Slydigs are an indie rock’n’roll band that will have you loving, listening and looking at rock in a whole new light. This Manchester quartet combine hard-to-forget guitar riffs and deep drums with lead singer, Dean Fairhurst, creating interesting, one-of-a-kind vocals to keep you captivated. The band are influenced by huge names such as The Stone Roses and The Rolling Stones, and their tracks will have you singing to yourself all week. Slydigs recently toured with The Who on their American and European tour, which they described as an ‘amazing’ experience, getting to play in major cities such as Milan. The boys have had overwhelming responses from overseas fans, showing just how insane (in a good way) they are.
Sat 3 June
Simple Minds formed in Glasgow back in 1977, and now they’re back to take their new record Simple Minds Acoustic out on the road. Joined by special guest The Anchoress, this will be an unforgettable show in the stunning setting of Brighton Dome Concert Hall.
Simple Minds have achieved five UK number one albums and sold 60 million records worldwide. Inspired by the likes of Bowie and Kraftwerk while forming in the legendary punk era, this time round they’re bringing a fresh, stripped down, artistic take on the much-adored classics as they go from strength to strength. This will be a night to remember for any eighties fan or otherwise.
Wed 7 June
This legendary German electronic group offer something way above your average gig. Kraftwerk bring an amazing mix of music (of course), but also of performance. Their immersive, critically-acclaimed 3D multimedia concert experience uses different techniques such as techno rhythms and synthetic voices, with sounds that will shoot you into the future. Genres vary from Hip-Hop to Synth-Pop, which eventually landed them a Grammy‘Lifetime Achievement Award’ for their work. Kraftwerk’s performance at Brighton Centre will see the stunning songs from their albums documented on stage as part of their UK tour, 13 years since their last. If you can’t make this incredible show, a live film will be available on DVD – time to dig out your Cineworld 3D glasses.
Fri 9 June
The Prince Albert
Rock fans, listen up. Ragweed have become one of the most interesting alternative rock bands to come out of BN1’s hometown of Brighton. Building up a big budding fanbase on tour across the UK has come as no surprise – this band offer incredible bass riffs, fantastic vocals and a perfectly played drum kit. The group, consisting of three, has received four and five star reviews from all types of magazines and have played alongside Tigercub and The Xcerts throughout their inevitable climb to the top. With their hard work and dedication paying off, the boys will be gigging at The Prince Albert this month.
MINUS THE BEAR
Sat 10 June
Consisting of current and previous band members of Botch, Kill Sadie and Sharks Keep Moving, indie math-rockers Minus the Bear have a truly signature sound. Forming in Seattle, Washington in 2001, the band have since released six albums with classic sounds woven through each and every one of their songs.
This quirky quartet only released their sixth album VOIDS earlier this year after a five year break from their last. Breaking out of the ordinary, the boys are bringing VOIDS out in an old school cassette version alongside other additions. The band are at their best playing in intimate settings, with one of their previous shows being held in a record shop in their hometown. Join them for an awesome show at the similarly intimate Haunt.
Fri 16 June
HMV hailed them “pure, unadulterated, unconcerned pop-rock”, and Natives are a close-knit band with a long-time connection. Jack Fairbrother, Andy White and Greg Day started playing music together at school – vocalist Jim Thomas joined shortly after they got together. Prior to becoming the sensational Natives, the band went by ‘Not Advised’. It was under this name that they flew to the fabulous LA to record their debut album with a platinum-selling producer. But feeling like they needed a clean slate, the group changed their name. Their first album Indoor War focuses on a fictional character struggling with love and loss, which is what makes these songs so intriguing. Backed by polished melodies and various percussion, be sure to catch this intriguing band at Patterns.
THE BOUNCING SOULS
Sun 18 June
Jumping straight out of New Jersey, punk rock outfit The Bouncing Souls are still full of beans after 30 years of playing together. Their music throughout the years has kept a constant consistency, maintaining light-hearted but thought-provoking tracks. Guitarist Pete Steinkopf said it was, “cool to look back at all of the records” and they’re “pretty happy” with them. Showing there’s more to them than their punk rocker image, their new song Battleground will see a portion of the proceedings go to the Indigenous Environmental Network. The band love all types of performances, from up close and personal spaces, to the great outdoors at festivals, as they enjoy all different audiences. You won’t be left disappointed.
THURSTON MOORE GROUP
Fri 23 June
The Old Market
Thurston Moore’s critically-acclaimed band will be banging their drums down in Brighton this month. The Thurston Moore Group have been touring since the release of highly successful album The Best Day, which received an impressive four-star review from NME. Arguably the ‘most famous American’ in the indie-rock circle, Thurston Moore used to be a solo artist before creating his brilliant band. It was then that he was ranked 34th by Rolling Stone, for ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ due to his unordinary guitar tunings. The singer-songwriter’s music ranges from carefully thought out sequences to frantic tunes that will take you on a rollercoaster of twists and turns. It’s definitely worth the ticket for this rock’n’roll ride.
THE FALLEN LEAVES & LONDON
Sat 24 June
The Hope & Ruin
The Fallen Leaves are more than the ground of an autumn’s day; they are a British garage rock group who take their influences from the likes of The Who and The Rolling Stones. Described as “sharp, angular, melodic garage-pop”, this fantastic band are Punk Rock for Gentlemen. Fans will be excited to hear that the band will be returning to Brighton to play at The Hope & Ruin. Joining The Fallen Leaves will be the band London – a punk band who first got together over 30 years ago, managed by Simon Napier-Bell. After splitting in 1978, the band took a long (long) break and decided to regroup and return in 2008. Be ready for songs bursting with drums, bass and tongue-in-cheek lyrics.
NORTH MISSISSIPPI ALLSTARS
Tues 27 June
I bet you can’t guess where this band are from. The North Mississippi Allstars are a southern rock and blues band consisting of two brothers. Their first ever release, Shake Hands with Shorty, was nominated for the Grammy for “Best Contemporary Blues Album”, which later happened to two more songs.
The band have been making music and touring the world for over 20 years with a new full-length album, Prayer for Peace, hitting your headphones on 2 June 2017. One half of the band, Cody Dickinson, has said the new album is “an exciting time for the North Mississippi Allstars” with a brand new explosion of creativity running through their music.
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