What do to this week in Brighton 17 – 23 October

Bored? Wondering what to do this week in Brighton? Check out our guide to this week’s best events that are not to be missed!

Mon 17 October

Comedy – The Elis James and John Robins Experience: Oners! Retro Oners! PCD’s! Finally, a chance to truly taste the vibe! Elis James and John Robins take their hit podcast on the road! Elis and John mix familiar features, some specially prepared treats and the odd #keepitsession ale. Expect ‘Sacred Cows’ deemed “too obscure” (Producer Dave) for broadcast, textual healing live, and maybe even a new chapter of A Robins Amongst The Pigeons! May contain scenes of #maximumshunting. Komedia, 8pm, £17.50


Live music – JP Cooper: Having already played to a sold-out London Koko last year and festivals including Latitude and British Summer Time Hyde Park, the most in-demand new voice in UK music right now, JP Cooper, has announced a string of UK shows including London’s O2 Forum Kentish Town on October 26th. He has also been announced to play Bestival in September. JP Cooper is a voice that transcends genres. The uniting factor that drives this is a voice that simply needs no introduction. Both effortless and distinctive, it’s JP’s vocal that has won the Manchester born singer loyal fans across the UK and in some of the biggest names in the music scene including Stormzy and Shaun Mendes. The Haunt, 7pm, £11


Tues 18 October

Live music – She Drew the Gun: The band’s debut LP ‘Memories of The Future’ was produced by The Coral’s James Skelly and released on his own Skeleton Key label. Fronted by singer-songwriter Louisa Roach offer dreamy lyrical psych-pop from the banks of the Mersey. Seen touring with Fink and having gained strong support from Steve Lamacq, it’s unsurprising that this show is selling fast! “If you like Portishead and PJ Harvey you will love them” – Edith Bowman. The Prince Albert, 8pm, £8


Film – Brighton Horrorfest: For 13 days in October, Sweet Dukebox will become home to a selection of spooky shows and gory goings-on, with the launch of the brand new Brighton Horrorfest. With shows ranging from macabre storytelling (Cast Iron Halloween Dukeanory: ‘The Box’), to dark folk-tales told through puppetry (Three Ribbons – Two Sisters), and modern post-apocalyptic horror (Live Feed), there’s something for everyone. There are also interactive events with immersive theatre games such as The Werewolves of Hove, Actually and Horror at Frankenstein Castle. Sweet Dukebox Theatre, 18-29 October


Club night – Kilimanjaro Live presents SuperHans: The nation’s favourite drug-addled renegade descends on Concorde 2 for what will undoubtedly be an evening of rogue charlatanism and more than questionable mixes. Matt King aka Super Hans begins his nationwide tour in Sheffield on the Oct 13 and will reach the shores of Brighton on Oct 18. Having recently impressed the crowd and debauched the stage at Glastonbury and Leeds Festival, King proves that the legend of Super Hans lives on past Channel 4’s much-loved Peep Show and is still the same corrupt, depraved egomaniac that we’ve fallen in love with over the past decade or so. Concorde 2, 7.30pm, £15 + BF


Weds 19 October

Theatre – Mrs Roosevelt Flies to London: In October 1942, Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of the President, takes a dangerous trip to wartime Britain, to visit US troops, and see how British women are coping. Nominated for a Best Female Performance Offie Award, and granted special permission from the Roosevelt Estate to use Eleanor’s writings, Alison Skilbeck’s one-woman show explores the public and hidden life of one of the most extraordinary women of the 20th century. Rialto Theatre, 7.30pm, £12


Live music – The Impossible Gentlemen: The Anglo-American jazz supergroup, The Impossible Gentlemen, features internationally acclaimed British piano sensation Gwilym Simcock, Salford guitarist and UK treasure Mike Walker, multi reeds virtuoso Iain Dixon and American bass and drums superstars Steve Rodby and Adam Nussbaum. The result is nothing less than remarkable, with five unique talents – all superb players in their own right – coming together to create something new and powerful. The Old Market, 8pm, £21


Thurs 20 October

Comedy – Mark Watson, I’m Not Here: Mark Watson (multi-award-winning star of numerous TV shows and his own cult Radio 4 series) returns with the follow-up show to his highly celebrated and successful Flaws. A seemingly minor problem at an airport is the starting point for a spiralling examination of identity in the digital age. But with an enormous number of jokes, luckily, as well as Watson’s customary flailing, chaotic audience interactions and all sorts of other fun. In short: if you like comedy, but you don’t come and see this, you’re acting very oddly. Komedia, 8pm, £17


