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Roy Ayers, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Thursday, August 21

10:23am Friday 22nd August 2014

A pioneering figure whose career spanned four decades and countless genres, there was a groundswell of love in the sold-out Concorde 2 for Roy Ayers.

Guys And Dolls, Chichester Festival Theatre, until Sunday, September 21

9:48am Friday 22nd August 2014

Frank Loesser’s musical is big, brash and boasts a brilliant score that is stylish, witty and packed with tunes, many have gone on to become well known classics.

Don Broco, The Haunt, Brighton, Wednesday, August 20

1:06pm Thursday 21st August 2014

Pop-punk band Don Broco demonstrated why festival warm-up shows are always a mixed bag.

Fat White Family, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Tuesday, August 19

12:23pm Wednesday 20th August 2014

The demise of Top of the Pops is sad for many and varied reasons but the fact that the Fat White Family aren’t able to invade the nation’s living rooms on a unsuspecting Thursday night is surely one of the most unfortunate.

Culture, Concorde 2, Friday, August 15

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10:10am Monday 18th August 2014

"Are you feeling the music?", asked Kenyatta Hill, frontman extraordinaire of the legendary roots reggae band Culture.

An Evening With Sir Garfield Sobers Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Sunday, August 17

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10:05am Monday 18th August 2014

The accolade legend, so freely applied but often un-merited, is fully justified regarding Sir Garry Sobers. His track record and statistics fully support the claim that he is one of the finest all-round cricketers that have graced the game.

The Song Sisters Tour, Fiona Bevan and Kal Lavelle, The Marwood Cafe, Brighton, Sunday, August 18

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10:00am Monday 18th August 2014

The two rooms above the Marwood Cafe were packed with people eager to hear the sultry tones of two of Britain's best female singer-songwriters – Fiona Bevan and Kal Lavelle.

Phantom Runners, Green Door Store, Brighton, Wednesday, August 13

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10:03am Thursday 14th August 2014

Brighton-based dreamy indie pop merchants, Phantom Runners, played a set worthy of a much bigger crowd on Wednesday night.

P***** Jeans, The Haunt, Brighton, Wednesday, August 13

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10:01am Thursday 14th August 2014

Pennsylvanian quartet P***** Jeans have spewed their cathartic punk rock into the world for a decade, but their latest album, the 2013 Sub Pop release Honeys, has revealed a more constructed and refined version of their sound. 

Neutral Milk Hotel, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill, Tuesday, August 12

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10:47am Wednesday 13th August 2014

It says something about the elusivity of Neutral Milk Hotel that their singer, Jeff Mangum, essentially disappeared for three years following their much-eulogised second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea, in 1998.

Rock Around The Clock, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, until Saturday, August 16

9:37am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Rock Around The Clock sees Eastbourne shake, rattle and roll back to the 1950s - the time of Teddy boys, poodle skirts, blue suede shoes and, most importantly, rock ‘n’ roll.

Slint, The Old Market, Hove, Tuesday, August 12

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9:35am Wednesday 13th August 2014

Slint, and in particular tracks from their 1991 opus, Spiderland, were treated with a reverence at The Old Market that saw anyone making a noise – even while the amps hummed between songs - swiftly hushed quiet.

Rime, Pavilion Theatre, Worthing, Friday, August 8

11:02am Tuesday 12th August 2014

The audience held a collective breath on Friday as the ensemble cast of Rime performed jaw-dropping and gravity- defying acrobatic stunts.

Rinaldo, Glyndebourne, near Lewes until August 24

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11:00am Tuesday 12th August 2014

Handel’s opera weaves together a love story, abduction and sorcery amid Jerusalem’s siege during the First Crusade.

Little Monsters Bash, Stanmer Park, Brighton, Saturday August 9

10:57am Tuesday 12th August 2014

The inaugural Little Monsters Bash was blessed with bright sunshine on Saturday and, despite a few 'dark clouds' when it came to value for money, it was a lovely day of sunny family fun.

The Pains Of Being Pure Of Heart, Sticky Mike's Frog Bar, Brighton, Saturday, August 9

10:55am Tuesday 12th August 2014

Within sniffing distance of the discarded chip wrappers ditched by armies of hen parties that patrolled Brighton seafront, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart look like fledglings fallen far from the safety of the North Laine nest.

