The definitive list of music you can’t miss in Brighton this June


Tues 5 June


Rescheduled from April, the undisputed Queen of Rocksteady, heads to Brighton with a full live band. Composing since the late 50s, she broke through with perennial anthem You Don’t Love Me. Penn also collaborated with the legendary Prince Buster early in her career, poducing songs like Long Day, Short Night, Blue Yes Blue and Here’s the Key. By 1970, she’d decided to retire – finally being coaxed back onstage by a Studio One label anniversary show. A subsequent tribute album saw her soar through several international charts with its lead single, an invigorated and updated You Don’t Love Me (No, No, No). some might call it a revival, but talent as wonderful as this never really vanishes for long.

Giant Sand - ByOmer KresoGIANT SAND

Weds 6 June

Cconcorde 2

Tuscan formed Americana group Giant Sand are playing their 1985 debut album Valley of Rain on tour this year as well as releasing the re-recording of the way it should’ve sounded 33 1/3 years ago this summer. The new recording features the original line up, including Thøger Lund and Gabriel Sullivan and introduces Annie Dolan. Throughout the years, singer-songwriter Howe Gelb has been the group’s mainstay, but members and guests have included Chris Cacavas from Green on Red, John Convertino and Joey Burns from Calexico and Steve Shelley from Sonic Youth. Giant Sand are returning to the UK this June for the first time in two years.


Thurs 7 June

The Haunt

Three years after their career-defining record Grievances, British progressive mathcore band Rolo Tomassi recently released their fifth album Time Will Die And Love Will Bury It. The band are famous for their strong DIY ethic and chaotic style which after having been in the industry for thirteen years has translated into outstanding and innovative live performances. The fivepiece, fronted by the Spence siblings, are set to play The Haunt this month, describing it themselves as ‘a bit of a homecoming show’ seeing as most of the members have been Brighton-based for a while now. With their latest release being the band’s most dynamic album yet, this is definitely a show not to be missed.



Thurs 7 June


Tenderlonious has gained a reputation as one of the hardest working, most well respected and influential figures in South London’s burgeoning jazz scene. The mega-talented multi-instrumentalist creates improvised soul-flavoured productions, and is also the founder of 22a Music, a producer and DJ extraordinnaire. Tenderlonious will release his ninetrack album The Shakedown on June 15, featuring Hamish Balfour, Fergus Ireland, Yussef Dayes, Reginald Omas, Jeen Bassa and Konrad. Concertgoers will be exposed to the full breadth of Tenderlonious’ technical and compositional skills, ranging from subtly meandering jazz, to hip-hop, afrobeat, Latin and exhilarating free form jazz.


Sat 9 June

Brighton Dome

With a sound straight out of Nashville, The Shires have released their third album Accidentally on Purpose last April. On the back of the release, the trailblazing duo have been hitting the road with a 22-day tour over May and June, performing their new music across the UK before finishing the tour in Brighton. Recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, the new album combines massive country-pop choruses with emotive words about the duo’s whirlwind journey, relationships and their time in the States. The album perfectly reflects the increasing influence mainstream music has on US country music, proving once again why The Shires deserve their title as the biggest selling UK country act of all time.

Laura Veirs_Dec2017_IMG_5962_JasonQuigley copyLAURA VEIRS

Mon 11 June


A prolific songwriter for nearly twenty years, Seattle’s Laura Veirs proves the depth of her musical skill on her tenth solo album, The Lookout, which has just been released on Bella Union. It offers a batch of inimitable, churning, exquisite folk-pop songs, on a concept album about the fragility of precious things, waging a solitary songwriter’s war of attrition as she wrestles with themes of accountability, gratitude, fear and cultural decline. It has all the markings of a classic album. Imaginative and thoughtful lyrics drift across perfectly-crafted and somehow familiar music, all delivered with warmth and frankness. It might have been five years since her last solo work, but folk music has never been about rushing it out.

Big Ups - Two Parts Together _ Press Photo, Credit to Montana ElliotBIG UPS

Weds 13 June

Green Door Store

With their third full-length Two Parts Together released just last month, New York City’s Big Ups are slap bang in the middle of a 14-day European our. The album attempts to make sense of the unknown and basks in uncertainty through the band’s signature dynamics – Amar Lal’s biting guitar work, bolstered by Brendan Finn’s crashing drums and Carlos Salguero’s booming bass, topped off by Joe Galarraga’s vocals. Their normal sonic palette has been supplemented with additional strings, harmonium, field recordings and piano and the album is paced through thoughtful instrumentals and interludes, offering the listener a breath of fresh air and a far more rounded sound than we are used to – how it translates to the stage will be something worth finding out.


Weds 13 June

The Haunt

Rostam Batmanglij, better known as Rostam, is an American songwriter, composer, producer and multiinstrumentalist. The former Vampire Weekend member will be taking his solo debut half-light on the road across the US and Europe during May and June, stopping off at The Haunt after the European leg of his tour. Though Rostam is an undisputed studio genius and has worked with many big names, he hasn’t taken up lead vocals on many recordings thus far. In contrast to many of the bold and exacting singers he’s previously written with, his delivery is often hushed, quivering and devastatingly intimate, but in the best way. Rostam’s solo performance is a show not to be missed.

Travis The Man Who live - press shot 2018TRAVIS

Weds 20 June

Brighton Dome

Nineteen years after the release of The Man Who, Scottish rock band Travis will be playing their classic album in full as part of their 2018 UK tour. As one of the most successful British albums of the last 20 years, the album spent an astonishing 11 weeks at Number One and sold nearly three million copies, as well as winning the band several BRIT and Ivor Novello Awards. Even today it still sounds as fresh as it did when it was first released in 1999. The timeless album, which is said to have influenced artists like Keane and Coldplay, was spawned with some of Travis’ most famous singles, including Writing To Reach You, Driftwood, Turn and the forever iconic Why Does It Always Rain On Me.


Mon 25 June

The Haunt

DIY hardcore punk band Modern Life Is War was formed in 2002 by five smalltown friends from Marshalltown, Iowa. They built a steady following as one of the most popular bands on the hardcore scene, before announcing their split in 2008. The band reformed five years later, reuniting through their shared love of music, their next album once again transcending genre boundaries to be admired and respected by a variety of fans. Four albums deep, with a total of 12 active years behind them, the band are responsible for some of the best belligerently honest and lifting punk about. Often noted for their passion, energy and impressive live shows, Modern Life Is War is a band not to miss live.


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