RUNE

FRI 13 MARCH // ROPETACKLE

Inspired by the traces and influences of their tours and visits to countries such as Ireland, Finland and the US, this Danish duo will be releasing their new album Trails and Traces, which will also reflect on the various musicians they have met along the way. The duo, who play fiddle and accordion emerged from the Odense folk scene and have gone on to perform across Europe. The stories behind the music have become a major part of their shows, as they tell the stories as well as perform them.

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BN1 looks at the best of Brighton music shows during March 2020

HANDS OFF GRETEL

FRI 13 MARCH // GREEN DOOR STORE

After claiming success during 2019 with their 38-day sold out tour and releasing their highly acclaimed second album, I Want the World, the bands’ upcoming DON’T TOUCH tour is set to be their biggest yet. The shows will be accompanied by newly recorded material and fresh video releases. Hands Off Gretel revive the white-hot rage of riot grrrl and grunge and mix it with bubblegum pop, keeping their sound unique.

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BN1 looks at the best of Brighton music shows during March 2020PICTISH TRAIL

SUN 29 MARCH // THE HOPE & RUIN

Pictish Trail, AKA Johnny Lynch, is taking his new intriguing sounds around the nation. Known for creating unique catalogues of recordings through his own labels Lost Map and Fence Records, his style is constantly evolving. Having a need to make infectious music from a treasure trove of secret noises, his songs are filled with sun-warped pop guitar shrieks and sin-wave glacial synth. Come along to see this mesmerising performer as he delves into the world of psychedelic tones.

BN1 looks at the best of Brighton music shows during March 2020

JON HOPKINS

SUN 15 MARCH // BRIGHTON DOME

Ahead of his forthcoming Polarity Tour, Hopkins recently shared his brand-new piano composition, Scene Suspended, which was first played live at his sold-out Sydney Opera House show. Whilst playing grand piano for parts of the show, he will be joined by acclaimed producer and guitarist Leo Abraham, violinist and arranger Emma Smith, and cellist Daisy Vatalaro. Taking on Brighton Dome amongst other venues, Polarity will tether together “the two elements of harsh and fragile in his music.”

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BN1 looks at the best of Brighton music shows during March 2020

JAY SOM

WEDS 18 MARCH // PATTERNS

Melina Duterte, also known by her stage name as Jay Som, has come a long way in her career as a singer-songwriter. The California vocalist started off singing in her bedroom and becoming a self-released artist before getting signed by Polyvinyl Records in 2016. Her 2019 album release Anak Ko, translating to “my child” represents her strengths and creativity as an artist throughout 2019. Her progression appears to be unstoppable as she brings her smooth RnB, indie flow to Patterns for the ultimate performance.

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BN1 looks at the best of Brighton music shows during March 2020BLACK OCTOPUS PRES. FABI PARAS

SAT 21 MARCH // AL DUOMO

Progressive House Pioneer Fabi Paras is making his first appearance in Brighton for over 25 years at the latest party thrown by popular Brighton DJ duo, Black Octopus. What started as a house party for their mates three years ago has now grown into a regular addition to the Brighton party scene having previously hosted djs as diverse as Fingerman, HIFI Sean & Leftside Wobble. Support on the night comes from Black Octopus themselves. Revellers should expect a hedonistic mixture of progressive house & melodic techno! Tickets available via Skiddle

ANDY SCHAUF

SUN 22 MARCH // CHALK

Having just released his brand-new album Neon Skyline in January this year, its no wonder the Canadian singer-songwriter is coming to Chalk to perform his sophisticated pop and folk-mixed sound. His music has been heavily influenced by artists, including Wilco, Elliott Smith and Neil Young, resulting in him creating dark and lyrical material. This performance will paint the venue in neon as he brings his unique sound to Brighton.

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SUBMOTION ORCHESTRA

FRI 27 MARCH // CONCORDE 2

Having performed shows at festivals including Bestival and Glastonbury and selling out The Royal Albert Hall, Submotion Orchestra are now due to tour the UK in 2020. With the help of their five albums and three EPs’, they have undoubtedly taken their fans on a cinematic journey, as well as overcoming genre boundaries with their unique blend of electronic, jazz, dub and soul. Their upcoming 2020 tour promises to be an incredible series of shows and will be unforgettable from start to finish.

CARIBOU

MON 30 MARCH // BRIGHTON DOME

This Canadian multi-instrumentalist returns to Brighton after not performing here for years. His latest EP, Never Come Back, was released in Jan this year and following this release will be his single, Suddenly. Coming to the Brighton Dome, Caribou will be bringing his work incorporating electronic psychedelia and krautrock rhythms to watch live, which appears to be an experience needed by for the audience. The sounds are a lush and swirling style of music to be enjoyed.

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