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Season, Unitarian Church, Brighton, Sunday, August 9

10:52am Tuesday 12th August 2014

There was standing room only in the Unitarian Church for the third of the Brighton Philharmonic's summer season.

Rock Of Ages, Theatre Royal Brighton, New Road, until Saturday, August 16

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10:50am Tuesday 12th August 2014

For a night of rock ‘n’ roll, risqué humour, big hair and tight trousers, look no further than Rock Of Ages.

De La Soul, Concorde 2, Brighton, Tuesday, August 5

9:29am Wednesday 6th August 2014

There was an atmosphere of tension in the packed Concorde 2, and when De La Soul finally took to the stage, the audience erupted into whoops and cheers.

The Accrington Pals, Brighton Little Theatre, until Saturday, August 9

9:27am Wednesday 6th August 2014

Did the Accrington Pals have any idea what they were fighting for, or why?

Murder At The Hotel, Polegate Community Centre, Friday, August 1

10:22am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Polegate Community Association Drama Group’s murder mystery weekend kicked off in fine style with spoof whodunnit Murder At The Hotel by Chris Martin.

Camp Bestival, Lulworth Cove, Dorset, Thursday, July 31, to Sunday, August 3

10:18am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Basement Jaxx and the fireworks finale rounded off another fantastic Camp Bestival in a fittingly feel-good way. Radio One DJ Rob Da Bank and his wife Josie have expertly kept this family friendly festival fresh with a magic combination that keeps toddlers, teenagers and parents buzzing with joy.

Machine Head, Concorde 2, Brighton, Monday, August 4

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10:14am Tuesday 5th August 2014

Taking a break from the arena circuit, Bay Area titans Machine Head hit Concorde 2 for an - increasingly rare - up close and personal performance.

Persuasion, The Old Market, Hove, Friday, August 1

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9:59am Monday 4th August 2014

Jane Austen described her work as portraits on ivory miniatures painted with tiny brushes.

Perfect Pussy, Green Door Store, Trafalgar Street Arches, Brighton, Tuesday, July 29

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10:03am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Tuesday’s gig under Brighton station was a transcontinental affair – one that saw four new and exciting bands step out and make a long lasting mark on those gathered.

Scooby Doo - The Mystery Of The Pyramid, Theatre Royal Brighton, until Saturday, August 2

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9:57am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Scooby Doo – The Mystery of the Pyramid is an action-packed and superbly entertaining live rendition of its cartoon counterpart.

Double Death, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, until Saturday, August 23

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9:55am Wednesday 30th July 2014

Judy Buxton and Brian Capron give acting master classes in Simon Williams’ thriller Double Death presented by Talking Scarlet.

La Traviata, Glyndebourne, until Saturday, August 23

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12:36pm Monday 28th July 2014

Glyndebourne’s first production of La Traviata for more than 25 years sees Russian soprano Venera Gimadieva, as consumptive tragic heroine Violetta, laid out on her bed at the beginning and end of every scene.

Liane Carroll, The Brunswick, Holland Road, Hove, Sunday, July 27

10:32am Monday 28th July 2014

“You’ve got candles, we’ve gone posh,” said Liane Carroll as she launched into renditions of Nina Simone’s Wild Is The Wind and Sinner Man which the legendary jazz singer would surely have been proud of.

Rory McGrath and Philip Pope: Bridge Over Troubled Lager, The Old Market, Hove, Friday, July 25

9:53am Monday 28th July 2014

The banter began to flow as soon as Rory and Philip came on – eager and happy to be in the steaming space vacated a few minutes before by relaxed, intelligent comedy sketch duo Twins.

Martin Simpson and Dom Flemons, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Friday, July 25

9:51am Monday 28th July 2014

Martin Simpson's career has for a long time linked Celtic folk with American music.

Rattonians: West End To Broadway, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, until Saturday, August 2

9:48am Monday 28th July 2014

Dazzling songs, sizzling dance numbers and glittering costumes earned Rattonians a standing ovation as they marked their 30th anniversary by returning to the Congress Theatre for their 25th summer season.

Bunny Wailer, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Thursday, July 24

9:50am Friday 25th July 2014

Neville O'Riley Livingston, founding member of The Wailers and the trio's only survivor, served up an authentic Kingston Jamaica experience both musically and physically.

Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model, Brighton Dome Studio Theatre, Thursday, July 24

9:48am Friday 25th July 2014

Bryony Kimmings charts her relationship with her niece Taylor in Credible Likeable Superstar Role Model as she examines the world of 'tween' culture, disrupting the usual offerings of Katy Perry and Jessie J by creating a new role model - Catherine Bennett.

Gentle Men: Roy Bailey and Robb Johnson, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham, Thursday, July 24

9:18am Friday 25th July 2014

The silence throughout the first half of Roy Bailey and Robb Johnson's recreation of First World War concept album Gentle Men was a testament both to the pair's performance and the power of the songs.

Immortal Technique, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Tuesday, July 22

11:07am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

It’s shaping up to be a decent few months for followers of conscious and alternative hip-hop, with Atmosphere, Dead Prez and De La Soul all bound for the Concorde 2’s stage.

April In Paris, Theatre Royal Brighton, until Saturday, July 26

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8:44am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Al and Bet’s mundane existence takes a turn when she wins a competition in her puzzle magazine – and a prize trip to Paris.

As You Like It, Highdown Gardens, Worthing, until Sunday, July 27

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8:42am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

Rainbow Shakespeare’s As You Like It is probably the best of their many fine productions – one not to be missed.

The Widow, Devonshire Park Theatre, Eastbourne, until Saturday, July 26

8:40am Wednesday 23rd July 2014

The Widow, the latest production by Talking Scarlet, is a chilling thriller involving a mother’s determination to preserve her dying son at any cost.

Lewes Speakers Festival: Alison Weir, All Saints Centre, Friars Walk, Lewes, Sunday, July 20

11:36am Monday 21st July 2014

Despite the humid evening, an excited crowd of history buffs packed the converted church hosting Lewes Speakers Festival to hear Tudor historian and novelist Alison Weir introducing her new novel.

Black Star Riders, Concorde 2, Madeira Drive, Brighton, Sunday, July 20

11:20am Monday 21st July 2014

Evolving out of Thin Lizzy’s most recent incarnation, Scott Gorham’s Black Star Riders hit Brighton for an evening of twin-guitar majesty.

Andrew WK, The Haunt, Pool Valley, Brighton, Sunday, July 20

11:18am Monday 21st July 2014

“Time to party,” a capacity crowd chanted, awaiting the unstoppable Andrew W.K. Indeed, the long-haired phenomenon confirmed no-one in rock could start a party quite like him.

Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra Summer Season, Unitarian Church, Brighton, Sunday, July 20

11:17am Monday 21st July 2014

Hove-born composer Peter Copley seemed delighted with the superb performance of his String Quartet Number 2 by players from the Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra.

Lewes Speakers Festival: David Torrance, All Saints Centre, Lewes, Sunday, July 20

11:15am Monday 21st July 2014

It would take a "seismic" event in England to swing the Scottish vote in September to yes to independence of the UK.

Separate Tables, Marlborough Theatre, Princes Street, Brighton, until Tuesday, July 22

11:13am Monday 21st July 2014

All human beings are extraordinary, declares Miss Cooper, the bedrock of the Beauregard Hotel in Bournemouth and the plot mainspring for both one act plays in Rattigan’s  Separate Tables.

The Jungle Book, Herstmonceux Castle, near Hailsham, Sunday, July 20

11:10am Monday 21st July 2014

The atmosphere was quite literally electric as the thunderous rumble of a mid-summer storm blackened the sky over the spectacular inner courtyard of Herstmonceux Castle.

Des O'Connor, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Sunday, July 20

11:07am Monday 21st July 2014

Des O’Connor, a mere ‘youngster’ at the age of 82 compared to fellow showbiz legends Bruce Forsyth and Ken Dodd, both 86, wandered on stage unannounced and lit up the Congress with his charisma.

Jake And Elwood – The Best Blues Brothers Show In The World Ever, Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, Saturday, July 19

11:05am Monday 21st July 2014

Fans of the cult 1980 film were in for a treat on Saturday as this Blues Brothers tribute came to town.

Decade, New Venture Theatre, Bedford Place, Brighton, until Saturday, July 26

11:02am Monday 21st July 2014

Decade is a patchwork quilt of 14 playlets, commissioned for the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 bombing, reflecting its events and legacy.

REVIEW: Shakedown, Waterhall, Brighton, Saturday, July 19

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10:59am Monday 21st July 2014

Now in its fourth year – with a new home at Waterhall and a mid-summer date – Brighton dance festival Shakedown seems to be finally finding its feet.


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