Best of Brighton’s Live Music – May 2017

Weds 3 May


Billy Rowan (otherwise known as The Undercover Hippy), is far from your average singer/songwriter. His music encompasses all types of sensational sounds from acoustic guitar to reggae rhythms. His music career, which started off as a 7-year stint as a DJ and MC, has accumulated over a million streams and sales, leading to him headlining shows alongside big names such as the much-loved Grandmaster Flash. Having performed to thousands of people at some of the UK’s best festivals, including Glastonbury and Boomtown, Billy and the band are renowned for having an ecstatic atmosphere. Think feel-good vibes and an active energy that will make you want to move – this is one show you do not want to miss.

Fri 5 May
Concorde 2

Japandroids_Press Photo3_Credit Camile Christen

Hot off the press of their new album announcement this year, the Canadian rock band Japandroids will be performing in Brighton (as well as other places) after three long years out of the spotlight. The band shot to stardom following the release of their debut album Post-Nothing in 2009, with music magazine SPIN naming it 2012’s album of the year. Using themselves as their biggest influence, the dynamic duo’s newest album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, sees them expanding from their usual Japandroids-ness and focusing more on the meaning of their lyrics rather than the sound of their music. With the band’s longing to be back on the stage, the show will undoubtedly be bursting with energy.

Sat 6 May
Brighton Dome

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With the band members having grown up together, Grammy nominated Hot 8 Brass Band have a special bond. Straight out of New Orleans, the group make authentic brass sounds and mix them with jazz and funk for feel-good rhythms. Their recent album On The Spot includes relaxed tracks where you can hear laughter over the trumpets. After a difficult time following the deaths of four original band members, Hurricane Katrina was a turning point for the band when the group were all evacuated away from each other to different parts of the country. Hot 8 Brass Band picked themselves back up and re-grouped, supporting other Katrina victims by touring the USA. They’ve now set off on their On The Spot world tour.

Weds 10 May
The Haunt

Press Shot 3 - March 2015 - B&W Please credit - Brian Rasic

If getting to party hard whilst watching an incredible band is your thing, then look no further. Holding gigs in Land Rovers and passing around a communal rum flagon to the crowd is the norm for this wild band. The six-person British folk band have had raving reviews, touring the USA and UK (in which they supported Boy George) and performing at a number of festivals, including Bestival and Glastonbury. After releasing their recent album The Devil, The Heart, & The Fight last year, Skinny Lister are back on tour, which already has seven of ten shows sold out. Be quick to grab yourself a ticket to The Haunt and expect a night of chaos, carnage and crowd surfing.


Sat 13 May
The Haunt
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After a debut sell-out tour last year, chart-topping Canadian band Marianas Trench have announced they are coming back to Europe. Since their 2006 debut, Fix Me, the multi-platinum progressive pop band have excelled in their music, gathering multiple awards and number one videos along the way. Lead singer, Josh Ramsay, has also featured on other tracks with one gaining him a Grammy nomination for his involvement on the smash hit Call Me Maybe, by Carly Rae Jepsen. Kicking off in Bristol, the tour now finds itself in the intimate surroundings of The Haunt, making the experience just that extra bit special. The band will be showcasing all new material from their latest album, so be sure to get yourself down there.

Sun 14 May
Concorde 2

Alabama 3

The name may fool you into thinking they’re a substandard country band from Alabama, but this Brixton trio take country music and add an interesting twist. Alabama 3 are an acid house, country, electro-pop band, mixing in gospel and spoken word. They are known for their incredible live performances of their contrasting combination of styles – and their humorous personalities add to the experience. Alabama 3 started out with the name ‘First Presleyterian Church of Elvis the Divine’ and had just two members. They now have nine members, all of which have their own alias. The band rose to success when their track Woke Up This Morning was used for the opening titles of hit TV series The Sopranos.

Weds 17 May
The Haunt

The Island Club

Indie pop with a hint of rock, this Brighton-based band have over a million Spotify plays and just keep getting bigger. Made up of five members, they create psychedelic vibes and melodies that will whisk you away to a tropical island (all in your head, of course). Their new music video for the song Paper Kiss has recently come out and already been viewed nearly 5,000 times on YouTube. After a successful sell-out event in Brighton, which saw all tickets bought in just one week, The Island Club are back for round two at The Haunt with their own club night. For the pocket-sized price of £5 a ticket, there’s no reason why you shouldn’t see this brilliant band.


Sat 27 May
The Hope & Ruin

Jeff Rosenstock

With his music described as ‘endlessly engaging’, Brooklyn-born Jeff Rosenstock will be making his first appearance in the UK since his LP Worry, released in 2016. The intriguing blend of punk and rock, mixed together with lyrics of his own insecurities and anxieties, makes Jeff Rosenstock an important figure in modern punk. Fans of his music all agree that Rosenstock is one of their generation’s ‘greatest musical heroes’.  Before his success, Jeff Rosenstock stood with the band Bomb the Music Industry!, which sold hand-created merchandise and self-recorded records, all sold for any price the customer could afford. Despite this, he still managed to tour the world. If that isn’t something to be amazed by then I don’t know what is.

Sat 27 May
Concorde 2

Twin Atlantic

Glaswegian alternative rock band, Twin Atlantic, have added a Brighton date to their highly-anticipated UK headline tour. Donned with heavy kohl eyeliner and brightly dyed hair, the band have taken the music industry by storm, securing the Radio 1 title ‘Hottest Record in the World’ for June along the way. Twin Atlantic managed to record their acclaimed album GLA in just six weeks and received a top review from NME. It is the rawest material out of their four albums, and the bands profile has continuously grown, which has seen them land major support slots with the likes of Biffy Clyro and Blink-182. This is a show that will have you head banging to the beat.

Mon 29 May
The Prince Albert

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Brighton indie-pop band The New Faith bring a unique sense of sound with thought-provoking lyrics. The delicate band name pairs with the gentle harmonies and blasts of deep brassy notes which will truly leave your ears ringing with delight.  The musicians are well-experienced, with every type of instrument imaginable playing a part in their compositions. Formation of the band came about when members of two separate bands, the Lyrebirds and The Strange Death of Liberal England, came together. The New Faith are currently recording their debut LP, ready for release this year. For anyone who is a lover of new, interesting and experimental sounds, this will certainly appeal to you.

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The Haunt

Tue 9 May

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Thurs 11 May
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Sun 21 May
The Old Market

Mon 22 May
Concorde 2

Tues 30 May
Green Door Store

Wed 31 May
Concorde 2

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