Live music – John Carpenter: Much of the horror genre’s most striking soundtracks have come from John Carpenter in movies he’s both directed and scored. In February 2015, he released his first solo record of non-soundtrack music, Lost Themes, on Sacred Bones Records, to overwhelming critical success. Recorded with his son Cody Carpenter, and his godson Daniel Davies, The Horror Master proved that not only could he perfectly score his own films — he could also score the movies in your mind. Brighton Dome, 7pm, £34.50


Food & drink – Guide to Whiskey: Whether it was a friend, relative or total stranger that first presented you with a glass of swirling liquid gold, there’s one thing we all have in common… We never looked back! Whisky truly is the most amazing spirit in the world and we’re going to show you why. Even the most experienced whisky drinkers started out somewhere and that’s what this series is all about. If you like whisky, have a burgeoning curiosity or want to refresh your knowledge then the TWL Guide To Whisky is perfect. We want to to set you off on the right foot and make sure you don’t get sucked into some kind of never-ending spiral of whisky myth, like, ahem… Bourbon isn’t whisky (it definitely is) Or peated whisky is peaty because of the water (it’s not) Or older whisky is always better (not the case). The Nightingale Room, 7pm, £20

Fri 21 October

Live music – Bowiesque: Bowiesque are 5-piece live band dedicated to replicating the best of David Bowie’s work as accurately and tastefully as possible. Based in Brighton the band are already lighting up the south coast with their considered performances. So put on your red shoes and dance the blues as they pay homage to music’s ever changing chameleon. Hope and Ruin, 8pm, £10



Comedy – Punched: Brighton’s hottest night of brand new puppetry is back in town and ready to blow your sock(puppet)s off! Punched is a cabaret-style evening of surprising and delightful puppetry shorts from Brighton’s brilliant puppetry scene. Expect tears, laughter, horror and everything in between in this jam-packed evening that showcases the astonishing variety of puppet theatre. Marlborough Theatre, 8pm, £11/9


Comedy – Live Nation & MHA Presents: Kerry Godliman: Stick or Twist – Kerry Godliman is back on tour with her straight talking brand of quick wit and bewilderment, covering more of life’s anomalies. Be there. She’ll do the talking. It ‘…oozes personality’ according to the Evening Standard. Komedia, 8pm, £13


Sat 22 October


Live music – Glass Animals plus support: The English indie rock band from Oxford released their debut album Zaba in June 2014, produced by Dave Bayley. The album was the first release on producer Paul Epworth’s label Wolf Tone. Zaba brought the band to 7 million listeners on Spotify in 2015. Their songs Gooey, Black Mambo and Toes from Zaba are the most popular on Apple Music. The band visited both hemispheres and played over 130 shows in 2015 alone. Brighton Dome, 7pm, £16.50


Club night – Alice in Zombieland: Brighton’s Club Spank turns a rather grand 10 in November, so we’re throwing a slightly early Birthday Ball combined with a Halloween Horror special. To celebrate a whole decade of Spank, we’ll be pulling out all the stops with this one, with specially themed fetish shows, non-birthday gifts for best outfits, and sexy house slaves, not to mention our fab resident house & electro DJs, dungeon play and resident Mistress. Expect spooktacular shenanigans of the kinky kind! Rialto Theatre, 9pm, £12 – 20


Club night – Patterns with Roman Flügel: 20 years in the game and still going strong, Roman Flügel is the founder and resident DJ at one of the most respected underground club nights in Germany: ‘Live at Robert Johnson’. Sitting sweet just across the river from Frankfurt, the club night finds its home in the intimate setting of Robert Johnson, an esteemed spot defined by impeccable sound and minimalist flair. Don’t miss him as he descends on Brighton’s Patterns.  Patterns, 11pm, £6-8


Sun 23 October

Talk – Steve Backshall’s Wild World: Wildlife TV Presenter, adventurer, naturalist and children’s author, Steve Backshall, takes us on a tour of the real life expeditions that have inspired his books The Falcon Chronicles and his new novel in the series, Shark Seas. It’s a wild journey, illustrated with photos and films from the Arctic to the Antarctic, from the tundra to the top of the world’s highest peaks, and from the depths of the rainforest to the bottom of the ocean. This talk is suitable for wildlife enthusiasts of all ages from eight to eighty. There will be extended Q and As. Brighton Dome, 6.30pm, £19.50


Live music – Christopher Matthewson, Rob Godfrey and Roman Scott: Christopher Mattewson is a 21 year old folk-rocker who uses his incredible voice and impressive guitar skills to tell stories of observational triumph and woe in the technological age. Born in Donegal, Ireland, Matthewson has been playing the guitar since the age of 11 after seeing his cousin playing to a group of girls and watching them swoon. Later, influenced by Joni Mitchell, George Harrison and Ray LeMontagne, Chris blends acoustic folk and 60’s blues to bring back an earthy soul into music that is written and consumed by the digital generation. The Brunswick, 7pm, £2

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