Must-see gigs this July and August

Lavinia Blackwall 

The Greys, Wed 3 July

Glasgow-based Lavinia Blackwall is a former member of Trembling Bells and has collaborated with Mike Heron on his Incredible String Band tour, Kaleidoscope, Nick Garrie and Will ‘Bonnie Prince Billie’ Oldham. She’s currently working as a co-writer, singer and instrumentalist in Stilton and as a solo artist. Her eagerly-anticipated first album is due to be released later this year and should feature more of her tender lyrical melodies and beautiful arrangements.

Hands Off Gretel 

Prince Albert, Sat 6 July

This bunch of swaggering rockers self-released their sophomore album, I Want the World, earlier in the year, subsequently selling out both album launch shows. They have been tipped for huge things in the near-future, included by Spotify on their prestigious #HotNewBands playlist. On top of this, the sassy South Yorkshire quartet has been popping up on radio stations across the UK, from 6Music and BBC Introducing to Planet Rock and Kerrang Radio.

Andy Black 

Concorde 2, Wed 10 July

Signed to the legendary Island Records, Andy Black is one of this best breakthrough young vocalists. The frontman of Black Veil Brides, his superb debut solo album, The Shadow Side revealed a love for modern pop. It’s polished, This year’s The Ghost of Ohio brought in a more electronic direction, while still maintaining a keen eye on his rock roots, all topped with a sumptuous and mature voice. This is the sound of an artist discovering his way in the world.

Hillbilly Rawhide

Prince Albert, Fri 11 July 

Started in 2002, Hillbilly Rawhide is an oddity in their native Brazil, mixing Country, Hillbilly, Western, Boogie Woogie, Honky Tonk, Psychobilly, Bluegrass, Rock’n’Roll and Blues. Their unique approach has gone to inspire bands all over the country. Since they’ve gone from strength to strength, not only at home but worldwide, spreading a message of good times and irrepressible tunes. Now, after 17 years in the game, and shaking venues everywhere, they come to show Brighton what it’s all about.

John Newman

Patterns, Fri 19 July 

The owner of perhaps pop music’s most distinctive voices is packing in a few intimate shows this summer. As the composer and performer, John Newman has created given us some of British music’s biggest anthems, including three No 1 singles. The co-writer and singer on Rudimental’s classic Feel The Love, he’s headlined festivals and shows across the world. Now he’s out and about with a stripped-back band and a heady mix of new songs and a few of his modern classics. ​

Kiefer Sutherland

Concorde 2, Tues 23 July

Now moved away from shouting: “What is your primary objective?!” at terrorists on the award-winning and iconic TV show 24, Kiefer Sutherland has been reframing himself as a bit of a country music legend. It’s a great fit for the seasoned actor as well. While other stars have tried their hand at forging rock careers, it’s always felt a little desperate. But there’s no doubting this guy’s authenticity and spirit. This is a booze-driven, down and dirty, laced with mandolin, accordion and slide guitar.


Brighton Racecourse, Fri 26 July 

One of British music’s rarest treasures come to the hills above Brighton this summer. Doves’ reputation as a committed and consistent albums act is enhanced by smash hits like ‘There Goes the Fear’, ‘Pounding’ and ‘Black and White Town’. Over their career, the Manchester band has won Mercury Prize-nominations for Lost Souls and The Last Broadcast, which stand as monuments of refined songwriting. After a split in 2010, they made a triumphant comeback last year – better and bolder than ever.

Lucinda Williams

Brighton Dome, Mon 29 July 

The incredible country-folk songwriter comes to Brighton to perform her classic Car Wheels On A Gravel Road album. It’s 20 years after the release of this Southern Gothic masterpiece, which traverses the sounds and mythos of the American South. It calls on Memphis soul, Delta blues and puts Georgia on her mind. Her lyrics are novelistic in detail, telling stories of bar brawls, broken hearts and even more broken men. It’s a journey like no other. ​

Kate Nash

Concorde 2, Wed 31 July Kate-Nash-by-Kate-Bellm

Star of charts and small-screen, Kate Nash brings a new selection of songs inspired by 90s one-hit wonder, Meredith Brooks. One of the most honest, self- effacing and unpretentious in British pop music, Nash is back with a fabulous selection of songs to shake things up. A BRIT school graduate, she started writing pop aged 14. Those songs went on to inform her smash-hit Brit-Award gleaning debut, Made Of Bricks.

Skunk Anansie 

Brighton Dome, Mon 26 Aug 

One of Britain’s most distinctive and powerful bands ever, Skunk Anansie manage to simultaneously be confrontational and tender. A politically- charged blend of influences, cultures and personalities, they continued to forge new ground while staying true to their roots. Almost a quarter century since forming and they remain as vital and influential as always. They’re celebrating 25th anniversary with 25LIVE@25, a live album bringing together a prime selection of their back catalogue.


Brighton Dome, Fri 30 August 

Beirut’s 12-track Gallipoli album started life in the winter of 2016, with Zach Condon returning to his old Farfisa organ. Following recording stints in New York and Berlin, Condon settled in a studio complex deep in rural Italy. It was here that he rediscovered the old joys of music as a visceral experience, which became the founding principle for the album. Now released to enormous commercial and critical success, he’s touring the fruits of his labours – a brass- tinged layered collection of honest and ethereal pop songs.

Molly Sarlé

Green Door Store, Fri 30 Aug Penetration

One-third of Mountain Man, Molly Sarlé is solo and fancy-free right now. Her debut album, Karaoke Angel, came crammed with an ethereal quality, reflecting on her experiences of trying to make it in LA. Bit the otherworldliness doesn’t stop her from being an incisive and observational songwriter. She possesses a powerful and striking voice, but it never overpowers the vulnerabilities. Poetic and strikingly beautiful, this is stripped honest folk music for an uncertain world.

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