Half Moon Run, photography by Jennifer McCord

Your culture calendar for September – upcoming music and theatre across Sussex

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MUSIC 

Mon 4 Sept – Wild Rivers at Komedia 

As they embark on the next chapter of their journey, Wild Rivers, who first caught audiences’ attention with their 2016 self-titled debut, followed by two EPs, are especially eager to take Sidelines on the road. The live setting is where they originally cultivated a dedicated following and opening for celebrated acts like The Paper Kites, Donovan Woods and Jake Bugg. Building an authentic relationship with fans, while channeling classic singer-songwriters like James Taylor and Fleetwood Mac, has been vital to Wild Rivers’ connection with audiences across the globe.

Tues 5 Sept – Sarabeth Tucek at Komedia

Melting Vinyl presents Sarabeth Tucek. She is an American singer-songwriter whose exploration of genre blending creates an exciting catalogue of contemporary music, having played live sessions for Marc Riley (6 music) and worked with Bill Callahan (Smog) & Brian Jonestown Massacre. Tucek is ultimately a folk songstress who refuses to be stylistically pigeonholed, with elements of desert rock, Americana, psychedelia, slowcore, and dream pop amongst others seeping into her collective material. Although rustic at her very roots, Tucek writes powerful folk songs which make the listener feel like they have finally found a sense of adventure and soundtrack to their life. With support from Luca Wilding. 

Thurs 7 September – Busted at Brighton Centre

Impossible though it may seem, it’s been twenty years since Busted bounced into the charts with the irrepressible pop-punk energy of their debut single What I Go To School For. It kickstarted a succession of hits for the trio, including the #1 smashes Crashed The Wedding, Who’s David, Thunderbirds Are Go, You Said No and the Top 3 singles Year 3000, Air Hostess and Sleeping With The Light On.

Now Busted celebrate their 20th anniversary by announcing details of a major UK arena tour, alongside a series of new versions of fifteen of their classic hits to be released in the build-up, with some very special guests.

Tues 12 September – Half Moon Run at CHALK 

Montreal indie rockers Half Moon Run have announced a tour in support of new album Salt. Renowned for their explosive rhythmic interplay and surging dynamic range, the band have previewed the new album by released four singles from the album in recent weeks –  9beat, Alco, You Can Let Go and Everyone’s Moving Out East. Half Moon Run’s collaborative power has remained constant and unsuppressed during their twelve years together and you can witness the beauty and sadness; harmony and menace; despair and groove for yourself live in Brighton. 

The band are partnering in the UK and Europe with the Syrian American Medical Society – a portion of each ticket price will go to the US-based charity that has been actively providing medical care in Syria since 1998. SAMS supports 110 medical facilities and over 3,000 medical personnel. 

Tues 12 September – Lael Neale at The Prince Albert 

Singer/songwriter Lael Neale started out with a style that tangled together melancholic folk, sun-drenched country, and indie rock, putting her lilting voice at the forefront of gorgeous, sometimes twangy arrangements. After signing with Sub Pop and establishing a collaborative flow with producer and accompanist Guy Blakeslee, her subsequent albums embraced minimalism. 2021’s Acquainted with Night stripped many of the songs down to their barest essence, and the sparse pop of 2023’s Star Eaters Delight was created in a way that intentionally avoided digital recording methods. Presented by Melting Vinyl with support from Guy Blakeslee.

Mon 18 Sept – Alfie Boe at Brighton Dome 

Having conquered the world’s most prestigious opera stages, Alfie led the cast of Les Misérables in the role of Jean Valjean in the West End and played the lead role in Finding Neverland on Broadway. In 2012, Alfie stole the show at the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Concert at Buckingham Palace with a medley of hits from his illustrious career.

Tues 19 Sept – Dexys at Brighton Dome 

The Feminine Divine is Dexys’ fifth album of original material produced once again by Pete Schwier, along with acclaimed session musician and producer Toby Chapman. With over a billion worldwide streams, three top 10 albums in the UK, two number 1 singles, a Brit Award and a multi-platinum selling album with their sophomore release Too-Rye-Ay (as Dexys Midnight Runners), Dexys are as vital and exciting today as ever. The Feminine Divine marks a new chapter in a book that just keeps getting better and better.

Fri 29 Sept – Lovejoy at Brighton Dome

SJM Concerts & Joy present the only indie rock band with a double kick drum. Led by frontman Wilbur Soot, Joe Goldsmith on lead guitar, Ash Kabosu on bass, and Mark Boardman on drums. Lovejoy were formed in Brighton and appeared at Reading & Leeds Festival this summer. The band’s third EP, Wake Up & It’s Over, was released in May this year. Their show features support from Good Kid + Loupe.

Fri 29 Sept – Damian Lewis at The Old Market 

Damian Lewis presents an evening of live music in support of his new album. Mission Creep is a thoughtful collection of rootsy, rock and jazz-tinged songs that reveals a deep love of music, and a deep need to communicate. The album’s origin story begins when Lewis, after leaving school, swapped the rigorous day-to-day regime that had dominated his life for 10 years for something altogether less structured. He took to the road with his guitar and went busking through continental Europe. This experience has stayed with Lewis ever since and is reflected in his debut album. Lewis was taken back to the time he played the guitar every day, but with the additional maturity and experience that an eventful life has given him. “I wanted the album to give a sense of a journey to this point, from busking ‘til now”, said Lewis.

Saturday 30 September – BOUNDARY Brighton at Stanmer Park 

Brighton’s biggest electronic dance festival returns to Stanmer Park for another year featuring Pendulum, Sub Focus, Kurupt FM, Ben Hemsley, Solardo and many more DJs on the line-up. This festival attracts students and young people from all over Sussex for a day of madness. Expect smoke machines, gun fingers, and bucket hats at the ready. 

TICKETS

THEATRE 

Thurs 14 September at Theatre Royal Brighton

Ruby Wax: I’m not as well as I thought I was 

After four years, Ruby Wax returns to the stage following her critically acclaimed, sell out tour, How To Be Human. See her in the rawest, darkest and funniest stage show yet. 

“The original idea behind this show was based on the extreme journeys that I wanted to take in order to find an antidote to living a frazzled life. Along the way I wanted to find meaning, peace, happiness – the stuff we’re all chasing. However, after some transcendent experiences, I ended up in a mental institution. Obviously, I didn’t find what I was looking for.”

Tues 19 Sept – Sat 23 Sept at Theatre Royal Brighton

La Bamba!

La Bamba! is an explosive new musical starring Strictly Come Dancing champion Pasha Kovalev, The Wanted’s Siva Kaneswaran and introducing Inês Fernandez. La Bamba! tells the story of how the power of music can transform a generation and celebrate a community.

Quiz

Fri 22 – Sat 30 Sept at Chichester Festival Theatre

Quiz

By James Graham, this is a retelling of the coughing major millionaire scandal. Rory Bremner, Britain’s top satirical impressionist, stars as Chris Tarrant in James Graham’s thrilling, entertaining and provocative drama, Quiz, directed by Daniel Evans and Seán Linnen.

September 2001: the nation is gripped by a scandal that remains, to this day, a mystery. In an outrageously audacious heist, Charles Ingram, aka the Coughing Major, and his accomplices duped the world’s most popular TV quiz show, Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, out of £1,000,000. Or did they? And if they did cheat, how did they really do it?

Wed 27 Sept – Sat 30 Sept at Worthing Theatre

Worthing Musical Theatre Company: School of Rock

Worthing Musical Theatre Company brings Andrew Lloyd Webber’s award-winning musical.

Based on the movie, we follow Dewey, a wannabe rock star who poses as a substitute teacher at a prestigious school. There he turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band.

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